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July 2016

Kylemore Abbey Partners with University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame, Indiana, has accepted the invitation from Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, Ireland, to extend its Irish Studies program in a new partnership. Abbess Maire Hickey OSB said, “I am delighted that the University of Notre Dame has responded favorably to our invitation to join our community in advancing our educational and spiritual mission. I have high hopes that this partnership will yield rich fruits for generations to come.” This summer students will visit Connemara starting “a 30-year lease with the Benedictines which will entail renovating almost a fifth of the Abbey's floor space for the specialised use” (Their Irish World, July 13, 2016).

Solemnity of Saint Benedict

Benedict, author Benedictines and their friends remember Saint Benedict, Patriarch of Western Monasticism and Co-Patron of Europe, Monday, 11 July 2016.

Born 480 A.D., his Rule for Monasteries brought order and creativity to a world of decadence and corruption. The manuscript illustration at left depicts our Founder posed at a writing desk as a scribe.

The office hymn, Gemma caelestis recalls his vision of the death of his twin sister, Scholastica, and the sequence, Laeta quies, poetically recalls incidents of Benedict’s life in the light of scriptural precedents.

Many monasteries use the July date for the profession of vows. Congratulations to the many Benedictine men and women making first or perpetual commitments or celebrating jubilees of monastic profession.

Elizabeth Cameron Galbraith's essay posted at Pray Tell, reviews some aspects of Benedictine vocation and profession.

Jubilee of Mercylogo

8 December 2015 began the Jubilee of Mercy. Opening of the Holy Door in the Vatican Basilica is the official act of the Holy Father inaugurating the jubilee that concludes on the Feast of Christ the King, 20 November 2016. In the words of Pope Francis, "On that day, the Holy Door will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instills hope."

Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with His anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.

--Pope Francis, from his Prayer for the Jubilee of Mercy.

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What's New auf Deutsch: Aktuelle Meldungen (Erbe und Auftrag, Monastische Welt).
What Was New OSB, April, May, and June 2016, and previous quarters (1995-; archive).

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