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21 January 2022

CARMELITE NUNS OF TOLENTINO (ITALY): BLESSING AS WORK BEGINS

On December 11th, the Nuns of Tolentino, had the blessing, not of the first stone of their future convent, but rather of its first plank of wood.  It had  happened, that as Mass began on the 30th October 2016, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6,5 had practically razed to the ground the original monastery of the Nuns. That same evening, the Nuns departed from Tolentino.  They were first accommodated by the Carmelite Nuns in Fano and later, in July 2017, when they had transferred to Cascia, they took up residence in an independent house provided by Augustinian sisters.  At the beginning of 2017 a friend had suggested that their original Tolentino monastery should be totally demolished and a new wooden structure constructed.  Little by little this idea came to be accepted as the most attractive one, taking into consideration the threat of further earthquakes, the time that would be saved in building and respect for the surrounding ambient and its resources.

Thus, December 11th became a day of blessing for the commencement of labour and a special occasion of joy and of a kind of  return to a homeland.  We entrust to the Lord our good Sisters and the project of their new monastery.