International Benedictine Happenings

African Benedictines meet in Twasana 

Association of St. Mechtildis Newsletter July 2018
July 2018.Newsletter of Assoc of St Mech[...]
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Abbot Primate's June Letter

Cir Letter-June2018 ENG.pdf
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Cir Letter-June2018 SPAN.pdf
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Interview with the Abbess of Kylemore Abbey

The Global Sisters Report, a project of the National Catholic Reporter, has published an interview with Abbess Máire Hickey of Kylemore Abbey in Ireland. To read more Kylemore and the abbess' interview follow this link

Easter Greetings and Blessing from the Abbot Primate

Easter Blast 2018.pdf
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CIB Newsletter 2017

The December 2017 CIB Newsletter is now available for view online at , or you may wish to click on the file below. The Newsletter highlights the gathering of the CIB in Daegu, South Korea in September.

December 2017 CIB Newsletter
2017CIB Newsletter13_.pdf
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Advent Letter from the Abbot Primate

Cir Letter Advent 2017 ENGLISH.pdf
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New AIM Newsletter Published

Here is the third newsletter about the Alliance-Inter-Monastères (AIM) for this year. This initiative will enable you to follow the work of the AIM more closely, and have contact with various aspects of the monastic life in different continents.

We hope you will enjoy this letter, and we hope that it will encourage solidarity between our monasteries. Your contribution is precious for us! Please do not hesitate to express your opinion to us.

Fr. Jean-Pierre Longeat

President of AIM

"Daughter Federation" of the Federation of St. Scholastica is thriving

Many of you will recall that some African prioresses came to at least one, if not more, of our federation chapter meetings to learn more about what a federation is and does and how it benefits the members.  At first they asked if they could become part of the Federation of St. Scholastica.  However, given the long distance between the North American and African continents, the Sisters were encouraged to form their own federation of African monasteries.  While they have not yet sought canonical recognition, they have formed an association and are studying the possibility of becoming a canonical entity recognized by the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Institutes of Apostolic Life.  The Association of St. Mechtildis has been meeting for  some years now.  At least in 2016 and 2017 the Association has asked our federation to contribute financially to help with the expenses of their annual association meeting.  In July 2017 their meeting will be held in Namibia.  They are most appreciative of our prayers as well as our financial support.

Association of St. Mechtildis Chapter Report 2015
This 2015 report of the General Chapter meeting of the Association of St. Mechtildis is available from the CIB website. Region 16 of CIB encompasses all of East Africa.
Assn of St Mechtildis Chapter August 201[...]
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Letter from Abbot Primate Gregory Polan

March 27, 2017


Abbot Primate Gregory Polan, has just sent out his March 2017 circular letter. From its contents you will see that he has been and is quite busy with numerous travels of the last 6 months since being elected and as planned in the coming months.   At the beginning of the letter he gives an update on the monks and nuns of Norcia since the devastating earthquakes of 2016.  


On pages 5-6 of his letter, Gregory writes of his private meeting with Pope Francis and other meetings at various dicasterial offices of the Vatican.


Wishing you and your Sisters many blessings this Laetare week of Lent!


March 2017 Abbot Primate Circular Letter
2017 - March Abbot Primate circular lett[...]
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CIB Newsletter December 2016

CIB Newsletter_2016 no12.pdf
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Sr. Judith Ann Heble gives CIB report to the Congess of Abbots

CIB Report to the Congress of Abbots
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CIB Update on Earthquakes in Italy; Year of Prayer announced

The Italian Earthquakes, August & October 2016


The September 2016 meeting of the CIB Conference was held in Assisi some days after the first devastating earthquake of 24 August  2016 hit Central Italy.  Upon hearing of the extensive damage of some of the monasteries in that area, the CIB members voted to express the solidarity of all of our communities with them by a YEAR OF PRAYER to go until 24 August 2017 (the first anniversary of the first earthquake). 

Every Wednesday (the day of the first earthquake), we invite you to pray this prayer (or a prayer of your own choosing) for all those affected:


Prayer for Italy--English
Prayer_For_Italy English.pdf
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Prayer for Italy--Spanish
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