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    Five members of an Argentinian community in the Monasterio de la Epifania (Epiphany Monastery) in Buenos Aires began their novitiate on January 6, 1995, under the guidance of the Sorocaba Priory. They made their First Profession in 1998. In 2002, the sisters took over a guest house in Los Toldos, 186 miles (300 km) away.

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    History of ARGENTINA REGION  


    The root of our Region was in the call of love from God to a woman who wanted to follow Him and make Him known. So in 1956 Sr. María Leonor Lorenzo along with other young women founded a religious community in the city of Santa Fe, Argentina.

    Father Andrés Azcárate OSB awakened in her a strong desire of the Benedictine ideal, not only that but also accompanied and guided the community throughout the development of the foundation that they could live with fidelity and enthusiasm the monastic life and at the same time participate in the work of Evangelization.

    Perpetual Profession of the Benedictine Sisters of the Epiphany
    Left to right: Sr Silvia, Sr Ofelia, Sr Maria Irene, Sr Argentina, Sr Maria Leonor (Foundress)

    Later, in 1961, Sr. María Leonor with Sr. Argentina Lens moved to Buenos Aires and settled in the neighborhood of Belgrano, near Saint Benedict's Abbey where they received all the support and the necessary direction.

    The sisters had many apostolic activities like giving retreats, workshops, courses and mission to the neighboring areas for many years.

    Perpetual Profession of Sr. Maria Leonor receiving the ring
    from Mother Irene Dabalus and Sr. Rosa Maria Santana

    In 1970s, some vocations joined but not sufficient enough for the nascent Foundation to be recognized as Congregation.

    Included in that group of new members was Sr. Helena Martínez who lived a life of true holiness, esteemed by all who knew her.

    Benedictine Sisters of the Epiphany

    From 1992, they were concerned about the future of the Foundation, so the Sisters decided then to merge with another Congregation for a conducive way to continue. By the time, the Abbot of Saint Benedict's Abbey, Mart? Elizalde OSB facilitated the contact with the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Sorocaba in the 1994's EMLA (Benedictine assembly for Latin America) in Brazil. Sr. Ofelia Roggero was delegated to represent them in Sorocaba and met Mother Cecilia Torres, osb Prioress of Sorocaba, at that time, to express their desire to integrate to the Congregation of the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing

    Chapel - Buenos Aires

    In 1994, after the General Chapter of the MBST decision, Sr. Assumpta Batistela, osb was sent as responsible for the process of incorporating the Benedictine Sisters of the Epiphany to the Benedictine missionary charism of the Sisters of Tutzing.

    On the 6th of January, 1995, the five Benedictine Sisters of the Epiphany were officially integrated into the Congregation. They made their Perpetual Profession on the 10th of February 1998. Sr. Assumpta Batistela,osb was the first superior and at the same time formation directress of the Argentinian community. Up to the present, the Region of Argentina is under the direction of the Sorocaba Priory, Brazil.

    That is why this year we celebrate the 20 anniversary of our presence in Argentina!!

    The mission grows, the Divine Providence is with us!

    Retreat House - Los Toldos

    On the 6th of August 1998, a second community was established in Ucacha, Diocese of Córdoba, in response to the invitation by a family who requested assistance from the sisters for the people, and they donated a house to the community.

    Unfortunately, for various reasons, the community could not remain in this place and closed after 3 years.

    Then came a new opportunity to open a second mission in Los Toldos, Diocese of Nueve de Julio, province of Buenos Aires.

    Chapel - Los Toldos

    Renewal of Oblates

    On the 20th of March 2002, a group of sisters took charge of the retreat house from the Sisters of the Holy Cross together with it is a farm and a small rural school.

    After opening this community, throughout the whole region, including the monastery, suffered a massive flood that lasted one year.

    Mission "Juan el Bueno" Los Toldos

    Nevertheless, from 2000 the Argentinian vocations began arriving. The communities in Argentina were always international with sometimes more than five nationalities together.

    On the 29th of September 2004, the communities of Argentina became a Region under the Sorocaba Priory.

    Our current evangelization in the Region 

    Visit to the Hospital - Buenos Aires

    We assume varied activities in different services: our Guest House receives people who come to the Monastery seeking an encounter with the Lord or a time of rest and relaxation. Others come looking a place while performing other activities in the city.

    The pension house for students is one of our source of income, and we also provide support and presence to many young people from the interior part of the country coming to Buenos Aires for study.

    Mission 2015 "Los Conquistadores"

    We are involved in a socio-pastoral work in a marginal district, in the town of Los Toldos in "Juan el Bueno" a project aiming for an integral formation of children and accompanying women for pastoral and social development of the area through pastoral services, weaving, sewing, art work and networking. In "Laferrere" vicinity, we assist a community in the formation of leaders.

    Assisting the homeless in Buenos Aires

    We not only accompany our oblates for their formation but also to other groups giving bible workshops, Lectio Divina, Mission Group, etc.

    We also visit sick children in the hospital, giving a word of encouragement to parents, praying and assisting them with things they need.

    We provide assistance to homeless people.

    Community - Buenos Aires

    That in all things God may be glorified!


    Gallery of ARGENTINA REGION  




    Regional Superior
    Benedictinas Misioneras
    Maure 2038,
    C1426CUL Buenos Aires, Argentina


     0054-11-4771.4715 (BUENOS AIRES)

    0054-2358-444.404 (Los Toldos)


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    Sr. Juana Maria Rivera

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