March 24, 2019.
Sister Leona 105 years old.
Dutch TV “Kruispunt”,
Interview with Sister Leona.
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Translation by Ineke,
edited by John,
subtitles by Ruud.
A very special birthday in "Kruispunt". (Dutch TV program on March 24, 2019, NPO 2)
An old acquaintance for many viewers: Sister Leona from Maastricht celebrates her 105th birthday.
That makes her the oldest nun in her monastery "Onder de Bogen" (Below the Arches) in Maastricht. Even
though things are going a bit slower physically, every morning she arises happily: "Then I thank Our Lord
that I may live another day." She is still busy with the world around her: "I pray for all the people who are
sick or are confronted with violence in the world." Sister Leona and her twin sister Gerosa lived in the
monastery for over eighty years. The sisters said they had hoped to be 100 together. It was not to be, Sister
Gerosa died shortly before their 100th birthday. "Missing a twin sister is something totally different than just
missing a sister. It feels as though something has been ripped out of you. I often think about her," says
Leona. Whether she'll see her sister again, she dares not to say: "I do believe in Heaven, but yes, no one
has ever been able to verify it’s existence". Since her 100th birthday, a special friendship has developed
with her great idol André Rieu. Every summer she now waltzes with him on the Vrijthof. "He brings
something special with his music, he makes people happy. If I experience a hard day, I turn on his music
and then I just forget everything". Sister Leona is already practicing for next summer. "I think I can be there
again, but we'll just have to wait and see. I only live from day to day", she says laughingly.