Benedictine Hospitality – Prinknash Abbey Welcomes the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary

[Hood-doff to Jason John Roberts Edwards, Obl.S.B., for bringing the following—which can be found here as well—to my attention.  Br. John-Bede Pauley, O.S.B.]

The Benedictine monks of Prinknash Abbey are delighted to announce a new and important venture on the historic Prinknash Abbey estate in Gloucestershire.

The monks have offered one of the properties on the Prinknash estate to the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary, OSB, an autonomous community of nuns established within the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham following the Benedictine Rule and currently living at Kingstanding in Birmingham.
The Prinknash community converted to the Catholic faith in 1913 on Caldey Island. The monastic community belongs to the Subiaco-Cassinese Congregation of the order of St Benedict, the largest of the Benedictine Congregations which comprise the Benedictine Confederation, and whose monasteries include St Benedict’s own monasteries of Subiaco and Monte Cassino.

The Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary, OSB, were received into the Catholic Church at the Oxford Oratory in 2013. They are part of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, established by Pope Benedict XVI and are aggregated to the Subiaco-Cassinese Congregation.

The refurbishment of buildings at the new monastery for nuns will include new guest and retreat facilities for individuals and groups, especially of young people. The work is expected to take two years.

Mgr Newton, the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, said he was extremely grateful for the generosity of the Prinknash community in offering the sisters a permanent home to live out their monastic vocation.

The Abbot Administrator of Prinknash said: Prinknash is a much-loved and historic centre of prayer and monastic hospitality. We ask Almighty God’s blessing on this new venture. Our hope is that the presence of these two distinct monastic communities on this outstandingly beautiful and historic estate will enrich this oasis of peace for the many who visit, and be a powerful witness of monastic generosity and prayer.

Further information:
Dom Cuthbert Brogan, Abbot Administrator of Prinknash: abbas@farnboroughabbey.org


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