"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Little Dominican, Mary Ann Long

Mary Ann Long was a child with face cancer who had been a beloved patient with the Hawthorne Dominican Sisters at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Free Cancer Home in Atlanta, Georgia.  The story of her life is a fioretti of charity and consolation.  Flannery O'Connor and Ann Ball wrote about her.  (Ann Ball's story here.)

Several years ago one of the Hawthorne Dominican Sisters gave me this photo of Mary Ann.  I believe the nun in the photo was M. Bernadette.  Mary Ann died at age thirteen, after becoming a Dominican tertiary.  Today marks the anniversary of her death on January 18, 1959.

Little Mary Ann, pray for us.


  1. Hi there,

    I would enjoy the chance to chat with you. I can't seem to find your email, however here on your blog. Mine is Daniel.C.Mattson @ gmail

    It seems we're of the same mind on the Spiritual Friendship folks. I'd enjoy talking about that with you.



  2. We are. My email: tj.nelsonathotmaildotcom

  3. A friend of mine, I just learned, has apparently just committed suicide. He was a talented artist (though dark), and had a very tough childhood. He was angry with God and was always asking why? He spent the last 25 years of his life volunteering his time and money to kids with cancer.
    I'm taking this blog post of yours Terry, as a sign of hope for his immortal soul. I ask that your readers and little Mary Anne Long pray and intercede for my poor friend. God bless you.

    1. I'm so sorry Brian - I will pray for your friend.

  4. I interviewed the Hawthorne sisters while a student at UST. Thank you for sharing.

  5. I prayed for your friend Brian.


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