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The icon of Our Lady of Klaarland.

Klaarland Priory or the Priory of Our Lady of Klaarland (Priorij Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van Klaarland) is a Trappist[1] nunnery in Lozen in Bocholt, Belgium.

History

In 1970, six nuns from the Abbey of Our Lady of Nazareth at Brecht started a new foundation: first in the district of Kiewit in Hasselt and from 1975, on the present site in Bocholt. The priory remains subordinate to Brecht Abbey.

Daily life

Life in the priory is characterised by prayer, reading and manual work, the three basic elements of Trappist life. The rhythm of the day is interrupted at set hours for celebrating the officies. The seven speech times are accessible to everyone both for guests and for occasional visitors. On each day there is considerable time foreseen for mental reading, Lectio Divina. As in all other communities, the sisters work for their daily bread. Throughout the years some small businesses have been developed such as brewer's yeast, hand-woven ornaments, candles, herb salve, massage oil and wishing cards. There is also a small guest house where people can stay a few days who search silence and prayer. The priory cannot be visited casually, however.

Sources

  • Van Remoortere, J., 1990: Ippa's Abdijengids voor Belgie (p. 75). Lannoo

References

  1. Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (O.C.S.O.: Ordo Cisterciensis Strictioris Observantiae)

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