August 28, 2016: Sister Claire Tourrette was born in 1924 in Saint-Flour (France). She entered Bonneval in 1956 and made her solemn profession in 1962. Sister was 92 years old and had been in monastic vows for 57 years when the Lord called her.

On May 12, 2016, Dom Steele Hartmann, Abbot of Tarrawarra and Father Immediate Delegate of Kopua, appointed Father Niko Verkley as Superior ad nutum of the Community.

Dom Niko was born in 1938 in La Haye (The Netherlands) and entered Kopua in 1966. He made his solemn profession in 1971 and was ordained priest in 1974. At the time of his appointment he was Novice Master.

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On August 20, 2016,
Solemnity of St Bernard,
Sister Valeria Carolo
made solemn profession at the monastery of Valserena (Italy).

Sister Valeria was born in 1983 in Varese (Italy).
She entered Valserena in 2010 and made first profession in 2013.

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On August 20, 2016,
Solemnity of St Bernard,
Brother Albert Lintang
made solemn profession
at the monastery of Tilburg (The Netherlands).

Brother Albert was born in 1967 in Jakarta (Indonesia).
He entered Rawaseneng (Indonesia) in 2006 and made first profession in 2009.
He changed his stability to the community of Tilburg in 2013.

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On August 20, 2016,
Solemnity of St Bernard,
Brother Édison Gonzalo Guamán Bravo was ordained a priest
at the monastery of Santa María del Paraíso (Ecuador).

Father Édison was born in 1974 in Azogues (Provincia de Cañar, Ecuador).
He entered Paraíso in 1999 and made his solemn profession in 2005.

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On August 20, 2016,
Solemnity of St Bernard,
Sister Antonella Cappelletti
made solemn profession at the monastery of Vitorchiano (Italy).

Sister Antonella was born in 1981 in Cantu (Italy).
She entered Vitorchiano in 2009 and made first profession in 2012.

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On August 15, 2016,
Brother José Luis Villacís Moscoso
made solemn profession
at the monastery of Paraíso (Ecuador).

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Brother José Luis was born in 1981 in Quito (Ecuador).
He entered Paraíso in 2010 and made first profession in 2013.

 

August 15, 2016: Brother Clarence Schneider was born in 1922 in Vinita, Oklahoma (USA). He entered Guadalupe in 1950 and made his solemn profession in 1955. Brother was 94 years old and had been in monastic vows for 64 years when the Lord called him.

On August 10, 2016, at the end of the third abbatial term of Dom Robert Barnes, the Community of Berryville (diocese of Arlington, USA) elected as abbot, for a six year term, Father Joseph Wittstock.

Dom Joseph born in 1957 in King William’s Town (South Africa); ordained a priest in 1984, he entered the monastery of Berryville in 1991 and made solemn profession in 1995. At the time of his election, he was Cellerar of the Community.

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Brother Michael Asogwa, OSB, after serving for three years as Prior Administrator of the Bamenda Community (Cameroon) will return to his monastery of Ewu-Ishan (Nigeria) at the beginning of Advent to become the Superior of a foundation that his community is preparing in Nigeria.

On August 3, 2016, Dom Timothy Kelly, Pontifical Commissary of the Abbey of Bamenda, appointed Br Polycarp Wirsungnim Javlon as the new Prior Administrator of the Community. The appointment will become effective on August 20, 2016.
Brother Polycarp was born in 1965 in Baseng, Buea (Cameroon). He entered Bamenda in 1994 and made solemn profession in 2001. At the time of his appointment he was Novice Master.

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Father Laurence Ezeilo, after serving for five years as Prior Administrator of the Community of Awhum (Nigeria), has resigned and is about to return to his community of Mont-St-Bernard (Great Britain).

On July 25, 2016, Dom Timothy Kelly, Pontifical Commissary of the Abbey of Awhum, named Brother Matthew Onuh as the new Prior Administrator of the Community and the appointment became effective on the same day.
Brother Matthew was born in 1967 in Benue (Nigeria). He entered Awhum in 2000 and made solemn profession in 2007. At the time of his appointment he was the second Superior.

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On August 6, 2016,
Sister Miriam Rossetto
made solemn profession
at the monastery of Vitorchiano (Italy).

Sister Miriam was born in 1971
in Luserna S. Giovanni (Italy).
She entered Vitorchiano in 2009
and made first profession in 2012.

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August 5, 2016: Father Paulo Takahashi Shigeyuki was born in 1932 in Tokyo (Japan). He entered Phare in 1948, made his solemn profession in 1956 and was ordained a priest in 1959. Father was 83 years old, had been in monastic vows for 62 years and 57 years a priest when the Lord called him.

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August 4, 2016: Father Laurence McDermott was born in 1929 in Dublin (Ireland). He entered Mellifont in 1947, made his solemn profession in 1952 and was ordained a priest in 1954. He was superior ad nutum at Mellifont from 2011-12, during which time he attended the General Chapter at Assisi. Father was 87 years old, had been in monastic vows for 66 years and 62 years a priest when the Lord called him.

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August 4, 2016: Sister Daniel Dié was born in 1926 in Chalaines (France). She entered Igny in 1947 and made her solemn profession in 1953. Sister was 89 years old and had been in monastic vows for 66 years when the Lord called her.

In the course of a Regular Visitation made at Nsugbe Dom Robert Ezika, Titular Prior of the monastery offered his resignation to the Abbot General, who, in the absence of a Father Immediate, made the Visitation.

On July 27, the day when the resignation became effective, Fr. Benedict Okakpu was appointed Superior ad nutum of Nsugbe.

Dom Benedict was born in Abatete (Nigeria) in 1966, ordained priest in 1994, entered Nsugbe in 2006 and made solemn profession in 2012. At the time of his appointment Dom Benedict was novice master.

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On July 30, 2016,
Sister Marie Barbora Mancikova
made solemn profession at the monastery of Nasi Pani (Czech Rep).

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Sister Marie Barbora was born in 1978 in Most (Czech Rep).
She entered Nasi Pani in 2007 and made first profession in 2010.

July 24, 2016: Sister Vital Matsuguchi was born in 1925 in Nagasaki (Japan). She entered Nishinomiya in 1947 and made her solemn profession in 1953. Sister was 91 years old and had been in monastic vows for 66 years when the Lord called her.

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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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