Benedictine Nuns and Monks

Benjamin Free Range

Tyburn Nuns

One of the amazing things about the Catholic Church is the resilience of consecrated life. Here is a wonderful article on a congregation of Benedictine nuns at Tyburn Convent in London, which has been founding new houses of nuns all over the world. The convent in London was founded in 1903 by a French nun, Mother Marie Adele Garnier, who had fled France because the laws there were hostile to religious life.

Here is link to Clear Creek Abbey in Oklahoma, recently founded from monks of Fontgombault in France. The abbey had been confiscated by the French government in 1791. In 1850, a diocesan priest restored the buildings and Trappist monks came, but they were forced out by the anti-clerical laws in 1903. Fotgombault was refounded in 1948 by Benedictine monks sent from Solesmes in France.

Monks harvesting pumpkins

Speaking of fleeing France until things were calm again, I recently had a great insight into the words of Jesus from Matthew 10:23:

When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

What Jesus means is that, no matter how bad persecution becomes, there will always be a town left to run to, in other words, the Church will always be able to find refuge somewhere until Jesus comes back. I find this thought very encouraging. History bears this out….not just the Church but many of the religious orders have been able to find refuge and to flourish again after the storm. +