New Poor Clare Monastery in Nazareth

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New Poor Clare Monastery in Nazareth

LPJ

The Mexican Poor Clares will revive and take over the Monastery of St. Clare in Nazareth. Eight sisters of the Monastery of the Immaculate Conception in Zacatecas (Mexico) have been chosen for the Nazareth monastery. Three of them are already in Nazareth since February 6, 2014 and, together with the present Abbess, Mother Maria Theresa of Jesus, are assessing the situation and finalizing necessary agreements. The remaining five will arrive in the coming months.

Almost 15 years ago, three Poor Clares came from Abidjan in the Ivory Coast and had very well supported in the community. But now, alarmed by the situation of the monastery weakened because of death, aged and sick sisters, the Vicar for Israel, Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo, the Delegate Superior, Fr. Stéphane Milovitch OFM, and the Mother Abbess herself, Sr. Frances of the Virgin, asked the Patriarch of Jerusalem to make a call to ask help of other Poor Clare monasteries. Fr Fernando Mendoza OFM, General Delegate pro monialibus, was responsible for the search and, thanks tp God, he found the monastery of Zacatecas (Mexico), rich in thirty contemplatives, ready to send eight sisters to revive (‘rebuild’?) the Nazareth monastery.

Mexico, in fact, now enjoys a happy flowering of contemplative vocations. There are 50 Poor Clare monasteries and many of them have thirty, forty and even fifty sisters. Each monastery has an average of ten to fifteen novices. Is this the fruit of the seed of the Mexican martyrs? The Zacatecas monastery has thirty religious, and is located at the center of Mexico at an altitude of 2500m.

In the matter of the refoundation of the monastery, many major points are planned and prepared by the Congregation for Religious, but many practical details are left to the local ecclesiastical authority and the two pertinent monasteries. Encouraged by Bishop Marcuzzo, and followed up by Fr. Stéphane, meetings of hard work during these days have been organized, and many points are already gathered and discussed to be submitted to the Patriarch. The Mexican delegation of Poor Clares, accompanied by the President of the St. Damien Federation, Sr. Elizabeth Cormontreuil, and the Federal Delegate, Sr. Marie Jean Baptiste de Nice, visited the Patriarchal Vicar. He, in turn, on February 27, celebrated Mass for them and gathered with them for a conference on “biblical-theological principles and spiritual attitudes necessary for a successful transition and renewal.” New blood, consequently, flows in the veins of the Church of Holy Land.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 13:22
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