Marija-Zvijezda

Location

Official Name Samostan Marija-Zvijezda

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Country Bosnia and Herzegovina

City Banja-Luka

Postcode 78001

Contact Information

Telephone [387] 51) 300 951

Fax [387] (51) 319 551

Website www.trapisti-banjaluka.org

Superior Dom François de Place, Apostolic Administrator 2003

Other Informations

Juridical Status Abbey

Diocese Dioecesis Banialucensis (Banja Luka)

OCSO Region REI

Founded/Restored 1869

Origins

Founded by Fr. Franz Pfanner, monk of Mariawald; attached to the Congregation of Sept-Fons in 1872; raised to the rank of abbey in 1885; the community partially transferred to Klostar Ivanic 1969-1977.

History

1869: Founded by Fr. Franz Pfanner
1872: Attached to the Congregation of Sept-Fons and placed under the paternity of Port du Salut
1904: Attempted foundation in New Pomerania
Martyrdom of Br. Aloys Bley, whose cause has been introduced together with that of the martyrs of Sacre-Coeur.
1908: Separation from Marianhill, which no longer belonged to the Order.
1944: Expulsion. The community takes refuge at Marienveen. A few monks remain in Yugoslavia, either at Banja Luka or in captivity.
1951: Dom Bonaventura is designated superior ad nutum of Engelszell and is authorized to transport his refugee community there from Marienveen, which is also abandoned. Juridically, Mariastern continued to exist and found refuge at Engelszell.
1952: Dom Bonaventura resigns as superior ad nutum of Engelszell; he retires to Mariawald; several monks of Mariastern make their stability at Engelszell.
1953: Remaining at Mariastern are Fr. Flavien, plus four other priests and four laybrothers. They are confined to one or two rooms and a little piece of land. 1 monk remains in prison.
1957: deaths of Dom Bonaventura and Dom Flavien, superior ad nutum.
Visit of the Abbot General.
1969: Centenary of the monastery and reconsecration of the church 28 September. On 27 October an earthquake damages the monastery and the church; the latter can be restored.
The community is divided: the abbot and one group seek refuge at Kloster Ivanic; some monks remain at Mariastern.
On 21 November Dom Ambrose Southey decides that the monks at Kloster Ivanic are to return to Mariastern

Foundations

Marianhill (1882-1908); Tyrol (Refuge, 1920-1923); Mariaveen, Germany (Refuge, 1944-1951)

Father Immediate

Port du Salut until 1872; thereafter Mariawald

Daughter Houses

Marianhill (1882-1908); Zemoniko (1888-1922)

Past Superiors

Franz PFANNER — Founding Superior — ?/ ?/1869 – ?/ ?/1882
Bonaventure BAIER — Prior — — ?/ ?/1882 – ?/ ?/1885
Bonaventure BAIER — Abbot — ?/ ?/1885 – ?/ ?/1893
Dominique ASSFALG — Abbot — 30/01/1894 – ?/ ?/1920
Bonaventure DIAMANT — Abbot — 29/07/1920 – 17/09/1952 (v.47)
Flavien GERBAC — Sup. ad nutum — ?/05/1952 – 20/07/1957
Tiburce PENCA — Sup. ad nutum — ?/07/1957 – 27/10/1964
Fulgence ORAITSCH — Abbot — 27/10/1964 – 27/05/1977
Anton ARTNER — Sup. ad nutum — 28/08/1977 – ?/02/1991
Nivard VOLKMER — Sup. ad nutum — ?/02/1991 – 14/02/2002 (v.47)
Philippe VANNESTE — Sup. ad nutum — 14/02/2002 – 23/10/2003
François De PLACE — Apostolic Administrator 20/10/2003

Transportation

Bahnhof : Banja Luka.

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