An 83-year-old nun from Louisiana is now safely in U.S. care after she was kidnapped at gunpoint in Burkina Faso in early spring.
“Great news, Sister Suellen has been freed,” announced Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) in a Facebook post published Wednesday. “It’s a prayer answered. Thankful for her safety.”
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Sister Suellen Tennyson of the Marianites of Holy Cross was abducted by armed radicals in Yalgo, Burkina Faso, on April 4, according to a press release the FBI issued at the time, NBC News reported.
In its own post, the Archdiocese of New Orleans wrote, “Thanks be to God!!!”
“She is safe,” Sister Ann Lacour, congregational leader of the Marianites of Holy Cross, told the Clarion Herald. “She is on American soil, but not in America. She is safe. She was recovered [Monday] morning. We have spoken to her. She eventually will get back to the United States.”
“She’s totally worn out,” she continued. “I told her how much people love her, and she doesn’t have anything to worry about. I told her, ‘You are alive and safe. That’s all that matters.'”
Sister Suellen will undergo observation and a full health assessment before the archdiocese determines her next placement.
The identities of her captors are not known, according to the BBC.
Praise the Lord for Sister Suellen’s safe return home. Please pray for her as she recovers from such a harrowing and undoubtedly traumatizing ordeal.
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