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Trappist Sisters leave Nicaragua after 22 years

The Trappist Sisters of Nicaragua, a group of nuns, have recently announced that they have left Nicaragua after living and serving in the country for 22 years. The arrival of the Trappist sisters in Nicaragua first took place in January 2001. They came from the town of Hinojo in Argentina and established the Holy Mary of Peace monastery in Nicaragua’s Chontales district. The nuns explained in a Facebook on February 27 that they have left the country due to reasons such as “the old age of several sisters” and “lack of vocations.” They also announced that their next destination is Panama.

Catholic News Agency reports:

The Trappist Sisters of Nicaragua, whose religious order arrived from Argentina in 2001, announced that they have left the Central American country after 22 years of work and service.

In a Feb. 27 post on their Facebook page, the nuns explained: “We, the Trappist Sisters of Nicaragua, have voluntarily left the country” and said they made the decision because of “reasons the order has,” the “lack of vocations,” and the “old age of several sisters, etc.”

“We will always remain united in prayer, in friendship, and in the love that the Lord has given us during these 22 years,” they added, announcing their “new destination is Panama.”

The first Trappist sisters arrived in Nicaragua in January 2001 from the town of Hinojo in Argentina and founded the Holy Mary of Peace monastery in the Chontales district of the country.

In recent days, the nuns handed over the monastery to the Diocese of Juigalpa, which has not yet made a statement on the transfer.

Although the nuns didn’t mention anything in their communiqué about their residency status in Nicaragua, the General Directorate for Migration and Foreigners has issued summons to various religious and foreign missionaries in the last two weeks.

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