Sisters Yohanan and Yedidah make their solemn vows in Beit Jemal
Beit Jemal – On November 25th, 2015, feast day of St. Catherine, martyr of Alexandria, Sisters Yohanan & Yedidah made their perpetual vows at the Monastic Family of Bethlehem, of the Virgin’s Assumption and of St. Bruno, in Beit Jemal (Beit Shemesh) at the Monastery of the Virgin’s Assumption.
Sr Isabelle, Prior General, had invited Mgr. Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo, Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Israel, to preside over Eucharist. The Abbot of Latrun Monastery, Fr Rene Hascoët, ocso, Don Ilario, sdb, Superior of the House of Salesians, and Fr Giuseppe, Prior of the Monastery Our Lady of Maranatha in Beit Jemal concelebrated Mass. The Liturgical Service was given to the Friars of the same monastery. According to tradition of this monastic family, only the Monastery community was present to attend the perpetual vows.
The ceremony allowed everybody to enter into the mystery of the consecrated life thanks to the depth of the prayers and to the care in selecting liturgical texts. Vows were recited in presence of the Prior; the exhortation and the blessing of the Bishop according to the texts of tradition of Chartreux were the highlight of the ceremony.
In his homily, Mgr. Marcuzzo spoke about the “essential and joyful role of the contemplative life in the Church and the basic relationship between monastic life and the testimony of Mercy”. He also spoke about the “joy of the Church especially the local one, to welcome the divine gift of these two vows, and the invisible but genuine and solid affinity between the ‘life of the wilderness’ and the apostolate”. He focused on the blessed times of these vows, pronounced as the Year of Consecrated Life is about to end to be followed by the Year of Mercy.
Sisters Yohanan and Yedidah, natives of France, live within the community since some ten years and are part of this community of Beit Jemal which includes 40 nuns. The Monastic Family of Bethlehem, of the Assumption of the Virgin and St Bruno, founded in 1950, counts now around 700 members all over the world. In the Holy Land, other than Beit Jemal, three other monasteries were founded: Lavra Netofa in Galilee, in Paphos (Cyprus) and Our Lady of Palestine in Deir Rafat. The congregation has plans to start a project in Jordan.
Text by our correspondent in Beit Jemal
Photos : Monastery Beit Jemal