Fr William Skudlarek, OSB
In June Fr William Skudlarek made a presentation, via video, at the Plenary Assembly of the Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue. The topic of this year’s plenary session was ‘Interreligious Dialogue and Conviviality.’ His presentation can be found in the Videos section of the DIMMID website.
DIMMID’s ongoing dialogue with Shi‘a Muslims resumed in September at the Trappist abbey of Acey.
A new book on Shigeto Vincent Oshida OP is coming out from Liturgical Press in May. Title: Jesus in the Hands of Buddha. Author: Lucien Miller, retired professor at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Plans are underway to establish regional commissions for DIMMID in East and West Africa. There will be a Monastic-Muslim meeting in Nairobi, in June 2023. It will be primarily for monastic and Muslim women and will be followed by planning sessions in Tanzania (led by Fr Maximilian Musindai) and Senegal (me).
The DIMMID Commission for Great Britain and Ireland has been reactivated with Br Justin Robinson of Glenstal as its co-ordinator.
The European Commissions are planning to resume their meetings this summer, probably at Ligugé with a day trip to the center of the World Community for Christian Meditation in nearby Bonnevaux to discuss possible future collaboration.
Dr Mohammad Ali Shomali will be meeting with Prof. Bernhard A. Eckerstorfer OSB, rector of the Pontificio Ateneo Sant’Anselmo, in December to discuss the possibility of having Muslim students study at Sant’Anselmo.
Two Buddhist monks from Thailand are living and studying at Sant’Anselmo this semester. They are sponsored by the Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue.
The Italian commission continues to be the most active of DIMMID’s regional commissions.
Plans are underway for the appointment of a new Secretary General.