Monday, February 15, 2021

Virtual visit to Sister María de Jesús in 2021

Sarcophagus of Sister María de Jesús

The nuns of the convent of Santa Catalina de Siena in La Laguna had planned to open their doors as usual this year so that the faithful and curious could view the incorrupted body of Sor María de Jesús on 15 February, the 290th anniversary of her death and the following Sunday - albeit with numerous security measures in place - however, in a post to their Facebook page on Friday, said, "We regret to inform you that because we have not received permission from the Health Dept. today, and therefore, for health reasons beyond the control of the Monastery, WE HAVE DECIDED TO SUSPEND THE VISIT to the sarcophagus of La Siervita and the events scheduled for this year (Monday 15 and Sunday 21)."

"Although we cannot come to visit her personally, we do ask that you continue to ask her intercession so that this pandemic ends soon [...] Through our Facebook we will do everything possible so that you can see it live on Monday the 15th during the day."

Sister María de Jesús, known as La Siervita, was born in 1643 in El Sauzal. After various personal vicissitudes, she ended up in La Laguna, where she entered the convent of Santa Catalina de Siena, where she passed away on February 15, 1731.

The video below, made originally to promote the openings, goes give you a glimpse of the defunct nun, as well as a look inside the convent and its superb architecture.