Tuesday 23 October 2018

The Rectory

The Episcopal Rectory of Sant’Egidio since 1998

The church of Fontanella was a subsidiary church independent from the parish of Botta of Sotto il Monte from 1986 until 1998, the year in which the Episcopal Chapel was erected and a rector was assigned to it (decreed 18th May 1998). This changeover was proclaimed with the episcopal decree on the 18th May, so that the church could continue to provide a special place of worship and silence, embracing all those that identify with this spiritual desire, where nobody is privileged nor excluded (L’Eco di Bergamo, 24th September 1998). This legal arrangement meant that the sacramental liturgical administration of the community of Fontanella continued to depend upon the Botta parish, but that the ownership and burdens deriving from the conservation of the building and the monastic campus, were entrusted to the Diocese.These responsibilities included the conservative restoration works undertaken at the abbey and in its grounds between 1998 and 2000, in order to strengthen the structural integrity of the complex (Zizzo 2000). It was also specified in the decree that, in addition to representing the bishop in all pastoral activities at the abbey, the rector also held the powers normally delegated to the parish priest, which above all involves the celebration of the sacraments. The sacrament of marriage however, could only be celebrated in the church in the presence of either the Botta parish priest of Sotto il Monte or of the diocesan Ordinary. To this day, Sant’Egidio in Fontanella maintains this legal arrangement and through its activities, continues to represent the nurturance of this section of diocesan territory by the bishop of Bergamo. The Rectory is particularly dedicated to offering a welcoming church, guaranteeing the celebration of the sacraments according to the church doctrine and valuing the pastoral activities linked to this historic and sacred place.