We thank the Abbot General for sharing the message which he received a few days ago from Mother Yosua, prioress of the Monastery of Esmeraldas in Ecuador. We accompany with prayer and fraternal thought her community and its region affected by a severe earthquake in April, and whose effects can still be felt today.

Dear Dom Eamon,
I want to tell you a little bit about our present situation in connection with “earthquakes”.  We are going through a somewhat difficult moment.  Perhaps you remember that the earthquake that hit Ecuador, in the districts of Manabi and Esmeraldas, happened on April 16.  Since then we have had some 2,100 aftershocks, and they continue….  Of course, we don’t always notice these, thanks be to God, but in many cases we do, and they all center around Esmeraldas, exactly on our coast.  Some days we have as many as 10 aftershocks, some days less, some stronger than others, some by day (which you can weather better), others by night, that drive us out of the monastery at 2 or 3 in the morning….  One came just as we were singing Vigils, and it seemed that the whole church was going to crash down on us.  We ran out in a hurry, but once it had passed we regained our composure and returned to the church to pray.

The sisters are reacting well, with one or other being more nervous and edgy.  Most of us are a little stressed out and tense, always awaiting the arrival of the next “dance”, and wondering how strong it will be.  Life continues as usual and we have barely changed [the schedule].  I marvel at how the sisters handle the situation so well.  And so we’re able to follow the daily rhythm of things, which now and then is shaken by the quakes.  The monastery building is taking all this shaking well.  I called the engineer who built it for an assessment, about a month ago, and at that time he told me that, even though there were a lot of cracks, these weren’t dangerous, and that the core of the building wasn’t affected.  But since that time the movements have increased, and there are now many more cracks, but they don’t seem to be deep.  Still, I’m going to call the engineer again for him to come and do a new evaluation.  Nothing can be done for the time being, until the earth becomes calm again and settles.  I suppose that afterwards we’ll have to do all kinds of repairs, especially the outside walkways that are all split up, and completely destroyed in some places.

The saddest thing is how much people are suffering in all the surrounding towns.  They can’t find a way of starting life normally again because the earth doesn’t stop shaking.  All of the beaches in our district are completely empty, and remember that all those towns thrived on tourism.  They’re in financial ruin, because no one wants to come to vacation in Esmeraldas!  We too have felt this effect on our economy, because our guest house is almost empty.  If a sister does come on retreat, she has a terrible time of it when the ground starts shaking at night, and the priests are so busy coping with the problem that no one has time to think of ordering vestments.  This is another line of work that is at a standstill, and no visitors come to our store either.  But we can’t complain because our brothers and sisters outside are much worse off.

We’ve helped people to the extent possible, and if priests or sisters involved in earthquake ministry come to us to rest for a bit, we don’t accept any donations from them in the guest house.  This is one way of joining in the effort.  But it’s really a very small thing, and our real contribution rather is our prayer.  They know this and are continually asking for us to pray.

We always pray for you, and on Saint Benedict’s day we remembered you in a special way.
A big hug from your sister,
Yosúa

http://www.ocso.org/monastery/esmeraldas/

 

Apostolic Constitution “Vultum Dei quaerere
on women’s contemplative life
22.07.2016

We provide below the full text of the Apostolic Constitution Vultum Dei quaerere, “Seeking the face of God”, on women’s contemplative life, signed by Pope Francis.

Apostolic Constitution Vultum Dei quaerere on women’s contemplative life EN

Costituzione Apostolica di Papa Francesco “Vultum Dei quaerere” sulla vita contemplativa femminile IT

July 20, 2016: Brother Paul Cuschieri was born in 1936 in Woolwich, London (Great Britain). He entered Caldey in 1983 and made his solemn profession in 1988. Brother was 79 years old and had been in monastic vows for 30 years when the Lord called him.

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On July 11, 2016, Solemnity of St Benedict, Brother Florencio Navarro Navarro was ordained a priest at the monastery of Jacona (Mexico).

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15-17 novembre 2016

LA ‘DIVINA PIETAS’ E LA ‘SUPPLETIO’ DI CRISTO
IN S. GERTRUDE DI HELFTA:
UNA SOTERIOLOGIA DELLA MISERICORDIA

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The Newsletter n°9 of the Central Secretary for Formation can be obtained from the Internet under the heading: “Formation/Newsletter” :
Formation/Newsletter

Monastic Formators’ Programme 2017
19 th March 2017 (arrival) – to 16 th June 2017 (departure)

This English-language Programme has now run for over 10 years, with over 300 men and women participating from over 40 countries. On this course participants meet with monastics from all over the world and have the experience of being instructed by some of the best monastic teachers of our time. Rooted in the teaching of St Benedict and the monastic tradition it addresses contemporary issues and aspects of human and spiritual growth.It is hoped that this Programme can continue to be of service to our communities.

