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22 October 2022

Germany: formation trip in the footsteps of St. John of the Cross in Andalusia

From the 1st to the 10th of September, ten confreres from the German and Austrian provinces left for Andalusia to walk in the footsteps of St. John of the Cross, under the guidance of Fr. Ulrich Dobhan, according to the German Province program for ongoing formation. Therefore, all the excursions were preceded by lectures by Father Ulrich. We were also able to celebrate the Eucharist in the places where John of the Cross lived.

We started our itinerary from the Úbeda monastery, from there we went to Beas, Granada, Baeza, visiting the nuns and friars. We stayed for a long time in the Carmel of Los Mártires and then went to La Peñuela (La Carolina). We celebrated the Office in the Hermitage of the Saint, at the «Asparagus Bridge», which had emerged from the dam due to drought.

The second important stop on our trip was Seville. We visited the cathedral, our Nuns in the Barrio of Santa Cruz, the Friars of Santo Ángel, with whom we shared a dinner and admired the museum. In Córdoba we visited the Mezquita-Cathedral, the old Jewish quarter with the monastery of John of the Cross, the current monastery of the friars and the Hermits. Another trip took us to the Carmelite nuns of Antequerra, where we visited a one-of-a-kind Museum of Carmel. Our trip ended in the city of Ronda, rich in history.