General News


Thursday, 26 March 2015

Dom Hugues Chapelain de Seréville, Abbot of Neiges, and Mother Anne-Emmanuelle Devêche, Abbess of Blauvac, recently completed the special Visitation requested by the General Chapter of 2014 for the community of Baumgarten.

On March 25, 2015, Dom Dominique-Marie Schoch, Superior ad nutum of Oelenberg and Father Immediate of Baumgarten, appointed Mother Anne-Emmanuelle Devêche Superior ad nutum of Baumgarten.

Mother Anne-Emmanuelle continues as Abbess of Blauvac.



Tuesday, 24 March 2015

On the Solemnity of St. Joseph, March 19, 2015

Brother  Dominique-Savio Nelson and

Brother Todd Allen Koesel

were ordained priests at the monastery of O. L. of Guadalupe

by the Most Reverend Alexander King Sample,

Archbishop of Portland in Oregon (U.S.A.).

Fr Dominique SavioFr Dominique Savio

Father Dominique-Savio was born in 1948 in Los Angeles, (CA, U.S.A.).

He entered O. L. of Guadalupe in 1972 and made his solemn profession in 1978.

Fr Todd AllenFr Todd Allen

Father Todd Allen was born in 1976 in Spokane (U.S.A.).

He entered O. L. of Guadalupe in 2004 and made his solemn profession in 2010.



Monday, 23 March 2015

On March 19, 2015,

Brother Gregory Joseph Rebecca

made solemn profession

at the monastery of Guimaras (Philippines).

Br Gregory JosephBr Gregory Joseph

Brother Gregory Joseph was born in 1969 in Surigao del Sur (Philippines).

He entered Guimaras in 2006 and made first profession in 2009.



Friday, 20 March 2015

On March 19, 2015,

Sister José Biermans

made solemn profession at the monastery of Klaarland (Belgium). 

Sr. JoséSr. José

 Sister José was born in 1976 in Emmen (The Netherlands).

She entered Klaarland in 2009 and made first profession in 2012



Monday, 16 March 2015

5 March, 2015 the Congregation of Institutes for Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life appointed Moeder Rebekka Willekes, Prioress of Priorij O.L. Vr. van Klaarland, in Belgium, as Abbess Administrator of the Abbaye Notre-Dame de Clairefontaine (diocese of Namur, Belgium).

Moeder Rebekka is appointed “ad nutum Sanctae Sedis” that is directly under the authority of the Congregation for as long as the Holy See considers it necessary.


Martyrs of Viaceli

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

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

On this occasion, a new page dedicated to the Martyrs of Viaceli has been created on the website of the Order (History / Persons / Saints, Blesseds, Martyrs) where it will be possible, on an ongoing basis, to download the documents in several languages.

For even more information, it is possible to consult the website of the periodical "Cistercium", which has devoted several pages to the martyrs of Viaceli: 
Cistercium Viaceli Martyrs


“24 hours for the Lord”

Monday, 09 March 2015

In the spirit of the letter of Pope Francis for this Lent, we remind you of his invitation for a day of prayer and intercession, in union with the Universal Church, under the motto "24 hours for the Lord". This will be held on 13th and 14th of March.

Convinced of the power of prayer, and as a gesture of love and communion, we as a monastic Church respond to the "global indifference" and we draw closer to our brothers and sisters who suffer most



“24 hours for the Lord” at Soleilmont:24 Soleilmont PDF



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.


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.


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