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Mother Marie Raphaela Kuboki Youko, Superior ad nutum of the Monastery of Imari (Diocese of Fukuoka, Japan) since 2018, presented her resignation.

On October 7, 2021, Dom Roberto de la Iglesia, Abbot of Cardeña (Spain) and Father Immediate of Imari, appointed Sister Alberica Ueno, as Superior ad nutum of Imari.

Mother Alberica was born in Kumamoto (Japan) in 1950, entered Imari in 1978 and made her solemn profession in 1986. At the time of her appointment, Mother Alberica was Prioress of the Community.

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On Sunday, 17 October 2021, the Electoral Chapter of the Beuronese Benedictine Congregation elected the Beuronese monk Fr. Dr. Franziskus Berzdorf OSB as successor to the outgoing Abbot President Fr. Dr. Albert Schmidt OSB, of Beuron Archabbey, who has been president since 2008.

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New President of the Slav Benedictine Congregation

On 21 Oct 2021, the General Chapter of the Slav Benedictine Congregation took place in the Archabbey of Brevnov in Prague.

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Federation of St Scholastica 100th Anniversary

The Federation of St. Scholastica will celebrate 100 years in 2022. As a means of sharing Benedictine life as a vision unfolding, the Federation is offering a multi-featured website to share our life and values. https://scholastica-celebration.org/

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Central Commission

The Abbot General was due to offer his resignation in the General Chapter of 2020. This General Chapter was postponed because of the pandemic.

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Mount Melleray Abbey

Over the last year allegations were made against Dom Richard Purcell, Abbot of Mount Melleray Abbey (Ireland). Because of this the Abbot General asked for a Regular Visitation, whose primary object was to establish if there was any substance to the allegations.

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November 21, 2021: Death of Father Jean-Pierre Schumacher

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On 13 November 2021, the abbatial election was held in Mogila Abbey (Poland), presided over by the Abbot President of the Polish congregation, Fr. Eugeniusz Augustin.

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At the end of the first mandate of Abbess Mother Isabel, after the regular visit of the Abbot General and the Abbess President of the Congregation of Castile to the monastery of S. Maria la Real de Huelgas in Valladolid, Mother Maria de las Nieves Heredia Ortiz was appointed Prioress-Administrator for one year. OCist

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