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Friday, 17 September 2010


Cistercians Elect New Abbot General

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On Thursday, 2 September 2010, the General Chapter of Cistercian abbots, abbesses, and delegates, who gathered in Rocca di Papa, near Rome, elected Father Mauro Giuseppe Lepori OCist, abbot general of the Cistercian Order (Common Observance).
Father Lepori succeeds Abbot Maur Esteva Alsina OCist, elected in 1995. Abbot Maur resigned for reasons of age.
Abbot Mauro, 51, was born in Canobbio, Switzerland. He entered the Abbey of Hauterive in 1984. He made first monastic vows in 1986 and solemn profession in 1989. Ordained a priest on June 10, 1990, Father Lepori served as master of novices until his election as abbot of Hauterive on May 16, 1994. He has published several articles and books translated into several languages, such as Simon Called Peter. Father Mauro also gives conferences, preaches retreats, and creates watercolor paintings.
As abbot general, Abbot Mauro will have to work towards the reunification of the two Cistercian branches, that of the "Common Observance," to which the abbey of Hauterive belongs, and that of "Strict Observance" (Trappists). In 1998, on the occasion of the 900th anniversary of the installation of Abbot Robert of Molesmes in Citeaux, Pope John Paul II appealed for the reunification of the two Cistercian branches. On 4 September, Abbot General Dom Eamon Fitzgerald OCSO was an invited guest at the General Chapter.

Biography of Dom Henri Le Saux OSB

Father William Skudlarek OSB edited God's Harp String: The Life and Legacy of the Benedictine Monk Swami Abhishiktananda (Lantern Books, 2010). Abhishiktananda, also know as Dom Henri Le Saux OSB (1910-1973), was one of the first practitioners of Hindu-Christian dialogue. Father William is a monk of Saint John's Abbey and lives and works in Rome as General Secretary of Monastic Interreligious Dialogue. The Australian Commission of Monastic Interreligious Dialogue has created a Swami Abhishiktananda page on FACEBOOK to promote Swamiji's teachings and to encourage discussion of his teachings internationally.

August 2010

http://www.osb.org/new/current.html

http://monasticdialog.com/n.php?id=79
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