Wednesday, November 14, 2012
(kreuz.net) What was reported in April, happens now.
The Capuchin Cloister in the south Hessian city of Dieburg will extinguish its lights at the modern feast of Christ the King.
With that ends the 400 year history of the Cloister.
Today None Come
Currently there are still four monks in the place: the guardian, Fr. Berthold Oehler (61), Fr Joachim Wrede, Fr. Eckehard Krahl (76) and Br. Friedhelm Bielefeld (58).
The suit and tie priest Mathias Doll (69) -- who is active as a priest in Schmerlenbach near Aschaffenburg -- also belongs to the convent.
The website of the Diocese of Mainz cited the guardian of the dying cloister on November 7th: "When one went away before, another came along."
Today none are coming.
Fall into the abyss
At the Council there were 850 German Capuchins.
Today there are about 150. Most of them are of retirement age.
The Council was to "renew" the friars with its grandiose claims.
The Capuchins have only four novices at this time in the German speaking areas.
The Capuchin Convent of St. Joseph in Munich will be the next to be closed.
Two other closings are planned.
Link to kreuz.net...