Dom Nicholas Wetz has been elected Abbot of Downside Abbey and has announced that the community will leave Stratton-on-the-Fosse.
Fr. Julian Maria Schaumlöffel, O.S.B., the new president of the International Commission on Benedictine Education, is from Königsmünster Abbey in Meschede, Germany. Read the full biography and story here.
A visitors group in front of the building which was burnt down.
The newly-founded monastery of St Pachomius in N'nango was attacked on 12 May by members of an Islamist terrorist militia.
Abbot Christopher Jamison has partnered with a few of his friends to offer an online resource for people living through the Covid-19 crisis.
Johannes Fragner, new Abbot of Seckau | Photo from Benediktinerabtei Seckau web page | link |
The convent of the Styrian Benedictine abbey elected the 56-year-old Graz native to the new abbot on Tuesday, 10 March 2020. Story with German-language links.
The Benedictine Commission on China brings together representatives from Benedictine monasteries throughout the world to exchange information about the work of their communities related to China and to discuss cooperation on projects for China. This year the meeting was held 29 February at Sant'Anselmo. Story and photo links here.
Three Abbots Primate: From left: Archabbot Wolfgang Oexler (Saint Ottilien), Prior Mauritius Wilde (Sant’Anselmo, Muensterschwarzach), Abbot Primate Gregory Polan (Sant’Anselmo, Conception), the late Abbot Primate Emeritus and Bishop Viktor Josef Dammertz (Saint Ottilien, Augsburg), Abbot Primate Emeritus Notker Wolf (Saint Ottilien), and Abbot President Jeremias Schroeder (Saint Ottilien)
Bishop Viktor Josef Dammertz was a man of great vision and generous service to the Benedictine Order.
Bishop Elias was prior of Saint'Anselmo for five years before being elected abbot president of his congregation. More information and links here.
The Way of Benedict: Eight Blessings for Lent by Laurentia Johns OSB of Stanbrook Abbey, England, is a newly-published Lent book that also includes ideas for reflection and action at the end of each chapter.