Saxony: A divine break in the St. Marienthal monastery

Whe comes here for the first time in the romantic valley of the Neisse in the border triangle Germany-Poland-Czech Republic, rubs his eyes in amazement. On the German side of the river, close to the border with Poland, there seems to be a fairytale castle. With domes, towers and decor in the Bohemian Baroque style.

And yet St. Marienthal is nothing less than that. Behind the magnificent facades, simplicity, obedience and renunciation prevail. Women who have dedicated their lives to God and their community live here.


They open the file to the nuns of Murcia for the works that were taken to Elche

Ivory Christ, one of the pieces of sacred art found in Mula

Ivory Christ, one of the pieces of sacred art found in Mula

Continue the soap opera of the nuns who went from Mula to Elche loaded with works of art belonging to the heritage of all Muleños. In October, when the deadline given by the Ministry of Culture to the nuns to return the goods to their place was met, the department headed by Esperanza Moreno announced that it would bring the nuns to justice if they do not replace the pieces they removed.

To this day, the works of the Monastery of La Encarnación They continue in the town of the neighboring province of Alicante. Dozens of pieces are missing from the Muleños’ heritage: an ivory Christ, several sculptures of the Child Jesus (including one by Roque López, the Child of Health) and first-rate paintings such as the portraits of King Felipe V and the Queen María Luisa de Saboya, as well as religious-themed canvases, among others. They also took the original reliquary of the Holy Thorn, which contained the Lignum Cruci.

According to sources from the Ministry of Culture explained this week, “the sisters presented two appeals. One, in which the procedure followed to declare BIC the movable property that formed an integral part of the monastery is questioned, and another in which they put into question the resolution of the General Directorate by which it was requested that the pieces be returned to the monastery or the environment of the same “.

“The Ministry of Education and Culture has dismissed both appeals and the General Directorate of Cultural Assets has proceeded to initiate disciplinary proceedings, by decreeing that there could presumably be an offense typified in the Cultural Heritage law that establishes that the transfer of pieces classified as BIC must be communicated to the competent authority “, they detail from the Ministry headed by Moreno.

The file “may entail an economic sanction. When it concludes, the result will be seen”, the same sources highlight, which, however, they do not rule out the option of “reaching an amicable agreement” with the nuns.

The convent, without tenants

Regarding the installation of a new congregation in the Convent of La Encarnación, the mayor explained that “we have no record at this time of how the procedures are going, but we do maintain the intention that the Eucharistic Communicators of the Heavenly Father could finally be installed in Mule”.

Before them, the Heralds of the Gospel were to go. When their presence was announced at the end of last year, it was known that they had been in the sights of the Holy See for three years. And shortly after settling in, the Vatican informed them that all their activities had been paralyzed. So, the convent, for the moment, still has no tenants.

“They never had the will to return them”

The mayor of Mula, Juan Jesús Moreno, highlights that “from the first moment we have seen that there was no will on the part of the sisters to return the pieces.” The City Council offered a safe space to house the pieces, since the main concern of the congregation was that something might happen to them. “We offered to guard the pieces, to take them to a safe space and with all the guarantees. In fact, we have always done it, we have a large space in the San Francisco Convent, home of the City Museum, where the pieces could be protected, but there has been no will on their part that the pieces were returned to Mula, “he highlights.


Coronavirus in the US: 13 nuns died of covid-19 in Michigan – USA and Canada – International

The city of Livonia in Michigan, United States, was shocked after it was reported the death of 13 nuns, aged 79 to 99, from the coronavirus.

According to the ‘Global Sisters Report’, the nuns belonged to the convent of the Felicia Sisters of Livonia and it was confirmed that twelve of them died in just one month, between April 10 and May 10.

After May, 18 more nuns became infected with coronavirus. On June 27, the death of one of them was reported.

Sister Mary Andrew Budinski, superior of the Sisters Felicia in Livonia, declared that the new coronavirus “It happened like a forest fire.”

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Among the measures taken by the convent to prevent the spread of the disease, is the prohibition of entry to anyone, except essential workers, since March 14.

According to the newspaper ‘CNN’, Sister Mary Christopher Moore, provincial minister of the Province of Our Lady of Hope, referred to what happened:

“We mourn the death of each of our sisters who has died during the time of the pandemic throughout the province, and we greatly appreciate all those who support us in prayer and support us in various ways”, said.

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Every day they said: ‘Another sister’. ‘An other sister’. ‘An other sister’. It was very scary

However, the coronavirus spread after two aides to the infirmary tested positive for discard.

The deceased sisters were considered by the ‘Global Sisters Report’ as “teachers”. Among the nuns were a director of education, a secretary of the Vatican State, a librarian, a writer for a 586-page history of the congregation, and a nurse.

Finally, Budinski stated that the doctors did not give the figures of the dead sisters, but he remembers the following: “Every day they said, ‘Another sister.’ ‘An other sister’. ‘An other sister’. It was very scary. “

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According to CNN, the ‘Global Sisters Report’ says that the death of the 13 sisters can be considered as “the worst loss” of religious lives since those that occurred during what was known as the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918.