August 25, 2006

Benedictines tend "The Pope John Paul II Commemorative Rose" inside the Vatican

Jackson and Perkins, an Oregon-based company, has developed the “Pope John Paul II Commemorative Rose.”

Ten percent of the sale proceeds are donated to assist the poor in Africa.

This summer a bed of several bushes of this new rose was planted within the gates of the Vatican City’s only monastery of cloistered nuns, "Mater Ecclesiae Monastery."

The monastery was established in 1994 within the walls of the Vatican at the personal request of Pope John Paul to enrich the government of the Church with the presence and prayer of nuns totally dedicated to contemplation.

The nuns maintain the private chapel of the pope, and now prepare bouquets of the John Paul II rose for the chapel.

The monastery was initiated with a community of Poor Clare nuns assigned from around the world.

By indication of the Pope himself, the community of the monastery changes every five years, the length of a staff assignment in the Vatican.

Carmelite nuns began their duties their in 1999.

Benedictine nuns (including at least one from the U.S.A.) have been serving there since 2004.


We are family
I got all my sisters with me
We are family
Get up everybody and sing

We are family
I got all my sisters with me
We are family
Get up everybody and sing

Everyone can see we're together
As we walk on by
And we fly just like birds of a feather
I'm not telling no lie

All of the people around us to say
Can we be that close
Just let me state for the record
We're giving love in a family dose, yeah....


Blogger Saint Peter's helpers said...

Whoa, get down padre!

Beautiful roses.

12:25 AM  
Blogger dilexitprior said...

A friend of mine who's discerning a vocation with the Poor Clares told me about this convent just last week. . .

Are there Carmelites, Poor Clares, and Benedictines all there together now or how does that work? Just curious.

Nice roses. Interesting lyrics.

10:27 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

The orders take turns, and each turn lasts five years.

Poor Clares from 1994 to 1999
Carmelites from 1999 to 2004
Benedictines from 2004 until 2009

The lyrics are from the 1979 song by the group, "Sister Sledge".

10:44 PM  
Blogger young-philothea said...

Two of the nuns from Abbey of St. Walburga is there at the Mater Ecclesiae right now they have 2 more years to go. I believe there's only 7 sisters there. and I think that Dominicans are next:S

10:18 AM  

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