General News


Monday, 23 February 2015

On February 22, 2015, at the end of her first term as Prioress, Mother Stella Maris Venezia was re-elected Titular Prioress of Sta María de la Paz, Juigalpa (Nicaragua) for a new six year term.


Mount Melleray

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Dom Erik Varden, Superior ad nutum of Mount Saint Bernard Abbey and delegate of the Father Immediate of Mount Melleray (diocese of Waterford and Lismore, Ireland)  has appointed Father Liam O'Conner Superior ad nutum of Mount Melleray Abbey. Father Liam was born in 1944 and has been Subprior of Mount St. Joseph Abbey, Roscrea since 2009. The appointment is effective on 17 February, 2015.



Wednesday, 18 February 2015

On January 22, the Holy Father Pope Francis received in private audience his Eminence Card. Angelo Amato, SDB, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. During this audience the Pope authorized the Congregation to promulgate the decree concerning the martyrdom of the Servants of God Pio Heredia and 17 Companions, monks and nuns of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance (Trappists) and of the Congregation of San Bernard: killed in hatred of the faith in 1936, during the Spanish Civil War

The beatification will be in Spain, probably in the autumn of 2015.


Etoile Notre-Dame

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Mother Bibiane Igbaro, Abbess of l’Étoile Notre-Dame, Parakou, (Benin) since 1999, has presented her resignation to the Abbot General. With the consent of his Council, the Abbot General accepted the resignation which became effective on 17 January 2015.

On February 11, 2015, the Community of l’Étoile Notre-Dame (diocese of Parakou, Benin) elected as Abbess for a six year term Sr. Geneviève Akakpo.

Mother Geneviève was born in 1967, entered l’Étoile Notre-Dame in 1987 and made solemn profession in 1995. At the time of her nomination, Mother Geneviève was Prioress of the Community.


Novo Mundo

Thursday, 29 January 2015

On January 26, 2015,Solemnity of the Holy Founders,

Brother Gabriele Augusto Vecchi,

Novice Master and Prior,

was ordained a priest

at the monastery of Novo Mundo, (Brazil)

by Dom Francisco Carlos Bach, bishop of São José dos Pinhais.

Pe. GabrielePe. Gabriele

Father Gabriele Augusto was born in 1978 in Santo André (São Paulo).

He entered Novo Mundo in 2000 and made his solemn profession in 2005



Wednesday, 28 January 2015

On January 28, 2015, the Community of O. L. of Praise, Butende (diocese of Masaka, Uganda) elected as Abbess for a six year term, Sr. Augustine Kanyesigye.

Mother Augustine was born in 1957, entered Butende in 1981 and made solemn profession in 1989. She had been Cellerar, Novice Mistress and Prioress in her Community.



Wednesday, 28 January 2015

On January 28, 2015, Mother Dominique Graulich completed her second term of six years as Abbess of N. D. de Soleilmont (Belgium). On the same day, she was re-elected Abbess of the Community for an indefinite term.



Monday, 26 January 2015

On January, 26, 2015, Dom Bernardo Olivera completed his second term of six years as Abbot of Nuestra Señora de los Angeles (Azul – Argentina). On the same day, he was re-elected Abbot of the Community for a definite term.



Monday, 26 January 2015

On January 25, 2015,

Brother Maximilianus Slamet Widodo, sub-prior,

and Brother Antonius Anjar Daniadi, sub-novice master

were ordained a priests

at the monastery of Rawaseneng (Indonesia),

by Mgr Johannes Maria Pujasumarta, archbishop of Semarang.


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Father Maximilianus was born in 1978 in Semarang (Indonesia).

He entered Rawaseneng in 2001 and made his solemn profession in 2007.

Father Antonius was born in 1983 in Semarang (Indonesia).

He entered Rawaseneng in 2004 and made his solemn profession in 2009.



Tuesday, 20 January 2015

On the same day January 17, 2015,

Brother Bonaventura Hasporo Tri Purnomo

made solemn profession

at the monastery of Lamanabi (Indonesia).

Br. BonaventuraBr. Bonaventura

Brother Bonaventura was born in 1968 in Indonesia.

He entered Lamanabi in 2009 and made first profession in 2011


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