Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Suppression of a monastery, 2010, Private.


During the past two or three years, there have been monasteries of nuns suppressed in the United States due to the aging communities and the lack of vocations. The Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life sends an executorial decree of suppression in response to the nuns’ petition or the bishop’s recommendation to the Congregation. The latter exercises vigilance over the monastery and must consider the welfare of the aging nuns (canon 615).




Prot. n. ____

The Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, because of the declining number of Nuns and the difficulty for the aging Community, with this present Decree decides to suppress the Monastery of ________ in the arch/diocese of ________.

The Nuns must move to other Monasteries of the same Order, which will be ready to accept them with the same rights and duties which the Nuns enjoyed in their Monastery.

Pious legacies, if there be any, must be used for the purpose intended by the donor or testator; likewise, the rights of others, if there be any, must be preserved intact insofar as the case demands.

It pertains to the arch/bishop of the arch/diocese to execute this Decree and to inform this Congregation about its execution.

All things to the contrary notwithstanding.

Vatican, ____

Secretary

Undersecretary




Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Suppression of a monastery, 2010, Private, CLSA, Roman Replies and Advisory Opinions, 2010, 33.