Nuns Who Feed the Poor by Deacon Stickney

On June 9, 2013, in 2013, by Leslie Hanson

Last night, we ate dinner cooked by members of a branch of Carmelite nuns in a special restaurant they set up in their convent. In addition to Peruvian sisters, there are religious from French-speaking countries like Burkina Faso in Africa, due to the order’s origin in France. We ate fine French cuisine in the heart of Lima!

Not only do they feed the poor with what is left over, they also give half the price of the meal to provide services to the needy. Because the convent is close to the Peruvian Congress, many legislators eat there. Peru’s vice-president is a regular customer. After the meal (topped off by a dessert of Lucuma ice cream, a local specialty), the sisters sang the Ave Maria. The mother superior gave us a talk about their mission to serve the poor downtown.

This took place on the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. At the entrance to the convent, I was impressed by the statue of Mary there. Her head is lowered, as if to look with compassion on those assembled below. Her hands are cupped downward, as if she has just finished praying and is about to extend them out to us.

 

3 Responses to Nuns Who Feed the Poor by Deacon Stickney

  1. Sarah Garrigan says:

    What a beautiful and delightful experience! Thank you for a wonderful share!

  2. Renforth's says:

    Thanks for sharing this! Sounds like a wonderful experience!



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