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April 2014

The Benedictine Experience

The Friends of Saint Benedict announce the schedule of upcoming Benedictine Experiences. "A Benedictine Experience is neither conference nor retreat but a carefully planned, unique attempt to bring together in community men and women, lay and clerical, to study and experience the balanced way of life as envisaged in the Rule of St. Benedict." There are three experiences scheduled for 2014; two in June, one in September.

Good Friday Pilgrimage

The Erie Benedictines for Peace sponsored their annual solemn tradition this Good Friday, 18 April, in downtown Erie, PA. More than 100 people took part in the 34th Pilgrimage for Peace. The marchers made many stops between St. Peter Cathedral and Mount St. Benedict. Each stop highlighted an issue facing the community including capital punishment, poverty, health care, violence, and education. Benedictine Prioress Sister Anne Wambach OSB said, " I think we are trying to raise awareness of the people as we are walking." Sister Mary Ellen Plumb OSB said, "It is just a way for us to walk in silence with Jesus to remember what he did and what we need to do in his name" (Erie TV News with video).

+ Rev. Daniel Durken OSB

Father Daniel Durken OSB, 85, former director of Liturgical Press, longtime theology teacher at Saint John's University, and a preacher known for his incisive wit, died at Collegeville, 29 March 2014. Daniel (Donald) Durken was born a twin (brother Dean), 11 January 1929, in Pemberton, MN. He professed first monastic vows in 1950, and became a priest in 1956. The reception of the body and wake with evening prayer will be on 2 April, Wednesday evening, 7 p.m. The monks, family, and friends will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial, Thursday, 3 April, in the Abbey Church, 3:30 p.m. Burial follows in the abbey cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Benedictines Join the Curia

On Saturday, 29 March 2014, the Holy Father included three Benedictine monks among a large list of appointments and confirmations. Two became members of the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life. These are Bishop Gregor Maria Hanke OSB, Eichstatt, Germany, and Fr. Bruno Marin OSB, abbot president of the Subiaco Cassinese Benedictine Congregation. He appointed Fr. William Skudlarek OSB (Saint John's Abbey, Collegeville, MN) secretary general of Monastic Interreligious Dialogue in Rome, a consultor of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

29th Annual Monastic Institute

The Monastic Institute is sponsored and organized by Saint John's School of Theology·Seminary and Saint John's Abbey. Its goal is to foster reflection and conversation on matters of concern to monastic communities and other intentional communities, both Christian and non-Christian. The theme for the next institute that will run from 29 June to 3 July 2014 is "Imagining the Future: Monastic Life in 2020." What is the appeal of monastic life in contemporary society? How does monastic life generate hope within and outside of the cloister walls?

In a world hungering for security and love, the time-tested practices of the monastic tradition bear witness to the reality of God among us. The five speakers bring a wealth of experience and a diversity of perspectives on the importance of monastic life for our times. Read more in the informative brochure.

South Koreans Elect Conventual Prior

On 21 March 2014 the newly autonomous community of St. Joseph's Monastery, Namyangju, South Korea, elected Fr. Pachomius Choe OSB its first conventual prior. Prior Pachomius is 43 years old and returned recently from Rome with a doctorate from the Pontifical Institute of Liturgy at Sant'Anselmo. His mandate is for six years.

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What's New auf Deutsch Aktuelle Meldungen (Erbe und Auftrag, Monastische Welt).
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