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OSB News


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.

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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.

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OCSO news

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.

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On May 22, 2021, Sister Maria Lucia Uchimura Kayoko made solemn profession at the monastery of Imari (Japan).

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OCIST news


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.

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Pentecost Letter the Abbot General


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