Nuns in Poland show 'fighting spirit' in boxing video to raise funds for orphanage

The Polish nuns made a video to help them raise funds for orphanage renovations.

March 29, 2018, 12:36 PM

WARSAW, Poland -- Bag punching, shadow boxing, skipping rope -- and no brawny boxers in sight, just a gym full of nuns in their habits.

Perhaps not everyone’s picture of life in a Catholic convent, but 10 Polish nuns have made the boxer’s workout part of their strict daily schedule.

PHOTO: Nuns at a Catholic convent in a small town in Poland keep fit with daily boxing workouts.
Nuns at a Catholic convent in a small town in Poland keep fit with daily boxing workouts.
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“Sport is part of a normal, healthy lifestyle and we need to keep fit,” Sister Cecylia Pytka, told ABC News. “And especially now we need to get into shape before the hard work ahead of us.”

Pytka is the superior of the Capuchin Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in a small town in Poland. The nuns run an orphanage that she said is in dire need of major renovation.

PHOTO: Nuns at a Catholic convent in a small town in Poland have made boxing a part of their strict daily schedule.
Nuns at a Catholic convent in a small town in Poland have made boxing a part of their strict daily schedule.
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“Some of the work will have to be done by us, so we need to be strong,” Sister Cecylia says.

PHOTO: Nuns at a Catholic convent in a small town in Poland keep fit with daily boxing workouts.
Nuns at a Catholic convent in a small town in Poland keep fit with daily boxing workouts.
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But no matter how much work they do themselves, the building renovations are still going to be costly.

“We need the equivalent of $100,000 and that’s quite a sum for us poor nuns,” Pytka told ABC News.

PHOTO: "Sport is part of a normal, healthy lifestyle and we need to keep fit," Sister Cecylia Pytka, the superior of a Catholic convent in a small town in Poland, told ABC News. The nuns at the convent box to stay fit.
Sport is part of a normal, healthy lifestyle and we need to keep fit,” Sister Cecylia Pytka, the superior of a Catholic convent in a small town in Poland, told ABC News. The nuns at the convent box to stay fit.

Not enough donations were coming in to meet the cost, so the enterprising nuns decided to attract more attention to their cause.

“These days if you need help you need to be noticed first,” Sister Anna Gadzala, another nun from the convent, told ABC News. “The Holy Spirit inspired us to do a video –- and it looks like it’s working. Some money started coming our way! We’re getting more attention than we had hoped for.”

PHOTO:Nuns at a Catholic convent in a small Polish town in have made boxing a part of their strict daily schedule.
Nuns at a Catholic convent in a small Polish town in have made boxing a part of their strict daily schedule.
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Pytka also thinks the video helps show the nuns' determination.

“We will never throw in the towel! For the sake of our kids, we will fight to the end,” the superior said. “I hope the video we posted shows our determination and fighting spirit.”

PHOTO: Nuns at a Catholic convent in a small town in Poland have made boxing a part of their strict daily schedule.
Nuns at a Catholic convent in a small town in Poland have made boxing a part of their strict daily schedule.
Siostry Kapucynki Najswietszego Serca Jezusa