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Project 3171 - Purchase of livestock
Benedictine monks of Shantivanam (Tamil Nadu, India)
The monastery of Shantivanam was founded in 1950 by two Frenchmen, Fr Jules Monchanin (a diocesan priest) and Fr Henri Le Saux (monk of Kergonan). Their purpose was to integrate Benedictine monachism with the traditional way of life of an Indian Ashram.
In 1953 François Mahieu (monk of Scourmont, Belgium), later known as Francis Acharya, joined the ashram, soon followed by Bede Griffiths (monk of Prinknash, England). The last two, more drawn to a cenobitic life, founded the monastery of Kurisumala in 1958.
Fr Monchanin died in 1957, and Henri Le Saux, more attracted to solitude, set himself up in a hermitage at the sources of the Ganges. Bede Griffiths returned to Shantivanam in 1968, where he became Prior.
In 1982 Bede Griffiths arranged the affiliation of the monastery to the Benedictine Camaldolese Congregation – a Congregation which favours the eremitical life.
The present community comprises fourteen monks, of whom four are in temporary vows.
Because of the fame of Bede Griffiths many Europeans came to spend time at Shantivanam and left a gift behind them. Bede Griffiths encouraged the monks to use these gifts not for the monastery but for the poor of the region (education, a house of welcome, various gifts). The monastery has only a small farm and some fields.
After the death of Bede Griffiths these gifts dried up, and the monks satisfied their needs by farming. At the present time, with less resources and mounting costs, the community would like to increase their present herd by twenty milch-cows, in order to produce milk for sale. This requires also the renovation of a building in which to put them.
Requested amount: € 12,400
Monasticism, Education and Formation Symposium
8-11 June 2021Read more ...
Sant’Anselmo, Rome (both online and in presence)
Ongoing monastic formation course
The cycle of online courses offered by the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical Athenaeum Sant'Anselmo and the Monastic Institute has begun. The aim is to offer ongoing formation in monasteries. https://ateneo.anselmianum.com/mod/page/view.php?id=4451
Bulletin of AIM 120: Monastic Formation today (Part two).
After the sad and sudden loss through illness of the late Abbot Placidus of Ndanda Abbey on 2nd of March 2021, the chapter of the Abbey convened and to elect its new abbot on 25th of March 2021.Read more ...
Letter from Abbot Primate Gregory
BCC Online Meeting 2021
The Benedictine Commission on China (BCC) brings together representatives from Benedictine monasteries throughout the world to exchange information about the work of their communities related to China and to discuss cooperation on projects for China. The meeting is held each year at Sant’Anselmo on the first Saturday after Ash Wednesday; this year the meeting was held February 20, 2021. Because of the pandemic, the meeting this year was held online.Read more ...
Central Commission 2021
Despite the uncertainty of the world health situation and various uncontrollable variants, the Abbot General and his Council established the dates for the Central Commission. It is all contingent on developments during the next several months.
The dates established are the following: The arrival date is Monday, 22 November and the departure date is Thursday, 02 December 2021. The meeting will be held at the Seraphicum which is in the vicinity of the Generalate, Via del Seraphicum, 1; 00142 Rome (RM) Italy. Additional practical details will be presented for the participants in the near future.
Since the time for preparatory Regional meetings is very limited, it would be appreciated if the Regions would make their input for the Central Commission agenda available as soon as possible.
Dom Eamon and the Council.
Volcanic Eruption – Goma, DRC
“The Bernardines of Esquermes of the Monastère Notre Dame du Lac in the city of Goma were not directly touched by lava streams of the volcanic eruption of Mount Nyiragongo during the night of 22nd to 23rd May. However, since this first eruption, there have been continual aftershocks, some of them very violent.Read more ...
On May 22, 2021, Sister Maria Lucia Uchimura Kayoko made solemn profession at the monastery of Imari (Japan).Read more ...
On 12 June 2021, the Abbot of Szczyrzyc Abbey (Poland), Domenico Chucher, having completed his term of office, the community elected Father Szymon Warciak as the new Abbot.Read more ...
Pentecost Letter the Abbot General
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