Bose Monastic Community

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The ecumenical Monastic Community of Bose (Monastero di Bose) was established by Catholic layman Enzo Bianchi in 1965 at Bose, a frazione in the commune of Magnano (province of Biella, Italy).

Bose Monastic Community was founded by Enzo Bianchi

The community has grown to number over eighty brothers and sisters of various Christian traditions, and receives thousands of visitors annually.

History[edit]

The community was established on 8 december 1965, the day the Second Vatican Council ended, when Enzo Bianchi decided to stat living alone in a rented house in Bose. The first brothers came three years later and among them there were a woman and a protestant minister.

On 17 november 1967 the Bishop of Biella issued an interdict for the presence of non-catholics in the community,[1] but the following year it was removed thanks to the cardinal Michele Pellegrino intercession. The cardinal approved the monastic rule on 22 april 1973.[2]

On Saturday, September 22, 2012, Enzo Bianchi, Prior of the Monastic Community of Bose, was named by the Secretary-General of the Synod of Bishops, with the approval of Pope Benedict XVI, to serve as an Expert at the upcoming October 2012 13th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization.[3]

The life of the community[edit]

The brothers and sisters of Bose live according to monastic rules inspired by Pachomius the Great, Basil of Caesarea and Benedict of Nursia, devoted to prayer and work. Only "mission" of the community is living accordig to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

All the members of the community work the vegetable garden, make icons, wood works, pottery works and manage the typography. Some monks work outside the community, providing to preserve time to pray and the community life.

Daily schedule provide for prayer (Liturgy of the Hours), manual works, study of the Bible. The personal prayer is added to the common prayer. On saturday night the community particapate to the wake, where the prior explains the meaning of the Bible of the following sunday.

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