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Monastery

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The Sisters of St Casimir manage a fully restored guesthouse decorated in period style (17th century) in the Monastery of Monte Pacis, situated on the shores of the scenic Kaunas Reservoir. Accommodation is available for tourists and pilgrims for overnight stays. Two spacious apartments have been updated in period style and along with standard guestrooms are ensuite with toilet and shower. The rooms are air-conditioned and are connected to Wi-Fi (free). A large dining room caters for overnight guests and day visitors and all meals are available. Monastery wine is served and much of the produce used is grown on the property. A large conference room is available for meetings and seminars. The monastery is the venue for music and cultural events...

There are just a couple of hundred hotels operating in functioning monasteries in the world. Hospitality in such institutions may be of two different levels. In some places accommodation is offered for a symbolic cost, the Rule of the Order has to be followed and only basic level of hygiene and comfort is available. Monasteries functioning in historical buildings sometimes run high-end hotels with upmarket hospitality services, cutting-edge technologies and gourmet restaurants. All this luxury is available in ancient buildings with exceptional aura and energy. Staying close to the monastic living, watching its routine activities, retreating into the peace and tranquillity of nature is a good chance to relax physically and spiritually and even feel rewarded. monte pacis svetingumo kompleksas10
The sanctuary in a remote woody place outside Kaunas was built for Camaldolese monks in the 17thcentury by the Chancellor of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania Christopher Sigismund Pac (1621–1684). The name Monte Pacis given to the monastery encompassed two meanings, namely the secluded eremitic life (the Hill of Peace) and the family name of the founders (the Hill of Paces). The hospitality complex carries the same name

MONTE PACIS

The hospitality complex was developed minding the rules of Camaldolese hermitage, orthodox Uspenia monks and Congregation of the Sisters of St. Casimir and aiming to preserve and foster historical, architectural, art and ecclesiastical heritage and traditions.

MONTE PACIS VISION

Let all guests who arrive be received as Christ (the Rule of St. Benedict, Chapter 53)

The unique complex provides exceptional catering, accommodation, conferencing, cultural, educational and recreation services at the same time proclaiming and appreciating the Camaldolese truth Salus per Silentium (SpeS), i.e. Salvation (health) through silence, also by following the orthodox Monastery and Convent Etiquette and proclaiming the motto of the Sisters of St. Casimir “God is here”. MONTE PACIS hospitality complex is a building consisting of three parts. The central part has two floors and on the sides there are one-floor wings with avant-corps at the ends. The strictly symmetrical layout of the ensemble highlights a clear and precise functional hierarchy of its separate parts and it is the sole example of baroque axial composition in Lithuania.

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The southern part of the building was designated for the founders of Pažaislis Monastery. Private apartments of the Chancellor of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania Christopher Sigismund Pac and his French wife Clara Isabelle de Mailly, the maid of honour of the first Lithuanian-Polish Queen Maria Ludwika. The hall in the southern avant-corps of MONTE PACIS is called the Founders Hall and is meant for conferences, cultural events and gala parties.

In September 2004 a Project called “Reconstructing up Liskiava Monastery Ensemble and Adjusting it to Tourism“

Using technical engineers‘ decisions the spring beds of the Nemunas slopes which have been ruining not only the slopes, but also the old remaining fence, have been fixed. A lot of work has been done by the workers in the adjustment of that falling fence. It had to be stretched by the steel ropes, using powerful ferroconcrete panels to stabilise it all. At the Nemunas bank an overgrown pond surviving from Dominican times has been cleaned. In the upper part of the territory the second pond with stone paved banks and newly installed water dam has been handled.

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The Project under implementation not only allows to restore the old arched fences, to create wonderful walking paths, sight direction arrows, billboards, to equip the small architecture, replant the trees, shrubs, but also to attract lots of tourists. The latter can already enjoy the beauty and art values of this awesome Lithuanian pearl as well as the territory of this beautiful ensemble. In the summer time from 200 to 300 people daily and during the weekend from 600 to 800 people visit the ensemble. We hope that at the completion of this Project the attendance of tourists will increase even more. Most of tourists come by ship from Druskininkai resort. Those travelling by car or using the services of travel agencies after paying Liskiava architectural ensemble a visit further go on a sightseeing tour to Dzukija national park.

There are set rooms for guests in Liskiava cultural centre, where you can find all convenience:

WC, showers, TV, satellite TV, telephone, workdesk.

We offer for guests in cultural centre:

  • 4 single rooms;
  • 10 two-man rooms;
  • 1 five-man room.

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For guests we offer:

  • 2 Conference rooms;
  • Rooms to sleep over;
  • Nourishment;
  • Sauna and steam bath;
  • Pool;
  • Also sightseeing in church of 17th century, getting to know to its architecture and art valuables stored in it; visiting church’s cellar where lies Jacobin remains of 18th century and exposition of liturgical heritage of 17-20 centuries.

