Viaceli

Location

Official Name Abadía Cisterciense de Viaceli

46

Country Spain

City Cóbreces

Postcode E-39320

Contact Information

Telephone [34] (942) 72 50 17

Fax [34] (942) 72 50 86

Community Email ocso.viaceli@confer.es

Website www.monasterioviaceli.com

Superior Dom Alejandro Castro Rodríguez, Abad 1995-2019

Other Informations

Juridical Status Abbey

Diocese Dioecesis Santanderiensis (Santander)

OCSO Region RE

Founded/Restored 1908

Origins

Founded by Désert (1903-1908): raised to the rank of priory in 1920 and to the rank of abbey in 1926

History

1903: Founded by Désert, erected canonically in 1908, but the first prior was not elected until 1920.

1927: The General Chapter authorized the foundation of Huerta (Soria).

1936: During the Civil War, the community was imprisoned, the monastery left abandoned and partially pillaged.  17 monks died, 14 of whom can be considered martyrs.  The abbot Dom Emmanuel Fleche was also imprisoned, but released at the request of the French government.  After a few months’ interruption, regular life resumed.

1951: restoration of the church on the feast of Christ the King, 29 October.

1954: Viaceli accepts in principle the restoration of monastic life at Sobrado.   Fr. Cid oversaw the restoration of Sobrado carried out by the Spanish government.

Foundations

Huerta (1930), Sobrado (1966), Jarabacoa (1986)

Father Immediate

Désert

Daughter Houses

Huerta, Sobrado, Jarabacoa, Avila, Carrizo

Important Figures

P. Pio Heredia and companions, martyrs

Past Superiors

Emmanuel FLECHÉ ROUSSÉ — Superior — 14/07/1907 -30/11/1920
Emmanuel FLECHÉ ROUSSÉ — Titular Prior — 30/11/1920 – 16/10/1926
Emmanuel FLECHÉ ROUSSÉ — Abbot — 16/10/1926 – 31/01/1940
Jesús ALVAREZ ALVAREZ — Abbot — 01/03/1940 – 10/02/1943 (v.55)
Teofilo SANDOVAL FERNÁNDEZ — Sup. ad nutum — 17/02/1943 – ?/04/1949
Luis YAGÜE MARTÍN — Abbot — 25/04/1949 – 17/09/1958
Ceferino GARCIA — Abbot — 22/10/1958 – 03/01/1975
Mariano BALLANO — Abbot — 06/02/1975 – 16/10/1977 (v.91)
Alfonso LLUCH — Abbot — 04/11/1977 – 05/11/1983
Jose-María de PRADA — Abbot — 21/12/1983 – 21/12/1989
Doroteo-Pio MORENO — Abbo — 21/12/1989 – 29/11/1995

Work and Sources of Income

Cheese factory

Guest Facilities

27 persons

Transportation

Estación : Torrelavega, 15 km. Autobús : Santander-Cóbreces ; Torrelavega-Cóbreces. Aeropuerto : Santander, 35 km.

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