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Stamullen Priory - the new Monastery of Our Lady of the Cenacle

The monastic community of Our Lady of the Cenacle is on the move from Tulsa, Oklahoma, to County Meath, Ireland.  Read about the move here.  In fact, the move happened over the past 24 hours!  Even the monastery dog is making the intercontinental journey (see: http://vultus.stblogs.org/2012/02/hilda-en-route-to-ireland.html)

As the Prior explains in his letter about the move, the Irish Church sent many missionary priests and religious to America [and to Australia too], and so it’s most appropriate “for some Americans to return love for love by leaving the United States to serve the Church in Ireland,” particularly at a time of severe testing for the Church in Ireland.

Please pay for the newly relocated Monastery of Our Lady of the Cenacle, and perhaps you might consider sending some of your Lenten almsgiving their way?



[UPDATE: Oops! typo in the last paragraph!  Well, the community does need help paying for their move and their new home … but they’d also really appreciate it if you prayed for them too!  Well spotted Canonical Codemonkey]!


Tu es sacerdos in aeternum.

Two friends of mine were ordained priests on Saturday.  Fr Samuel Chua and Fr Joseph Chua (unrelated!) are Cistercian monks at Tarrawarra Abbey, Melbourne (Australia).

Tarrawarra Abbey is a community of Cistercian monks in the heart of the Yarra Valley, 60 kilometres north-east of the city of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Founded in 1954 by Mount St Joseph Abbey, Roscrea in Ireland, the monks of Tarrawarra belong to the worldwide Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance (OCSO), popularly known as the “Trappists”.
Tarrawarra is the only Cistercian community in Australia.  Samuel and Joseph entered Tarrawarra just a little before I did when I was discerning a monastic vocation.
See Tarrawarra’s Facebook page here.
Congratulations Fr Samuel and Fr Joseph!  Ad multos annos!

Australia Incognita alerts readers to a new film that will be released in December that shows the life of the Benedictine monks of Norcia, Italy.  This is a new community that was founded in 1998.

Watch the trailer here.


The following is from the Vatican Information Service [my emphases]:


VATICAN CITY, 9 OCT 2011 (VIS) – At 5.15 p.m. today, the Holy Father arrived by helicopter at Serra San Bruno, then continued his journey by car to the Carthusian monastery of Sts. Stephen and Bruno. He was greeted on the square in front of the monastery by Bruno Rosi, mayor of Serra San Bruno, then addressed some words to the many faithful from the local area who had gathered there to see him.

The Pope recalled the visit made to Serra San Bruno by John Paul II in 1984, noting that it is “a great privilege” to have a “‘citadel’ of the spirit” such as the Carthusian monastery on one’s local territory. “Monasteries have an important, I would say indispensable, role”, he said. “Their purpose today is to ‘improve’ the environment, in the sense that sometimes the air we breathe in our societies is unhealthy, it is polluted by a non-Christian mentality, at times even a non-human mentality, because it is dominated by economic interests, concerned only with worldly things and lacking a spiritual dimension.

“In such a climate not only God but also our fellow man is pushed to the margins, and we do not commit ourselves to the common good. Monasteries, however, are models of societies which have God and fraternal relations at their core. We have great need of them in our time”.

Benedict XVI completed his remarks by exhorting the faithful of Serra San Bruno “to treasure the great spiritual tradition of this place, and seek to put it into practice in your daily lives”.
PV-ITALY/ VIS 20111010 (270)


The full text of the homily can be viewed at Whispers in the Loggia.