ALLELUIA!!!! Dedication of New Monastery For Catholic Christianity at Little Portion Hermitage
ALLELUIA! On April 10th, 2010 Bishop Anthony Taylor of Little Rock consecrated and blessed the Church and New Monastery at Little Portion Hermitage. The New Monastery replaces the Charity Chapel and Common Center of the Hermitage that was destroyed by fire April 28th, 2008. A simple, but beautiful building in the style of a Franciscan Mission, it uses “green” technology that makes it environmentally friendly, and energy efficient. For two years the integrated monastic community of 35 have been worshiping and sharing common meals, and ministry in a make shift facility originally designed to accommodate one family. The opening of the New Monastery is a cause for great joy, and marks a new chapter in the history of this integrated monastic community!
Over 125 monastic community members and guests, including Bishop Anthony Taylor, Fr. Shaun Wesley of St. Elizabeth’s in Eureka Springs, and other monastics, religious, and clergy attended the celebration. The respected green minded architects, Albert and Lisa Skiles, and contractor Dan Minkel and families were special guests. Other honored guests included Dan O’Neill, founder of the well respected humanitarian agency of Mercy Corps, and Phil Perkins, John Michael Talbot’s long time producer and coworker in their award winning sacred music.
The celebration was joyful and awesome. The music was typically spirited with traditional monastic chant, and contemporary praise and worship. The Bishop’s homily was most moving, as were all the symbols of the liturgy. John Michael Talbot, founder, spiritual father, and General Minister, shared with gratitude about the tragedy and joys of the last two years, and all who have made this new beginning possible. A luncheon, and tour of the building followed the celebration.
The Brothers and Sisters of Charity is part of the New Monasticism Movement, and was among the first integrated monasteries founded in North America, and the first with canonical approval in the Catholic Church in The United States. They integrate religious, Christian, and monastic spiritualities, and celibate, single, and family states of life from an orthodox and traditional Catholic monastic base.