Roman Catholic Abbey to house refugees

Bavarian abbey to open doors to refugees from Syria and Afghanistan

Beuerberg Abbey in Eurasburg in Bavaria, Germany

Beuerberg Abbey, founded in 1121, will offer refuge to those fleeing war

Cold winter light is streaming through the ancient windows of Beuerberg Abbey. It plays on the wood of the empty choir stalls, shimmers on the bronze hand bell of the prioress. Everything is quiet and ready for the next prayer.

But this bell will likely never again break the silence of these walls. The last nuns of Beuerberg have left. The monastery, founded in 1121, today stands empty in the snowy landscape of the Alpine foothills.

“Oh, this is not the end! On the contrary,” said Sister Maria Lioba Zezulka, prioress of the Visitandine order, flashing a smile. “This is a new beginning on several wonderful levels! And not just for the refugees who may soon have a home within these walls.”

Sister Lioba and the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising have worked a deal to house refugees in the abbey. They hope that, within a few months, families from Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, Afghanistan and other conflict zones can find a home here.

“Until then, we need to get a lot of building permissions and works organised,” said Gabriele Ruttiger, head of strategy and organisational development for the archdiocese.

Sister Lioba and the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising have worked a deal to house refugees in the abbey. They hope that, within a few months, families from Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, Afghanistan and other conflict zones can find a home here.

“Until then, we need to get a lot of building permissions and works organised,” said Gabriele Ruttiger, head of strategy and organisational development for the archdiocese.

(Article from the ‘Catholic Herald’)

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In an outstanding gesture of hospitality, the nuns of the mediaeval Abbey of Buerberg, in conjunction with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, will be using their abandoned building for the purpose of re-housing refugees from Afghanistan and Syria. What a wonderful idea – at a time when many Christians are despairing of what to do with those who are fleeing repressive regimes in other countries:

Referring to questions on the current unoccupied status of the Abbey, here is the response:

“Oh, this is not the end! On the contrary,” said Sister Maria Lioba Zezulka, prioress of the Visitandine order, flashing a smile. “This is a new beginning on several wonderful levels! And not just for the refugees who may soon have a home within these walls.”

“Insomuch as you do this for the least of these my little ones, you do it as for me” – Jesus

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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