Originally hailing from Ituango in northwest Colombia, Pineda claimed to have been drawn into the church at an early age. As she explained in an interview with local media, she first went to the convent at the age of ten and stayed for eight years studying to be a nun according to The Sun:
"I went to Uraba, and I was at school when nuns came to visit us, and I knew then that I wanted to do that."
So, aged 10, she joined a convent and spent the next eight years in training. She says she was 'very happy' there, but when she got older she 'fell in love' with her religious teacher