Mr. Manuel Ángel Feal Antelo tells us in his
magnificent work entitled “THE COLLEGE OF THE CARDENAL DE MONFORTE DE LEMOS.
EVOLUTION OF THE UNIVERSAL TRACE ”that before starting the works of our School
an enemy came out, inside the house itself. It was the Monterrei College, in
Verín, also run by the PP. Jesuits, who at the news of the Monforte
construction project feared outside to their detriment. D. Mauel Feal tells us
“Although it may seem a lie, the first serious enemy of the College of Monforte was his fraternal colleague, the College de Monterrey. Perhaps the skirmish influenced the tension between the House of Monterrey and that of Lemos for a sound lawsuit that had been brought since the early sixteenth century. The truth is that Don Gaspar de Acevedo, V Count of Monterrey, upon learning that in Monforte he was trying to raise another College of the Company, he wrote to Fr. General, asking him “that the Monforte College not harm the General Studies from Monterrey”.
The response of Fr. General was logical and courteous: «Having already accepted the Company and the Cardinal’s foundation – he says on March 15, 1593 – no rate or limitation can be set, nor would it be fair. Nor do we see so much danger in this impediment. The Company, in the foundation of a College, cannot harm any other, nor its founder. But being the College of Monterrey, it will not be harmed by any of those that could be done in the contour ».
Meanwhile, things in Monforte were about. In April 1593, the Provincial informed Aquaviva with unusual optimism: «The Colegio de Monforte will be a matter of great substance. Then the work begins and is done as a thing of the Cardinal, as he suffers our way. If God gives it life, it will end in two or three years, because it takes great hurry and, even if it is not given, I trust it will be the same. It already has 30,000 ducats and more, for this purpose. And won the consensus of the abbots, will give 2,000 ducats of pension income to that College, which will soon take effect.
As you can see, Don Rodrigo had decided to raise the primitive income by 500 ducats. The Provincial, after affirming that in Monforte there were already two Fathers and a Brother of the Company, he added that he hoped to meet the Cardinal shortly, on his trip to Monforte, and arrange the founding deed. “And it is a wonderful thing,” he concludes, “the hobby he has for his school and the desire to see him, and they say that everything is to talk about this.”
After the expulsion of the Jesuits the Colegio de
Monterrei was abandoned and its stone was used to pave the streets of Verín.
Brief Summary of the activities that on the occasion
of the celebration of the IV Centenary of the Consecration of the Church of the
College of Our Lady of Antigua, -College PP. Escolapios- were held in Monforte
on August 2, 3 and 4, 2019.
Friday 2nd of
• 7:30 p.m. Round table,
The Historical Artistic Importance of the Building of
Our Lady of Antigua and the Social Value of Heritage Assets.
Introduced and Modernized, Mª del Mar Bóveda López.
CC researcher. of Education, expert in intervention and social revaluation of
– Ms. Rosana Guerra Pestonit, Dr. Architect.
– Ms. Luisa Serrano García, Architect.
– Mª Dolores Lago Arce, Historian and Restorer.
Writers of the Documentary Study for the Declaration
of Good of Cultural Interest of the College of Our Lady of Antigua (Monforte de
– Mr. Manuel Mª Chaín Pérez, Architect. Deputy
Director General of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property of the
General Directorate of Cultural Heritage (Ministry of Culture and Tourism,
Xunta de Galicia).
That led us wisely through the essential elements of
a technical, artistic, constructive and referential nature of the Cardinal’s
building, highlighting the uniqueness of many of them and their influence on
Galician architecture. They showed masterfully, supported by some very
illustrative images, the details of the history of the building, its
modifications, its values that definitely endorse the building’s declaration
• 20:15 h. Official Inauguration of the IV Centenary
Honored with the presence of Mr. Alberto Feijoo,
President of the Autonomous Community of Galicia, Mr. President of the
Diputación de Lugo who is also our Mayor, Mr. José Tomé Roca; Mr. Minister of
Economy, Employment and Industry, Mr. Francisco Conde López; the Secretary of
the Bureau of the Parliament of Galicia Ms. Raquel Arias Rodríguez; Mrs. Deputy
of the Parliament of Galicia, Ms. Julia Rodríguez Barreira; the Director
General of Cultural Heritage Carmen Martínez Insua; The General Director of
Territorial Planning and Urban Planning, Mª Encarnación Rivas Díaz; the Rector
of the PP. Escolapios de Galicia P: Eladio Rodríguez; the Manager of the
Colegio de Nª Sª de la Antigua Foundation and Head of the PP College.
Escolapios in Monforte; in addition to several mayors of the neighboring towns
and how many monfortinos wanted to accompany us.
