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St. David Monastery ordered to close

Posted at 9:15 PM, Apr 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-18 18:26:23-04

The Holy Trinity Monastery in Saint David, Arizona has been ordered to close it's doors after more than 40 years of serving their community.

The upcoming closure has left Father Henri Capdeville without a place to go. He has resided at 1605 S. Saint Mary's Way since he was 19-years-old. 

"It's heart-wrenching and it breaks my heart," says Father Henri. "I have 40 years of memories and things that I have here." 

The Holy Trinity Monastery was ordered to close by the Abbott General and his council in Italy. 

The Monastery will be closed for not having enough monks.

There are four monks right now.

"There's no set number, but in Italy, they decided that we're not a viable community." 

After refusing to sign documents to confirm the closing of the Holy Trinity, Father Henri tells KGUN 9 they stopped him from participating in mass.

They also stripped him of his Superior title. 

While the monks were told they could relocate, it's not so easy for Father Henri. 

"This has been my home, my community and I thought I would be able to continue here," explained Father Henri. "When I joined it was to live and die here."

Over the years, his sister, stepfather and the founder of the Monastery have been buried at the cemetery behind the chapel. 

The Diocese of Tucson will take over and Father Henri has been asked to leave the property by April 26.