Nuns and Dog

Back to Search Results

Nuns walk through an alley followed by a dog wandering in Santa Catalina Convent in Arequipa, Peru. Monasterio de Santa Catalina was built in 158. Among the 30 cloistered nuns, five novicias study five years to become a nun. The youngest nun is 15, the oldest is 98. <br />
Activities help the young girls adjust to the cloistered life. The nuns begin their day at Mass, walking through the convent that is later open to the public. Then the novicias have class and activities studying theology, music and the Bible. For their work, they embroider, make parsley soap, creams, cookies and iron. Older nuns make  the wafers for communion. <br />
Seven times during the day the nuns go to their chapel for chorus and pray. Contemplation is the most important thing in their lives. They never leave the premises without special permission to go to the doctor and to vote. The founder was supposed to have accepted girls from the finest of Spanish families. The nuns today take the traditional vow of poverty.
< previous image next image >