"When it came time for exclaustration
papers to be signed, I refused to sign them because I said, 'I am living the charism to the fullest that I can.
Helen "Russell" Phillips, applied for exclaustration
, wore secular dress, moved into an apartment and began teaching in a public high school.
Of the 55 sisters in the community five were incapable of voting, one was on exclaustration
and one chose to be absent, Rody said.
She asked Perier for an order of exclaustration, permission to leave her order and work alone as a religious sister.
The reply came from Mother General Gertrude Kennedy in her own hand, giving her blessing and full permission for exclaustration.
The reply was slow in coming, but when it arrived it granted only exclaustration.
On his knees before the Blessed Sacrament, Merton read the Vatican's denial of exclaustration
. After years of anguish, he felt surprisingly at peace.
He spent several lonely years on exclaustration
. Eventually, however, the differences were bridged and, in Tom's flip words, "I'm here until I get mugged." (Draney is proof that there are guardian angels.