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Every four years the Communio Internationalis Benedictinarum convenes Benedictine Women from all over the world for an international symposium at Sant’Anselmo in Rome, the headquarter of the Benedictine Confederation.

The 8th International Symposium, which ended on Sept 13th 2018, looked at the topic of monastic hospitality from many different angles.

CIBnewleader2018On Sept 14th elections for the leadership positions of the CIB were held. Outgoing moderatrix (leader) Sr Judith-Ann Heble was replaced by Sr Lynn McKenzie (b. 1958), member of Sacred Heart Monastery, Cullman, Alabama (USA) and president of the Benedictine Sisters of the Federation of St Scholastica, a union of 20 monasteries in the USA and Mexico. The new moderatrix is both a civil and a canon lawyer and has been in leadership for many years.

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Meeting of the CIB Governing Body at Dinklage

In mid-January 2019, the governing body of the Communio Internationalis Benedictinarum (CIB), the worldwide association of female Benedictine monastic communities, met at the Benedictine Abtei St. Scholastika in Dinklage, Germany.

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Keur Moussa

On 19 January 2019, the community of the Abbey of Keur Moussa, near Dakar, Senegal, elected Sant’Anselmo Professor of Liturgy Fr. Olivier-Marie Sarr abbot of their monastery.

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Mwimwa

Thriving Mvimwa Abbey, in the remote Sumbawanga region of Tanzania, started to build its abbey church on All Saints Day.

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OCSO news

Wrentham

Mother Maureen McCabe, Abbess of the monastery of Mount St. Mary’s Abbey – Wrentham (archdiocese of Boston, USA) since 2008, having reached the age of retirement mentioned in ST 40.A of the Constitutions, presented her resignation to the Abbot General.

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Snowmass

On January 12, 2019, the Community of Snowmass (Archdiocese of Denver, USA) elected as abbot , for an indefinite term, Father Charles Albanese.

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Ávila

Mother María Luisa Gómez Tejeda, Abbess of the monastery of Sta. María de Santa Ana (diocese of Ávila, Spain) since 1998, having reached the age of retirement mentioned in ST 40.A of the Constitutions, presented her resignation to the Abbot General.

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OCIST news

Phuoc Son

Opening of the Cause for Beatification of Fr. Benoît Thuan

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Christmas Letter 2018

http://www.ocist.org/ocist/images/pdf/ENChristmasLetter2018.pdf