A Benedictine Nun Makes her Profession of Faith

Manuela de los Reyes, Sor

Profession of faith made by the Benedictine Nun Manuela de los Reyes. Text begins: “Ego Soror Manuela prommito (sic!) stabilitatem meam & conversionum morum meorum & obedentiam…” Manuscript on vellum.

[Toledo, Santa Olalla?] between 1667- 1698


Single vellum leaf 23.6 x 16.2 cm.

An attractive profession of faith, executed between 1667 and 1698, when Luis Manuel Fernández de Portocarrero was both Cardinal-Priest of Santa Sabina (1670-1698) and Archbishop of Toledo (1677-1709) The text is framed by a painted wreath of flowers (such as Sor Manuela would have worn during the ceremony), flanked by images of St. Benedict of Nursia (c. 480-543)  on the left and St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) on the right.

The Cistercian Sor Manuela  de los Reyes made her profession of faith (“I, Sister Manuela promise my stability, conversion of manners, and obedience..”) in the presence (coram) of the Abbess Francisca de Buitraga, at the convent of Nuestra Señora de la Piedad (Santa Olalla, in the province of Toledo?)  and Don Gabriel Sanz, Carlos II’s Visitor of Convents and patron of the Church of S.S. Justo and Pastor, (Iglesia de los Santos Justo y Pastor), Toledo.