June, during a short visit to the monastery at Pachacamac, Fr Abbot bestowed
the Ministry of Acolyte on Brs. Percy, Wilmer and Juan Edgar. The simple but
significant ceremony took place during the Conventual Mass.
are now two excellent young men living at the monastery as aspirants for the
monastic life. Br Ascensio, who is from Cuzco and speaks Quechua, has now
completed his aspirancy and hopes to become a postulant very soon. He is 25
years' old and, among other things, is an excellent chef. Br Jaime, aged 35, is
from Arequipa and he has only just begun his aspirancy. Before coming to the
monastery he had a successful career, but is pleased to be able to dedicate his
life now to the search for God. We pray for their perseverance.
Luis' mother is now 93 and very frail indeed. The most wonderful of ladies, she
has been living in a bungalow attached to the monastery for the past 7 years.
Because of the distance from Lima and the difficulty of getting a doctor to the
monastery, she and Fr Luis decided to move back to her apartment in the city.
Fr Luis has been given permission to live with her there in order to look after
problems we had with the 21 acres above the canal have at long last come to an
end. The land is mountainous and not suitable for building, though with the
help of AIM we had begun a forestation project. However, the local land mafia
had their eyes on it and did everything in their power to prevent us from keeping
it, above all to protect the 7 acres or so we own below the canal, which are
suitable for building and agriculture. Br Mario is to be congratulated for his
assiduous and detailed work on the matter, together with three groups of
solicitors, and for his courage and perseverance. We are now the freeholders of
the land and have been inscribed as such on the national land registry.
Joseph is preparing to retire from active duty as a parish priest in the north
of Peru, in the Parish of San Lorenzo. It has been agreed with the Archbishop
of Piura that he will relinquish the parish on 31st December. This
means that Belmont monks will have served that part of Peru for 32 and ½ years.
Fr Joseph hopes to return to Belmont early in 2014.
Photographs of the Monastery and Community