Showing posts with label Community of St. Martin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Community of St. Martin. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Priestly Community of Saint Martin Confirms General Superior

Community of Saint Martin
(Paris) The General Chapter of the Community of Saint Martin (Communauté Saint-Martin) confirmed Abbé Paul Préaux for a new term of six years as Moderator General (Superior General). The General Chapter met on 4-5th April.
A primary goal of the new term of office is the type of Rome established propaedeuticum to check the seminarians for their suitability. In addition, the needs of the bishops should be more taken into account in the formation of priests to expand in the "medium term on the Community's international character,"  as it says in a statement on the priestly community.

Four bishops, 94 priests, 104 deacons and seminarians

The Community of Saint Martin was founded in 1976 by ​​Father Jean-François Guérin (1929-2005). Guérin was a priest of the Archdiocese of Tours in France, but also an  Oblate of the  Benedictine Monastery of Fontgombault. This explains the charism in which he founded his priestly community. They celebrated in the new rite, but in Latin with Gregorian chant and ad Deum , without people's altar. The community thus represents a special form among the  new Rite communities. This special care for the liturgy includes prayer in the community choir. Although it is a community of secular priests, the spirituality is strongly influenced by the Benedictine.
The first ecclesial recognition was made in 1979 by the then Archbishop of Genoa, Cardinal Giuseppe Siri. The General House was relocated to France in 1993.  2000 saw the papal approval. The community is under the Congregation for Clergy. The Community emphasis is in France where it is represented in fifteen dioceses. Additional offices are in Italy and in Cuba.
The community today has 94 priests and more than 100 seminarians. Four members of the community of priests were consecrated as bishops, including the incumbent Bishop of Bayonne, Msgr. Marc Aillet, the reigning Bishop of Pamiers, Msgr. Jean-Marc Eychenne, and titular bishop Msgr. Nicolas Thevenin, currently Apostolic Nuncio to Guatemala.

Interest in Weingarten Abbey

In 2009 the community wanted to colonize Weingarten Abbey which had been abandoned by Benedictines. The monastery with a blood reliquary is on a Saint Martin Mountain. One reason why the French priests' community expressed interest. The relevant negotiations with the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart have since not canceled, but have not given any results. "There are doubts" in the diocese about the "suitability" of the community, was what Bishop Gebhard Fürst said in 2012. This had to do with the French character of the community. Moreover, the "conservative" character of the community and its liturgical particularity is suspected as the reason for the sluggish talks.
Meanwhile, the empty cells of the monks have been used since August 2015 to house refugees. Weingarten monastery has, for the time being, the status of a Bedarfsorientierte Erstaufnahmeeinrichtung (BEA) [Need-based Reception Center].
Because of their proximity to Benedictine spirituality, the  Community of Saint Martin works for the acquisition and revitalization of abandoned Benedictine monasteries. Since 2014, the seminary and the general house is located in the former Benedictine abbey of Évron. Founded in the 7th century, it was a victim at the end of the 18th century of the French Revolution. In 1803, when the storms had weakened, the   Congregation of the Sisters of Charity took over the former Abbey and gathered again after their dispersal by the Jacobin regiment, which was not possible during the revolution. In 2012 the sisters sold the former abbey to the priestly community.
Abbé Paul Préaux is the third General Moderator of the Community.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Community Sankt Martin (Screenshot)
Trans: Tancred

Sunday, May 29, 2011

A Second Chance for Cloister Weingarten? Fast Growing Community Wants to Move In

The decadent Benedictines have left the Monastery as of September 2009. In the meantime the priests, who are wearing in any case black habits, have come for a look around.

(, Weingarten) It's possible that the New Rite ironclad French Priestly Society ‘Communauté de Saint Martin’ will take over the abandoned Benedictine Cloister Weingarten in the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart.

Priests of the Society have already inspected the Cloister.

This was according to the speaker of the Old Liberal Diocese, Thomas Broich, of the ‘Schwäbischen Tageszeitung’.

The upper Swabian Benedictine Cloister Weingarten closed its doors at the end of September 2009.

The Cloister has one of the world famous Baroque Basilicas, which was founded in 1056.

Like Holy Water to the Devil

The neo-Conservative Priestly Society of St. Martin was founded by Cardinal Giuseppe Siri of Genoa († 1989).

The first members were refugees from France who were trying to flee the decadence of their homeland.

So they are active, besides France, only in Italy and Cuba.

The Society has shown powerful growth.

It has about seventy priests and deacons as well as about forty seminarians, who always wear Soutanes.

The group is strongly oriented to the New Rite and follow the guidelines like no one else.

Therefore there it is practically the de facto particular rite of the Society.

The talks have already been widely fruitful

Besides the large ecclesiastical political differences between the Bishop of Rottenburg-Stuttgart and the Priestly Society, the Diocesan speaker describes the talks as "intensive and good".

A positive outcome for the management of the Cloister would be conceivable --- says the speaker:

"Both sides need to take time for evaluation and thought."

In February Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Maria Renz (53) of Rottenburg-Stuttgart will travel to France for further discussions.

Perhaps the 'Society of St. Martin' will see the finger of God in that the location of the Cloister Weingarte is on the Martin's Mountain.

Link to origional....