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October 2014

Friends of Saint Benedict

The third annual Symposium on Benedictine Spirituality will take place at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Washington, DC, 7-8 November 2014. The keynote speaker is Bonnie Bowman Thurston, a founding member of the International Thomas Merton Society. The symposium is sponsosred by The Friends of Saint Benedict. Registration for the symposium is available online.

New Abbot at Tepeyac

The new abbot at Abadia del Tepeyac, Mexico, Abbot Ricardo (Mateo) Tintos Delgado OSB, 69, receives the abbatial blessing, 1 November 2014. Professed 8 September 1968 and ordained 29 June 1974, Abbot Ricardo served as pastor and senior councilor of the monastery.

Benet Lake Abbey

The monks of St. Benedict's Abbey, Benet Lake, Wisconsin, voted 24 October 2014 to become a dependent community of their founding monastery. In 1945 Conception Abbey, Missouri, founded St. Benedict's.

+Abbot Leonel Gómez Pinilla OSB

Abbot Leonel Gómez Pinilla OSB, 44, Abadia Santa Maria, Envigado, Medellín, Colombia, died 18 October 2014, early in the fourth year since he had become an abbot in the Subiaco Congregation. Abbot Leonel's research interests included Eustathius the Philosopher, Early Christianity, Late Antiquity, and Late Roman Empire.

Changes at Monte Cassino

Vatican City, 23 October 2014 (VIS) - Today the Holy Father appointed Abbot Donato Ogliari OSB, 57, as abbot of the territorial abbey of Montecassino, Italy. Abbot Donato formerly served as abbot of Santa Maria della Scala Monastery in Noci, Italy. The Holy Father has, at the same time, applied the Motu Proprio "Ecclesia Catholica" to the Abbey of Montecassino with a subsequent reduction of its territory, providing that: the territory on which stand the abbey church and monastery belongs to the new territorial configuration of the ecclesiastical jurisdiction "Territorial Abbey of Montecassino," effective immediately. The 53 parishes with their faithful, secular, and religious clergy, religious communities, and seminarians pass to the pastoral care of the Diocese of Sora-Aquino-Pontecorvo, which will now be named Sora-Cassino-Aquino-Pontecorvo (

Monastic Formators' Program

Applications are now being received for the 2015 Monastic Formators' Program. The program will run from Sunday, 15 March (arrivals), to Friday, 12 June 2015 (departures). Founded in 2002, the program is designed to meet the needs of those working in the field of monastic formation, or are preparing to do so. The language of the course is English, and it takes place in Rome and Assisi. Some bursaries are available to communities that would find it difficult to meet the costs.

What's New OSB
What's New auf Deutsch Aktuelle Meldungen (Erbe und Auftrag, Monastische Welt).
What Was New OSB, July, August, and September 2014, and further back (1995-; archive).

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