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August 2017

Art, Theology, and Ecumenism

To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Mount Tabor Ecumenical Centre for Art and Spirituality presents an international symposium with sessions on art, theology, and ecumenism. The symposium began in May in Paris, Strasbourg, and Florence, and continues this fall in New Haven (CT) and Orleans (MA).

The final weekend of the Symposium in October 2017, in Orleans, MA, will be the culmination of this exploration of sacred arts and ecumenism -- "ART IN CELEBRATION: The Word in Color, Action, Music, and Form," focusing on the creativity behind and expression in both the visual and performing arts. The Community of Jesus will host demonstrations of mosaic, fresco, and Gregorian chant; lectures and panel discussions; exhibits of contemporary sacred art by artists Susan S. Kanaga and Filippo Rossi; liturgies of the Divine Office and Holy Eucharist; and a fully-staged presentation of Vaughan Williams' opera, The Pilgrim’s Progress, performed by the critically-acclaimed ensembles, Gloriae Dei Cantores choir and Elements Theatre Company, in the Church of the Transfiguration on Cape Cod.

Please visit to find the complete schedule for the Orleans events. Details on the early registration special (for those who register by 1 September) are available on the registration page.

Abbot President Christopher OSB

EBC Elects New President

The monks and nuns of the English Benedictine Congregation, meeting in General Chapter at Worth Abbey, Sussex, elected, 31 July 2017, Abbot Emeritus Christopher Jamison OSB, 65, to succeed Abbot President Richard Yeo OSB, 69. Abbot Christopher had served as Abbot of Worth, 2002-2010, and has subsequently worked for the bishops of England and Wales as Director of the National Office for Vocation. "Fr Christopher, who was the central figure in the 2005 BBC 2 documentary series, The Monastery, is also the author of two books: Finding Sanctuary -- Monastic Steps for Everyday Life, and Finding Happiness -- Monastic Steps for a Fulfilling Life" (ICN).

July 2017

New Abbot for Assumption Abbey

Thursday morning, 27 July 2017, the monastic chapter at Assumption Abbey in Richardton, ND, elected Father Daniel Maloney OSB, 75, as the ninth abbot of the community. Abbot Daniel has had a distinguished career as professor of philosophy at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND, and has also served the Benedictine Sisters at Annunciation Monastery, also in Bismarck, as their chaplain. Abbot Daniel succeeds Abbot Brian Wangler OSB, 73, who died 25 May 2017. Abbot President Elias Lorenzo OSB, American-Cassinese Congregation, confirmed the election. Ad multos annos!

Benedictine Youth Congress 2017

2017 participants

St. Benedict's Abbey and College, Atchison, KS, hosted the Benedictine Youth Congress, 16-19 July 2017. There were 60 students from Benedictine secondary schools throughout the USA, along with their teachers as chaperones. Ms Molly Buccola, campus minister at Woodside Priory in Portola, CA, organized the conference. Students joined the monks in the abbey for Mass and Vespers each day. The students themselves offered various workshops and led lectio divina in small groups for a successful leadership conference.

Thien Tam Priory

Christ in the Desert Abbey founded, 2009, the Monastery of Thien Tam, Kerens, Texas, as the first Vietnamese Benedictine monastery in North America. The Abbot President of the Subiaco Cassinese Congregation, issued, 29 June 2017, the decree establishing the monastery as an independent priory.

Solemnity of Benedict

The Patriarch

Benedictines and their friends celebrate Saint Benedict, Patriarch of Western Monasticism and Co-Patron of Europe, on Tuesday, 11 July. Born in 480 A.D., his Rule for Monasteries brought order and creativity to a world of decadence and corruption.

The stained glass at right from Sacred Heart Monastery Church, Yankton, South Dakota,  depicts our Founder holding a manuscript copy of his Holy Rule (Sancta Regula) flanked by his disciples of men and women.

What we know of Saint Benedict comes from the Second Book of the Dialogues written by Pope St. Gregory the Great. 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 this date for the Profession of Vows. Congratulations to the many Benedictine men and women making first or final commitments or celebrating jubilees of monastic profession. I.O.G.D.

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