4 years after her death, nun’s body found ‘intact’ at monastery in US

by India Today World Desk: According to the Catholic News Agency, when the body of a nun who died in America in 2019 was exhumed on May 18, four years after her death, there were no signs of decomposition in it. A Benedictine monastery in rural Missouri attracted many after news of her ‘intact’ body circulated on social media.

Sister Wilhelmina Lancaster, the African American founder of the Benedictine Sisters of Mary, Queen of the Apostles, showed almost no signs of decay even four years after her death. His body was being exhumed so that it could be shifted to its final resting place.

Mother Cecilia, head of a convent of Benedictine sisters, said she was surprised by the discovery. “We think she is the first African American woman to have been found corrupt,” he was quoted by the Eternal Word television network.

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The body was discovered in an apparently intact state, despite being exposed to moisture and dirt over the years and being placed in a broken wooden coffin.

Mother Cecilia said, “We thought we would find bones, but instead we found a body.” He said, “Right now we need hope. We need it. Our God knows it. And that was a testament to hope and faith. And faith.”

As the Catholic News Agency reports, Lancaster’s body was covered in a layer of mold due to the high level of condensation inside the incinerated coffin. though hardly any part of his body and nothing of his habit—meeting that Tunic, belt, scapular and veil – was damaged.

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Particularly important is the preservation of Sister Wilhelmina’s habit made of natural fibers. Mother Cecilia emphasized its importance, saying, “It is a sign of things to come, supernatural and of our final end: heaven, hell, purgatory.” She believes the incident to be a message from God, stating, “God is real. He preserved that body and that habit to awaken our faith, to rekindle it, to bring people back to faith.”