Community Our Lady Star of Hope

Gedono Community

Gedono Community

The Trappistine Monastery of Our Lady Star of Hope in Macau is a foundation of the Monastery of Gedono, Indonesia.

In 2007 our former community of Gedono was encouraged to be open to the call of the Spirit and make a new foundation.  The community felt called to China and began to look for a place.  The Abbot of Lantau monastery in Hong Kong was consulted and suggested the possibility of Macau. The community accepted and the Abbot contacted the bishop of Macau, D. José Lai, who warmly invited a new community to come.

This was the first of many signs that the Lord was asking our Order to go to Macau.

A community process of discernment as to who would participate in the founding group, led to the naming of six sisters, with the understanding that they would not all be going at the same time. Three sisters left to begin the pre-foundation in June of 2009 and a fourth joined them in May of 2010. The two other sisters joined in August 2011 and in April 2012.

Our foundation was approved by the General Chapter in September 2011, and we officially began regular life as a canonical foundation dedicated to Mary, Star of Hope, on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 15, 2012.

Community with the Bishop of Macau, D. José Lai

Our Community with the Bishop of Macau, D. José Lai

We are well integrated into the local Church. The fact we were given the former Bishop’s residence and the adjacent historic church as a place to stay until the monastery is built shows how much our presence is desired by the Bishop and the Diocese.

Many local people and tourists come to visit and pray in our Church and more and more guests come to pray with us.  We offer them hospitality in the only room we have available for guests at the moment.

Our daily work consists in the care and cleaning of the historic house and church where we live, and in cooking cookies, a small industry which we started in August 2012.  We are learning Mandarin and Cantonese, which will certainly help us in our mission.

The historic site where we live is no longer just a museum but a living place of prayer.

 

Visit here the history of Penha hill, the place where we live now.