Nuns Interrupted

The Fate of Slovakia’s Religious Orders During & After Communist Rule

by Mark Nuckols

Living in Slovakia in the 1990s, I heard many moving stories of Communist-era persecution and resistance. I also met several priests who were secretly ordained while continuing their official line of work under the regime—whether as an engineer, symphony cellist, or factory worker. An assistant bishop had spent time in prison. Lay people, both Catholic and Lutheran, told of close brushes with the law for hosting ecumenical meetings or distributing religious literature.

So last year, when I learned of an upcoming conference on the dissolution of Catholic religious orders in Czechoslovakia in 1950, I simply had to make the trip to Bratislava, the Slovak capital, . . .

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