Hermit meets parish priest, becomes his secretary, and together the pair nurtures a long-standing platonic friendship that eventually (after both leave their respective communities) develops into romantic love.
What Hollywood writer could dream up a script like this real-life story?
But given the far from run-of-the-mill nature of their lives thus far, perhaps it makes sense that Paul and Karen Fredette serve a community that flourishes mostly in solitude and silence, averse both to institutional hierarchy and wary of any attempt to organize them.
Karen, a former Poor Claire nun, spent six years as a hermit while supporting herself as a part-time secretary and maker of Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls.
Her husband, Paul, after 20 years as a Glenmary Missioner working with the poor in Appalachia and elsewhere, is now a developmental disabilities and mental health professional.