Ecuador, the bishop’s choice: I’ll leave everything and live a monastic life
Pubblicato il 17/09/2018
The humility of understanding the right moment to step aside or rather to put oneself at the service of the Church, in a different way. On Friday 14 September, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Monsignor Lorenzo Voltolini, Archbishop of Portoviejo in Ecuador. He is not resigning for health reasons or for an inner crisis, he simply intends to concentrate on prayer. “I feel a little tired, and I think that many have noticed it, especially after the 2016 earthquake that upset the rhythm of my life and that of the entire archdiocese”, the prelate wrote in a letter to his friends. “I think it is wise to leave others younger and capable of administering a local Church in a positive crisis of growth.
At the age of 70, therefore, he will begin a new life in the monastery where prayer takes up about five hours of the day, and where monastic labor also awaits him: the place where he used to go on spiritual retreat once a year. In fact, since 2007 he has been attending the Trappist monastery of Santa Maria del Paradiso, in Salcedo, near the parish of Latacunga, which he was entrusted with before being ordained bishop. Voltolini, already in 2014, had made a formal request to become part of the monastic community. And, at the moment of his resignation, he expressed this desire to the Pope who accepted it.