A new Benedictine lay community from Chile

Welcome to “Movimiento Apostólico Manquehue” web page. If you want to contact us, you can write to Jonathan Perry: jperry@manquehue. org.

The Manquehue Apostolic Movement is one of the many new movements and communities that have sprung up in the Catholic Church over the last fifty years since the Second Vatican Council. It began in Chile in the 1970’s and the word Manquehue means ‘place of the condor’ in the indigenous Chilean mapuche language. Manquehue is also the name of the mountain on the outskirts of the country’s capital, Santiago, at whose foot the Movement first started and from which it takes its name. Its members are all lay people. The main inspiration for their lives is the prayerful reading of Holy Scripture, or lectio divina, and the teaching and spirituality of St Benedict.  Their main apostolate is focused on Santiago, where they run three large schools for over 4,000 pupils, as well as 150 weekly lectio divina groups and a hostel for homeless women. They also have a community and retreat centre in Patagonia, in the south of Chile.

Official Recognition

The Manquehue Apostolic Movement is officially recognised by the Catholic Church as a “Private Association of Lay Faithful.” It enjoys the support and official recognition of the Pontifical Council for the Laity in Rome, as well as a special relation with the thirteen monasteries of the English Benedictine Congregation (EBC): in 2009 the General Chapter of the EBC and the Manquehue Apostolic Movement established a spiritual communion and juridical consociation, committing one another to mutual support through collaboration, hospitality and prayer.