Monday, August 3, 2015
The Next Step
Yesterday, at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy during the pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Mariapoch, Bishop John announced that he has established our monastery as a public association of the Christian faithful--the next step in our full canonical establishment as a monastery. He also presented each of our tonsured members with a copy of our approved Typikon (rule of life). It was a beautiful moment, surrounded by so many of the eparchy's clergy and faithful!
Photo: The Sister on the right is Sr. Adalberta, one of the Social Mission Sisters who formerly cared for the shrine and gave us their former residence as our monastery.
Decree of Erection
Christ the Bridegroom Monastery
A Public Association of the Christian Faithful
Mother Theodora Strohmeyer, a stavrophore nun and spiritual mother of Christ the Bridegroom Monastery, [hereafter "the Monastery"], a private association of the Christian faithful in the Eparchy of Parma, petitions that the Monastery be erected as a public association of the Christian faithful.
Having studied the petition and its supporting evidence, and reviewed and approved the proposed Typikon, I hereby erect Christ the Bridegroom Moanstery as a public association of the Christian faithful in view of being erected in the future as an autonomous monastery.
As a public association of the Christian faithful, the Monastery enjoys juridic personality and autonomy of life in accord with canon 573 and 920-930. It remains subject to the authority of the bishop of the Eparchy of Parma in all those matters prescribed in the Code of Canons for the Eastern Churches for public associations of the Christian faithful.
May God truly bless this undertaking and each member thereof who gives a total gift of self, giving glory to God and service to his people.
Given this 1st day of August 2015
Most Reverend John M. Kudrick
Bishop, Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma
Rt. Rev. Dennis M. Hrubiak