JANUARY 16th, 2014
SANTA SOFÍA BOYACÁ, COLOMBIA
MONASTERIO SAN JOSÉ
Dear friends and benefactors:
With great joy we share with you the news that the monastery is growing in several aspects. We are already 6 brothers in the Community and we receive visits on a permanent basis from about 200 people, especially on Sundays.
We are also happy to say that the statue of St. Joseph, has already arrived to the Monastery, he came on the vigil of the feast of the Most Holy Family. We placed him solemnly on his throne of honor at the main Altar the following day, the feast day of his Most Holy Family. This glorious day we renewed our consecration to him together with the faithful. Everything already belongs to him and we do everything for him.
The ideal of the Monastery is to become another house of Nazareth, wherein Saint Joseph is obeyed as the Father of the family and wherein the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother and Mistress. In this their holy house we ask from them to make out of each monk another Christ, meaning, that each one may grow under their protection and formation every day, "in wisdom and grace before God and men".
Dear friends and benefactors, we inform to you that we do not have yet, in this little house of Narareth, the basic necessities for life. We are still lacking electricity, purified water and a septic tank. We trust again in your generosity, so that with your help St. Joseph might serve the Child Jesus under better conditions of life through this his Benedictine family.
Please count on our humble prayers for all of you and for your intentions
With our blessing in the Most Holy Family
Fr. Raphael OSB