World's oldest cloistered nun

Sr Teresita Barajuen

A cloistered nun who spent 86 years in a nunnery died last month at the age of 105 in her convent. Alexandra Ward filed this report for Newsmax.


Sister Teresita Barajuen, who belonged to the Buenafuente del Sistal monastery, northeast of Madrid, is believed to hold the world record for living within the confines of a monastery.

The Spanish nun entered the monastery in 1927 at the age of just 19. Her days "follow[ed] the daily rhythm of prayer and work, from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.," according to Father Angel Moreno, chaplain of Barajuen’s monastery.

She left the cloister in 2011 for the first time in 40 years to meet Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI during a papal trip to Madrid. Later that year, he sent Sr Teresita a personal birthday message.

'The Pope, who treasures that wonderful moment in his heart, encourages you to remain rooted in the Heart of Christ, in order to continue being an ardent lamp of faith, hope, and charity, and thus to show the world that fullness of life consists in joyfully following the will of God,’ Msgr Peter B. Wells, an advisor to the Vatican Secretary of State, wrote on behalf of Benedict XVI.

She reportedly received a white rosary from the Pope and, in turn, offered him a copy of the book that has made her known throughout the world, What’s a Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This?

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