Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Monday 12 April |
Saint of the Day: St. Teresa of the Andes

Man escapes from monastery, begs to be put back in prison

Public Domain

The Anchoress - published on 08/01/17

Man, do I love this story:

A convicted criminal who was serving out his sentence in a monastery has escaped for the second time and asked to be sent back to prison because life was too tough. Thief David Catalano, 31, was sent to a Santa Maria degli Angeli community run by Capuchin monks in Sicily last November. But he found their austere lifetstyle too tough to handle and soon escaped. After a short while on the run he was caught by police and sent back.

A few months later, Catalano escaped once again, and this time, he went straight to the police station, begging to be put back in prison.

On Monday he fled for the second time in six weeks, only to swiftly turn himself in at a police station and beg officers to send him back to jail in the nearby town of Nicosia. He told the stunned policemen: ‘Prison is better than being at that hostel run by monks.’ A police spokesman said: ‘Catalano arrived out of the blue and said there was no way he could stay on with the monks. ‘He said it was too tough and he wanted to go back to prison, so we happily obliged and he is now back behind bars serving the rest of his sentence. ‘Life with the monks can be pretty tough – there are no [modern conveniences] and they are up early and go to bed early. There are no luxuries at the hostel and the monks run a very austere regime.’ The Santa Maria degli Angeli community is based in a monastery near Enna on the island of Sicily. It has been run as a halfway house by the Capuchin friars for more than 12 years with around 60 prisoners accommodated there as they near the end of their sentences.

Some people really don’t understand how to get the most out of a retreat.

Read the whole thing.

Read more: What is the difference between a friar, a monk and a priest?

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
PRINCE PHILIP
Cerith Gardiner
11 Interesting facts about the late Prince Philip
2
Archbishop Georg Gänswein
I.Media for Aleteia
Gänswein: Benedict XVI expected to live only a few months after r...
3
JESUS
Fr Robert McTeigue, SJ
A simple test to see if you really believe Christ is risen
4
Philip Kosloski
Why you can eat meat on Easter Friday
5
DIVINE MERCY
Aleteia
Here’s how to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday at home
6
Sister Bhagya
Saji Thomas-ACN
Catholic nun faces conversion charges in central India
7
TABLICA POŚWIĘCONA PAMIĘCI OFIAR PRZEMOCY SEKSUALNEJ
John Burger
N.Y. Cardinal: “For God’s sake, get back to Mass̶...
See More