Monastery News Page
February 19, 2019

Two Farewells for One Monk
      Last month, two monks were appointed as Co-Superiors of Holy Face Monastery in Clifton, New Jersey.  A ceremony at St. Benedict Monastery blessed the new assignment for Fr. Louis Navaratne and Br. Antony Maldonado.  The former travelled to New Jersey about a week later, while the latter stayed behind for a while to attend to some of his customary duties at St. Benedictís as well as prepare to make this major move in his life.  Fr. Louis, who originally was from our Priory in Sri Lanka, spent the last 17 years at Holy Face (with the permission of the Prior from Ampitiya until he officially transferred to our Priory last year).  Unlike Fr. Louis, Br. Antony has always been at this monastery from the very beginning of his formation as a monk.  Because of this, Brotherís departure was a bitter-sweet reality for our community as well as for those who frequent our chapel for the celebration of the Eucharist.

     Therefore, after the Mass on Sunday morning, February 3rd a gathering for Br. Antony took place in which the friends of our community were able to say farewell and offer their words of encouragement to him.  Later on the following Wednesday evening, the day before he set out to travel to New Jersey, the monks here enjoyed a special dinner with Brother and showed our appreciation for the blessing that his presence has been for us.

For last week's news story, click here.