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

Brother Samuel was born in 1966 in Benin.
He entered Kokoubou in 2010 and made first profession in 2013.

   

May 11, 2017: Brother Joseph Udeh was born in 1929 in Umunaa-Ndiagu, Anambra State (Nigeria). He entered Illah as an Oblate in 1986. Brother was 88 years old and had been in monastic life for 31 years when the Lord called him.

May 13, 2017: Sister Mary Ann Sullivan was born in 1937 in Washington, D.C. (USA). She entered Wrentham in 1957 and made her solemn profession in 1962. She had been one of the foundresses of Mississippi in 1964. Sister was 79 years old and had been in monastic vows for 57 years.

May 6, 2017: Sister Agnese Bellomi was born in 1921 in Villa Cogozza (Italy). She entered Vitorchiano in 1946 and made her perpetual profession in 1952. Sister was 95 years old and had been in monastic vows for 69 years when the Lord called her.

+ M. Agnese LAT.pdf

 

REM 2017 – Civitella (Roma)

On May 8, 2017,
Father Bernard Bernard de Give of Scourmont became 104 years.

He is the Venerable Senior of our Order with Sister Edwige of Blauvac.

 Father Bernard de Give
was born in Liege,
Belgium,
on May 8, 1913.
He entered the Society of Jesus
in 1931,
and became a Cistercian
at the abbey of Scourmont
in 1972.

We thank
Father Bernard
for his witness and his fidelity!

 

Mother Yosúa Llorente de la Peña, Prioress of the Monastery of Esmeraldas (Ecuador) since 2012, presented her resignation to the Abbot General in her letter of April 5, 2017, for reasons of health. With the consent of his Council, the Abbot General accepted the resignation which became effective on April 19, 2017.
On May 6, 2017 the community of Esmeraldas elected as Titular Prioress for a six year term Sister Celia Quezada Santos.

Mother Celia was born in 1976 in Yantzaza, Zamora (Ecuador). She entered Esmeraldas in 1997 and made her solemn profession in 2003. At the time of her election she was subprioress and mistress of novices.

 

 

On April 30, 2017,
Brother Guerric Ranorovelo
Brother Jules Blaise Randrianandrasana
Brother Jean-Chrysostome Ratolojanahary
Brother Bruno du Sacré Cœur Rakotomamonjisoa
made solemn profession
at the monastery of Maromby (Madagascar).

Brother Guerric was born in 1962 in Ambohimahasoa (Madagascar).
He entered Maromby in 2008 and made first profession in 2010.

Brother Jules Blaise was born in 1968 in Ambalavola (Madagascar).
He entered Maromby in 2009 and made first profession in 2010.

Brother Jean-Chrysostome was born in 1977 in Ikalalao (Madagascar).
He entered Maromby in 2010 and made first profession in 2013.

Brother Bruno du Sacré Cœur was born in 1979 in Antsirabe (Madagascar).
He entered Maromby in 2011 and made first profession in 2014.

 

April 27, 2017: Brother Udechukwu Umeorizu was born in 1954 in Ikbo-Ukwu, Awka (Nigeria). He entered Awhum in 1993 and made his solemn profession in 2000. Brother was 62 years old and had been in monastic vows for 21 years when the Lord called him.

The house reports for the General Chapter (without forgetting the grid for the statistics) should be sent to the secretariat of the Generalate (sr. claire  – ocsoroma@gmail.com) before May 1st 2017, and no later than June 15, 2017 for the Communities who will find translators and will send their report in 3 languages!
Thank you…

As far possible, please, send your report as a text document (.doc) and not in pdf format.

 

April 26, 2017: Sister Ruth Leysen was born in 1950 in Brasschaat (Belgium). Profess of an apostolic Congregation, she entered Klaarland in 1998 and made her solemn profession in 2002. Sister was 66 years old and had been in monastic life for 18 years when the Lord called her.

On April 22, 2017,
on the Feast Day of Bl. Maria Gabriella,
Sister Marie Markéta Pohankova
made solemn profession at the monastery of Naší Paní (Czech Rep.).

Sister Marie Markéta was born in 1989 in Praga (Czech Rep.).
She entered Naší Paní in 2010 and made first profession in 2013.

April 21, 2017: Sister Anna Stöcklein was born in 1923 in Hallstadt (Southern Germany). She entered Maria Frieden in 1961 and made her solemn profession in 1971. Sister was 93 years old and had been in monastic vows for 52 years when the Lord called her.

April 16, 2017: Sister Humbeline Brun was born in 1926 in Dijon (France). She entered Val d’Igny in 1949 and made her solemn profession in 1954. Sister was 90 years old and had been in monastic vows for 65 years when the Lord called her.

