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Sister Jaguar's Journey: finding peace

Posted at 1:57 PM, Feb 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-22 16:03:02-05

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Virtually all her life Sister Judy Bisignano battled anger. 

"The anger was child abuse.  I was beaten by my mother every day, verbally and physically," she said.

Sister Bisignano said she joined the convent and then found out the convent was extremely abusive.

Bisignano decided to take a trip to a rainforest in Ecuador and see what the Achuar shamans could do for her.

"I took ayahuasca.  It's a medicinal heart-opening drink," she said.  Sister says she thinks it opened her heart to see that all the anger should be forgiven and then the story should change.

One thing you should know about ayahausca is that it is a hallucinogen, which is illegal in the U.S. 

Is Sister concerned about what her fellow Catholics may think? 

"People want to hear how a nun found peace outside of the church, and I they think they think I'm trying to throw them under the bus, but all I'm trying to do is climb out from under the bus myself."

During her time in the rainforest with the Achuar tribe, Sister Bisignano got a new name all because of something she saw.

"To see a jaguar, a black jaguar, is life changing for the achuar. So I get there, and I see this it stuck.  They just calling me Sister Jaguar."

Sister Jaguar says the name fits her anyway.

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