On 1 February, the Benedictine Congregation of Saint Mary of Monte Oliveto elevated two monasteries to the rank of abbey. The new abbeys of St Bernard Tolomei in South Korea and Holy Cross in Northern Ireland subsequently elected two new abbots. Story here.
The Benedictine Commission on China brings together representatives from Benedictine monasteries throughout the world to exchange information about the work of their communities related to China and to discuss cooperation on projects for China. This year the meeting was held 9 March at Sant'Anselmo. Story and photo links here.
From 22-26 February 2019, Saint Bernard Abbey in Cullman, Alabama (USA) hosted the quadrennial meeting of Benedictine Abbots and Prioresses. More than 75 monastic superiors representing more than 2,700 Benedictine men and women in the Americas attended the meeting. More details here.
As is tradition on Ash Wednesday, the Holy Father arrived at the Basilica of Sant'Anselmo for Statio prayers with the Benedictine and Dominican communities, followed by the Lenten penitential procession to the first stational Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina. Video, papal homily, and news coverage here.
Pope Francis has chosen Olivetan Benedictine Abbot Bernardo Gianni OSB Oliv., of the Abbey of San Miniato al Monte in Florence, to preach his Lenten spiritual exercises in Ariccia, Italy from 10-15 March 2019. See story, articles, video, and photos here.
Il Pontificio Istituto Liturgico di Pontificio Ateneo Sant'Anselmo presenterà il 1° colloquio liturgico ecumenico internazionale "Il Crisma", 21 marzo, Abbazia di San Paolo fuori le Mura. Info e brochure qui.
The CDCS programme is a two-year summer programme and new students can enrol every year. The next unit will be 1 – 12 July 2019 at Sant'Anselmo in Rome. The registration deadline is 2 May 2019, but remember : Traveling to Rome requires international travel arrangements. Register now!
Register now for the LRB Summer Course to be held at Sant'Anselmo, Rome, 14 - 26 July 2019. This program is for monks, nuns and laity in positions of leadership in monastic communities.