Bunda Pemersatu Monastery

Bunda Pemersatu Monastery (Indonesian: Pertapaan Bunda Pemersatu, Pertapaan Bunda Pemersatu Gedono) is a Trappistine monastery located in Semarang Regency, Central Java, Indonesia. The monastery was officially established on the Palm Sunday in 12 April 1987 as a daughter house of Rawaseneng Monastery in Temanggung Regency. Its architecture was one of the works of Fr. Y. B. Mangunwijaya, and in 1993 was awarded the National IAI Award from the Indonesian Institute of Architects (IAI).

Pertapaan Gedono
Monastery information
Full namePertapaan Bunda Pemersatu Gedono
OrderTrappists (OCSO)
Established12 April 1987
Mother houseRawaseneng Monastery
Dedicated toOur Lady of Unity
DioceseArchdiocese of Semarang
Founder(s)Dom Frans Harjawiyata, OCSO
AbbotAbbess Martha Elisabeth Driscoll, OCSO
Important associated figuresAbbess Cristiana Piccardo, OCSO
Fr. Suitbertus Ari Sunardi, OCSO
ArchitectFr. Y. B. Mangunwijaya
LocationWeru, Jetak Village,
Getasan, Semarang,
Central Java
Country Indonesia
Coordinates7°24′19″S 110°28′12″E / 7.40528°S 110.47000°E / -7.40528; 110.47000[1]
Public accessYes, outside cloistered area

Like any nuns or monks in other Trappist monasteries, the nuns of Gedono lives on prayer and works of their hands under the Rule of Saint Benedict. Their manual works include managing vegetable plantations and household works, as well producing hosts, jams, syrups, cakes, kefirs, and religious cards, which enable them to feed themselves from the selling results.[2]

In the 25th anniversary of Gedono Monastery on 12 May 2012, which was also attended by Frans Seda's family, Cardinal Julius Darmaatmadja, SJ said: "Seven times a day, the nuns of Gedono praise, search for His mystery, admire, beg for mercy, pray for all: the whole world, the whole Church. The nuns live in the silence of the heart and mind, however brief, to be able to understand the Lord's will. The nuns live in love, praise, in simplicity and works. All of those are dedicated to the Lord. Thank you nuns, proficiat, thank you."[2]

Superiors edit

Superiors of the community since the official establishment in 1987:[3]

  • 1987 – 1994 : Martha Elisabeth Driscoll, OCSO (Superior)
  • 1994 – 2000 : Martha Elisabeth Driscoll, OCSO (Titular Prioress)
  • 2000 – present : Martha Elisabeth Driscoll, OCSO (Abbess)

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Pertapaan Gedono, WikiMapia, retrieved May 13, 2016
  2. ^ a b Perayaan Syukur 25 Tahun Gedono (in Indonesian), hidupkatolik.com, June 10, 2012, archived from the original on June 25, 2016, retrieved May 19, 2017, Tujuh kali sehari, para rubiah Gedono memuji, mencari misterinya, mengagumi, mohon ampun, mendoakan semua: seluruh dunia, seluruh Gereja. Para rubiah hidup dalam keheningan hati dan budi, betapa pun singkatnya, untuk mampu memahami kehendak Tuhan. Para rubiah hidup dalam kasih, memuji, dalam kesederhanaan dan karya. Semua dipersembahkan kepada Tuhan. Terima kasih para rubiah, profisiat, terima kasih.
  3. ^ Gedono, Ordo Cisterciensis Strictioris Observantiae, retrieved May 13, 2016

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