Teresita Barajuen: A world-record 86 years in a monastery
Teresita Barajuen: A cloistered nun who spent 86 years in a Spanish monastery, Sister Teresita Barajuan passed on at age 105.
A nun believed to hold the world record of 86 years cloistered in a monastery has died in Spain.Skip to next paragraph
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She entered the Cistercian monastery when she was 19, the abbess said.
Barajuen acknowledged in interviews that like many young women at the time, she never intended being a nun but entered the monastery because of family pressure.
In 2011, Barajuen left the monastery for the first time in 40 years to meet retired Benedict XVI during a papal visit to Madrid. She had entered the monastery on the same day he was born.
According to CloisteredLife.com, "Aside from a distraction of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) that caused the nuns to flee from the fighting, Sister Teresa has lived her vocation as a cloistered nun in that place.
A journalist for the prominent Spanish newspaper El Mundo, Jesús García, authored a book this year about ten nuns, of whom Sister Teresa was included, titled, What is a Girl Like You Doing In A Place Like This?"