Cloistered Nuns

Cloistered nuns are Catholic religious sisters who live a contemplative life, separate from the outside world. There are several different orders, each following their own charisms and constitutions.

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A monastic community prays the Lord’s Prayer.

100 cloistered convents in Spain to open their doors to promote prayer during Lent

Feb 14, 2024

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

The DeClausura Foundation in Spain has launched a campaign to promote prayer during the liturgical season of Lent with the... Read more


Carmelite nuns move from New York to Florida in pursuit of ‘silence and solitude’

Feb 8, 2024

By Joe Bukuras

“Prayerful greetings from sunny Florida!” a February message on the religious community’s website said.  Read more

Sister Belén de la Cruz.

Is a cloistered nun still ‘useful’ today? The life of Sister Belén de la Cruz

Nov 15, 2023

By Andrés Henríquez

A conference in Spain focused on the life of Sister Belén de la Cruz, a Spanish Carmelite nun who, in... Read more

Mother Ana María and Sister Raquel, Carmelite hermits in Spain, together with a young postulant.

Two Carmelite nuns in Spain seek to recover the hermitical origin of their order 

Oct 27, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

Mother Ana María and Sister Raquel seek a new hermitage to live out their call to holiness “with a marked... Read more

From left to right: Sister Mary Grace of the Sorrowful, Sister Mariana of the Wounds of Jesus, the Mother Superior Alma Ruth, and Sister Mary Magdalene of the Sacred Heart.

These cloistered nuns who never leave the convent are at WYD for the first time

Aug 4, 2023

By Walter Sánchez Silva

They never (or almost never) leave the convent, but one lively group of cloistered nuns is participating for the first... Read more

Spanish Carmelite Pablo María de la Cruz on the day of his religious profession.

Pope receives posthumous letter from young Carmelite who wanted to attend WYD

Aug 4, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

In the letter, Pablo María de la Cruz expressed to the pope his desire to have participated in WYD in... Read more

The Trappist Sisters of Nicaragua announced Feb. 27, 2023, that they are leaving Nicaragua for Panama.

Order of cloistered nuns leaves Nicaragua after 22 years

Mar 1, 2023

By Walter Sánchez Silva

In a Feb. 27 post on their Facebook page, the nuns explained: “We, the Trappist Sisters of Nicaragua, have voluntarily... Read more

Discalced Carmelite sisters from the Mount Carmel Monastery in Port Tobacco, Maryland.

A look into America’s oldest Carmelite monastery

Jul 21, 2022

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Nestled in the farmland of Port Tobacco, Maryland stands the oldest Carmelite monastery in America. Founded in 1790, the Mount... Read more

The newly elected Abbess and Council of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Ala., July 2021. Credit: Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration.

Mother Angelica's monastery elects new abbess, asks for 'continued prayers'

Jul 30, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Mother Mary Paschal has been elected the newest abbess of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Alabama, filling... Read more

Sister Evelyn makes perpetual vows at the Monastery of Santo Domingo el Real in Segovia. Credit: Youtube Capture.

Former Protestant takes final vows as cloistered nun in Spain

Jul 8, 2021

By Blanca Ruiz

Sister Evelyn of the Child Jesus took her final vows as a cloistered Dominican nun at the Santo Domingo el... Read more


Spanish business leaders organize to support cloistered communities

Apr 16, 2020

By CNA Staff

A group of businessmen in Spain have joined together to help cloistered religious communities that are unable to support themselves... Read more


This cloistered nun got her doctorate in aerospace engineering

Jun 7, 2017

By CNA Staff

A cloistered nun in India came out of her convent for an extraordinary reason: to attend a graduation ceremony for... Read more


These 61 cloistered nuns visited a prison

May 28, 2016

By CNA Staff

A group of 61 cloistered nuns from six monasteries in Santiago, Chile made an historic visit to the local Women's... Read more

Dickon Stainer, managing director of Decca Records, signs the contract with the Benedictine nuns.

Cloistered French nuns to make Gregorian chant album for Universal Music

Jul 27, 2010

By CNA Staff

An order of cloistered Benedictine nuns in France has signed a deal with Universal Music to produce an album of... Read more