28In the fall of 1993, a few weeks after his trip to Lithuania, Pope John Paul II visited the Franciscan monastery on Mount La Verna in Italy and encouraged the order to build a monastery by the Hill of Crosses.The Franciscans took up the project immediately. The new sanctuary was designed by the architects Angelo Polesello and Nunzio Rimmaudo. Its cornerstone was cut from Mount La Verna and blessed by Pope John Paul II. A capsule inside the stone guards the founding documents of the monastery. A hermit of the Franciscan Brothers was consecrated on July 7, 2000.

The Franciscan monastery near the Hill of CrossesThe edifice contains about 15 cells, a chapel and a library. The chapel boasts stain glass windows by Algirdas Dovydėnas portraying scenes from the history of the Franciscan order, as well as a highly expressive altar, tabernacle and pulpit, work of the artist Rimantas Sakalauskas. Relief work on the altar draws associations between the Hill of Crosses and Mount La Verna. While praying on that mountain, St Francis received the stigmata, the wounds of Christ. The novitiate of the Lithuanian Province of St Casimir is housed in the new Franciscan monastery, which also offers refuge to pilgrims seeking to pray in solitude. The building stands 300 metres from the Hill of Crosses.

The Benedictine Monastery :
- a school where one learns to serve the Lord,preferring nothing to the love of Christ
- a family where brothers are called to live in harmony, serving one another in love.

For monks, hospitality is a sacred obligation. According to St. Benedict, every visitor must be received as Christ himself, who declared in the Gospel: “I was a stranger, and you received me.”

The monastic church is open to all who wish to pray with our community.
Visitors should feel free to address the monk at the reception or porter’s lodge.
The monastery accepts requests for special Mass intentions.   
At the porter’s lodge, post cards of the monastery are available, as well as missals and religious books, Gregorian chant recordings and devotional objects, such as holy cards, medals and rosaries.

The monastery as a school for serving the Lord

St. Benedict established his monastery as a “school for the service of the Lord”. Those who are called by Jesus to enter it are not yet perfect, but merely beginners (73, 1). In the monastery everyone is a disciple, and Christ the only true master. St. Benedict insists: “To speak and to teach are the role of the master; whereas that of the disciple is to be silent and to listen”. (6, 6)

In the very first line of the Rule, Benedict invites all of us to listen to the Lord : “Hearken, o my son, to the precepts of the master, and incline the ear of your heart; willingly receive and faithfully accomplish the admonition of your loving father.” (Pr. 1) If we are to listen, silence and a certain measure of solitude are necessary conditions. And in order to accomplish the Lord’s teachings, we must practice docility and ongoing conversion.

Learning to Follow Christ

In his Rule, St. Benedict often contemplates the mystery of Christ: Jesus is the Lord and master but “he humbled himself, becoming obedient even unto death” (Phil 2, 8), because of his love for the Father and for us who are his brothers and sisters.

The monk applies to himself the words of St. Paul: “The Son of God loved me, and he gave himself up for me.” (Gal 2, 20) How can we respond to such a great love? St. Benedict points out the way: “Return” he writes, “by the labor of obedience to Him from Whom you departed by the sloth of disobedience.” (Pr. 1)

And he continues: “My words therefore are addressed to you, whoever you may be. Renouncing your own will, you are taking up the most powerful and brilliant armor of obedience in order to fight for the Lord Christ, our true King.” (Pr. 2-3)

The monastery is thus a school where we learn to serve the Lord, preferring absolutely nothing to the love of Christ. (4, 22 and 72, 11)

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Every Christian, in virtue of his baptism, solemnly promises to renounce all evil. The monk, who holds nothing dearer than Christ, freely takes vows which entail giving up not only evil, but also many things that are in themselves good and legitimate. He does this in order to magnify his liberty, so that he can ceaselessly be open to God’s love, and respond to it spontaneously with a vigilant and unhindered heart.

Taking Jesus as his model, the monk gives up all personal possessions, and thus imitates and follows Christ most closely. (Mt 19, 21) He renounces the possibility of founding a family so that he can devote himself entirely to the affairs of the Lord. (I Cor 7: 34) He gives up living according to his own will, in order to be more fully obedient to the truth. (I Pet 1, 22)

A School of Prayer

As Jesus taught, we ought “always to pray, and never lose heart.” (Lk 18, 1) The disciples themselves pleaded with him: “Lord, teach us how to pray.” The monastery is also a school of prayer, and this is due in large part to the liturgy.

