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From successful entrepreneur in Silicon Valley to cloistered nun

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Dolors Massot - published on 09/10/22

Business Insider recognized her as youth revolutionizing the world of startups.

Montserrat Medina Martínez was one of the greatest examples of a successful young woman in Europe and the United States. Still in her 30s, she had an exceptional resume. In 2019, the Spanish edition of Business Insider chose her as one of “the 21 young Spaniards aged 35 (or younger) who are revolutionizing the world of startups.”

Sale of her startup to PayPal

This engineer from Valencia, Spain, received a scholarship to study her PhD in computational mathematics at Stanford University. She left these studies in 2011 to found Jetlore, a company based in San Mateo, California, that provided data to large companies to offer “tailored” content to their customers. PayPal soon became interested in this tool and bought the company from her.

Montse, as she is known, was selected among the 10 top talents in Spain under 35 by MIT Technology Review magazine and received a bronze medal at the 2017 Stevie Awards for Women in Business, for Female Executive of the Year.

Montse Medina is a world expert in artificial intelligence.

Her LinkedIn page as a testimonial

Today Montserrat Medina’s LinkedIn page reads “Sierva de Dios” (“Servant of God”). Below it there’s this text:

Unfortunately, I have to say farewell to Deloitte. I have decided to leave everything and answer what I believe is a call from God to follow Him more closely.

I’m leaving my testimony where I’m opening my heart to help you understand, with God’s grace, my decision. 

God bless you.

Going to an Augustinian monastery

Why this change? Montse decided to become a nun. Success and money were not making her happy, and she was looking for more. Now she says that she has found “the treasure” of which the Gospel speaks, and she is giving herself to God as a nun at the Monastery of Augustinian contemplative nuns of Santa Ana, located in the town of Sant Mateu in Castellón, near the eastern coast of Spain.

Montse first had to pass through “a period of intense formation” and needed to “give special care to this space of prayer and solitude” until she “professed her first vows,” according to one of her companions in the community, Sister Maria Teresa.

Another of the nuns of the convent, Sister Asunción, reveals that their new member analyzed different congregations on the Internet before choosing Santa Ana Monastery.

Before “disappearing” at the end of the year 2020, Montse sent a letter to her partners at Deloitte explaining her decision.

Montse in one of her last public appearances

Finding emptiness in the things of the world

In the letter, she says:

I used all the talents that the infinite goodness of our God had granted me, but I used them for my own glory and to accumulate richness in this world. I exploited the talents I received and sought only my own worldly interest, while at the same time deceiving myself. Far from making me happy however, that attitude only exacerbated my ever-growing emptiness in my soul.

Investing in eternal life

She also explains:

I have resolved, without any regrets, to stop investing in my worldly future and start investing in my future for eternal life. Since I am leaving to serve and do God’s Will, I have no doubt that our merciful Lord will cover for my absence to those whom I am suddenly abandoning for Him. To clarify, I am not leaving the world itself, but everything mundane. And I want to give my life in prayer and offering for all those whom God loves.

“I have found the treasure”

This is how Montse is facing her new life of complete surrender to God:

I do not know why his Love has freely granted me undeserved talents which enabled me to work and fulfill myself as a person all these years. Likewise, I do not know what plans He has for me moving forward. The only thing I know for sure is that I have found “the treasure.” And, as the Gospel says, I want to sell everything I have in this world to buy it out (Mt 13: 44-46). I feel that, by answering this call, my life is imbued with a new meaning, that makes me feel blessed and happy.

You can read the full text of Montse’s letter on her LinkedIn page.

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