Student ministers from Chilean 'Manquehue' movement arrive to campus

Since 2011, the Portsmouth Abbey Monastery has hosted several members from Manquehue (pronounced man-kay-way), a lay Benedictine apostolic movement that originated in the 1970s in Santiago, Chile that places particular importance on the practice of Lectio Divina. While on campus, they participate in monastic life, attend liturgies and participate in the community life of the School by attending games and student activities, and visiting the Houses.

Lectio Divina is a Benedictine tradition that consists of reading Scripture in a prayerful way. Manquehue also utilizes Tutoria, a mentorship in which senior pupils take on the pastoral responsibility of conveying their faith to their younger counterparts. Student-led Lectio Divina groups are present in each student House on campus and overseen by Abbot Michael Brunner, O.S.B. and Lauren Revay, assistant director of Spiritual Life.

This year, Portsmouth Abbey is pleased to welcome Martín Rosselot Saavedra, Vicente Garnham Cifuentes, Nicolás Matamala Letelier and Matías Grand Vildósola, most of whom are college students in Chile who have applied to share their testimonies here during their summer break, our winter. Pictured above is Matías delivering a Church Talk on his personal journey to trusting the Lord.

Revay says Manquehue’s primary role on campus is to strengthen the Lectio Divina program in each of the Houses by sharing how Lectio has impacted their own lives. Many have been involved in Manquehue for the majority of their lives. 

The movement is focused on the pillars of the Liturgy of the Hours, Lectio Divina, shared work and community life and is primarily composed of oblates, students, alumni and parents. Revay says our visitors come to campus armed with the Word of God and are eager to share the blessings they have found with our students. 

“They share their love for God, not only in the theological sense through studies but also the personal impact God has had in their lives, helping our students to encounter God as well,” said Revay.

Welcome, Martín, Vicente, Nicolás and Matías!