How do they do it? Nuns

 How do they do it? Nuns


Two sisters from the Protomonastery of Santa Clara in Mexico come to visit us to tell us everything they did not know about the nuns.

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Two sisters from the Protomonastery of Santa Clara in Mexico come to visit us to tell us everything they did not know about the nuns.

Sr. Amparo de las Benditas Ánimas del Purgatorio Palma Bustamante, OSC.

49 years

It is originally from the neighborhood “La Palma” Municipality of Comonfort, Guanajuato

29 years in monastic life

Entered at age 20

Why? For her, it was a very special calling. When God looks at you, you feel that call, because just when you were thinking of getting married and having everything ready for the wedding, you felt more desire to abandon that idea to go where you could be happy.

She was very happy at Mass, praying the Franciscan crown, the Via Crucis, going to Youth Mass every Sunday

All the things of God filled her.

Although she never thought she was going to be a nun, she always thought that her mom and dad had a lot to do with her vocation.

She is happy with the decision she made, and she is convinced that she dedicates her life to doing the jobs that God has given her.

His function in the convent: Help in what he can in Sewing. His favorite thing to do is sweeping and mopping, among other activities.

For her, everything is work, and work is a gift from God, so whatever it is is good, as long as during work she prays and offers it for the welfare of humanity, because that is her mission.

Ma. Bucio Carmona Refuge

62 years

Originally from Michoacán

38 years in religious life

Entered at age 24

Why? It was a decision out of love for God and humanity.

Its function in the convent: Make forms to consecrate (ostias)


She is a woman who has consecrated her life within a religious order that follows a monastic life.

They have a series of rules, such as: celibacy, obedience, poverty, chastity and, in some cases, total isolation from civil life, known as cloister.

The male equivalent is a friar or a monk.

They live in monasteries or convents, although in some cases they live in communities within the society in which they work.

What is the function of a convent?

Our monastery or all the monastery of the Order of Santa Clara our mission is prayer, contemplation.

The praise and glorification of God, (united with the Praying Christ) for the redemption of mankind and the salvation of souls.

Who was Santa Clara de Asís?

1. She is the patron saint of television and telecommunications

2. She was a great friend of Saint Francis of Assisi

3. She is the first and only woman to write a rule of religious life for women

4. He performed amazing miracles with bread

One day they had a single bread for 50 Poor Clare sisters. Santa Clara blessed him and praying the Our Father all together, multiplied the bread and distributed it to her sisters.

He suffered from illness for many years

Santa Clara was ill for 27 years in the convent of San Damiano. In her illness, she embroidered, sewed, and prayed without ceasing.

How many sisters are there?

Our Fraternity is composed of:

24 solemnly vowed sisters, 1 novice, 2 postulants and 3 aspirants; in total 30 sisters so far

There are only women

They are all sisters.

The junior, the novice, the postulant or aspirant; refers to the initial training stage they are in.

How long does it take to prepare to be novices?

2 years and if deemed appropriate, you can be given a 6-month extension.

What are the rules of monastic life?

Each Order has its own Rule and Constitutions.

In their order, they profess the Rule of Santa Clara de Asís.

Each monastery of his order is autonomous, for this reason each monastery has its own particular statutes.

What are your obligations and responsibilities as sisters?

When they profess, they do so consciously, freely and voluntarily.

To profess the Holy Rule of Mother Saint Clare of Assisi, you have to know her and make an effort to live that Way of Life.

Do they have prohibitions?

They don’t call it that

It is a life option, therefore if they choose to live like this, they are prohibited from doing anything, because they have done it freely, willingly and voluntarily.

They choose to live in obedience, chastity, without anything of their own and in closure.

It is the life option to follow the Lord Jesus Christ.

What are the sisters’ daily chores?

Mainly prayer



Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Praying the Liturgy of the Hours

The holy eucharist

the Franciscan crown (rosary)

Various devotions such as: Holy Hour, Stations of the Cross, Trisagion, Chaplet of Mercy.

These devotions distributed on different days of the week.

Later, the work that is a Gift of God, to dignify and sanctify the person.

His work consists of:

The elaboration of Forms to consecrate, (Hosts).

Elaboration of liturgical clothing (albas, chasubles, stoles, tablecloths, cassocks, purifiers, corporal).

The preparation of bakery, oatmeal bread, cream, shells, fritters, etc.

Making eggnog

How many hours a day do you spend in prayer?

In fraternity approximately 5 or 6 hours.

Personally alone with the Blessed Sacrament: the guards are half an hour, but you have the freedom to spend more time if you wish

What time do they get up, what time do they go to sleep?

Each sister gets up according to her needs, but officially the day begins at 5:15 am. asking for the assistance of the Holy Spirit and continues with the recitation of the Office of readings, lauds, mental prayer and Holy Eucharist

Rest: at 9:00 pm the Abbess mother gives the blessing for them to be collected in their cells, but sometimes because of the work of some sisters they rest later, 10 or 11 at night.

Can they leave the convent?

Yes, they can go out, but only for the right need, medical, market, civil matters.

How do you prepare to be sisters?

They can enter between 15 and 25 years (although they can be younger or older, but that is the ideal age)

It begins with the aspirantate, 1 year.

Then postulancy 1 year and if it is deemed appropriate, it can be given six more months.

The novitiate continues for 2 years

The Juniorate or temporary vows 5 years

How is a convent financially supported?

In your case for your work and the generosity of people of good will.


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