Nun holds world record: 84 years in the cloister

In fact, she entered the same day that Joseph Ratzinger was born.

Details, from ZENIT:

She entered the Cistercian Buenafuente del Sistal Convent the day that Joseph Ratzinger (now Benedict XVI) was born, and today Sister Teresa is 103 years old and the world’s record holder for having lived the longest as a cloistered nun.

After 84 years as a cloistered nun, Sister Teresa says that the greatest gift she has received has been prayer: “Without it, one cannot sustain oneself. I never cease repeating: ‘Thank you, forgive. Thank you, forgive.’”

The nun is one of 10 cloistered nuns profiled in the Spanish-language book “¿Qué hace una chica como tú en un sitio como éste?” (What’s a Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This?). In the book, author Jesús Garcia brings to light the secluded world of cloistered nuns by getting to know what life is like behind the grail, and what inspired them to join.

Sister Teresa’s story began as young girl living in Alava, Spain. She was known then as Valeria, and she was happy with her life on the family farm.  “We were in the field from morning ’til night, working, but we were happy,” she said.

The eldest of seven children, her father saw how hard Valeria and her younger sister worked and he wanted a different life for them.  “Thinking nuns didn’t work, [my father] would say to my sister and me: ‘Wouldn’t you like to be nuns?’” she recalls.

“I didn’t like nuns,” she continued, “given how comfortable I was at home, [but] to please my father, [I] prayed to the patroness of Vitoria and asked her to give me a vocation. And did she give me one!”

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Comments

  1. Luna Raven says:

    I think the writer means, behind the “grill”, not the grail. Good story!

  2. pagansister says:

    Obviously the life has been good for her—103 years old! What a woman—Great story.

  3. I wish more people understood the benefit of the cloister. So many think it is a waste when really these people are praying, working, loving each other and us from inside the convent walls allowing so much Grace into the world. They are a living breathing illustration of the love between God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Simply beautiful.

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