father Atanasie and Isaac with Bishop Alexandru_x950The Monastic Community of the Most Holy Trinity was born on December 6, 2012, on the feast day of Saint Nicholas of Myra. His Grace Alexandru Mesian, the bishop of the Greek-Catholic Church (of Byzantine rite) from the Eparchy of Lugoj established the community as a sui iuris monastery of eparchial right. He also approved its own Typikon, which was meant to co-ordinate the common life of the monastery. It was then that the founding fathers of the monastery professed their vows following the tradition of Eastern monasticism. As is customary, they changed their names, and thus Father Davide G. Muntoni, of Italian origin became Atanasie and Father Jose R. Vela, of American origin received the name Isaac. At the end of the ceremony, Bishop Alexandru Mesian enthroned hieromonk Atanasie as the hegumen on our Monastery.

Although the legal recognition of the community is of recent date, this community has its own history in Romania, which means 20 years. After finishing their theological studies at Rome, Father Davide and Father Jose were ordained as deacons and then priests, in 1992, by the late bishop Ioan Ploscaru of Lugoj. Right from the beginning of their pastoral activity it became obvious that they wanted to establish a community of consecrated life. So, in 2005 a «Pio Unio» association of Diocesan law came into being, named « The Brothers of the Holy Cross», with the profession of private monastic vows. Yet, as a result of the deepening of the study of Eastern monasticism and of the vision the Magisterium of the Catholic Church had about the consecrated life, their profound inner wish to faithfully follow the most authentic traditions of their own rite and of the teachings of the early monasticism-both that of the Orient and that of the Occident had a profound contribution to the aim of the birth of the Monastic Community of the Most Holy Trinity.

As a humble seed planted in a fertile soil, our Monastery wishes to live its own charisma of offering ourselves as living sacrifices in Christ, through the loving power of the Spirit, through the hands of the blessed virgin Mary, for the glory of the Father and for the service of God’ s Kingdom.

[history slide photo — here]