The Divine Office - or official liturgical prayer of the Church - is assigned in a particular way to monks. In St. Benedict’s mind, the liturgy is the “Work of God” par excellence, to which the monks “should prefer nothing.” (43, 3)

The liturgy is celebrated in the church, the principal edifice and the very the heart of the monastery. In a similar manner, liturgical prayer occupies the primary place in the daily schedule of the monks.

Each day, the brothers celebrate solemn Mass together. The Abbot calls certain monks to be ordained deacons or priests so that they can serve at the liturgy.

Seven times a day, as the psalm puts it (118, 164), the brothers assemble in order to sanctify the different times of day by the liturgy of the hours.

At Palendriai the liturgy is entirely sung in Gregorian chant. This is the ancient chant of the Western Church, the chant proper to the Roman liturgy. Because of its structure and melody, it is intimately linked to the Latin language. Its great beauty makes it a worthy vehicle for expressing the praises of God.

Each day, in addition to the liturgy, the monk devotes a good part of his time to meditating the Word of God (Lectio divina), mental prayer and the recitation of the rosary.

In order to insure an atmosphere conducive to meditation, St. Benedict orders that nothing be done or kept in the church that is not related to prayer. The Abbot also assigns each monk an individual cell, where he can pray, work and sleep.

The monastic family

Like the Church itself, the monastery is a body composed of various members. In the Church, Christ gathers people from every race, language and nation, so that they can love and help one another in harmony, as children of God led by the Holy Spirit. It is also Jesus and his Holy Spirit who choose brothers to become the members of a religious community. The monastery is a large family and by the vow of stability, a monk enters into this family and chooses to live there for his entire life.

St. Benedict recommends that the monks reverence their seniors and love their juniors. (4, 70-71) At the end of the his Rule he insists: “Let them hasten to anticipate one another in honor; let no one seek that which he accounts useful for himself, but rather what is profitable to another; let them practice fraternal charity with a chaste, unselfish love.” (72, 4. 7-8)

The Father Abbot

Elected by the brothers, in order to represent Christ in their midst, the Abbot is the father of the monastery. He must endeavor to help the monks discern what God’s will is for them so that they can accept it and joyfully accomplish it. Taking into account the various needs and the capacities of each brother, the abbot assigns each monk his work in the service of the community and the Church.

St. Benedict says that the abbot should “seek to be loved rather than feared.” In turn, he asks the brothers to “love their abbot with sincere and humble affection.” (72, 10)

Ora et labora – pray and work

Benedictine monks strive to earn their living, for through their work, they serve the Lord and become productive members of the community. Work - manual or intellectual - also enables them to attain a satisfying level of personal achievement. Work and prayer compliment each other, and the Rule prescribes a judicious balance between these two essential activities.

Young monks spend several years receiving a monastic and religious formation, while seeking to acquire other skills and complete their education in various fields of knowledge. The monastery endeavors to offer each brother a program adapted to his capacities and needs. These intensive studies can last as long ten years. Once they are completed, a monk will devote most of his time contributing to the community’s well-being. Still, everyone is encouraged to pursue his formation to the extent this is possible.

With the heart overflowing

Most monks are conspicuously free and joyful. Yet their way of life is easily deemed gloomy and austere when judged by a world which has forsaken the values of the Gospel. Faith sees things in an entirely different light. In the monastic life, trials and temptations are inevitable and the monk knows that these difficulties contribute to his spiritual progress. He therefore turns to God and implores his assistance, knowing that the Father will never refuse to help him.

In his prologue, St. Benedict notes that as the monk “advances in this manner of life and in faith, he becomes able to run along the way of God’s commandments, his heart overflowing with an inexpressible delight of love”. (Pr. 49) And at the end of the Rule we are again reminded that those who “prefer absolutely nothing the love of Christ,” will be “brought all together, by the Lord, to life everlasting”. (72, 11 - 12)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Half-day tour to Trakai

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Tour to Kernave

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Country life museum in Rumsiskes

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Fly & Lease of campers in the Baltic.

Camper on the road

Take a tour and discover Baltics by yourself!

You will be able to travel comfortably throughout Baltic Sates in our campers, as passengers really may feel themselves like home and take any necessary stuff with them, even their most loved cup for coffee.
A virtue of motor homes is the possibility to be in the cabin in all companionship while going from place to place.
Moreover, you will be free as you will be independent from hotels and every evening you will be able to spend in any place you wish!

Prepaid individual transfer :

no trouble with money exchange upon arrival,
no need to take care oftaxi search,
no language problems !

The driver will wait for you at arrival hall with your name on the card, will help you with luggage and will safely transfer you to agreed place.
Please fill in the Transfer Reservation and we will contact you within 24 business hours with confirmation

KIA CARNIVAL  25 EUR (max 5 persons)                                                
MERCEDES-BENZ VIANO  35 EUR (max 7 persons)

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