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Brazil - Benedictine Sisters of Caxambu
Project 6680 - Rehabilitation of the monastery roof
Seven sisters of Belo Horizonte Abbey left to found in 1973. Until 1975, they occupied a farm that had been loaned to them. They then embarked on a bold project to build a monastery in a place where there is no road, water or electricity. The water problem lasted until a benefactor offered a mine on his land and an electric pump to collect the water.
By 2014, the community included thirteen definitively committed nuns, one novice and one Oblate in formation.
The community has several crafts: elaboration of cards, diplomas, liturgical vestments. She also makes honey bread and bricelets (a kind of waffle).
The roof of the monastery has deteriorated significantly in recent years. It was manufactured more than seventy years ago with integrated gutters and asbestos tiles. These kinds of tiles increase the cold in winter and the heat in summer, asbestos has also since proven its harmfulness. The integrated gutters require regular maintenance by a competent person that the sisters cannot always find. Birds nest on this pavement and strip the electrical wires, causing short circuits. In 2017, it was decided to start the complete renovation of the roof. Financial assistance would be required to rebuild the last remaining roof and the underlying electrical installation.
Requested amount: 15,000 euros
The Congregation for Divine Worship has issued the official text of the Mass in Time of Pandemic, along with official translations into Italian, Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, and German. These texts may be accessed at this link: http://www.cultodivino.va/content/cultodivino/it/documenti/decreti-generali/decreti-generali/2020/messa-in-tempo-di-pandemia/adnexus.html
Monasticism, Education and Formation Symposium: 9-12 June 2020 (Sant’Anselmo, Rome)
A fraud circulating by e-mail
Please pay the greatest attention to the text below, which concerns a new attempt at fraud circulating by e-mail, this time addressed to the Abbot of Poblet. It is obvious that this e-mail was not sent by Father Peter. Please be very careful with these messages/emails so as not to fall victim to this umpteenth swindle. In case of doubt, please contact the OCist General House.Read more ...
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Father Elias Lorenzo
The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis has appointed Father Elias Lorenzo, osb, of the American Congregation of Mount Cassin, as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey. Bishop Elias served as Prior of St. Anselmo for five years before being elected Abbot President of his congregation. St Mary's Abbey
On March 21, 2020, Father Marcellin Dhecadjevi completed his term as Prior of the monastery of Kokoubou (diocese of Parakou, Benin).Read more ...
Mother Juliana Tatara, prioress of Sujong (diocese of Masan, South Korea) since 2014, having reached the age of retirement mentioned in ST 40.A of the Constitutions, presented her resignation to the Abbot General.Read more ...
Dom Jean-Marc Thévenet, Abbot of O. L. of Acey (diocese of Saint-Claude, France) since 2003, having reached the age of retirement mentioned in ST 40.A of the Constitutions, presented his resignation to the Abbot General. With the consent of his Council, the Abbot General accepted the resignation which became effective on January 3, 2020.Read more ...
Letter of the Abbot General OCist for Easter 2020
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