By: Simon Caldwell
Two priests from Colombia have become the first Tyburn Monks in history, and the newest male religious order in the Catholic Church.
The establishment of a male equivalent of the Tyburn Nuns fulfils the wish of Mother Marie- Adèle Garnier, their foundress, who set out her intentions in a document more than a century ago.
Fr Manuel Agudelo Marin, 52, and Fr Hector Nagles Santa, 53, were made postulants during a private ceremony in a chapel at Maison Garnier, birthplace and childhood home of Mother Marie-Adèle in Grancey-le-Château, near Dijon, France.
The event took place on August 16th, the day after the house was formally opened as a chapel, pilgrimage and retreat centre and a place of Eucharistic prayer.
The two priests contacted the Tyburn Nuns in 2013 after they discovered themselves strongly attracted to the charism of Mother Adèle to honour the Sacred Heart of Jesus in prayer before the Holy Eucharist.
They asked if a male equivalent of the order could be established and their wish was granted when a lost document written by Mother Adèle, whose Cause for Sainthood was opened in 2016, was discovered in Tyburn Convent, London, at Christmas last year.
The 33-page document sets out in detail the vision of the Mother Foundress for an order of Tyburn Monks living under the Rule of St Benedict and following her charism.
The priests, who each have more than 20 years of experience in parish and other ministries, have returned to Colombia to open a monastery where they will become novices within six months and make their final professions after five years.
Fr Hector Nagles Santa said: "During this time we will be learning more about our commitment to God through the Benedictine Rule with the charism of the Sisters, Eucharistic Adoration as Monk Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, if this be the will of God.
He said: "In her document the Mother (Foundress) writes about a masculine branch of their charism to be lived by monks. This document also contains all that we have desired, describing all that we have felt God is calling us to live. And this is why we believe we must forge ahead and bring it to fruition, as being God's holy will for us."
The Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, of Montmartre, Order of Saint Benedict, are known worldwide as the "Tyburn Nuns" because their mother house, or convent, stands near the site of the London gallows where 105 Catholics died as martyrs during the Reformation.
The convent near Marble Arch was founded by Mother Marie-Adèle and it was the place where she died in 1924.
The nuns opened Maison Garnier on August 15 - 180 years to the day when Mother Marie- Adèle was born there, having purchased it just months after Bishop Joseph de Metz-Noblat of Langres, France, placed her on the road to sainthood.
They have installed a chapel which has been dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption and hope that it will serve as a destination for pilgrims who wish to honour Mother Marie-Adèle as her cause for canonisation as a saint makes progress.
During Mass outside Maison Garnier on the day of the opening, Fr Vincent Sauer, the curate of Grancey-le-Château, told the congregation that they stood on "holy ground ... since a saint was born here.. We are going to pray that this Maison Garnier will be as a little Nazareth, in which people may come and be renewed ... in the Spirit of God, in the Spirit of Mother Garnier," he said during his homily.
For further information see: www.tyburnconvent.org.uk
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