Welcome back to another post for 2016. This time we are checking out how the Corpus Christi Monastery has progressed since the early days of 2012 and 2013, when we last published posts on the building and opening of the monastery, respectively. The monastery has had steady growth since 2012, and now is a spiritual place of peace, learning and meditation, with beautiful gardens. In addition to this, self-sufficiency is a key component for the brothers, aspirants and novices that live behind its walls. Growing fruits, vegetables and rearing livestock all attribute to being less reliant on outside means, but being more reliant on the providence of God through God’s natural resources. Moreover, the monastery land is also used to run English classes and feeding programs for the children of the town, and houses an apostolate at the back of the property where the brothers have child residents who are disabled, which they look after on a permanent basis. So as you can see, there is much happening at the Corpus Christi Monastery, Matahari Road, Cowang Dereng, Labuan Bajo.

1. Monastery - Missionaries of the Poor, Sweet service with Christ on the Cross
Corpus Christi Monastery, Labuan Bajo – Sweet service with Christ on the Cross
2. Br Alfred greets us at the monastery
Br Alfred greets us at the monastery
3. The gardens look really nice since the early days of the monastery in 2013
The gardens look really good compared to the early days of the monastery in 2012 and 2013
4. The gardens are very peaceful
The gardens are very peaceful
5. Plants grow very well in the tropics
Plants grow very well in the tropics
6. Peanuts, cassava, corn and cashew nut
Peanuts, cassava, corn and cashew nut
7. Br Simon is in charge of the garden
Br Simon is in charge of the garden; he has done a great job
8. The pigs are looked after well
The pigs are looked after well
9. Chickens with a few ducks
Chickens with a few ducks
10. More ducks
Some more ducks
11. Ducklings
Ducklings
12. Piglets
Piglets
13. Even ponds for catfish
Even ponds for catfish
14. A female goat
A female goat
15. A new male goat
A new male goat
16. The brothers turning their hands to brick laying
The brothers turning their hands to brick laying
17. Raising the height of the monastery fence
Raising the height of the monastery fence
18. Planting vegetable seeds
Planting vegetable seeds
18a. Some very nice eggplants
Some very nice eggplants
19. Greeting visitors in the dining hall
Greeting visitors in the dining hall
20. A quiet time in the dining hall later that night
A quiet time in the dining hall later that night
20a. A well organised pantry
A well organised pantry
21. The water filtration system
The water filtration system, no need for bottled water
22. The tank that receives the filtered water
A tank that receives the filtered water
23. Clean water
We have clean water
24. A contemplative place for study and meditation
A contemplative place for study and meditation
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