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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

My house shall be a house of prayer

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but the former Colettine Monastery in Bruges/ Brugge, Belgium is now a housing development offering bed and breakfast.

For more information on the Colettines, one of the two branches of the Poor Clares.

This is the history of the Belgian congregation (sorry, it is in Dutch). However, it shows the decimation of the order in the years since the Council (see the dates)

More history of the convent in Bruges in Dutch can be found here. The last nun seems to have died only in 2001.

Show thyself our Mother- Monstra te esse matrem

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Close-up of Our Lady on the wall of the IBIS Hotel, Bruges / Brugge
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Inscription in Flemish from Verse 4 of the Ave Maris Stella
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The other side of the courtyard.
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The site of the Brothers of Charity- Broeders van de Liefde monastery in Bruges/ Brugge is now shared with by two hotels. The top of the clocktower is now a "feature" is the courtyard.
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