By Meredith Rae Morgan
Published: December 7, 2011.
At 16, Charlotte Jefferson was an illiterate runaway. Rescued by a stranger, she was placed in an orphanage run by nuns, where she worked in the kitchen. At 18, she joined the convent. A few years later, against her wishes, the community elected her to be its mother superior. As the decades pass, Charlotte goes to extraordinary lengths to care for the aging members of her community.