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Letter from Stephen of Lexington to the Community of Suir (Letter 6)

Extract from Stephen of Lexington, Letters from Ireland 1228 - 1229 (translated and with an introduction by Barry W. O'Dwyer), Cistercian Publications Inc., Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1982

Letter 6

To the community of Suir, greetings.

In your prudence we trust that you are aware of the manner in which the General Chapter came to dispose of certain monasteries of this province, and on its authority conferred your house on the monastery of Furness as a perpetual daughter-house, acting on the settled conviction that with the help of God the reformation of the Order would be promoted from there. Therefore, as the before-mentioned Chapter transmitted its authority to us with full powers over everything which concerns the aforesaid matter, we strictly enjoin upon each and every one of you by virtue of the obedience which is owing to the General Chapter and the Order, putting aside all opposition, kindly give obedience with all devotion and humility as sons of the Church and the Order to the monastery of Furness as mother-house in future, and to the lord abbot of that house as father-abbot, receiving with all meekness and reverence the lord abbot of Owney and Brother R., monk of Furness, to whom your spiritual father, the abbot of Furness, has committed his powers if he cannot come himself, and kindly give your consent to them and to their fruitful admonitions as to men deserving of respect who are sent to you with the paternal authority.
Having God before our eyes, we ourselves, together with your father-abbot if he comes, or the aforesaid men if he happens to be absent, will give devout consideration in a time and place available to us to the reforming of the observance and to the appointing of an abbot in your house in accordance with the mandate of the General Chapter. In addition, by this letter of ours with the authority of the General Chapter and the Order we transfer to the house of Furness the full possession of whatsoever rights and powers are known to obtain in relation to a daughter-house according to the rules of our Order. In witness of which matter etc. Farewell.

Stephen of Lexington, Letters from Ireland 1228 - 1229, translated and with an introduction by Barry W. O'Dwyer (Cistercian Publications Inc., Kalamazoo, Michigan) pp. 24 - 25
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