October 15, 2017: Father Pius Machen was born in 1926 in Rotterdam (The Netherlands). He entered Zundert in 1944, made his solemn profession in 1949 and was ordained a priest in 1951. Father was 91 years old, had been in monastic vows for 71 years and 66 years a priest when the Lord called him.

+ Fr. Tom – pdf . ned

October 19, 2017: Brother Ignatius Budi Martono was born in 1972 in Lumajang, East Java, Indonesia. He entered Rawaseneng in 2010 and made his solemn profession in 2016. Brother was 45 years old and had been in monastic vows for a year when the Lord called him.

+ Br. Ignatius – pdf . ENG

October 15, 2017: Sister Colman O’Dell was born in 1928 in Memphis, Tennesee (USA). She entered Wrentham in 1961 and made her solemn profession in 1969. Sister was 89 years old and had been in monastic vows for 54 years when the Lord called her.

+ Sr. Colman pdf – ENG

 

October 9, 2017: Sister Marie Andrée Lecrique was born in 1921 in Marle (France). She entered Igny in 1945 and made her solemn profession in 1950. Sister was 96 years old and had been in monastic vows for 70 years when the Lord called her.

+ Sr M.Andrée – pdf . FR

September 28, 2017: Sister Teresita Peiro Estella was born in 1931 in Pamplona (Spain). She entered Tulebras in 1962 and made her solemn profession in 1967. Sister was 86 years old and had been in monastic vows for 53 years when the Lord called her.

September 29, 2017: Father Benjamin Bourgeois Jacquet was born in 1924 in Châtelblanc (France). He entered Acey in 1937, made his solemn profession in 1945 and was ordained a priest in 1948. Father was 93 years old, had been in monastic vows for 76 years and 69 years a priest when the Lord called him.

+ P. Benjamin Acey – pdf . FR

September 22, 2017: Mother Inmaculada González Domínguez was born in 1927 in Longó, Galicia (Spain). She entered Benaguacil in 1958 and made her solemn profession in 1963. Mother Inmaculada was abbess of Benaguacil from 1981 to 1999. Sister was 90 years old and had been in monastic vows for 57 years when the Lord called her.

September 16, 2017: Sister Birgitta Fliessgarten was born in 1937 in Kirchberg (Germany). At the age of 18 she entered the Franciscan order; wishing to live a more contemplative life, she entered Donnersberg in 1988. Sister was 80 years old and had been in monastic life for 29 years when the Lord called her.

September 15, 2017: Sister Caritas Van Hest was born in 1937 in Eindhoven (The Netherlands). She entered Berkel in 1960 and made her solemn profession in 1967. Sister was 80 years old and had been in monastic vows for 54 years when the Lord called her.

September 15, 2017: Fr. Marcellus Earl was born in 1931 in Michigan (USA). He entered Genesee in 1954, made his solemn profession in 1959 and was ordained a priest in 1963. Fr. Marcellus was 86 years old, had been in monastic vows for 57 years and 54 years as a priest when the Lord called him.

September 13, 2017: Sister Cécile Kayser was born in 1928 in Forbach (France). She entered Bonneval in 1960 and made her solemn profession in 1966. Sister was 89 years old and had been in monastic vows for 54 years when the Lord called her.

 

September 7, 2017: Sister Anunciación De Prada Saez was born in 1919 in Valladolid (Spain). She entered Alloz in 1951 and made her solemn profession in 1956. She had been one of the foundresses of La Palma in 1976. Sister was 98 years old and had been in monastic vows for 64 years when the Lord called her.

This is the link to the Blog of the General Chapter 2017 at Assisi:
cgen-ocso.blogspot.it

 

A copy of the Latin Ordo for 2017-2018 is now available on the website, and can be downloaded in PDF format: (« Resources/Liturgy/Ordo »)
Thanks to Fr. Justin of Genesee!

