Local photographer seeks to become a nun
Lussier said she was overcome with a new, confusing feeling. She began crying and didn’t know why.
“My whole person was taken over and I had this dark sense of clarity,” she said.
That was six years ago. The 29-year-old Battle Creek resident was attending the Rhode Island School of Design as a photography student, immersing herself in college life — studying, dating and partying. Now, Lussier has applied to become a nun with the Daughters of St. Paul religious order.
What hasn’t changed is what Lussier has always sought — truth, she said. Before, she was pursuing it through her studying and self-referential ways. Now her pursuit has become something entirely different.
“I wanted truth and truth became a person,” Lussier said.
Lussier currently works as a special assistant to the vicar for education at St. Philip Catholic Church. Her parents met while attending St. Philip Catholic Central High School and still live in Battle Creek, she said, along with seven of Lussier’s eight siblings and 25 of her 31 nieces and nephews.
Lussier’s office is plain, with a framed photo of Mother Teresa and doodled Post-its with words of inspiration posted on her computer’s monitor. The whiteboard hanging on the wall was covered in drawings from her nieces and nephews the day before, she said.
The room is calming, as is Lussier. Her curly hair reaches the middle of her back. Her black-rimmed glasses and blue striped shirt echo her years as an art student. The folk-rock band, Mumford & Sons, plays from her computer speakers.
Lussier is young, easy to relate to and approachable. She breaks the stereotypes one may have of a prospective nun. [more]