Monks of the Brothers of the Cross - Nuns of the Sisters of Jesus Crucified Mary and Jesus Cross Lebanon Christian


FROM MONASTIC ORDER AND MEDITATION TO APOSTOLATE
“MONKS OF THE BROTHERS OF THE CROSS”
AND “NUNS OF THE SISTERS OF JESUS CRUCIFIED”
FROM THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY


IDENTITY, ROOTS AND SOURCES

Bishop Becharra El Raai‘s Approbation of The Brothers of the Cross and of the Sisters of Jesus Crucified

(A- T 5156 / 2007/ Amchit in 26th of August 2007):

The Brothers of the Cross and Sisters of Jesus Crucified… bear the seeds of authentic faith, and live that faith through prayer and asceticism, together with Christian witness and apostolic commitment. Also, they take part continuously in most liturgical and ecclesiastical activities in the Jbeil Maronite diocese, and in the Christian education sessions, …from parish to parish, …all of which sheds light over their progress from the beginning of their monastic journey, …under the guidance of their bishop.

“They have led a committed community life of brotherly love deep-rooted in individual prayer, spiritual reading and work with their hands. They have acquired a profound conception of the evangelical teachings... They are used to working hard and industriously, lending assistance to others in joy and peace... We sense in both communities fundamental spiritual, qualities that can be summarized as follows: Both communities are very close to monastic life and to a commitment towards a common apostolate that reaches the poor and the common people. They are moved by the spirit of the Gospel, reliance on Providence, and detachment from money and acquisitions, being concerned only about living the Christian apostolate and walking on the way of the Holy Ghost...”

+ Becharra El Raai - Bishop of Jbeil (Signature and seal)

Confirmation of the Approval of the Church

Preliminary Decree of Approval : By virtue of the approbation given on the 26th of August 2007, …as per law 506 of the Code for the Eastern Churches, and pending the possible presentation of a request for the official and final wording of the Holy See after consultation with His Beatitude the Patriarch, …we grant the two communities of the Brothers of the Cross and the Sisters of the Crucified Jesus a Preliminary Decree of Approval for a trial period of five years, each community being considered a moral person. Amchit 8 / 2 / 2008, No. 4 / 2008.

+ Becharra El Raai - Bishop of Jbeil (Signature and seal)

On February 11, Day of Our Lady of Lourdes, the year of grace 2008 and on the occasion of the coupling of the Lourdes Grotto in France with its counterpart in Lebanon, in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Miraculous Icon, Achrafieh, and of the 150th anniversary of the declaration of the Doctrine of the Immaculate Conception worship, after due consultation with His Beatitude Patriarch Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir, His Lordship Bishop Becharra El Raai approved the Rules of the Brothers of the Cross and the Sisters of Jesus Crucified for a 5-year trial period, and His Beatitude blessed that Approval, promising to refer the said Rule to the Holy See after five years, so as to bring both orders under Pontifical jurisdiction.

On March 18, 2008, there took place the election of the Superior General and the Vicar General of the Brothers of the Cross and of the Superior General and the Vicar General of the Sisters of Jesus Crucified. Further, Assistants were designated according to the ecclesiastically confirmed Rule of the communities, under the supervision of the Reverend Father Khadra, member of the Antonine Order and judge in the Joint Spiritual Tribunal (Maronite, Syrian and Chaldean), now designated their General Counselor by His Lordship Bishop Becharra El Raai.

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