Amen : The Autobiography of a Nun. The authorities repeated attempts to have her declared insane, she says, left her no other option. This book, a first of its kind in India, is an outpouring of her experiences as a nun for thirty-three years. Spirited and fun-loving, from a good family, deeply-rooted in Catholicism, Jesme was drawn to religious life at seventeen after a Retreat at junior college. As a nun, seven years later, she felt distressed at the many ills growing inside the convent and being forced to remain silent about them. There was corruption, by way of donations for college seats; sexual relations between some priests and nuns, and between nuns; class distinctions whereby the cheduthies, or poorer and less-educated sisters, did menial jobs; and a wide gap between comforts and facilities enjoyed by the priests and nuns.
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The authorities' repeated attempts to have her declared insane, she says, left her no other option. This book, a first of its kind in India, is an outpouring of her experiences as a nun for thirty three years. Searing, sincere and sensitive, Amen is a plea for a reformation of the church and comes at On 31 August , sister Jesme left the congregation of Mother of Carmel.
Searing, sincere and sensitive, Amen is a plea for a reformation of the church and comes at a time of its growing concern about nuns and priests. It affirms Jesme's unbroken spirit and faith in Jesus and the Church, living like a nun but outside the Four Walls of the Convent. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.
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Dec 09, Elsa Rajan Pradhananga rated it it was ok Shelves: indian-non-fiction. This was one of the books that I was embarrassed I own. So I hid it in the corner of my book shelf, pretended it wasn't there and never discussed it with anyone.
Celibacy was imposed on clergy in the 11th century only because the church feared losing the wealth they accumulated, to heirs of the clerics. The celibate status added a mystique to priests and nuns and ensured their loyalty to the institution.
In a community that adored saints who became martyrs defending their virginity, emphasis was laid upon the vow of chastity. But when faced with irrepressible urges, holy men and women resorted to exploiting vulnerable objects of desire. In Amen, Sister Jesme recalls of a time when the other nuns in the convent thanked her for pacifying Sister Vimy by submitting to her sexual advances.
Catholics barring a few like myself allow a forced periodic introspection and holy intervention at the confessional booth that I joke of as being a fire escape only because we revere priests and think of them as being representatives of JC. Sister Jesme rushes through the classism, corruption, homosexual and heterosexual relationships practiced by the revered holy men and women of the church. She feared being declared insane and made passive and silent with treatment.
View all 5 comments. Revelations about sexual misconduct within the Catholic Church are no longer news. Paedophilia, rape So this tell-all memoir by a former nun did not have the impact it should have produced upon me, had I read it when it was published in Sister Jesme was quite a senior teacher within the faculty of the Catholic colleges within my hometown of Thrissur in Kerala, serving as Vice Principal in one institution Vimala College and Principal in another St.
Mary's Col Revelations about sexual misconduct within the Catholic Church are no longer news. Mary's College. Then on August 31, she decided to quit the order due to harassment and continue her life of celibacy as a layperson.
The next year, she brought out this memoir, laying bare the favouritism, financial misappropriations and harassment sexual and otherwise happening within the organisation. The book was a bestseller immediately and created quite a furore. According to Jesme, she was tortured mentally from day one onwards because she would not condone the misdeeds of her peers and the management. If one goes by her words, she is an exceptionally brilliant yet humble human being who has dedicated her whole life to Jesus, on a one-woman mission to reform the church through compassion.
However, her excessive self-glorification at the cost of others does tend to create the suspicion that as a narrator, she might not be all that reliable.
And when one starts suspecting that, the efficacy and veracity of the memoir falls by the wayside. The main contention of Sister Jesme is that she had been stymied all along her career path by nepotistic superiors, and later on they tried to prove that she was mentally unstable and tried to get her admitted into a psychiatric hospital.
While this is quite possible, her flowery words and delirious outpourings concerning Jesus does make one suspect a hint of sexual frustration somewhere in her psyche: also, the way she has tagged almost all of her superiors as conspiring against her smacks a little of persecution mania. This is not to say that I disbelieve what she has to say about the misdeeds within the church.
There have been a lot of revelations regarding how finances have been misappropriated, how poor and Dalit children have been discriminated against, and how priests have sexually harassed nuns, ladies of the congregation and even children for all of them to be fabrications. Also, the instances of homosexuality within the nunnery seem to be disturbingly akin to the sexual power play mentioned by Desmond Morris among zoo animals.
There is no flow to the language. The narrative moves in stops and jerks, with the author's exhortations to Jesus interspersed with her cribbing about other nuns and descriptions of sexual escapades. In one or two places, it even resembled porn - which I find out of a place in a book of this sort.
Overall, a disappointment. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. There are 2 sides to Amen. First is, how is Amen as an entertainment medium and second is the subject matter.
Sister Jesme, born in , realized that she wanted to spend her life in service to Jesus when she was in her late teens. She completed all those courses and compulsory tests that you are supposed to do if you want to beco There are 2 sides to Amen. She completed all those courses and compulsory tests that you are supposed to do if you want to become a nun, for years and years apparently. After joining the Church as a nun, she realizes that things are not like she thought they would be.
Sister Jesme was forced into a homo relationship with a sister and although everyone knew about it they did not object. In fact they encouraged her to co-operate for their peace of mind.
She also states examples where a few priests are involved in sexual relationships with the nuns. She also tells us that corruption is very common in schools and colleges run by the church. They ask for donations and many sisters harbor petty jealousies against other sisters. Sister Jesme was very outspoken on various issues such as donations among others which led to some of the senior sisters turning against her. They perceived her as a threat.
She gives a lot of examples and incidents to prove the point. After some years, when she becomes the principle of a college, they try to remove her from the post by falsely accusing her of wrong doings. When that is unsuccessful, they try to get her admitted to a mental hospital and start treatments on her.
Finally, she has enough and leaves the Congregation and goes into hiding. She is afraid that they will force her to come back and eventually prove that she is mentally unstable. The press comes to know about it and they question the congregation.
They tell them that she is mentally unstable. This book is one more embarrassment to the Catholic Church in Kerala along with the string of incidents that splashed on South Indian newspapers recently. There was a Sister Abhaya Murder case in which two Catholic priests and a nun were arrested and the suicide case of a nun who was made to do all the chores in the convent and in the night she was sexually harassed by the head of the convent.
In march issue, X, no. The cover carries a photograph of my body, across which are plastered my references to sex in the book, taken out of context. A few corrupt priests and nuns should not be allowed to corrupt the entire church system. I hope the church instead of denying the charges and accusations, try to find out the guilty and make it safe for others. Now onto the point about how entertaining was the book.
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Phil, Then she turned as teacher, joined as vice principal at Vimala College , Thrissur for the year to In she joined at St. Mary's College, Thrissur as Principal, served till She resigned from her post as Principal of St.
The resignation of the senior nun, who taught English in two of Kerala's most respected colleges, sent shockwaves across the Catholic Church. Two years later, Sister Jesme, 53, has come out with a book that details the humiliation, sexual abuse and mental torture at the seminary. Excerpts from Amen: The Autobiography of a Nun. My mother was struggling to find money for my monthly fees and my father did not bother about it anyway. My scholarship amount would inevitably be spent on household expenses.