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Newsletter Formation

Tuesday, 02 February 2016

The Newsletter n°7 of the Central Secretary for Formation can be obtained from the Internet under the heading: “Formation/Newsletter” :




Tuesday, 02 February 2016

Sr MargheritaSr Margherita







On January 24, 2016,

Sister Margherita Baldini

made solemn profession

at the monastery of Vitorchiano (Italy).






Sister Margherita

was born in 1983 in Rome (Italy).

She entered Vitorchiano

in 2009

and made first profession

in 2012.






2016 - The Venerable Seniors of the Order

Monday, 01 February 2016

Happy birthday, Sister Edwige!


 On February 2, 2016,

on the Feast of the Presentation

of Jesus at the Temple,

Sister Edwige of Blauvac is 103 years.


Sr EdwigeSr Edwige


Sister Edwige Talagrand was born on February 02, 1913 in S. Laurent-les-Bouy (France). She entered the monastery on March 11, 1941 and made her solemn profession in 1946.


She is the Venerable Senior of our Order with Father Bernard, of Scourmont, who will be 103 years in a few months… We already wish him a happy birthday!


P. BernardP. Bernard






Father Bernard de Give

was born in Liege,


on May 8, 1913.

He entered the Society of Jesus

in 1931,

and became a Cistercian

at the abbey of Scourmont

in 1972. 






During the year, we will also celebrate :

Sister Gérard Emond of  Val d'Igny

(born on December 03, 1915 and entered the monastery on August 17, 1943)


and we will celebrate the one hundreth birthday of

Father Joseph Benedict Donnelly of Guadalupe

(born on October 03, 1916 and entered the monastery on January 22, 1965)



We thank

our brothers and sisters

for their witness and their fidelity!



Saturday, 30 January 2016

On January 30, 2016, at the end of her third mandate, Mother María Luisa Gómez Tejeda has been re-elected abbess of Santa Ana d’Ávila (Diocese of Ávila, Spain) for an indefinite term.


The 2016 Monastic Renewal Program

Friday, 29 January 2016

30 April - 28 May 2016 : The 2016 Monastic Renewal Program

at Sant’ Anselmo

A Jubilee of Mercy, in the footsteps of Saint Benedict, at the time of Pentecost will give you a unique space to consider your own vocation. The program, conducted in English, will be open to Benedictine and Cistercian monks and nuns from all over the world.


Registration is limited ; so please explore the Web Site now and register before 1 March 2016 :

The 2016 Monastic Renewal Program


Relatio Annualis 2015 - Reminder!

Thursday, 28 January 2016

The Relatio Annualis 2015 should be sent to the secretariat

of the Generalate ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) before 31 January 2016.

Thank you !


The vocation to Unity of Blessed Maria Gabriella Sagheddu

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Thanks to Sr. Gabriella (Vitorchiano) for accepting to share with us her reflection during this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.


B GabriellaB Gabriella







The week of prayer for Christian Unity, which the church proposes to us this year with the theme “Called to proclaim the mighty acts of God” (cf. 1 Peter 2, 9-10), can, I think, easily be seen as linked to and even as the logical consequence of the living heritage handed down to us by Blessed Maria Gabriella, who plays so large a part in that vocation which has been called “spiritual ecumenism”.

I would like to reflect on this reality starting from what we know about Blessed Maria Gabriella, and following the influence that her offering has had on the life of the community of Vitorchiano.



Happy New Year 2016!

Thursday, 07 January 2016

In joy and gratitude to the Lord for this new beginning, the Community of Viale Africa wishes all the Brothers and Sisters of the Order all the blessings of the Lord in this Jubilee Year of Mercy!


 December 31, 2015  -  Jubilee of Mercy : Saint Peter’s Basilica - Pilgrimage to the Holy Door ...  December 31, 2015 - Jubilee of Mercy : Saint Peter’s Basilica - Pilgrimage to the Holy Door ...



The Information Bulletin n°184 that records the News which appeared between the month of July and the month of December of 2015, can be obtained from the Internet under the heading: "News / Bulletins."

http: Bulletins


The Necrology notice for n° 2015-2 can be found under the heading: "News / Necrology Page”. 

http: Necrology Notices


Daily Office Readings

Tuesday, 05 January 2016

To assist those who prepare readings for the Liturgy of the Hours, Fr Justin has sent three PDF files containing the list of Scripture Readings for Vigils, Lauds, and Vespers for every day of the year 2016. These readings reflect the liturgical calendar of the Abbey of the Genesee.


The files can be obtained from the Internet under the new heading:

“Ressources - Liturgy - Daily Office Readings”