The Bernardines

The place of nuns in the Cistercian family historically left its mark in a great diversity of statutes. Several congregations of sisters inherited the spirituality of Cîteaux and of Saint Bernard. These congregations are closely tied to the countries that saw them born.
The Bernardines of Esquermes have several monasteries in the north of France and exercise a teaching vocation. 

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Bernardines of Oudenaarde are especially located in Belgium and in equatorial Africa and are also especially active as teachers.
In Spain, the congregation of Las Huelgas maintain ties with the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance.
In Italy are the Cistercians of Charity.

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