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Suppression of the Monastic Family Fraternity of Jesus – April 2010
On 12th April 2010 the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life issued a Decree of Suppression for the Monastic Family Fraternity of Jesus. This decision was communicated to the community by Cardinal Franc Rodé, Prefect of this Congregation,  in a letter dated 5th May 2010. The community was informed this decision had already been approved by the Supreme Pontiff during an audience with Cardinal Rodé on 22nd April 2010. For many the Vatican’s reasons for closing down this community remain at best confused. If you would like to receive further information or clarification on this decision please feel free to contact the current Cardinal Prefect for the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Cardinal João Braz de Aviz (Tel. +39. 06. 69884121 – Email: civcsva.pref@ccscrlife.va). Thank you.

Apostolic Visitation carried out by Benedictine Abbot – February 2007
Apparently on the orders of Pope Benedict XVI, the Monastic Family Fraternity of Jesus received an Apostolic Visitation from a Benedictine Abbot in February 2007. Since this Visitation the Founder of the Community has been asked to leave and two Church Commissioners from the Vatican have taken charge. The future of the community appears to be in the balance having been informed by the Vatican that it no longer supports the community’s original charism inspired by the spirit of the Second Vatican Council.

Dies Natalis of Mother Maria Antonia Benvenuti – 6th March 2006
The Monastic Family Fraternity thanks God for the life of Mother Antonia whose tender maternal care has been so central to the life and mission of the Monastic Family Fraternity of Jesus since its foundation. Following a unanimous vote of the sisters, Sister Gina Fantin is to become the new Superior of the Sisters of Jesus. She asks your prayers that she may imitate those same Christ-like virtues present in the life of Mother Antonia – compassion, gentleness, honesty, integrity and simple communion with the Abbot and Founder, Dom Tarcisio Benvenuti.

Magister tells of take-over of St. Paul’s Outside the Walls     – 4th September 2004
The Monastic Family Fraternity of Jesus was deeply concerned to read an article of journalist Sandro Magister suggesting that the Monastic Family Fraternity of Jesus would be taking over St. Paul’s Outside the Walls. The journalist stated in an article written in Italian and English that “The Vatican has by now come to the conclusion that there’s no other solution for revitalizing the basilica than that of dismissing the monks who have reduced it to this state and entrusting it to the care of a newly founded monastic community, a lively, young one blossoming with vocations, already pacing the earth a few miles from Rome.” For the full details of this article please click here. The Monastic Family Fraternity of Jesus  immediately apologised to the Benedictine Confederation who were quite rightly deeply concerned on hearing these rumours. The Monastic Family Fraternity of Jesus was sadly not contacted by the journalist before the publication of this article and therefore had no opportunity to influence its content.

Letter of Support from Cardinal Ratzinger – 8th March 2004
Abbot Tarcisio Benvenuti, Founder of the Monastic Family Fraternity of Jesus, was delighted to receive an Official Letter of support from Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. His Emminence, assuring the Abbot of his encouragement and support, was particularly touched by two aspects of his visit – the life of prayer and the community’s work taking care of God’s Creation. To see a full version of His Emminence’s letter please click here.

HRH Prince of Wales visits Monastery of Vallechiara – 6th November 2002
HRH Prince of Wales met the Abbot and Founder of the Monastic Family Fraternity of Jesus on an official visit to the Monastery of Vallechiara. After a time of prayer at the sanctuary dedicated to the Holy Family of Nazareth, His Royal Highness was accompanied on a visit around the monastery including the chapel, the iconography laboratory, the weaving unit, the fruit-juice factory and the cheese unit. Over lunch His Royal Highness met brothers, sisters, families and young adults being assisted in their recuperation from drug addiction.

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