Cistercian Order

Project 6712 - Monastic Formation Course (CFM)


Presentation of the program

1The Monastic Formation Courses (CFM) is an initiative born in 2001 by the Abbot General of the Cistercian Order, Dom Mauro Esteva i Alsina, in order to promote the formation of formators of young monks and nuns of the Order, and subsequently of monks and nuns in periods of formation.

The CFM is held at the Generalate of the Cistercian Order (Rome), the seat of the College of Saint Bernard in Urbe. The duration of CFMs is three five-week periods in three consecutive years, from the end of August to the end of September. The courses are taught by professors from Roman universities, with simultaneous translation into five languages. Since 2008, the CFMs have been under the patronage of the Pontifical University of St. Anselm (osb, Rome).

CFM is dedicated to the study of monastic sources and tradition, patristic and liturgical knowledge, knowledge of spirituality specific to the monastic ideal and cultural heritage, contact with the human sciences, psychology, anthropology, and especially a solid knowledge of Holy Scripture and monastic theology. Some cultural and spiritual visits enrich the intellectual formation.

22From August 26 to September 20, 2019, the monastic formation course took place as usual at the Generalate of the Cistercian Order in Rome. The course brought together 39 brothers and sisters from different countries: Italy (8), Switzerland (1), Austria (1), USA (1), France (3), Germany (1), Slovenia (1), Canada (1), Brazil (12), Vietnam (3), Lithuania (2) and Ethiopia (5). The participants belong to different religious families: Cistercians, Trappists, Benedictines, Cistercians Bernardines and Camaldolese Benedictines. This diversity of origin is an excellent opportunity to get to know the respective Orders and their charisma better.


Twelve brothers and sisters did not receive financial support for this last session: five brothers from Ethiopia, three brothers and one sister from Brazil. The Cistercian Order covered the costs for these students and could not balance its budget. Financial assistance would be required to support the Order's effort.


Requested amount: 15,000 euros

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