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November 2015

Douai Abbey Celebrates

20 November 2015, is the Solemnity of St. Edmund, king and martyr. On its patronal festival the community of Douai Abbey at Woolhampton, Berkshire, England, celebrated the 400th anniversary of its foundation. Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, retired Archbishop of Westminster, concelebrated Mass along with all the English abbots. He read a message from Pope Francis. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, present Archbishop of Westminster, presided at Vespers at which Bishop Martin Seeley of Bury St Edmunds preached. Many oblates, friends, past pupils, and parishioners attended Mass and/or Vespers. Abbot Aidan Bellenger OSB of Downside Abbey gave a talk on the foundation and early history of St. Edmunds in Paris.

The American Monastic Newsletter

The current issue of the American Monastic Newsletter is available online as a PDF document. The issue concludes with a membership renewal/application form. Members usually renew in January. A reduced rate covers a two-year membership. Members also qualify for a reduced registration fee for the biennail convention of The American Benedictine Academy. The next convention runs from 21 to 23 July 2016, in Beech Grove, Indiana. The theme is "Keep Death Daily before Your Eyes."

+ Abbot Lawrence Wagner OSB

Abbot Lawrence Wagner OSB, 91, died peacefully on 8 November 2015. He made monastic profession at Assumption Abbey, Richardton, North Dakota, in 1949 and became a priest in 1954. He earned a diploma in monastic studies and the licentiate in theology at Collegio Sant’ Anselmo in Rome, He was one of the founders of the Monasterio Benedictino de Tibati (Joy of the Lord) in Bogota, Colombia. He was named first rector of the monastery's San Carlos school and was soon thereafter named prior. Before and after his election as abbot (1979-88), he lent his skill to the business offices of both Tibati-San Carlos in Bogota and Sant’ Anselmo in Rome (Bismarck Tribune). The monks celebrated the Mass of Christian Burial for Abbot Lawrence Friday, 13 November, at Assumption Abbey Church, Richardton, with Abbot Brian Wangler OSB, principal celebrant.

October 2015

Abbot President Jeremias Recaps the Synod of Bishops

Abbot Jeremias Schröder OSB, President of the Ottilien Congregation, maintains for <> a blog in German, “Aus der Aula,” from his perspective as a participant at the Synod of Bishops meeting in Rome looking at the family.

Monks, Beer, and Christendom

David Bonagura reports from New York for the National Catholic Register about a fundraiser for the monks of Norcia, Italy, hosted by the Lumen Christi Association of New York (LCA), 7 October 2015. Ross Douthat, NY Times columnist, led a lively discussion about “the issues of secularism and religion in America and the West today.” Father Cassian Folsom OSB, prior and founder of the Benedictine community of Norcia, addressed the audience about “the challenges of building a monastic culture. He said that the monks’ primary objective is the worship of God, which then shapes everything else that they do. This includes their work of brewing beer, a task begun by the initiation of a monk from Texas in order to provide income for the monastery.” Read the full article at the NC Register online.

Symposium on Benedictine Spirituality

The Friends of St. Benedict announce that this year's Symposium on Benedictine Spirituality will feature keynote speaker Dom Laurence Freeman OSB on the topic of Work: Sacred and Secular. The Symposium will be 9 and 10 October 2015 at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in northwest Washington, DC.  Dom Laurence OSB was born in England where he was educated by the Benedictines and studied English Literature at New College, Oxford. He is a monk of the Monastery of Christ our Saviour, Turvey, England, a monastery of the Congregation of Monte Oliveto based in Tuscany. He is Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation. Follow the link to learn more and to register for the symposium.

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