Our abbot returned from his recent trip to our daughterhouse of Santa Maria de la Paz in Nicaragua. They are a small, but vibrant community of sisters. The sisters are remarkable in that they carry out our Trappist-Cistercian presence and monastic witness to Christ in a very remote part of Central America. They make their living by producing and selling marmalade.
The sisters live in an area surrounded by mountains, extinct volcanoes and jungles. Road conditions to the monastery are not the best, but they are located in the safest possible place in the event of a disastrous earthquake. Nicaragua is a tropical country which means it stays seasonably warm and humid throughout the year. It also means sharing your living space with exotic creatures like giant marching ants, hairy tarantulas, colorful geckos, and loud, croaking frogs.
Our abbot returned from his trip with gifts from our sisters in Nicaragua including several jars of their marmalade. They come in an assortment of flavors like mango and orange. For more information on our sisters at Monasterio Santa Maria de la Paz, visit the website for the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance. Our heartfelt thanks and "un grande abrazo" (a big hug) go to each sister! Muchas gracias a todas las hermanas por la marmelada!
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