BETHLEHEM IN THE CHURCH
DECREE OF CANONICAL ERECTION
The monastic Family of Bethlehem was erected by pontifical right on October 6th, 1998 by a decree approved by his Holiness the Pope John Paul II.
BETHLEHEM AND THE CHURCH OF THE WEST
ENCOUNTERS WITH SOVEREIGN PONTIFFS
March 14th, 1998 — Audience with Pope John Paul II
May 31st, 2004 — Audience with Pope John Paul II
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MEETINGS WITH BISHOPS
Monseigneur Lamy, bishop of Sens, welcomed the first community in his diocese, at Chamvres, from February 1951 until 1954.
Cardinal Renard was bishop of Versailles from 1953 to 1967 and he was charged with ecclesiastic responsibility for our community.
Monseigneur Bontems, bishop of Chambéry, Maurienne and Tarentaise from 1960 to 1985 received ecclesiastic responsibility for our community when Cardinal Renard was named archbishop of Lyon.
Monseigneur Matagrin, bishop of Grenoble from 1969 to 1989 received ecclesiastic responsibility for our community in 1976 when the foundation of the brothers was begun.
Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, archbishop of Paris, accompanied, supported and helped the monastic Family of Bethlehem and offered us his loyal friendship.
Monseigneur Errázuriz was the secretary of the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and for the Societies of Apostolic Life from 1991 to 1996. He welcomed the general prior and prioress in the process of the pontifical erection of our monastic Family.
Monseigneur Justo Mullor García was President of the Pontifical Ecclesiastic Academy, entrusted with the formation of nuncios, from 2000 to 2007. He is a very loyal friend of our monasteries.
BETHLEHEM AND THE CHURCH OF THE EAST
Patriarch Athenagoras — Geneva
Patriarch Athenagoras, the Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople, came to Geneva in June of 1967. During a meeting on the subject of the unity of Christian churches, he encountered Sister Marie.
Visit of the Monastery of Saint Patapios
In order to discover eastern monasticism, Sister Marie and Sister Samuel stayed at the Monastery of Saint Patapios, near Corinth, in March of 1968.
Father Amphilokios — Patmos
Father Amphilokios, starets of the monastery of Patmos, blessed Sister Samuel and Sister Marie, who visited the island of Patmos in following in the footsteps of Saint John the Evangelist who received at Patmos the message written in the Book of Revelation.
Father Georges Drobot
Father George Drobot, a Russian Orthodox priest, is a famous iconographer who, over the course of several years, taught the sisters how to write icons at the monastery of Pugny, where he stayed with his family in the summertime.
Father Boris Bobrinskoi
Father Boris Bobrinskoi, priest of the Francophone parish of the Holy Trinity (rue Daru) in Paris and the most senior member of the Institute Saint Serge is a loyal friend of our monastic Family.
Cardinal Garonne — Monseigneur Aemilianos Timiadis
Cardinal Garonne, prefect for the Congregation of Catholic Education and president of the Pontifical Counsel for Culture, and Monseigneur Aemilianos Timiadis, delegate of Patriarch Athenagoras for the Ecumenical Counsel of the churches in Geneva, met Sister Marie at the monastery of Pugny.