Among the proposals accepted by the OCSO General Chapter in 1996 was that of commemorating the ninth Centenary of the foundation of Cîteaux by a program of reflection and study to be done in all the communities. This was entrusted to a specially-elected commission who in turn passed the task to a sub-commission. The members of this sub-commission were: Dom Franziskus de Place, S. Cecilia Aoki, Sr Marie-Pachale Dran, Fr Mariano Ballano and Fr Michael Casey. A reference bibliography was compiled by Dom Franziskus and the writing of the course was entrusted to Fr Michael. The program…is named Exordium; it is both a commemoration of the beginnings of our Order and, it is to be hoped, a source of ongoing renewal on the threshold of a new millennium.