General News


Wednesday, 22 April 2015

On April 8 Dom Brian Keogh offered his resignation as abbot of Kopua to the Abbot General, for reasons of health. The Abbot General, after consultation with the persons concerned and with the consent of his council, accepted the resignation which became effective on April 19, 2015.

On April 9 Dom Liam O’Connor, Superior ad nutum of Mount Melleray Abbey and Father Immediate of Kopua, delegated his authority as Father Immediate to Dom Steele Hartmann, abbot of Tarrawarra, with immediate effect. Dom Steele, in line with C. 39.1 thus has assumed responsibility at Kopua as the community discerns about an election.

Dom Brian has gone to Tarrawarra Abbey for convalescence and medical care. He and the community are commended to your prayers.



Monday, 20 April 2015

On April 12, 2015,

Brother Guerric John Deregla Llanes

made solemn profession

at the monastery of Vina (USA).

Br. Guerric  JohnBr. Guerric John

Brother Guerric John  was born in 1979 in Darussalem (Brunei).

He entered Vina in 2008 and made first profession in 2011.


Mount St. Bernard

Thursday, 16 April 2015

On April 16, 2015, the Community of Mount St Bernard Abbey (diocese of Nottingham, England) elected as abbot, for a six year term, Dom Erik Varden.

Dom Erik was born in 1974 and entered Mount St Bernard in 2002. He made solemn profession in 2007 and was ordained a priest in 2011. At the time of his election, he was Superior ad nutum of Mount St Bernard.


Martyrs of Viaceli (2)

Wednesday, 08 April 2015

The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has decided that the Beatification of the Martyrs of Viaceli and the Martyrs of Algemesí will take place at 12.00 hrs on Saturday, October 3, 2015 in the cathedral of Santander, Cantabria, Spain.



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


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