+ Sr Humbeline – FR . pdf

 

 

Dom Josef Vollberg, Abbot of the monastery of Mariawald (diocese of Aix-la-Chapelle, Germany) since 2006, presented his resignation to the Abbot General. With the consent of his Council, the Abbot General accepted the resignation which became effective on 27 November 2016.

On April 4, 2017, the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CIVCSVA) appointed Dom Bernardus Peeters, Abbot of Tilburg (the Netherlands), as Pontifical Commissary of Mariawald (Germany).
As Pontifical Commissary Dom Bernardus has the full governing powers for the Community of Mariawald.

March 31, 2017: Brother Kevin Knox was born in 1939 in McHenry, Illinois (USA). He entered New Melleray in 1959 and made his solemn profession in 1965. Brother was 78 years old and had been in monastic vows for 56 years when the Lord called him.

April 2, 2017: Father Marc Mars was born in 1926 in Fontainebleau (France). He entered Sept-Fons in 1943, made his solemn profession in 1949 and was ordained a priest in 1955. Father was 90 years old, had been in monastic vows for 71 years and 61 years a priest when the Lord called him.

+ P. Marc – FR . pdf

On March 31, 2017, the Community of Oelenberg (diocese of Strasbourg – France) elected as abbot for an indefinite term Dom Dominique-Marie Schoch.

Dom Dominique-Marie was born in 1948; he entered Oelenberg in 2000, made his solemn profession in 2005 and was ordained priest in 2008. At the time of his election, he was Superior ad nutum of Oelenberg.

 

Due to serious and longstanding difficulties in the community the General Chapter of 2014 asked that an Apostolic Visitation be carried out at Clairefontaine.  The Apostolic Visitation took place in December-January, 2014-2015. On March 5, 2015 M. Rebekka of Klaarland was appointed Abbess Apostolic Administrator of Clairefontaine, directly under the authority of the Congregation for Religious (CIVCSVA) and for as long as it deemed necessary. M. Rebekka was assisted in her task by a commission of aid. A second Apostolic Visitation took place in November 2016.

The measures proposed by the Order and the Holy See to improve the situation did not, unfortunately, produce the fruits hoped for, and after much consideration and consultation the Congregation came to the conclusion that a community life lived in conformity with the Constitutions of the Order was no longer possible at Clairefontaine.  Thus it decided on the closure of the abbey and, in its letter of February 3, 2017, asked the Abbot General to implement the decision.

The Holy See also accepted the resignation of M. Rebekka as Abbess Apostolic Administrator which became effective with the setting up of the special commission prescribed by our Constitutions to supervise the process of suppression (C. 67). The special commission met with the community of Clairefontaine on the morning of March 29 and the decision of closure was communicated to those present and to the absent sisters.

This is sad news for the Order but particularly painful for the community and each one of the sisters. Your prayers are asked for the work of the special commission and in particular that the sisters of Clairefontaine may be helped to find a monastery or environment where they can live out their monastic life in serenity and in the peace of Christ.

The members of the special commission are: Dom Armand (Scourmont); Dom Lode (Orval); M. Rebekka (Klaarland); M. Therese-Marie, OSB, (Hurtebise); M. Daniele (Generalate); M. Benedict (Arnhem); D. Gerard (Melleray). The Commission has chosen Dom Armand as its President and appointed M. Benedict Claustral Prior of Clairefontaine.

On March 25, 2017,
Brother Lorenzo Xavier Yovera Soto
made solemn profession
at the monastery of Los Andes (Venezuela).

Brother Lorenzo Xavier was born in 1985 in San Felipe, Edo. Yaracuy (Venezuela).
He entered Los Andes in 2011 and made first profession in 2014.

On March 25, 2017,
Brother Jose Luis Cortez
made solemn profession
at the monastery of Vina (USA).

Brother Jose Luis was born in 1982 in Fresno, CA (USA).
He entered Vina in 2010 and made first profession in 2013.

https://www.newclairvaux.org/solemn-profession-our-brother-luis

On March 25, 2017,
Brother Maximilian Pickerill
made solemn profession
at the monastery of Gethsemani (USA).

 Brother Maximilian was born in 1965 in Lebanon, KY (USA).
He entered Gethsemani in 2011 and made first profession in 2014.

O.C.S.O.

The Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (also known as “Trappists”) is a Roman Catholic contemplative religious order, consisting of monasteries of monks and monasteries of nuns. We are part of the larger Cistercian family which traces its origin to 1098. As Cistercians we follow the Rule of St Benedict, and so are part of the Benedictine family as well. Our lives are dedicated to seeking union with God, through Jesus Christ, in a community of sisters or brothers.

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  • 2017

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  • 19 March - 16 June 2017

    Monastic Formators’ Programme 2017

    Rome, ITALY

  • 6 - 27 Sept 2017

    General Chapter

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