15 Sep 2018


Five men were received by Abbot Cletus Meagher, O.S.B. as postulants at St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman, AL during Vespers: Fr. Matthew Simmons (Jackson), Christian Peterson (Birmingham), Nicholas Valle (Nashville), Gregory Wilson (Charleston) and Anthony Visintainer (Savannah). Advertisements

14 Sep 2018

Annual Synod

Abbot Primate Gregory Polan, O.S.B. convoked the annual Synod of Abbots President of the Benedictine Confederation at the Archabbey of Montecassino in Italy from September 10-14, 2018. Abbot President Elias Lorenzo, O.S.B. was present to represent our own monastic Congregation. On the agenda were reports from Rector Stefano Visintin, O.S.B. (Praglia), Prior Mauritius Wilde, O.S.B. … Continue reading Annual Synod

08 Sep 2018

Hallmark Anniversary

Today Abbot Melvin J. Valvano, O.S.B. celebrates the 45th anniversary of his election as the Abbot of Newark Abbey in New Jersey. This makes him the longest serving abbot in the Congregation, having also served as Abbot President of the Congregation from 1989-2001. Our very best wishes and prayers to this dedicated and humble servant. … Continue reading Hallmark Anniversary

28 Aug 2018

ICBE in Sydney, Australia

In his role as the President of the International Commission on Benedictine Education (ICBE), Abbot President Elias Lorenzo, O.S.B. visited schools sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of the Good Samaritan in Sydney, Australia. Joining Abbot Elias was ICBE Treasurer, Al Zappelli of Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley, California and ICBE Secretary, Crístóbal Valdéz of … Continue reading ICBE in Sydney, Australia

10 Aug 2018

New Financial Advisers

In a letter to the abbots of the Congregation, Abbot President Elias Lorenzo, O.S.B., announced the appointment of two new laymen as financial advisers. According to D120.2, these advisers are ‘normally’ monks, which admits the possibility of appointing laymen, when needed.  That time has come, and the President’s council has unanimously approved two new lay … Continue reading New Financial Advisers

07 Aug 2018

Solemn Vows

Three monks made their solemn (final) profession of monastic vows at St. Bernard Abbey, Cullman, AL: Brother Dominic (Stephen) Lee, O.S.B, Brother Paschal (Gabriel) Paulter, O.S.B., and Brother Pachomius (Gustavo) Alvarado Garcia, O.S.B.

03 Aug 2018

Conference of Major Superiors of Men

More than 100 major superiors of religious institutes and societies of apostolic life met in St. Louis, MO on August 1-3, 2018 for the annual assembly of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, entitled, Youth & Religious Leaders Together: Discerning in Missionary Discipleship. The keynote presenters were the Most Rev. David Kondera, Bishop of … Continue reading Conference of Major Superiors of Men

31 Jul 2018

Study on Young Adults

The results of the study, Going, Going, Gone! The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics by St. Mary’s Press research group was explored at the pre-assembly of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men in St. Louis, MO on July 31, 2018. This workshop was led by John Vitek, President & CEO of St. Mary’s Press, … Continue reading Study on Young Adults

21 Jul 2018

Priesthood Ordination

Father Bernard (Jonathan) Denson, O.S.B. was ordained to the priesthood at St. Bernard Abbey Church, Cullman, AL by the Most Rev. Robert J. Baker, D.D., S.T.D., Bishop of Birmingham, AL.

12 Jul 2018

Solemn Vows

Brother David Klecker, O.S.B. and Brother Dominic Leo, O.S.B. made their solemn (final) profession of monastic vows at St. Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, PA.

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