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January 25, 2023: the Community of Mont des Cats (Archdiocese of Lille, France) elected as Abbot for an indefinite term Dom Bernard-Marie van Caloen.

Dom Bernard-Marie was born in 1953 in Loppem (Belgium). He entered Mont des Cats Abbey in 1978, made his solemn profession in 1986 and was ordained a priest in 2000. At the time of his election, he was Superior ad nutum of the Community.

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OSB News

Conference of Benedictine Prioresses

The president and the prioresses of seven member monasteries of the Monastic Congregation of St. Benedict (MCSB) attended the gathering of the Conference of Benedictine Prioresses (CBP) at Sacred Heart Monastery, Cullman, AL, February 1-8.

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The Abbot President, together with Sr. Madeleine Boland from Liege conducted a canonical visitation at the Abbey of St John and St Scholastica in Maredret / Belgium from 13 to 17 February 2023.

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Meeting of Benedictine Abbots and Prioresses

Cullman, Alabama: A joint meeting of Benedictine Abbots and Prioresses was held at the Byre Conference Center of Saint Bernard Abbey in Cullman, Alabama, USA, on the weekend of 3 February 2023.

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OCSO news


According to the latest information about the trouble caused by the M23 Rebellion which prevails around the community of Mokoto (DR Congo), the situation has deteriorated in recent days. The community is now in the area occupied by the Rebellion, affected by clashes and fighting.

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On March 3rd 2023, the mandate of Dom Aloysius Yokouchi Hiroshi as abbot of Phare (diocese of Sapporo, Japan) having come to an end, Dom Steele Hartman, Abbot of Tarrawarra and Father Immediate of Phare, appointed Father Franciscus Yoshimoto Kunihiko as Superior ad nutum of Phare.

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On January 21, 2023, Sister Edith Maryanne Onah made solemn profession at the monastery of Abakaliki (Nigeria).

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On February 10, 2023, Brother Placid Okute made solemn profession at the monastery of Victoria (Uganda).

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OCIST news

Rio Pardo

The Cistercian monks of the Abbey of Rio Pardo (Brazil) have elected Father Paolo Celso Demartini as Abbot of the community.

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The Cistercian community of St. Joseph in Shola, Ethiopia, has elected Fr. Daniel Getachew Ghebremichael as the new prior of the community for a six-year term.

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