Celebrations to mark the 35th anniversary of the founding of the Monastery of the Incarnation in Peru
On 20th August 1981, Fr Luke, Fr David and Fr Paul arrived in Tambogrande together with Abbot Jerome to inaugurate life at the Monastery of the Incarnation.
On 11th August 1986, Fr Paul moved to the small purpose-built monastery at San Lorenzo, about 10 miles from Tambogrande, but conditions were very hard.
In August 2006, the Community moved to their new monastic buildings at Pachacamac, about 20 miles south of Lima.
The local Bishop, Mons. Carlos Garcia Camader, suggested there should be a celebration to mark the occasion. This took place on Saturday, 20th August, in the presence of about 100 guests.
We congratulate our Peruvian brethren on the 35th anniversary of their monastery, as well as all the Belmont monks who have been associated with it over the 35 years.
Ad multos annos.
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First Peruvian Oblates
On Sunday, 15th May, the Solemnity of Pentecost, our first five Peruvian Oblates made their Profession at the Monastery of the Incarnation at Pachacamac, just south of Lima.
Fr Alex received their Promises as Oblates and Br Mario is the Oblate Master. We congratulate both the Community and their Oblates and assure them of our prayers and support.
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At the beginning of March the Abbot President, Dom Richard Yeo, and the Abbot of Envigado-Guatapé in Colombia, Dom Guillermo Arboleda, made the canonical visitation of the Monastery of the Incarnation, during which Dom David Bird resigned as Superior on account of ill health. As a result of this, Fr Abbot, with the approval of the Community of the Incarnation, appointed Dom Alex Echeandía as Prior for a period of three years. We thank Fr David for the good work he has done for the monastic community over the past 9 years and pray that Fr Alex's period of service will be happy and fruitful and that the Community grow in number and holiness, as we read in the Rule of St Benedict.
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News From Peru
First Profession of Br José Luis Sánchez Espinoza
Br José Luis Sánchez Espinoza made his First Profession as a monk of the Monastery of the Incarnation during the Conventual Mass celebrated by Fr Abbot on the Solemnity of St Benedict, 21st March 2015. Br José Luis is 31 years' old and comes from the northern Andean province of Cajamarca. He recently spent 5 months of his noviciate at Belmont, so is well known to the Belmont Community, its oblates and neighbours.
First two Peruvian Oblate Novices
On the Patronal Feast of the Monastery of the Incarnation, 25th March 2015, our first two Peruvian candidates became Oblate novices during the Conventual Mass celebrated by Fr Abbot. Sra Marlene Ching and Sr José Merino will make their novitiate under the new Oblate Master, Fr Alex Echeandía. There are several other lay people who have expressed an interest in becoming oblates, thus associating themselves more closely to the monastery and its spiritual life.
New Novice in Peru
On 15th October, at the Monastery of the Incarnation, Pachacamac, Peru, Fr Abbot clothed Br Ascencio Quispe Ynquillay in the habit of the English Benedictine Congregation. So Br. Ascencio, who is 25 years' old, began his novitiate, which will last two years. Br Ascencio was born in the village of Machacca, in the Province of Quispicanchi near Cuzco. Quechua, the language of the Incas, is his native tongue, but he also speaks fluent Spanish. He has been at the monastery as an Aspirant and then a Postulant since January 2013 and will continue his monastic formation under Dom Mario Sosa Amay, the Novice Master. We congratulate Br Ascencio and pray for his perseverance in the monastic life as a monk of the Incarnation.
On 8th March Br Percy Gonzales and Br Juan Edgar Tuesta began their studies in Theology with a view to priestly ordination. They will be studying at the Diocesan Seminary of Chosica from Monday to Friday, spending the weekends at the monastery in Pachacamac. Br Percy had previous studied Philosophy at the same seminary, while Br Juan Edgar studied in the Faculty of Philosophy at the Catholic University of Lima. We wish them both all the very best in their studies.
Photos from Peru
News from Peru 2014
On 8th June, during a short visit to the monastery at Pachacamac, Fr Abbot bestowed the Ministry of Acolyte on Brs. Percy, Wilmer and Juan Edgar. The simple but significant ceremony took place during the Conventual Mass.
There are now two excellent young men living at the monastery as aspirants for the monastic life. Br Ascensio, who is from Cuzco and speaks Quechua, has now completed his aspirancy and hopes to become a postulant very soon. He is 25 years' old and, among other things, is an excellent chef. Br Jaime, aged 35, is from Arequipa and he has only just begun his aspirancy. Before coming to the monastery he had a successful career but is pleased to be able to dedicate his life now to the search for God. We pray for their perseverance.
Fr Luis' mother is now 93 and very frail indeed. The most wonderful of ladies, she has been living in a bungalow attached to the monastery for the past 7 years. Because of the distance from Lima and the difficulty of getting a doctor to the monastery, she and Fr Luis decided to move back to her apartment in the city. Fr Luis has been given permission to live with her there in order to look after her.
The problems we had with the 21 acres above the canal have at long last come to an end. The land is mountainous and not suitable for building, though with the help of AIM we had begun a forestation project. However, the local land mafia had their eyes on it and did everything in their power to prevent us from keeping it, above all to protect the 7 acres or so we own below the canal, which are suitable for building and agriculture. Br Mario is to be congratulated for his assiduous and detailed work on the matter, together with three groups of solicitors, and for his courage and perseverance. We are now the freeholders of the land and have been inscribed as such on the national land registry.
Fr Joseph is preparing to retire from active duty as a parish priest in the north of Peru, in the Parish of San Lorenzo. It has been agreed with the Archbishop of Piura that he will relinquish the parish on 31st December. This means that Belmont monks will have served that part of Peru for 32 and ½ years. Fr Joseph hopes to return to Belmont early in 2014.
Photographs of the Monastery and Community