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May 2016

Saint Meinrad Monks Launch Podcast

The monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey have launched a podcast, “Echoes from the Bell Tower.” The podcast’s first season begins with an episode about, logically enough, the bells of the Archabbey Church. Hosting the audio talk show are two young monks, Br. Joel Blaize OSB, and Novice Tony Wolniakowski OSB.

"In this podcast, you'll get to know us monks. You'll get to hear our stories, and things you just may not hear any other way," the hosts explain in the trailer that introduces the new podcast. Listeners can subscribe at iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever they find their podcasts.

ABA Convention 2016

Sister Elizabeth Carillo OSB reminds Benedictines and their friends that 1 June 2016 is the deadline for submitting a convention registration before the price goes up. Here is a link to the PDF registration form. Please encourage members and others to attend. The American Beneictine Academy hopes to see many at what is sure to be an interesting, stimulating meeting in Beech Grove, IN,  21-23 July 2016. The topic is "Keep Death Daily before Your Eyes."

Monks Make Hot Sauce

The monks at Subiaco Abbey in Arkansas know how to bring the heat. Led by Father Richard Walz OSB, the Benedictine monks make Monk Sauce, a spicy habanero pepper sauce. Fr. Richard says making Monk Sauce is a perfect way to find balance between work and prayer ... and to add spice to a simple life. Watch a short YouTube video about the making of Monk Sauce.

Interreligious Dialogue in Iran

Abbot Primate Dr. Notker Wolf OSB is participating in the Seventh Benedictine-Shi'a Conference, "The Dignity of Being Human," meeting for the second time in Qom, Iran, the largest center for Shi'a scholarship. The series of meetings started Tuesday, 10 May 2016. The conference will last for three full days, and then those attending the conference will spend a day at the Imam Reza Shrine at Mashhad, the largest mosque in the world. The assembly will then disperse for departures home. The following nations are represented among the Benedictines: Australia, France, Germany, Kenya, UK, and USA. Abbot Timothy Wright OSB, abbot emeritus of Ampleforth Abbey, is coordinating the conference.

Monastic Interreligious Dialogue offers a report of the conference, "Monks and Muslims IV," in Dilatato Corde, VI:1 by participant, Fr. William Skudlarek OSB, Secretary General of DIMMID. A collection of photos accompanies the brief report.

A short video of the visit to the shrine, produced by the shrine's public relations office, is available on Facebook. The two people who speak are Abbot Timothy Wright OSB and Sister Lorraine Victorsen OSB, a Good Samaritan Sister from Brisbane, Australia. The shrine has a staff of 2,000 and also 18.000 volunteers. It is visited by more than 10,000,000 pilgrims a year.

+ P. Bruno de Senneville OSB, 89

La Croix announces the death of the re-founder of the monastic community at historic Mont-Saint-Michel. P. Bruno de Senneville OSB, a monk of Bec-Hellouin Abbey was the first prior of the Benedictine community established at the time of the Mont's millennium in 1966. This small community became a place of permanent pilgrimage for almost 35 years. Its presence and the regular celebration of worship attracted pilgrims of all persuasions. These pioneers were succeeded in 2001 by the men and women of the Monastic Fraternities of Jerusalem.

The funeral for Père Bruno took place 9 May 2016 at the church of Sainte-Croix de Saint-Malo. His burial took place at Mont-Saint-Michel the same day. Qu'il repose en paix.

Monastic Institute 2016

The theme of the 2016 Monastic Institute, sponsored by Saint John's Abbey and the School of Theology, is Monastic Profession: Baptism, Kenosis, and Growing into Christ. The speakers are Prioress Michaela Hedican OSB and Abbot John Klassen OSB. The full schedule is available as a PDF document, and one may register online for the event, 3-7 July 2016.

April 2016

Camaldoses Nuns in Korea

The first Camaldolese monastery of nuns in Korea is being constructed in Namyangju City. Father Alessandro Barban OSB Cam., Prior General of the Camaldolese Congregation, met, 27 April 2016, with Andrew Cardinal Yeom Soo-jung, Archbishop of Seoul, to offer thanks for the cardinal's help establishing the monastery expected to be completed in 2019.

Monk-Baker Profiled

CruxNow profiled, 17 April 2016, Bro. Pachomius (Ambrose) Alvarado OSB. Brother Pachomius is the baker at Saint Bernard Abbey, Cullman, Alabama. His secret ingredient for making exceptional bread is prayer.