Further information can be obtained from the Director, Fr Brendan Thomas
brendan@belmontabbey.org.uk
http://www.monasticformators.org/

MFP Leaflet 2017.pdf

On July 9, 2016,
Sister Marie Fabienne Pondichy
made solemn profession
at the monastery of Brialmont (Belgium).

Sister Marie Fabienne was born in 1942 in Liège (Belgium). She entered BrIalmont in 2009 and made first profession in 2012.

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On July 11, 2016,
Solemnity of St Benedict,
Brother Florencio Navarro Navarro was ordained a priest
at the monastery of Jacona (Mexico).

Father Florencio was born in 1974 in Capilla de Guadalupe (Jalisco, Mexico). He entered Jacona in 2005 and made his solemn profession in 2011. He was typist at the last General Chapter.

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July 13, 2016: Sister Maria Brigida Tomiko Yamano was born in 1929 in Hirado, Nagasaki (Japan). She entered Nishinomiya in 1950. She had been one of the foundresses of Nasu in 1954 and made her solemn profession in 1956. Sister was 87 years old and had been in monastic vows for 63 years when the Lord called her.

The Information Bulletin n°185 that records the News which appeared between the month of January and the month of June of 2016, can be obtained from the Internet under the heading: “News / Bulletins.”
http: Bulletins

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The Necrology notice for n° 2016-1 can be found under the heading: “News / Necrology Page”.
http: Necrology Notices

 

Because of their diminishing numbers, the monks of the Abbey of Melleray have partnered with the Chemin Neuf Community. Since September 17, 2015, twenty members of this community live in the abbey. A new phase began on June 19, 2016 with the celebration around the Bishop of Nantes with the gradual handover. It is not without pain for the monks but they have the consolation that the place continues to be a pole of prayer and a spiritual home for the Diocese.

Melleray

Monastic Formators’ Programme 2017
19 March 2017 (arrival) – to 16 th June 2017 (departure)

This English-language Programme has now run for over 10 years, with over 300 men and women participating from over 40 countries. On this course participants meet with monastics from all over the world and have the experience of being instructed by some of the best monastic teachers of our time. Rooted in the teaching of St Benedict and the monastic tradition it addresses contemporary issues and aspects of human and spiritual growth.It is hoped that this Programme can continue to be of service to our communities.

Further information can be obtained from the Director, Fr Brendan Thomas
brendan@belmontabbey.org.uk
http://www.monasticformators.org/

MFP Leaflet 2017.pdf

July 3, 2016: Sister Lelia Kehoe was born in 1923 in Clonroche, Co Wexford (Ireland). She entered Glencairn in 1949 and made her solemn profession in 1954. Sister was 93 years old and had been in monastic vows for 65 years when the Lord called her.

Sr Lelia + ENG.pdf

July 1, 2016: Sister Ángeles Bolaños Carrasco was born in 1927 in San Ildefonso de la Granja, Segovia (Spain). She entered Arévalo in 1963 and made her solemn profession in 1969. Sister was 88 years old and had been in monastic vows for 50 years when the Lord called her.

June 30, 2016: Sister Léonie Otten was born in 1931 in Brunssum (The Netherlands). She entered the Congregation of the Little Sisters of St.Joseph and transferred to the Cistercian Order at Berkel in 1964. She was sent to Butende in 1967 and she made her solemn profession there in 1969. Sister was 85 years old and had been in monastic vows for 47 years when the Lord called her.

Sr Leonie + ENG.pdf

June 27, 2016: Brother Manuel Álvarez González was born in 1925 in Congosto, León (Spain). He entered Viaceli in 1942 and was a founder of Sobrado where he made his solemn profession in 1950. Brother was 90 years old and had been in monastic vows for 71 years when the Lord called him.

Hno Manuel + SP. pdf

O.C.S.O.

The Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (also known as “Trappists”) is a Roman Catholic contemplative religious order, consisting of monasteries of monks and monasteries of nuns. We are part of the larger Cistercian family which traces its origin to 1098. As Cistercians we follow the Rule of St Benedict, and so are part of the Benedictine family as well. Our lives are dedicated to seeking union with God, through Jesus Christ, in a community of sisters or brothers.

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