See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Nun News... Two thefts.



The first theft.
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Two million dollars stolen from a Spanish Cistercian Monastery.  The nuns kept the cash in a cupboard in plastic bags.  One source says it was their 'life' savings, as it were, while another suggests it is the proceeds from the sale of paintings by their artist in residence, Sr. Isabel Guerra.  Her paintings are highly prized and well done - she is a master painter.  What is most sad about this story - outside the fact that the nuns stupidly stashed all of that cash in a monastery cupboard - is that this will most likely give thieves new ideas about raiding monasteries and rural parsonages - for cash and treasure.
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The second theft.
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A friend of Sr. Patricia, Sister Marie Thornton, former Vice President of Finance for Iona College in New Rochelle, pleaded guilty to embezzlement in Manhattan federal court Wednesday.  Sr. Marie T submitted false invoices and had the college pay her credit card balances to the tune of $850,000.00.  So much for that vow of poverty, huh?
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Top Photo:  Isabel Guerra.  I'm told she does not use a brush to paint, rather a palette knife.  More paintings here.
Middle Photo:  Sr. T.
Lower Photo:  Sr. Patricia (Sr. Oprah) - living high off the hog someplace in Michigan - currently scheduled to star in a Catholic television talk show.

7 comments:

  1. Sr. Patty must be in disguise - she's wearing a habit! I bet it's one of those cheap polyester affairs she bought online from a costume shop!

    In fact, I bet she's got a mini skirt on....

    Oh dear, Sr. Pat in a mini....my eyes are bleeding!

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  2. Terry; Those paintings! They seem alive, as if love and the Holy Sprit took up residence. I am serious. They are truly remarkable...

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  3. My contract stipulates that I not wear a habit for the show. That would be lying, or so I'm told.

    Angela - no mini, darling. While my legs are attractive and shapely (plus I just had varicose vein surgery, and I look simply fab!), I think capris would be more appropriate.

    With heels, of course.

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  4. LOL! Sister - I do love me some capris with heels!

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  5. Maria - isn't her work fantastic! What a remarkable talent. It is more interesting because she paints mostly women - I couldn't find it today but she has this wonderful painting of two Carmelite nuns.

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  6. The way the banks are paying nothing in in terests you're almost better hiding money in your mattress..

    Sara

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  7. Terry: I can't stop looking at them. There is something supernatural about them. She seems to painting what Hardon was to the printed word...

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