Bernard de Soos, OSB, a member of En Calcat Abbey, France, has completed his service as secretary general of AIM International. Following Father Bernard's retirement, Abbot Primate Marcel Rooney has implemented a restructuring of the organization. The AIM International office will be moved from Vanves, which will remain national office for France, and will be located at Rome. There the new secretary general, Jacques Coté, OSB, from Saint-Benoit du-Lac, Quebec, Canada, will conduct the daily business. Father Martin Neyt, OSB, St. Andrew of Clerlande Monastery, Belgium, will be president of the international advisory board, which sets policies and directions for AIM. The website address is <www.aimintl.org/>
In the United States, AIM-USA was grateful to be able to provide $22,395 from its Lenten appeal to three Cistercian monasteries in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire). These monasteries bordering Rwanda have been devastated by the fighting there. The sisters at LaClarte- Dieu and Goma are rebuilding and the monks of Mokoto, who were dispersed, hope to return soon.
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