10 monks among 12 hurt in German monastery fire

10 monks among 12 hurt in German monastery fire, numerous objects of art history were damaged

Firemen work at a Franciscan monastery in Fuessen, southern Germany, after a fire broke out yesterday. Ten monks, including one aged 100 years old, have been injured during the fire. Emergency services managed to get all the residents – aged between 42 and 100—out of the burning building. The monastery sustained around 100,000 euros ($131,850) worth of damage and, according to police, numerous objects of art history were damaged.

Full report: artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=59970#.UOqng45RbWd

Here is a bit more information about the fire:

All Masses for the Feast of the Ephiphany were cancelled in the St Stephan Church whilst firefighters fought to rescue the inhabitants of the monastery. Nine ambulances, three emergency doctors, two emergency helicopters and firefighters from Füssen, Hopfen am See, Weßensee ,Schwangau and Rieden totalling 130 fireman attended the blaze.

Father Frank Deuring, Parish Priest of Füssen visited the scene and asked parishioners to pray for the Franciscans in Füssen, especially Father Askanius, the oldest Franciscan in the German Province, who was flown by helicopter to the trauma centre in Murnau with life threatening injuries, due to smoke inhalation. He is 101 years old. Mayor Paul Jacob also visited the scene later to talk with the emergency services.


Police said they thought the fire had started around 6:30 am in the residential area of the monastery, probably in the room of the 100 year-old man. Authorities were working to identify a cause on Sunday afternoon.


This is terrible news. Let us pray for the poor monks and their monastery. :frowning:

Terribly sad news. Prayers for the safety of all whom were or are there now.

so sad

I’m praying for them.

Our Father who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name,
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done on Earth-
As it is in Heaven.
Give us each day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us,
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil. Amen

Hail Mary full of grace,
The Lord is with thee,
Blessed art thou among women,
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb - Jesus,
Holy Mary - Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners now,
And at the hour of our death. Amen

we are praying for them now.

More bad news, I am afraid

100-year-old father succumbs to his injuries Monastery Fire

The day after the fire in a monastery in Füssen Ostallgäu probably the oldest Franciscan priest in Germany has died of his injuries on Monday. The 100 year old monk died during the morning in a special hospital, a police spokesman said

The damage to the building amounted to preliminary estimates point to at least € 100,000. Additionally, there is a high and yet to be quantified damage to the historic artifacts in the monastery. The priest would be on 12 April 101 years old become.


sigh. Franciscans are not monks. I know I’m splitting hairs… but… sigh.

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