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Special news

OSB news

  • American Monastic Newsletter
    The American Monastic Newsletter, published by the American Benedictine Academy, is available online.
  • Two Elections in Tanzania
    The monks of Peramiho Abbey, Tanzania, elected as prior administrator, Fr. Sylvanus Kessy OSB, Ndana Abbey. The community of Mvimwa Abbey elected as...
  • + Archbishop Daniel Kucera OSB
    Retired abbot and archibishop Daniel Kucera OSB died, 30 May 2017. The funeral and interment are at St. Procopius Abbey, Illinois, 9 June.

OCSO news

Schiermonnikoog (The Island of the Monks)

A television film dealing with how eight Dutch monks remaining in the monastery of Diepenveen originally built for 120 decided to move to Schiermonnikoog, an island in the north of the Netherlands, has been awarded the prize of the international jury at the 19th European Television Festival of Religious Programmes in Paris.

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Dom Daniel Hombergen, Abbot of the Abbey of Zundert (Diocese of Breda – The Netherlands) since 2007, presented his resignation to the Abbot General on April 4, 2017. With the consent of his Council, the Abbot General accepted the resignation which became effective on April 18, 2017.

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On May 13, 2017, Brother Samuel Houedegnon made solemn profession at the monastery of Kokoubou (Benin).

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OCIST news


Fr. Sixtus Dékány, Abbot President of the Congregation of Zirc, offered his resignation after having requested a vote of confidence from the community.

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Campo Grande

For serious reasons of health, Mother Benigna Silva, Abbess of the monastery of Nossa Senhora Aparecida in Campo Grande (MS, Brazil) presented her resignation to the Abbot General, Pro-President of the Congregazione Brasiliana dei Cistercensi.

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