Sadhu Benedict Moth (St Benedict Monastery) is a Benedictine monastery located at Maheshwarapasha in Khulna district (South-West of Bangladesh). It began its life in January 1978 when an Italian young missionary, Carlo Rubini, and a Bengali young man, Premananda Karmaker, thought of starting a Christian monastic presence in Bangladesh.
After ten years, spent in deepening the Christian and Hindu monastic experience and its possible adaptation to the present situation in the country, they purchased a suitable piece of land (at Maheshwarapasha, which means “God’s delights”) where, in 1989, they started building the small monastery that, in 1990, received recognition as a dependent monastery of Praglia Abbey (Italy).
Blessing of first stone of the Monastery (10 Feb 1989)
As with any Benedictine monastic institution the rhythm of life of the monastery follows the ancient Latin motto Ora et Labora (prayer and work).
The monastery tries to make its contribution to the welfare of the local Church through a religious/cultural programme of its own. In this field, the most important fruit, perhaps, has been the translation from Hebrew and Greek into Bengali of the Holy Bible (the so called ‘Jubilee Bible’), published in the Jubilee Year 2000 by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Bangladesh. Other works worth mentioning are the translation into Bengali of The Liturgy of the Hours, with more than one thousand Patristic texts (published in 2004), Patristic homilies for Sundays and Feastdays, music for psalms and hymns, biblical commentaries and other texts. Through these tools, the work among catechumens too has greatly improved in quality. Moreover, since the population of the country is by and large Muslim, the monastery gives special attention to inter-religious Dialogue.
One of our schools and a typical pond to draw water from
St Benedict wants his monks to live lives depending not on alms but on the work of their hands, and we can say that, through the income from our dairy farm (we sell milk, manure and, occasionally, a cow or a calf) and from our garden, at least as far as our personal needs are concerned, we are self-sufficient. Nonetheless, the needs of the poor around us is not something one can easily ignore and yet by ourselves we cannot even dream to provide any amount of significant help. Visit Image Gallery to get an idea about our life and work.
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