OriginSainte Bathide’s BenedictineCongregation is a branch of themonastic secular tree. Fr JohnBesse (1861-1920), a monk ofLiguge Monastery, had the idea of creating ourCongregation. He want toestablish in Paris a nun’smonastery, living the monasticlife following St Benedict’sRule. He contacted anAnglican Widow, converted toCatholicism and asked hercooperation. BRANCH OF THE MONASTICHence, Mrs Margueritte SECULAR TREEWaddington Delmas (1870-1952) Mother Benedicte inreligion, became the founder ofthe congregation.
Sainte Bathide’s Benedictine Congregation stared on 1921. The community initiated its prayer life in a little house in Paris. The first departure to found a monastery at Ambositra in Madagascar was in 1934. This first monastery traced out the physiognomy of the next ones. “ Integrated in the local Church, respecting the culture tradition, working in accordance with the conditions of the country, a place where every poor are honored. “ (Dom Andre Louf . OC)1921
In 1928, the community was transferred to Vanves ( France) in the diocese of Nanterre. Then the congregation has developed and several new communities were established in Madagascar, Viet Nam, Toffo, Martigne Briand and Saint Thierry. Actually, the congregation isTHE MONASTERY IN VANVES present in three(FRANCE) continents ( (Europe – Africa – Asia)
THE COMMUNION AMONG MONASTERIESPresent in three continents. There are those who insuch an attempt have kept the essential element of amonastic institution and are bent on implanting the richtradition of their order; there are others again who arereturning to the simpler forms of ancient monasticism.But all are studiously looking for a genuine adaptation tolocal conditions, since the contemplative life belongs tothe fullness of the Church’s presence let it be put intoeffect every where. (Ad gentes No 18d)
SAINTE MARY’S BENEDICTINEMONASTERY IN VIET NAM In 1954 invited by Myg Paul Seitz, Bishop of Kontum. Five sisters arrived in Viet Nam and sowed thr seed of the monastic life in Buon Ma Thuoc.
and work life among the Rhade ethnic minority, received the poor and handed a boarding house for ethnic minority’s girls in order to improve the culture and life’s level of the people in the villages. The suns cooperated also to translate liturgical and biblical materials, to teachBUON MA THUOC catechism, in 1954 adaptation to the Rhade tradition and folklore.
In 1967, the community, having already 11 Vietnamese members, transferred to Thu Duc ( Sai Gon City), and integrated completely in the Vietnamese culture. At that time, the Holy See created the diocese of Buon MaTHU DUC ( SAI GON) Thuoc. The 1967 monastery became the Bishop House.
LABOR “ They must not become distressed if local conditions of their poverty should force them to do the harvesting themselves. When they live by the labor of their hands, then they are really monks.”THEY WORK IN THE FARM (RB 48, 7-8) IN THE HIGH MOUNTAIN
SO THAT IN ALL THINGSGOD MAY BE GLORIFIED (Rule 57) THEY OFFER THE MASS IN THE MORNING
IDENTITY: CONTEMPOLATION Oratio Divine Office Letio divina ORA ET LABORA: PRAYER AND LABORAORA ET LABORA
They should each try to be firstto show respect to the other,Supporting with the greatestpatience one another’sweaknesses of body orbehavior. No one is to pursuewhat he judges better forhimself but instead, what hejudges better for someoneelse.To their fellow monks theyshow the pure love of brothers.(RB 72, 4-8) COMMUNITY LIFE
“RECEPTION OF GUESTS”It is one of the constituents of the monastic life. Const 24In Thu Duc, our guest house is at all time opened to everybody who wish come to encounter God in prayer, silentsolitude and to search peace for their soul. WELCOME THE GUESTS