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St. Therese and the Carmelite Nuns on Wash Day – Catholic photo print – Saint Theresa– Catholic Gift – Happy Family

St. Therese and the Carmelite Nuns on Wash Day – Catholic photo print – Saint Theresa– Catholic Gift – Happy Family

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Our friend Therese is the Novice Mistress in this picture, which means she is a mentor to the novices in the white veils (including her sister Celine, who is next to her on the right). All the nuns are gathered around the pool on wash day. In the larger picture there are perhaps 25 nuns, but we think this way of cropping it personalizes it and gives it a Norman Rockwell-like arrangement. We love the little old lady nun in the upper right hand corner!

In the full picture, just to the right but out of view here, there is a novice hamming it up. She's making some joke and she is a complete blur. We love the expression on Therese here; she's looking over at the jokester. In her eyes we see that she was considering the propriety of the joke, and her lips are starting to form a smile.

This is the first photo in a series of two taken by Celine. It was taken Friday, April 19th, 1895. In the second one, they jumbled up the order for fun.

This is, of course, a perfect picture for a laundry room, or anywhere you'd like to be reminded that working together can be a happy thing in God's Grace, and that doing our chores is a way of holiness. It is part of St. Therese's Little Way!


** IMPORTANT ** THE IMAGE IS SMALLER THAN THE PAPER! There is a white border of about 0.5" inch for 5x7", 1.3" for 8.5x11", or 1.6" for 11x14" pictures. All Approx! Fine art printers do this because the images are almost never the same rectangular ratio of the standard paper sizes. It also gives the prints a finished look, and lets them look good in a frame without a matt.

- Acid-free fine art paper.
- Archival pigments, rated to last for generations.
- Cardboard backer
- Above story of the art
- Enclosed in a tight-fitting, crystal clear bag.

Thanks for your interest!
Sue & John

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Original image is out-of-copyright. Descriptive text and image alterations (hence the whole new image) © by Sue Kouma Johnson - Classic Catholic Art.
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