Jarabacoa

Location

Official Name Monasterio Santa Maria del Evangelio

90

Country Dominican Republic

City Jarabacoa

Address Apartado 5

Contact Information

Telephone [1] (809) 223-0591

Fax [1] (809) 574 7211 (publico)

Community Email cisterjarabacoa@yahoo.com

Superior Dom Juan Antonio Sánchez Bueno, Superior 1999, Prior 2006-2018

Other Informations

Juridical Status Simple Priory

Diocese Dioecesis Vegensis (La Véga)

OCSO Region REMILA

Founded/Restored 1989

Origins

Founded by Viaceli in 1989. Raised to simple priory 21 January 2006, feast of Our Lady of Altagracia, Protectress of the Dominican Republic.

History

The foundation was started by Abbot José María de Prada (Abbot from 1983-1989). The Bishop of La Vega, Msgr. Juan Antonio Flores Santana, spent several years in contact with the community of Viaceli requesting a foundation for his diocese. The founders, who arrived in July 1987, spent two years in a house – prepared by the bishop – in Guaigüí, near the city of La Vega.  They had to relocate due to insufficient water and because the solitude was not safeguarded.   In 1989, they moved to Jarabacoa and lived in a house inside the farm, owned by the community, while they built the monastery. In 1996 the community finally settled in their monastery.

Father Immediate

Viaceli

Lay Associates

Movimiento de Laicos Cistercienses Dominicanos

Past Superiors

José Luis DE ABAITUA — Superior — 06/17/1992 – 03/04/1999
Mariano BALLANO — Superior — 06/24/1991 – 02/17/1992 (v.46)
José Ramón Sanchez — Superior — 04/07/1989 – 05/26/1991 (v.25)

Work and Sources of Income

Development of a food made from soft wheat semolina, sugar and powdered milk.  Monastic gift shop.  Artisan Bakery.

Guest Facilities

A small guesthouse with capacity for six persons.

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