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Over the last year allegations were made against Dom Richard Purcell, Abbot of Mount Melleray Abbey (Ireland). Because of this the Abbot General asked for a Regular Visitation, whose primary object was to establish if there was any substance to the allegations.

The Visitation was conducted by Dom Bernardus Peeters, Abbot of Tilburg (The Netherlands) and M. Pascale Fourmentin, Abbess of Arnhem (The Netherlands). The investigation concluded that the allegations were unfounded. However, for personal reason, Dom Richard offered his resignation. Abbot General, having received the consent of his council, accepted the resignation which will become effective on the 25th November, 2021.

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Beuron

On Sunday, 17 October 2021, the Electoral Chapter of the Beuronese Benedictine Congregation elected the Beuronese monk Fr. Dr. Franziskus Berzdorf OSB as successor to the outgoing Abbot President Fr. Dr. Albert Schmidt OSB, of Beuron Archabbey, who has been president since 2008.

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New President of the Slav Benedictine Congregation

On 21 Oct 2021, the General Chapter of the Slav Benedictine Congregation took place in the Archabbey of Brevnov in Prague.

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Federation of St Scholastica 100th Anniversary

The Federation of St. Scholastica will celebrate 100 years in 2022. As a means of sharing Benedictine life as a vision unfolding, the Federation is offering a multi-featured website to share our life and values. https://scholastica-celebration.org/

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San Isidro

On January 18, 2022, the Community of San Isidro (Diocese of Palencia, Spain) elected as abbot for a for a six-year term, Dom Juan José Domingo Falomir.

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Whitland

Mother Christine Wood, Abbess of Whitland (Diocese of Menevia, Great Britain) since 2006, having reached the age of retirement mentioned in ST 40.A of the Constitutions, presented her resignation to the Abbot General. With the consent of his Council, the Abbot General accepted the resignation.

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Gedono

On January 09, 2022, Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Sister Henrica Novilaya Lumban Gaol made solemn profession at the monastery of Gedono (Indonesia).

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Christmas Letter 2021

http://www.ocist.org/ocist/images/pdf/ENLETTER2021.pdf

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Mogila

On 13 November 2021, the abbatial election was held in Mogila Abbey (Poland), presided over by the Abbot President of the Polish congregation, Fr. Eugeniusz Augustin.

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