Moscow, April 22, Interfax – Daughter of the richest
Guatemalan resident and a former Catholic nun founded an
Orthodox monastery in the mountains by the Amatitlan
Lake near one of the most active volcanoes of the Pacaya
her 36th birthday, Mother Superior of the Holy Trinity
Sister Ines was a nun in a Catholic monastery.
However, when she got acquainted with life of St.
Seraphim of Sarov, her life was changed and the woman
started reading the holy fathers and then converted to
Orthodoxy, the Trud-7 paper wrote on Thursday.
"Speaking to the point, I feel confident in
Orthodoxy, I feel tranquil and I feel…a kind of
stability. My soul is calm in Orthodoxy," Sister
The Grand Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in
Guatemala is protected by a high fence and controlled by
the security service armed with pump rifles and
automatic pistols. Local residents say that security
service consists of former criminals.
of the Monastery of the Holy and Life Giving Trinity, the
“Lavra of Mambre”
Guatemala criminal groups had asked a fee from Sister
Ines "for protection" of her monastery, but eventually
they volunteered to protect the church and its
Ines's father, local oligarch and a well known in
Guatemala economist, bears the major part of financial
expenses connected with the church building. First, he
was against his daughter's decision to leave Catholicism,
but then at the age of 84 he converted to Orthodoxy