La Oliva

Location

Official Name Abadía N. Sra de la Oliva

33

Country Spain

City Carcastillo

Postcode E-31310

Contact Information

Telephone [34] (948) 72 50 06

Community Email comunidad@monasteriodelaoliva.org

Website www.monasteriodelaoliva.org

Superior Dom Isaac Totorica Izaguirre, 2009-2021.

Other Informations

Juridical Status Abbey

Diocese Dioecesis Pampilonensis (Pamplona)

OCSO Region RE

Incorporated 1927

Origins

Founded 10 April 10 1793 by La Valsainte at Poblet; transferred to Santa Suzanna in 1797; forced to seek refuge several times from 1811 to 1927 (Majorca, St. Aubin, Divielle, Hort, Las Avellanas, Val San Jose, etc. [refuge at Melleray and Port-du-Salut 1835-1869]); transferred to La Oliva 1927; raised to the status of abbey 1948.

History

1793: The community was founded in 1793 by La Valsainte: 2 monks, Fr. Gerasime and d’Alcantara and Fr. Jean de Cosmas, left la Val-Sainte on 10 April 1793 and were received at Poblet where they were joined by a group of 10 other monks at the beginning of 1794.  The community lived at Poblet, but separate from the Spanish community, for 3 years.

1797: they purchased the former priory of St. Suzanna, which was raised to the status of abbey on 25 March 1798.

1811: the community was suppressed by Napoleon; it took refuge on the island of Majorca.

1814: return to St. Suzanna

1820: suppressed once again, the community took refuge at St. Aubin, near

1828: return to St. Suzanna

1835: religious persecution in Spain; all monasteries were suppressed.  Part of the community of St. Suzanna sought refuge at Melleray, another part at Port-du-Salut, all remaining under the jurisdiction of the abbot.

1869: the monks reunited at Divielle.

1880: the monks were expelled on 26 November; there were 36 (26?) Spanish monks who stayed for a time at San Pedro de Cardeñas.

1881: the community moved to O. L. of Hort in November.

1884: transferred to La Avellans, Bellpuig, in October.

1890: transferred to Val San Jose.

Foundations

Escalonias 1994; Zenarruza 1996

Father Immediate

San Isidro (until 1972); Huerta

Daughter Houses

Escalonias; Tulebras; Zenarruza

Lay Associates

Fraternidad Cisterciense de Laicos de Santa María de la Oliva

Past Superiors

La Oliva
Isidro SANCHEZ VELASCO — Titular Prior — 02/04/1927 – 16/06/1931
Juan de la Cruz SOLA — Sup. ad nutum — 16/06/1931 – 20/09/1934
Augustin BERMEJO GARCIA — Sup. ad nutum — 20/09/1934-15/06/1935
Isidro SANCHEZ VELASCO (2e) — Titular Prior — 15/06/1935-14/01/1942
Jose OLMEDO ARRIETA — Sup. ad nutum — 14/01/1942 – 05/02/1946
Jose OLMEDO ARRIETA — Titular Prior — 05/02/1946 – 05/10/1948
Jose OLMEDO ARRIETA — Abbot — 05/10/1948 – 01/03/1957
Placide ARENAZ AZCARATE — Sup. ad nutum — ?/06/1957 – 08/12/1957
Placide ARENAZ AZCARATE — Abbot — 08/12/1957 – 16/04/1962
Bernardo BEN FERNANDEZ — Sup. ad nutum — ?/ ?/1962 – 02/08/1969
Mariano CRESPO DOMINGO — Sup. ad nutum — 02/09/1969 – 18/03/1972
Mariano CRESPO DOMINGO — Abbot — 18/03/1972 – 20/04/1993
Francisco SÁNCHEZ ALIAS — Abbot — 06/05/1993 – 06/05/2005
Pablo GORDILLO CAÑAS — Abbot — 06/05/2005 – 31/10/2009

Santa Suzanna, Burdeos
Gerasimo DE ALCANTARA — Superior — ?/ ?/1793 – 25/03/1798
Gerasimo DE ALCANTARA — Abbot — 25/03/1798 – 26/10/1804
Ildefonso DIEZ Y CANO — Abbot — 18/01/1805 – ?/ ?/1814
? CARRACEDO — Abbot — ?/ ?/1814 – ?/ ?/1825
Fulgencio ? — Abbot — ?/ ?/1825 – ?/ ?/1851

Refugees at Melleray, Divielle, Cardeña, Hort…,Val San Jose
Jose Maria ? — Superior — ?/ ?/1851 – ?/ ?/1869
François d’Assise ? — Superior — ?/ ?/1869 – ?/ ?/1881
José María ? — Sup. & Prior — ?/ ?/1881 – ?/ ?/1886
Esteban GARCIA DE CACERES — Prior — — ?/ ?/1887 – 13/05/1902
Jesús-María BARBANO RUIZ — Prior — 19/07/1903 – 31/08/1904
Pablo GIL PEREZ — Sup. ad nutum — 18/01/1905 – 03/06/1913
Pio HEREDIA Y ZUBIA — Sup. ad nutum — 03/06/1913 – 19/03/1918
Juan de la Cruz SOLA — Sup. ad nutum — 19/03/1918 – 07/11/1923
Isidro SANCHEZ VELASCO — Sup. ad nutum — 07/11/1923 – 02/04/1927

Work and Sources of Income

Winery and 20 hectares of vineyard worked by the community; the rest of the farm, 134 hectares, is rented; a small cheese factory; small shop selling wine, cheese, souvenirs.

Guest Facilities

22 rooms with 35 beds.

Transportation

Station: Caparroso-Marcilla o Tafalla

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