International Benedictine Happenings

Abbot Primate's Advent Letter

Cir Letter-Advent-Christmas 2019 ENG.pdf
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CIB Newsletter Jan. 2019

The new CIB Newsletter introduces the members of the CIB Council. To download and view the newsletter, click the link below.

Letter to CIB Delegates 28 Jan 2019.pdf
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Benedictine Women United in Prayer

From a letter by Sister Jennifer Mechtild, Chair of the Conference of Benedictine Prioresses:


At the opening of the 2018 Symposium in Rome, each Region brought a cloth that represented their region. At the end of the Symposium, each region was given the cloth from another region and were asked to hold that region in prayer until the next Symposium in 2022. We received the cloth from Region 7 -- Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine.


As a way of sharing in prayer for Region 7, each community will have the cloth for a month and can display it a a reminder to pray.


The schedule of travel for the cloth around our Region is listed below.

  2018 2019 2020


  Covington, KY Rock Island, IL
Feb.   Cullman, AL Chicago, IL


  St. Leo, FL Lisle, IL
Apr.   Nassau, Bahamas Fort Smith, AR
May   Bristow, VA Liberty, MO
Jun.   Ridgely, MD Clyde, MO
Jul.   Lutherville, MD Crookston, MN
Aug.   Elizabeth, NJ St. Joseph, MN
Sep.   Westfield, VT St. Paul, MN
Oct. Beech Grove, IN Erie, PA Duluth, MN
Nov. Ferdinand, IN Bakerstown, PA Richardton, ND
Dec. Martin, KY Middleton, WI Bismark, ND





Jan. Rapid City, SD Japan  
Feb. Watertown, SD Cottonwood, ID  
Mar. Yankton, SD Colorado, Springs, CO  
Apr. Norfolk, NE Mt. Angel, OR  
May Atchison, KS Lacey, WA  
Jun. Tulsa, OK Nanaimo, BC Canada  
Jul. Boerne, TX Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada  
Aug. Humacao, Puerto Rico Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac (QC)  
Sep. Torreon, Mexico    
Oct. Mexico City, Mexico    
Nov. Pheonix, AZ    
Dec. Taiwan    


Region 6 (Germany) is praying for the Benedictine Sisters of Region 9 (US and Canada).


For more information about the closing ritual see the following link to the CIB website:

Sister Lynn Marie attends CIB Council Meeting in Germany

Sister Lynn Marie and Abbot Primate Gregory Polan Sister Lynn Marie and Abbot Primate Gregory Polan

Sister Lynn Marie travelled to Germany and Abtai Dinklage, a women's Benedictine abbey in the town of Dinklage.  She attended a Council meeting of the Communio Internationalis Benedictinarum (CIB). Sister Lynn Marie serves as moderator of the Council which consists of women monastic leaders from Spain, Germany, Tanzania, and Belgium.  During one of the CIB meeting days, Abbot Primate Gregory Polan, joined the group to discuss various topics.


Here is a link to some local German coverage of the event (in German):


Sister Lynn Marie McKenzie elected as CIB Moderator

On Friday, September 14, 2018, the final day of the quadrennial symposium of the Communio Internationalis Benedictinarum (CIB), the assembled delegates from all parts of the world elected our Federation President, Sister Lynn Marie McKenzie, to a four-year term as Moderator of the CIB. Her term of office follows the twelve years of service completed by Sister Judith Ann Heble of Chicago.


The role of the Moderator is to coordinate all of the CIB activities. She presides over Conference and Administraive Council meetings and directs the work of the CIB.  She also serves as the liaison between the CIB Conference and the Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Confederation.


The primary purpose of the CIB is to promote mutual support and exchange of ideas and experience among Benedictine women on an international level and to foster the development of women's monasticism.  The CIB also serves to support the relationship between women's communities and the Benedictine Confederation and to advise the Abbot Primate on issues as they relate to Benedictine women. For more information about CIB, visit their website at

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