Fire destroys monastics houses at Romania’s Văratec Monastery

Văratec, Neamț County, Romania, May 22, 2024

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A fire broke out at the Romanian Orthodox Church’s Văratec Monastery in Neamț County late last month.

The fire seems to have broken out as a result of an electrical short circuit in a sewing machine motor. The flames quickly spread and engulfed two monastic houses where four nuns lived, reports the Basilica News Agency.

Firefighters fought the flames for four hours.

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Văratec is the largest convent in Romania, with more than 400 nuns living there. It was founded in 1785 by Schemanun Olimpiada and her confessor Fr. Iosif, under the guidance of St. Paisius Velichkovsky.

The sisterhood is intent on rebuilding the homes and is asking for help from the Orthodox faithful. Anyone interested in helping can do so with the following details:

Account: IBAN RO95RNCB0199005312820001
Bank: BCR – Târgu Neamț
Beneficiary: Văratec Monastery
CUI: 2860575

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