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By Dennis Washington
Nestled behind the stone walls surrounding 2300 Springhill Ave., in old Mobile are a collection of buildings and, more importantly, a group of women who love you and me.
The Convent and Academy of the Visitation, commonly known as Visitation Monastery, is a historic complex of Roman Catholic buildings and a small cemetery. Established in 1832 by Bishop Michael Portier, first bishop of Mobile, Visitation Monastery is home to a cloistered order of nearly two dozen nuns committed to an apostolate of prayer and characterized by a spirit of humility and gentleness.
“It’s a hidden treasure behind the walls off of Springhill Avenue,” Shop Manager Colleen Blackwell said. “Their whole life is about prayer, which is what we need in this world nowadays. They’re an awesome group of ladies.”
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