December 25, 2015 |
Sister Emellia Prokopik, 95, a former principal at St. Basil Academy and academic dean at Manor College, died of heart problems Thursday, Dec. 17, at her order's monastery in Abington. Sister Emellia's impact on the Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great and their monastery was vast. She wrote the province's history, held high-ranking posts in Rome from 1971 to 1989 and as superior general, and visited Basilian sisters throughout the world, including Ukraine, Hungary, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Germany, Italy, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, and Australia.
September 11, 2015 |
A MAN WHO could read 15,000 books, give or take a few hundred, was a man to be reckoned with. And Larry Riley was that man. But how to do the reckoning? He was a man whose spiritual journey took him to a Trappist monastery, probably the strictist order in the Roman Catholic Church, yet he was also a man who enjoyed handicapping race horses and cheering on the steeds at Philadelphia Park and the old Garden State track. He earned a Ph.D with a dissertation on the Bolshevik show trials in the Soviet Union instigated by Joseph Stalin in the 1930s to get rid of his rivals.
August 4, 2015 |
Reports that a Cistercian monastery tucked into a secluded place in South Jersey may close after five decades has caused anguish for parishioners at the church where the monks preach. But church leaders say there are no plans at present to shutter the Cistercian Monastery of Our Lady of Fatima in Mount Laurel. Some parishioners had feared the adjacent St. John Neumann Roman Catholic Church on the property could also be shut and that the 81 acres of green space in Mount Laurel that the monks use for peaceful contemplation could sprout houses.
July 16, 2015 |
It was with a heavy heart that a Cistercian monk who headed a monastery in a heavily populated South Jersey town prepared last July for a trip to the Casamari Abbey. Up for debate in a cloistered hall just south of Rome was the future of his spiritual community, established 54 years ago on about 120 acres of farmland off a bumpy dirt road in Mount Laurel. The Rev. Lino S. Parente was concerned because he and another monk at Our Lady of Fatima monastery had retired from their longtime jobs of managing and preaching at the adjacent St. John Neumann Roman Catholic Church, leaving only two other monks fully employed at the monastery, recalled James Cattanea, a longtime church deacon and close friend of Parente's.
January 24, 2014
GOD ALMIGHTY - an American-made Trappist beer? That's the news that stunned beer drinkers last month, as St. Joseph's Abbey, about an hour west of Boston, revealed that its Spencer Trappist Ale had been certified as the first Trappist beer brewed outside of Europe. The monastic brewery will carry on the ancient Benedictine principal that monks should "live by the work of their hands. " It all seems so quaint and holy, especially considering the near-sacred regard for other Trappist beers, including Chimay and Orval . We've come a long way since the days when a community of beer-making Catholic monks in western Pennsylvania were a national scandal.
December 11, 2013 |
The bells tolled solemnly as congregants sang "Hail, Holy Queen," and priests, nuns, and Bishop Dennis Sullivan filed out of the stone chapel for the last time. After 113 years, the Monastery of the Dominican Nuns of the Perpetual Rosary offered its final public Mass on Monday. Its four remaining cloistered sisters will move to a convent in Elmira, N.Y., in coming weeks, leaving behind, parishioners say, a powerhouse of prayer, countless memories, and quite a few miracles. "The monastery here in Camden became the center of the Perpetual Rosary movement in America," Sullivan said at the altar, flanked by 18 priests.
December 7, 2013 |
Kneeling in pews behind a grate separating them from the chapel, four nuns bowed in prayer as the chaplain delivered his homily. "It will be tough to leave this place they've been so many years, but the faith they've built is a rock," Father Anthony Ignatious Cataudo said at the altar. "It cannot be moved. " The four women, dressed in white tunics and black veils, have spent decades praying to God, cloistered in the Monastery of the Dominican Nuns of the Perpetual Rosary, an immense stone temple that has stood in Camden for 113 years.
September 30, 2012 |
PETRA, Jordan - We knew the night would be a little different than expected when at check-in Mahmoud cheerfully informed us, "I've upgraded you to a cave. " That was our introduction to staying at a Bedouin camp in Jordan. We had visions of dusty tents with Persian rugs underfoot and the odd camel lumbering by. This was true enough, but we were directed to our cave, a hole in the wall (literally) that barely had room for a floor mat, with enough striped pillows to fill a Martha Stewart home furnishings catalog.
April 4, 2012 |
THE ARCHDIOCESE of Philadelphia let a priest who admitted abusing boys in Northeast Philadelphia return to a limited ministry in 1997 with a warning to stay "low key" and away from churches where he might be seen by his victims or other accusers. A year after confessing the abuse to a counselor at a treatment center in Canada, the Rev. Stanley J. Gana was named chaplain of a Carmelite nuns' monastery in Philadelphia. When he asked to expand his ministry to assist at other parishes, Monsignor William J. Lynn agreed - with conditions.
November 17, 2011
COMING TO America in 2012: The World's Greatest Beer. It's Westvleteren 12 , a Belgian rarity brewed at the tiny St. Sixtus Trappist monastery by a brotherhood of notoriously secretive monks. Packaged in a plain brown bottle with no label, Westvleteren 12 has consistently ranked as either the No. 1 or No. 2 brand over the past decade at RateBeer.com and BeerAdvocate.com. Along with its less potent (but equally delicious) sisters, Westvleteren Blonde and Westvleteren 8 , it is typically sold only at the monastery and only under a bizarre set of rules designed to protect the monks' privacy.