18 Feb, 2024 @ 09:40
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Get thee to a nunnery! Convent in Spain’s Malaga is looking for holy women to avoid closure

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A COMMUNITY of cloistered nuns are in desperate need of new members with the Vatican threatening to close the convent.

The convent of the Discalced Carmelites of Ronda, Malaga, need urgent sign-ups before their greatest treasure, the incorrupt hand of Saint Teresa of Jesus, is returned to Castilla y Leon.

The group need two new sisters “as soon as possible” to persuade the Vatican, who have not given a timescale to find the willing nuns, to keep the convent open.

Just two years ago the congregation was home to nine nuns, but the Covid-19 pandemic and a succession of deaths have left just four sisters, one of whom is suffering from Alzheimer’s.

The Vatican states that cloistered congregations must have a minimum of six nuns.

The resident sisters have guarded their prized relic, Saint Teresa’s left hand, since 1924, the year the convent opened.

In 1936, during the Spanish Civil War, Republican soldiers took the limb away – following General Franco’s death in 1975, the artefact was returned to the nuns.

Several young women have enquired about the availability, but the prioress of the convent has stated that prospective nuns must have a CV including substantial previous experience. 


Ben Pawlowski

Ben joined the Olive Press in January 2024 after a four-month stint teaching English in Paraguay. He loves the adrenaline rush of a breaking news story and the tireless work required to uncover an eye-opening exclusive. He is currently based in Barcelona from where he covers the city, the wider Catalunya region, and the north of Spain. Send tips to [email protected]

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