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Handing-over of Kloster St. Anna

Handing-over of Kloster St. Anna Property in Ried im Innkreis to the Missionary Sisters of the Queen of the Apostles (SRA).

The Redemptoristine Nuns in Kloster St. Anna in Ried im Innkreis, Upper Austria, after four years of collaboration with the Missionary Sisters of the Queen of the Apostles (SRA) have finally on August 18, 2018 handed-over the ownership of their property, belonging since 1852 to the sisters. In the presence of the Notary and Atty. Rotter, the lawyer of both Congregations, the contract was signed by Sr. Maria Anna Stehrer, OSsR, the Prioress and Sr. M. Jacinta, OSsR, Secretary; and Sr. M. Nanditha Pereira, SRA, Superior General of the SRA. With this agreement, the OSsR Nuns retain the right to stay in their cloister.

The SRA as proprietor take charge in administering the properties in Kloster St. Anna, and most significantly, will oversee the caring of the six nuns who renounced their property graciously. The missionary sisters will continue the activities of the nuns and will organize more ministries according to their Charism.

It took more than a year for this process of handing-over to finalize under the able guidance of Fr. Lorenz Voith, CSsR. He was the former Provincial of the Redemptorist  Province of Austria and is now the Parish Priest of the Parish of St. Mary (Marienpfarre) in Vienna and the Bishop’s Vicar of the Diocese of Eisenstadt (Bgld), Austria.

This momentous event was highlighted with a Eucharistic celebration at 11:00 AM presided over by Fr. Dr. Adolf Trawöger, the Bishop’s Vicar for Religious of the Diocese of Linz, Upper Austria, with the presence of priests, religious sisters and parishioners of nearby places and a good number of SRA sisters. The celebration ended with a simple but delicious lunch!

Sr Petra and Sr Gabrielle (Dublin) attended the ceremony by invitation and offered the community support and solidarity at this time. The initiative is a courageous and necessary solution to the dilemma in which the Ried community finds itself and pre-empts the recommendations of ‘Cor Orans’. It will free and enable the community to continue to live faithfully and with total dedication their Redemptoristine life.

 

Icon Writing at the Monastery of St Alphonsus

Icon Writing at the Monastery of St Aphonsus

During the Month of July 2018 there were two Icon Writing Retreats and many came to write an Icon and go deeper into God during the process of praying and writing the icons with Mihai Cucu the master Iconographer.  The Icons were blessed and anointed on the Saturday morning and the icons were venerated by the parishioners.

Lectio Divina

Each Saturday evening the community, led by a Sister, leads the ’Lectio Divina’ focusing on the Gospel for the following day. ’Lectio Divina’ is a process of spiritual reading, slow meditative, listening and responding to the Word of God. It is fundamental to the monastic life of prayer, together with the seven hours of prayer time in the monastery.