Cloistered nuns to form new religious institute

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The cloistered nuns of Lerma, Spain, recently learned that Pope Benedict XVI has decided to convert the community into a new religious institute called “Iesu communio.”

The nuns released a statement explaining that they are “waiting to receive the pertinent documents, and therefore at this time it is not possible to provide any more details.”

They explained that the Pope’s decision came after Vatican officials reviewed documents submitted by Archbishop Francisco Gil Hellin of Burgos, Spain. The reports were compiled after the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life requested that the community define its charism. 

Sr. Andrea, a member of the community, explained on Dec. 13 that the community is waiting to receive the decree from the Pope and that Archbishop Gil is handling all of the logistics.

“When the documentation is ready, which will be soon, we will be glad to provide information about our way of life and our name, but for now we can’t say anything else,” she said.

About the community

The nuns at Lerma made headlines in 2009 when an Italian television network featured a prime time report on the record breaking number of young vocations the convent was receiving.

The vocations boom began in 1984 with Sr. Veronica, the current superior of the community, who entered the convent of the Poor Clares of the Ascension when the community was experiencing a vocations crisis.

The 18-year-old Marijose Berzosa – today Sr. Veronica – decided to leave behind a career in medicine to enter a community that had not seen a novice in over 23 years.

Today the convent holds over 100 nuns with an average age of 35.

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