Visitors From Chile Give Presentation To Tutoria Students
Last week, 7 members of the Manquehue movement in Chile visited Priory and the Tutoria program. The group included 5 college students and 2 teachers from the Benedictine schools in Santiago. Before coming to Priory, they had been at Portsmouth Abbey in Rhode Island for 2 months, helping them develop a Tutoria-style Lectio Divina program for their boarding students. They added 4 days in St. Louis to the end of their time in the United States so they could visit Priory.
“We have a connection to Priory through the Manquehue movement, and we really wanted to visit and develop friendships,” one member of the group, Catalina Quiroga, said.
They gave a presentation about the Chilean schools’ Tutoria programming to Priory students on Tuesday morning, Feb. 28. “The programs are very similar, with older and younger students coming together,” Tutoria coordinator Mr. Erker said. “The heart of it is the same, the practice is just a little different. It’s more of a cultural thing in the Chilean schools, and we’re trying to bring that here."
During their time in St. Louis, the group was able to visit the Cathedral Basilica and the Art Museum, and had dinner at Pietros with dessert at Ted Drewes. Mr. Erker’s family also hosted them for dinner one night. “We’ve been amazed by the welcoming we’ve had from everyone — teachers, students, monks,” Catalina said. “And by the Abbey Church. There’s nothing like that in Chile."