In this act, moderated by Mr. Pablo Blanco, Director
of the PP School. Escolapios consecutively intervened Fr. Javier Agudo as
manager of the Foundation that focused on the significance of the 400 years of
the consecration of the Church, D. José Tomé Roca as President of the
Provincial Council of Lugo and Mayor of Monforte de Lemos who spoke on the
importance of Cardinal Rodrigo de Castro for the town of Monforte. Finally, Mr.
Alberto Feijoo, President of the Autonomous Community of Galicia, who addressed
some kind words to the College and Foundation, framed the act in its
significance within the Ribeira Sacra and his will to preserve and give value
to the heritage of the same for Enjoy future generations. Finally declaring the
days of celebration of the IV Centenary open-
• 9:15 p.m. Concert in the Church of the School
interpreted by the pianist Ernesto Maseda González and his wife Ana Gloria
Peñate Puncet, who brilliantly and virtuously offered a varied concert of Latin
American music on a piano and four hands, which surprised by its magnificent
performance and colorful musical . All this in the environment of the church
that, as is already known by all, offers a magnificent sound for music.
• 11:00 h. – 12:30 h. Open day.
The Nª Sª de la Antigua School Foundation and the PP
School. Escolapios offered the Villa de Monforte an open day so that those who
wanted to can visit the monumental areas of the College, accompanied by the two
guides of the Tourist Office as well as some teachers and a student who served
as guides to visitors.
• 12:30 h. – 1:00 p.m. Lecture, The College of
Monforte a Renaissance intuition of Cardinal Rodrigo de Castro. In charge of
Father Francisco Javier Agudo, Foundation Manager.
Father Javier Agudo gave a lecture on the framework
of the Renaissance and Cardinal Rodrigo de Castro setting the stage and actors
for the great work written in stone of the Colegio de Nª Sª de la Antigua.
• 1:00 p.m. Concert in the Church of the College,
performed by Mr. Manuel Randulfe Jácome, Director of the Professional
Conservatory of Music “Adagio”. Due to an accident the day before,
the announced concert had to be suspended due to force majeure, which was felt
very much, wishing D. Manuel a speedy recovery.
Sunday, August 4 • 12:00 h. Celebration of the Eucharist in the Church of Nª Sª de la Antigua, which was presided by the Vicar of the Diocese D. Mario Vázquez Carballo, because Mr. Alfonso Carrasco Rouco, Bishop of Lugo, who had announced his presence, could not attend for a lumbar disease. The celebrant reviewed the significance of the act in connection with education, highlighting the figure of the Cardinal and of San José de Calasanz as founder of the first popular, Christian and free school in the world.
Here is this brief summary of the three-day activities in which we celebrated the IV centenary of the Church of the College and enjoyed the presence of many Monfortinos who shared with us the programmed events and the shouts of culture that we could offer.
As reflected in the brief
account, the day after the Consecration of the Church, the sacrament of the old
Church was transferred to the new one. Thus they tell us
“Monday [August 5]: the Blessed Sacrament was moved from the old church to the new one. The procession began at a good time. The Lord Bishop carries the Blessed Sacrament under a very rich pallium; four clad priests, to Our Holy Father; and four others, the baby Jesus in richly seasoned walks, turning the entire cloister that, on both sides, was adorned with very colorful and very valuable hangings, with four altars at the corners, each with its canopy of rich fabric.
It would be long to paint the greatness of these altars, as the masters
took pains in their composition. I only say that one had, among other great
riches, a front that those who have seen the best in Spain put it before all of
them: at last it is a gift from a potentate of Italy to a count of Lemos, viceroy
of Naples, who was also the dome39 of the cloister, except for the pictures of
all the martyrs of our Company, which, put [s] on the hangings, made him more
colorful and pleasant for the Blessed Sacrament in all the altars. And the
musicians sang so well and such carols that, although people were innumerable
and excessive heat, they were not repaired in those, mostly when, without
thinking, seven dances that were prevented from coming out.
The bishop arrived at the main altar to place the Blessed Sacrament on a throne that was formed above the custody, surrounded by bleachers adorned with the most lucid and precious of the oratory of the countess lady and riches left by the Cardinal, because each one which would be that I dare not paint. The front was made of silver cloth, all gold-plated with great cousin, which gave us His Excellencies with a chasuble of the mesmo and a canopy, which he has only made more than 800 ducats coast. The Counts did not put their weapons in him, but they set everything on Jesuses, showing in this to be all theirs of the Company: such is the friendship they make us.”
This afternoon we will have the inaugural act of the three days with which the Our Lady of the Antigua College Foundation wants to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Consecration of the Church on August 4, 1619.
All our friends are invited to the opening ceremony, we have the presence of the highest authorities in Galicia and we will be lucky to listen to the team that has done the study for the BIC declaration of our building and its adjacent elements.
We wait for you all.
Do not forget, Friday 2, at 7:30 pm at the Colegio de Nª Sª de la Antigua