The Newsletter n°14 of the Central Secretary for Formation can be obtained from the Internet under the heading: “Formation/Newsletter”:
Formation/Newsletter

GENERAL CHAPTER OCSO – 2017
Domus Pacis, Assisi

6 – 27 Sept 2017
Arrivals : 5, Sept 2017
Departures : 28, Sept 2017

 

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OCSO – CONSTITUTIONS

77  – The General Chapter
1-At fixed times all the abbots and abbesses come together. They discuss there the salvation of their own souls and of those committed to them. They take measures regarding the observance of the Holy Rule and of the Order where there is something that needs to be corrected or added. They foster anew among themselves the benefit of peace and charity. They devote themselves to maintaining the patrimony of the Order and safeguarding and increasing its unity.

2-The supreme authority of the Order is exercised by all the superiors meeting as a General Chapter, according to their proper Constitutions. The General Chapter is competent to legislate for the monks and nuns and to be responsible for the application of these laws. The ecclesiastical power of governance for the whole Order resides in the General Chapter in accordance with canon 596 §2 of the Code of Canon Law. It is exercised by the abbots with the cooperation of the abbesses in accordance with canon 129 §1 and 2.

78 –  Those Taking Part in the General Chapter
The Abbot General, the superiors of autonomous monasteries and the councillors of the Abbot General have the obligation of participating in the General Chapter with the right to vote. The nuns councillors of the Abbot General participate without the right to vote. The Chapter can invite other members of the Order and even give them voting rights.

79 The Competence of the General Chapter
It is for the General Chapter to approve new foundations or their closing, to incorporate or suppress monasteries of monks, to incorporate monasteries of nuns, to petition the Holy See for their suppression, to elect the Abbot General according to the process described in C. 83.1 and to accept his resignation. It is also for the General Chapter, with the General Chapter of Abbesses, according to the Constitutions, to elect officials of the Order determined by law, to watch over the manner in which they exercise their office, to accept their resignations and if necessary to depose them, and to accept the resignations of abbots and abbesses or to depose the abbots

 

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CALENDAR OF REGIONAL MEETINGS 2018

 

9 – 12, April 2018 NED Westmalle
16 – 21, April 2018 CNE Mont-des-Cats
24 – 30, April 2018 RéCIF Poblet (Spain)
14 – 18, May 2018 REI Val d’Igny
13 – 21, June 2018 ReM Nasí Paní
20 – 27, February 2019 USA Mepkin
  CAN
  ISLES
  ORIENS
  RAFMA
  RE
  REMILA

 

August 26, 2017: Sister Natividad Aramendia Ruiz was born in 1924 in Alloz (Spain). She entered Alloz in 1945 and made her solemn profession in 1950. Sister was 92 years old and had been in monastic vows for 70 years when the Lord called her.

Crozet
Dedication of the Church
August 02, 2017

On August 20, 2017,
Sister Irene Canepa
made solemn profession at the monastery of Vitorchiano (Italy).

Sister Irene was born in 1983 in S. Margerita Ligure (Italy).
She entered Vitorchiano in 2011 and made first profession in 2014.

On August 5, 2017,
Brother Timon Rakotofanomezana
was ordained a priest
at the monastery of Maromby (Madagascar).

Father Timon was born in 1969 in Madagascar.
He entered Maromby in 2003
and made his solemn profession in 2010.
He is currently the Superior ad nutum of Maromby.

On August 11, 2017, the Community of Mount Melleray (diocese of Waterford and Lismord – Ireland) elected as abbot for a six year term Dom Richard Purcell.

At the time of his election, Dom Richard was Abbot of Roscrea since 2009.

On August 5, 2017,
Brother Matthew Onuh
Brother Godfrey Orode
Brother Wilson Amadi
were ordained priests
at the monastery of Awhum (Nigeria).

Father Matthew was born in 1967 in Benue.
He entered Awhum in 2000
and made his solemn profession in 2007.
He is currently the Prior Administrator of the Community.

Father Godfrey was born in 1964 in Urhobo.
He entered Awhum in 1985
and made his solemn profession in 1993.

Father Wilson was born in 1966 in Mbano.
He entered Awhum in 1992
and made his solemn profession in 1999.

August 4, 2017: Mother Jozefa Van Doren was born in 1927 in Antwerpen (Belgium). She entered Brecht in 1952 and made her solemn profession in 1957. Appointed Superior ad nutum in 1972, Mother Jozefa was abbess of Brecht from 1973 to 1979. She was 89 years old and had been in monastic vows for 62 years when the Lord called her.

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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