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Poor Clares of Lerma Form New Religious Order

About a month ago, I stumbled across this video of Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap. (Preacher to the Papal Household and author of the fantastic book Virginity: A Positive Approach to Celibacy for the Sake of the Kingdom) visiting a vibrant group of young Poor Clares at a convent in Spain. Because the clearest versions of this video are the originals in Italian and Spanish, the one I’ve posted below is not subtitled. (If you really want English subtitles, you can go here – but I have a feeling you’ll agree they aren’t really necessary!)

Beautiful, right? Since that video was posted in 2009, when there were already a whopping 140 sisters in the convent at Lerma, the number of sisters in this community has climbed to almost 200! And that’s not all. Last Saturday, the “Clarisas” of Lerma officially became a new religious order.

Nearly 200 young nuns processed from their cloister to the cathedral of Burgos on Saturday [February 12, 2011] for the official establishment of their new institute of consecrated life.

Sister Verónica María Berzosa Martínez, formerly the abbess of the group, is now also their founder.

Sister Berzosa, 46, joined the Poor Clares when she was 18. She felt called along with the sisters of her community to establish this new charism, which has now been recognized by the Church as an institute of consecrated life.

Read the entire article on Zenit.org.

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A Poor Clare’s Solemn Profession

Since the video in my last post has been removed from YouTube (and I swear it was there just two days ago!), I found another, equally awesome glimpse of cloistered life to share with all of you.

Beautiful, isn’t it? I love how it’s executed with such simplicity. St. Clare would probably be pleased!

(HT: The Anchoress)

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Another Peek inside the Cloister

Our first “peek inside the cloister” was of the Passionist Nuns of St. Joseph Monastery in Kentucky. This time, you get a glimpse of the fascinating life of the cloistered Carmelite Monks of Wyoming.

You can learn more about the monks’ life here, and you can support their monastery by buying Mystic Monk Coffee!

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A Peek Inside the Cloister

The cloistered Passionist Nuns of St. Joseph Monastery in Kentucky just recently posted these beautiful photos on their blog, In the Shadow of His Wings.

Check out their blog for more photos and reflections on life in the cloister.

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