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Cloistered nun, 105, dies after record 86 years in Spanish convent

June 12, 2013 at 6:01 PM   |   Comments

GUADALAJARA, Spain, June 12 (UPI) -- A Roman Catholic nun died Wednesday at the age of 105 after spending a record 86 years cloistered in a Spanish convent, her order said.

The abbess of the Buenafuente Monastery in Guadalajara, Sister Maria, said Sister Teresita was lucid until her last moments, El Mundo reported. Sister Maria said the convent has lost "a sister, a mother, a mistress."

Sister Teresita described her religious life in a January interview, the Catholic broadcaster EWTN reported. She told the Spanish newspaper Correo that in 86 years she left the convent only twice, once in the 1930s to take some of her sisters to the doctor and in 2011 to meet Pope Benedict XVI when he visited Madrid for World Youth Day.

Before she became a nun in 1927 at the age of 19, Sister Teresita said she visited the shrine of St. Teresa of Avila and prayed for a vocation. She said she left behind "three boyfriends" and deliberately sought a convent where her life would be one of silence and prayer.

"I wanted the cloister and not an active community," she said.

But she said in her years in the convent she was never bored.

"Even if I had married a prince, I would not be happier than I am now,"she said.

In fact, Sister Teresita said when she traveled to Madrid in 2011, she kept her eyes closed during the trip to avoid distractions.

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