The community of Saint Benedict of Montserrat is celebrating its anniversary!
The nuns of the Monastery of Sant Benet de Montserrat are celebrating the 70th anniversary of their foundation this year.
On 13 May 1952, two Benedictine communities merged to form a new community: Sant Benet de Montserrat. On that day, the nuns from the monastery of Sant Anton i Santa Clara, founded in the 13th century in Barcelona, and the nuns from the monastery of Sant Benet de Mataró, which had been temporarily residing there since 1939, and whose origins date back to the 19th century, met at the monastery of Santa Cecília de Montserrat. Both communities had lost their monasteries during the Spanish Civil War and accepted the proposal to join together and settle on the mountain of Montserrat.
To celebrate the birthday, the same date of May 13th, but 70 years later, the community of Sant Benet de Montserrat has gone up again to the monastery of Santa Cecília to celebrate a Eucharist in thanksgiving for the 70 years of history. The celebration was presided over by Father Manel Gasch, abbot of Montserrat, and concelebrated by the abbot of the monastery of Poblet and the prior of the monastery of Solius. The abbesses of the monastery of Sant Pere de les Puel-les in Barcelona and Vallbona de les Monges, as well as the prioress of the monastery of Sant Daniel in Girona also attended. The community was also accompanied by the president and the first councillor of the European Benedictine Congregation of the Resurrection, to which the monastery of Saint Benedict of Montserrat belongs.
After the mass at Santa Cecília, the meeting continued at the monastery of Sant Benet with a paella, where the monks of the monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat also joined in. In all, more than fifty monks and nuns gathered for the feast. After lunch, in a playful and festive atmosphere, they recalled, through a game of questions, some anecdotes and historical events of those beginnings of the communities and that are preserved documented in the monastery's archives. In fact, at present, there are still three nuns who lived in first person the day of the foundation, they are the gna. Assumpta Bardolet, gna. Maria Mercè Coll and gna. Maria Tecla Carricondo. All of them were able to participate in the celebration together with the community.