61 cloistered nuns visit Chilean prison for Year of Mercy

Posted by Siobhan O'Neill Meluso
Thursday 02, June 2016 | Category:   Prayer and Spirituality,Liturgy,Consecrated Life
Contemplative cloistered nuns
Cloistered nuns requested meeting with inmates at a women's prison in Santiago, Chile, to "contemplate the face of God ... in the face of people who are suffering". 

In May, 61 cloistered nuns from six monasteries in Santiago, Chile, spent time with inmates at a local women's prison and attended Mass with them, as part of this Year of Mercy. Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, who celebrated the Mass, shared with Catholic News Agency that the nuns requested the joint visit, “so the sisters who contemplate the face of God every day in prayer could contemplate him in the face of people who are suffering, going through a hard time in their lives.”

The nuns, who lead a traditional enclosed monastic life, sang a Chilean song and four even danced after they all celebrated Mass. "[It was] a grace to share with them, to really feel like a sister with them, to feel their sorrow, their joy and to become one with them,” said Sister Maria Rosa of the Discalced Carmelites from the San José monastery.

Read more here.

The Year of Mercy runs through November 2016.

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