PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Portsmouth Abbey is partnering with St. Louis Abbey in Missouri to “foster the growth of monastic life,” according to a joint announcement made recently by the abbeys.
According to the announcement, “the two monastic communities have entered into a partnership, whose aim is to foster the growth of monastic life at Portsmouth Abbey, which is currently faced with declining numbers and an increasingly aging community.”
During the next 3 years, monks from St. Louis Abbey will visit Portsmouth Abbey “in order to support and strengthen monastic life at Portsmouth, and to develop more fully relations between the two communities.” After the first 3 years, St. Louis Abbey will send a group of monks to Portsmouth Abbey for a more extended period of time, “with the intent to reinvigorate and strengthen monastic life at Portsmouth Abbey,” according to the release.
The announcement also stated the following:
Both Portsmouth Abbey and Saint Louis Abbey believe that the ongoing witness of monastic life and our common apostolates of Benedictine education are of service to the Church in the United States, and can play an important role in the New Evangelization.
We ask the friends and supporters of both our communities to assist us in this venture with their prayers.
The Portsmouth Abbey is a community of Benedictine monks on Narragansett Bay.