Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
As we approach Holy Week, we realise that this is already the third Easter that we will spend without all of You, whom God’s Providence has led to our Monastery. The coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly brought about a great crisis at all levels of life for the whole world. It was therefore inevitable that it would also affect the life of our Monastery, in the sense that it separated us from all of you, our brothers and sisters in Christ.
We are very concerned about how we should proceed from now onwards:
- Can our Monastery be open now for all the people, as it was before covid?
- Would the Monastery be able again to offer hospitality to pilgrims from England and abroad?
- Under the present circumstances, would the opening of the Monastery be without risk to the members of our community?
We do not wish to conceal from you that questions such as the above have been on our minds for some time now. Therefore, in view of Holy Week and Easter, after much reflection, we have decided that unfortunately it is impossible for the time being to open the Monastery to everybody. This would be dangerous for some members of our community who are particularly vulnerable, but it would also be dangerous for the people who come. However, in order not to keep the Monastery completely closed this Easter, we have decided this year to offer hospitality, to the best of our ability, to faithful who are willing to stay in the Monastery during Holy Week, on the conditions that:
- They will be isolated for two days before coming to the Monastery.
- They will test negative for covid.
- They will remain in the Monastery throughout their stay.
With God’s help, our Monastery has always offered hospitality without partiality, and we will do the same now. We ask for your understanding and patience in advance, so that, in good time, everyone may be given the opportunity to visit our Monastery, under the conditions mentioned above.
With warm wishes,
and the brethren who are with me in Christ