Contemplative nuns stitch stoles for confessors

“When World Youth Day pilgrims go to confession in Spain this August and kneel to kiss the stole of their confessor, they may come in contact with purple cloth hand-stitched in Brooklyn,” writes reporter Antonina Ziellinska of The Tablet, newspaper of the Diocese of Brooklyn, N.Y.

(Photo from The Tablet/Courtesy of SSVM Sisters)

The stoles were created by the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara. Theirs is a cloistered community, so none of the sisters will be attending the international Catholic gathering, taking place in Madrid Aug. 16-21. But they are already keeping the young pilgrims who will go in their prayers. The sisters’ contemplative Monastery of St. Edith Stein is in the Flatlands neighborhood of Brooklyn.

“We know this will be an opportunity for young people to come in close contact with God,” Mother Superior Maria Del Redentor told The Tablet. “Some may be inspired to give their life completely to God. So we pray that they may have the strength to hear their calling.”

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