Benedictine Study-Retreat

From 10 to 17 June 2016, Paraclete Press, the publishing arm of the Community of Jesus and the Mount Tabor Centre  co-sponsor an ecumenical study-retreat about St. Benedict. Starting at the mission house for art and spirituality in the Tuscan hills, and ending in Subiaco, participants will learn of St. Benedict's life through art, through scripture, and through his rule. The leaders of the retreat are Msgr. Timothy Verdon, art historian and museum director; Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, author; and, at Subiaco, Abbot Primate Dr. Notker Wolf OSB.

There are still some spaces open for the trip. For more information visit the website: St. Benedict Retreat.

Cistercian Publications

This year Cistercian Publications announces that all of St. Bernard of Clairvaux's works will finally be available in English. Also featured in the latest catalog is Gert Melville's comprehensive survey, The World of Medieval Monasticism: Its History and Forms of Life, "the best of guides to the world of medieval monasticism." Additionally the website offers three pages of items on sale.

Benedictine Educators' Network

Group photoThe International Commission on Benedictine Education (ICBE) hosted its seventh triennial international congress of the Benedictine Educators' Network (BENET) in Rome from April 4 to 8, 2016. 170 educators from 21 countries representing 71 schools were in attendance.  The keynote presenters were Prof. Günther Müller-Stewens from St. Gallen University, Switzerland and Prof. Luigi Gioia OSB from the Pontifical Athenaeum, Rome. The theme of their presentations was leadership and management in the Rule of St. Benedict as a primer for our schools.  The educators prayed together each day lauds, noonday Mass, and vespers in English, German, Spanish, and Portuguese as prepared by various schools in the Benedictine Educators' Network. 

In addition, there were fourteen workshops at the Collegio Sant'Anselmo on the Aventine hill on various themes such as Young People and Benedict's Rule Today, Formation of Staff, Faculty and Board, School Discipline  based on the Rule, Benedictine Identity and Mission Experiences, Rule of Benedict as Foundation for Strategic Planning, Scaffolding Change for Innovative Education, and Formation of Leaders for a More Just and Tolerant Society, to name a few.  These workshops were offered by the educators themselves for their peers. 

Throughout the congress educators met in deaneries for group discussions and for lectio divina.  The congress concluded with a pilgrimage to Montecassino where the educators had guided tours, prayed lectio divina at the tombs of St. Benedict and St. Scholastic, and celebrated the assembly's final Eucharist together.  At the conclusion of the congress, ICBE president, Fr. Elias Lorenzo OSB announced the next triennial international congress will be hosted by Good Samaritan Education in Australia, 2019.  

Tyburn Convent Conference on Benedictine Lay Movements

The monastic spirituality forum -- Community of Nazareth -- will be hosting a conference on contemporary Benedictine lay movements and communities at Tyburn Convent, 11 June 2016. The conference will explore the values, mission, and outreach of Benedictine movements. A number of groups will be participating in the event: Manquehue Movement, Lay Community of St Benedict, Community of St Aelred, Subiaco Walsingham, Monos, and NazarethW5.

The conference will continue with each group explaining its particular mission and how it transmits monastic values to others. There will be discussion about the nature of those groups: residential communities, dispersed communities, e-communities, and social media groups. There will also be talks examining Benedictine witness, looking at the lives of Bl. Gabriella of Unity and the Tibhirine Trappist martyrs. Throughout the day there will be opportunities to pray with the monastic community at Tyburn and to visit their famous shrine.

Talks and papers will be available via the website (www.communityofnazareth.com) SoundCloud (Community of Nazareth) and twitter (@NazarethW5). 

The Passing of Saint BenedictWindow at Yankton, SD

Benedictines commemorate the passing of Saint Benedict on Tuesday, 5 April 2016. Like the great Saint Joseph, devotion to whom was fostered at Monte Cassino, Saint Benedict is a fitting patron at the time of death. On the margin of the medal of St. Benedict, encircling the figure of Benedict, are the Latin words: Eius in obitu nostro præsentia muniamur (May we be strengthened by his presence in the hour of our death). An additional prayer to Saint Benedict for a happy death is available online.

Pope St. Gregory's account below of St. Benedict's serene death ca. 543 A.D, is enhanced by testimony of Benedict's ability to forecast the day of it and his ability to communicate the news of it remotely by signs.

Six days before he died, he gave orders for his tomb to be opened. Almost immediately he was seized with a violent fever that rapidly wasted his remaining energy. Each day his condition grew worse until finally, on the sixth day, he had his disciples carry him into the chapel where he received the Body and Blood of our Lord to gain strength for his approaching end. Then, supporting his weakened body on the arms of his brethren, he stood with his hands raised to heaven and, as he prayed, breathed his last. --Gregory the Great, Dialogues, Book 2, c. 37.
 

Jubilee of Mercy

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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."


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