By John Smith • 01 June 2021 • 12:20
The nuns will be welcomed at the parish church of Santa Maria
Credit: Sineu Council
IN 2016, after being inhabited as a monastery since the 16th century, the last nuns left the Monestir de la Concepció de la Verge Maria de Sineu.
This historic building was first built at the beginning of the 14th century as a royal residence for Jaume II but had been the home of Franciscan nuns for more than 500 years.
It was given to the Order of the Immaculate Conception, a Franciscan-inspired female contemplative institute founded by St. Beatrix of Silva in the fifteenth century but like many other religious orders, the last nuns there had grown older and with no new novices went into retirement.
Now the day after the Pro Orantibus Day, (dedicated to monks and nuns of contemplative life) on May 31, the Bishopric of Mallorca has announced that it will be occupied again, this time by the Daughters of the Sagrada Família, an order of nuns from Colombia who will arrive shortly.
Some of the new arrivals will take residence in the Monastery of the Immaculate Conception of the Palau de Sineu and the others in the service of a group of parishes to be determined.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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