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April 2018

Jubilee of the Confederation

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19-21 April 2018, the Benedictines of Sant'Anselmo celebrate the 125th Jubilee of the Benedictine Confederation of Monastic Congregations. On 18 April 1893, the first stone of the present building of Sant’Anselmo was solemnly laid on the Aventine Hill. Then, on 12 July 1893, Pope Leo XIII officially established, with the Brief, Summum Semper, the Benedictine Confederation, thus uniting the various Benedictine congregations.

Pope Francis met in the late morning of 19 April in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican the Abbot Primate Gregory Polan OSB, several abbots and abbesses of the Confederation, the residents and collaborators of the College and of Sant’Anselmo University, and representatives of various branches and international institutions within the same Benedictine Confederation. The Holy Father's address to the Benedictines is online.

Saturday, 21 April 2018, H.E. Pietro Cardinal Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, will preside on the Aventine at the solemn Mass of the Feast of Saint Anselm of Canterbury.

+ Abbot Emeritus Dr. Heinrich Ferenczy OSB

Friday, 13 April 2018, Abbot Emeritus Dr. Heinrich Ferenczy OSB, 80, died in the company of confreres and relatives. He had been abbot of the Schottenstift, 1988-2006, Vienna; first president of the Austrian Conference of Major Superiors of Men, 1989-98; and abbot of Saint Paul, Lavanttal, 2008-2017, Austria. Farewell and Requiem in Schottenkirche, Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 6 p.m.; Mass of Christian Burial, St. Paul Stiftskirche, Wednesday, 25 April 2018, 3 p.m.

Election at Ligugé

On Easter Tuesday, 3 April 2018, the community of Saint-Martin de Ligugé elected as abbot, Father Christophe Bettwy OSB. Father Christophe, 51, entered Ligugé, 26 September 1998. Born in the Haut-Rhin, Mulhouse, 30 April 1966, he spent all his childhood and youth in Bordeaux where he attended the College Sainte-Marie Grand-Lebrun. After his novitiate and monastic profession, 29 June 2000, he continued theological studies at the Catholic Institute of Paris. Returning to the monastery, he served as deputy master of the novices, director of the Europart Distribution Company and guest master. Ordained a priest, 4 July 2009, Abbot Christophe served as prior administrator during the past two years. Most Rev. Pascal Wintzer, Archbishop of Poitiers, will impart the abbatial blessing, 27 May 2018, in the presence of Rt. Rev. Dom Philippe Dupont OSB, abbot president of the Solesmes Congregation.

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