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Medina de Rioseco - reopening of convent

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Late last year the Poor Clares convent in Medina de Rioseco closed when the last of the sisters moved to another house in Valladolid. It has recently been announced that the sisters have handed over their buildings to another religious community free of charge for at least the next three years. The new community -la Misión Eucarística Voz de los Pobres - intend to run an albergue for pilgrims.

https://www.elnortedecastilla.es/valladolid/misioneros-eucaristicos-habitaran-20180712103603-nt.html
 

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LTfit

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Great news for those walking the Madrid. I guess it didn't work out for the Amigos Association of Madrid who was hoping to take over the albergue.
 

timr

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Very happy to hear this news. It is a wonderful building with a long history - dating from1492 or 1493 from memory. I was fortunate to stay there last November a few days before the remaining Sisters moved to Valladolid and the albergue closed. It will be a blessing to have it open again.
 

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Very happy to hear this news. It is a wonderful building with a long history - dating from1492 or 1493 from memory. I was fortunate to stay there last November a few days before the remaining Sisters moved to Valladolid and the albergue closed. It will be a blessing to have it open again.
So it was built the same year C.Columbus "discovered" America (although named after another captain Amerigo Vespucci) or San Salvador to be exact. Such a time span...
 

timr

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Yes! I like that place on the Camino de Madrid where Juan Ponce de Leon was born, Santervás de Campos, (with a nice albergue and a museum to him).
He 'discovered' Florida!
Another place I don't think had ever been lost.... :);)
 

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It's so wonderful to know that sisters will be there offering shelter to pilgrims. Too bad for the Amigos, but maybe they can take on another place where hospitality is needed?
 
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One sister, and three or four brothers, from Brazil from the look of it. Very good news indeed!
I think the sister in the photograph is the abbess of the Poor Clares who recently left and very generously handed over the buildings. If I have read it right the article says there will be five members of the new community in place soon, with a further six to follow later in the year. Google Translate suggests they will be male ("picking up the baton of the masculine communities that the city had until the 19th century with Franciscans, Dominicans, Jesuits and Hospitallers of San Juan de Dios") though a bit of browsing suggests that there are also women within the wider order.

PS. This article from 2017 gives a little of the history of this community - both male and female branches - and their arrival in Spain from their foundation in Brazil. https://m.es.gaudiumpress.org/conte...ncia-comunidad-femenina-dedicada-a-los-pobres
 
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KinkyOne

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#9
I think the sister in the photograph is the abbess of the Poor Clares who recently left and very generously handed over the buildings. If I have read it right the article says there will be five members of the new community in place soon, with a further six to follow later in the year. Google Translate suggests they will be male ("picking up the baton of the masculine communities that the city had until the 19th century with Franciscans, Dominicans, Jesuits and Hospitallers of San Juan de Dios") though a bit of browsing suggests that there are also women within the wider order.

PS. This article from 2017 gives a little of the history of this community - both male and female branches - and their arrival in Spain from their foundation in Brazil. https://m.es.gaudiumpress.org/conte...ncia-comunidad-femenina-dedicada-a-los-pobres
Thanks @Bradypus , always nice to have easy access to some history of the routes I like ;)
 

LTfit

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So it was built the same year C.Columbus "discovered" America (although named after another captain Amerigo Vespucci) or San Salvador to be exact. Such a time span...
...and according to history books the last year that the Moors reigned over Spain (711-1492) although I understand that it was a gradual process and which ended with the fall of Granada in January 1492.
 

kelleymac

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...and according to history books the last year that the Moors reigned over Spain (711-1492) although I understand that it was a gradual process and which ended with the fall of Granada in January 1492.
That depends where in "Spain". The modern "Spain" didn't exist as one country then. Valladolid was repopulated after 1000 after the area was retaken by the Christian north, and under 1072 Alfonzo VI of Leon and Castile, it became a city. There was university established in about 1200 there.
 

LTfit

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That depends where in "Spain". The modern "Spain" didn't exist as one country then. Valladolid was repopulated after 1000 after the area was retaken by the Christian north, and under 1072 Alfonzo VI of Leon and Castile, it became a city. There was university established in about 1200 there.
No, it was not yet Spain. The Iberian peninsula was called Al-Andalus at the time.
 

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Any idea when it’ll be open again...I’ll be passing that way early September but I’m presuming not by then
 

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