About Us

Leonie’s Longing is a nonprofit created to serve the needs of women who have been in the convent or monastery and returned to lay life. We aim to provide community for these women and also create awareness in the Church as a whole, while being faithful to the magisterium.

When a woman exits religious life, she typically only has the clothes on her back and a few personal items.  Quite often she goes home and stays with family or friends while she discerns her next steps.  The first needs are physical – clothes, food, housing, transportation, etc.  After these are met, she has emotional and spiritual needs.  For example: Can she get a ride to Mass?  Can she find a spiritual director?  Does she need a good counselor?

Returning to lay life is another stage in the journey of a young woman’s life.  It can be confusing and exciting.  The noise of life in the secular world is in sharp contrast to the quiet horarium lived in the convent/monastery.  We aim to help women make this transition.

It is our goal to connect the laity, dioceses, religious communities and women who have been in the convent. We aim to encourage prayer and support between these groups and in this way foster all vocations.  But our ultimate goal is HEAVEN.

Who are we?  A team of varied individuals which God, in His providence, has brought together.  Please pray for young women who have left the convent and for the people trying to help them.  If you feel called to help in other ways, please visit our Volunteer page and/or contact us!  And if you would like to sign up for our newsletter, please do so at http://eepurl.com/yq1rr.

If you have experienced religious life, please take our short, 7 question survey by clicking here.

We will use the information to help identify your needs.  Thank you in advance!