Monday, March 24, 2008

Interesting: Benedictine Byzantines?

I just discovered an interesting group: "Benedictine Sisters of the Byzantine Church." It looks like the group began in 1951, when a number of Byzantine Catholics entered a Benedictine convent but decided to remain Byzantine Rite Catholic ("Uniate"). I'm not sure exactly how they combine these two elements in practice; I just thought the combination interesting.

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Blogger Eric John said...

Years ago, I came across a group like that on the Internet. I think they used a mixed ritual: Western Mass and Byzantine Hours, something like that.

When I was in the Holy Land, I visited a Roman Catholic church. It had Gothic architecture and no images but for two Byzantine-like icons up front on little stands.

7:42 AM  
Blogger Fr_Dionisius said...

Here is another interesting site about Benedictines.

8:34 AM  
Blogger Matthew the Curmudgeon said...

There is a Discalced Carmelite Womens' Monastery of the Byzantine Rite. They have a nice website starting up. Also there is are Franciscan Byzantine Communities for men and women as well.
As a point of interest, the New Skete Orthodox communities start out as Franciscan Byzantine Rite.
I think the current catholic group is a remnant of the original.
Thanks for the Benedictine notice, i didn;t know about them.

5:06 PM  
Blogger Saint Dyfan Mission said...

The large RCC Benedictine monastery at Chevetogne in Belgium has both Western and Eaastern rite chapels. The current abbot is western rite. They do the music (ERITE) rather well, but they have some liturgical/prectice oddities, not least of which is watching the monks in benedictine habit slip into a room on the way to the ERITE chapel, and come out a few seconds later attired in over-cassock and klobuk!

Fr. Michael

5:46 PM  

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