TRANSALPINE REDEMPTORISTS. A new article on this religious order can be seen at the New Liturgical Movement: Papa Stronsay, the New Northern Thebaid.
“The more isolated and cold the island seems to be, the more warm and hearty is the welcome by the Redemptorists.”The original Thebaid was a large desert region in southern Egypt; due to the immorality of the Roman Empire, Christians came to this region to live out a holy life in isolation, and so began the monastic life. The Orkney Islands of Scotland are likewise isolated, and the island of Papa Stronsay is known to have had a monastery from the 6th through 11th centuries.
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