Panama Day 3: Peregrino at Buenaventura

The peregrinos continue to arrive in large numbers, and they are staying with families and in churches and schools throughout the country before converging in Panama City on Tuesday to greet the Pope. I didn’t expect to find any in our high end resort complex, but you know a young nun in habit — something I haven’t seen in the U.S. for probably 3 decades, is a pilgrim. Someone must have offered the nuns their condo or villa. I have no idea where she came from, and seeing her on the beach was a bit startling.

Shout out to my Catholic readers: how rare a sight is this?

6 thoughts on “Panama Day 3: Peregrino at Buenaventura

  1. Yes, a rare sitting of a sister in a traditional habit. I have seen them in NYC on a rare occasion, likely tourists from other countries. Today, we are more likely to see women wearing abayas, the traditional robe-like covering Muslim women wear over their clothes to go out. The traditional abaya was the precursor of a nun’s habit.

  2. for Phyllis: I wanted to offer them bathing suits, but they were Polish nuns — that much I got. No English or Spanish to speak of, and I have no Polish. The bottoms of their habits were wet. 🙂

  3. for Katie: I’m always curious about people who object to women in abayas and head scarves who don’t see the parallel with nuns.

  4. Having spent years close to an Arabic family, women are the scarf and abaya as a traditional symbol of respect. Girls actually see it as a status symbol. Many who don’t u serstand that view the abaya as a sign of misogyny. It is in fact akin with nun’s habit. Tradition!

  5. for Katie I’ve read articles written by Muslim women that make the same point you do. Reminder to be cautious about putting our cultural lens on the lives of people we don’t know.

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