18th Century Monastery Near Brest Put On Auction
The authorities of Vysokaye near Brest put on auction a historical 18-century building of Catholic Bonifrat monks monastery.
The dean of the Trinity church in Vysokaye, f. Andrey Barodzich, wrote on his Facebbok page that the start price of the building had been estimated.
“The authorities sell an ecclesiastic building without consulting the Catholic Church”, – the priest comments.
The Bonifrats monastery was built in 1773-1785 on the outskirts of Vysoka-Litousk, previous Marianpol on the money of Aleksander Michal Sapieha. The monastery had a hospital for 40 places because this monastic community is devoted to help the poor and the sick.
The Bonifrats also grew medicinal herbs by the order’s tradition.
In 1840 the monastery in Vysokaye was abolished by Russian authorities.
“It is clear that the building must have a proprietor. A thriftful one, who will not only repair it but who wiil use it to underline its historical value. It is a pity that the authorities do not want to offer the monastery to Bonifrats. Hospitals, hospices, orphanages, drugstores, fitotherapeutical services – that is what these monks are actively involved in”, – Ihar Baranouski, the editor the newspaper “Tsarkva”, says.
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