Mary Zimmerer, Maryland hermit

An article titled “A Modern-Day Hermit” profiles Mary Zimmerer, now Sister Maria Veronica, described as

a bubbly widow who discerned a call to the contemplative life after her husband passed away five years ago. Having made a public profession of vows last fall, she is now one of only two canonical (or diocesan) hermits in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

The interviewer touches directly on what it means to be a canonical Catholic hermit: how she discerned her calling, what her typical day consists of, how she deals with existing family, and what she thinks of the charge that hermits live only for themselves.