Meeting Cuba's Contemplatives


Interview With Dominican Sisters in Havana
By Eduardo Quiñones García

HAVANA, Cuba, FEB. 11, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Dominican contemplative nuns have been praying for 320 years in Havana, and their vocation is a source of great joy, says the current prioress.

ZENIT visited the convent of St. Catherine of Siena in Nuevo Vedado, Cuba, founded in 1688. The first nuns were Cuban natives who wanted to be religious sisters, but could not be accommodated in the only existing monastery on the island. They founded their own convent, which remained in Havana until superiors decided the peace of nearby El Vedado would be more suited for their life. Since 1984, the sisters have been in the current building, in what is now the metropolitan area of Havana.

Seven nuns -- two Cubans, two Mexicans and three Colombians -- presently live in the convent, filling their days with prayer and embroidery. MORE