MONASTERIES WITH LAY CISTERCIAN COMMUNITIES

Monasteries with Lay Cistercian Communities: 43
Total Number of Communities: 46
English speaking Communities: 23
Spanish speaking Communities: 8
French speaking Communities: 15

Monastery: Abbaye Notre Dame d’Acey
(OCSO/Monks)

Group: Groupe d’Acey


Charles de Boisséson (Français)
14 rue de Champagney
25170 - Pelousey
France


Rencontre une fois par mois, sauf durant l’été. Une journée compléte en semaine, du début de l’après-midi au lendemain.

Un temps de lectio divina en commun, étude de la règle de saint Benoît, échange-enseignement avec un moine sur un thème de spiritualité décidé à l’avance.

Abbaye Notre Dame d’Acey
(OCSO-Monks)
39350 - Vitreux
Web Site
Père Hervé Briand

Address:39350 - Vitreux
France
Monastery: Abbaye Notre Dame d’Aiguebelle
(OCSO/Monks)

Group: Cistercian Fraternity of Gdansk


Dariusz Dabrowski (English)
Stolema 64/8
80-177 Gdansk
Poland


Our Fraternity is a Christian community of lay people who want to form their life according to the Cistercian charism. Our every day life is shaped by daily prayer and lectio divina that help us in searching and fulfilling God’s will. We attempt to follow the spirit of the Rule of Saint Benedict.

Each year we organise four Saturday-Sunday meetings and one three-day retreat. These meetings are occasions for us for taking part in the Holy Mass together, for common prayer, readings and making conferences. We find this way good and fruitful so we thank God through our Lady Mary for the grace of the Cistercian charism.

Abbaye Notre Dame d’Aiguebelle
(OCSO-Monks)
F-26230 Montjoyer
Web Site
Fr. Mikael Ziolo


Documents

2014 House Report

Address:F-26230 Montjoyer
France
Monastery: Abbaye Notre Dame de Bon Secours
(OCSO/Nuns)

Group:
Address:La Trappe
84570 - Blauvac
France
Monastery: Abbaye Notre Dame de Cîteaux
(OCSO/Monks)

Group: Association Grange Saint Bernard de Clairvaux


Pierre Alban Delannoy (Français)
6 grande rue
Outre Aube
10310 Lonchamp sur Aujon
France

Web Site

Abbaye Notre Dame de Cîteaux
(OCSO-Monks)
F-21700 St-Nicolas-lès-Cîteau
Web Site


Documents

2014 House Report


Pres De Cîteaux


Monique Housse (Français)
4, Boulevard Voltaire
21000 DIJON
France


Rencontres: 4 week-ends par an à l’Abbaye+ l’été : cinq jours de vie communautaire/retraite ou la découverte d’un autre monastère. Entre les week-ends on se répartit en trois petits groupes qui se réunissent durant 4 heures chez l’un ou l’autre à des rythmes divers.

Abbaye Notre Dame de Cîteaux
(OCSO-Monks)
F-21700 St-Nicolas-lès-Cîteau
Web Site
Frère Bertrand-Marie 


Documents

Evolution spirituelle Cîteaux

Address:F-21700 St-Nicolas-lès-Cîteau
France
Monastery: Abbaye Notre dame de la paix de Castagniers
(OCIST/Nuns)

Group: Laïcs cisterciens de Notre Dame de La Paix


Françoise Lemaire (Français)
1620, chemin Bérenguier
06610 - La Gaude
France

Web Site


12 réunions par an (le 3 ième samedi du mois) Lectio avec les soeurs le dernier vendredi du mois.

Une journée commence par Tierce à 8h15, 1h de Lectio, 45 min d’étude de la Règle de saint Benoît, 1h30 de partage sur un thème choisi par tous et préparé par chacun avant la rencontre. Soeur Marie-Christiane replace le réflexion dans la pensée cistercienne.

Abbaye Notre dame de la paix de Castagniers
(OCIST-Nuns)
271, route de Saint Blaise
06670 - Castagniers
Web Site
Soeur Marie-Christiane Dubois


Documents

2014 House Report

Address:271, route de Saint Blaise
06670 - Castagniers
France
Monastery: Abbaye Notre Dame de Port-du-Salut
(OCSO/Monks)
Group: Fraternité cistercienne de Port du Salut/La Coudre


Lisbeth Louveau (Français)
50, Rue Coriolis
75012 Paris
France

Web Site

Abbaye Notre Dame de Port-du-Salut
(OCSO-Monks)
F-53260 Entrammes
France
Web Site
Dom Joseph Deschamps

Address:F-53260 Entrammes
France
France
Monastery: Abbaye Notre Dame de Scourmont
(OCSO/Monks)

Group: Laïcs Cisterciens de Scourmont


Jacqueline Boucqué (Français)
Rue des Quatre Maisons, 267
B 6464 FORGES
Belgique

Web Site


6 rencontres par an, le dimanche Une retraite par an, un week-end.

Liturgie, prière, repas au monastère, instruction et lectio divina, formation par le père abbé.

Abbaye Notre Dame de Scourmont
(OCSO-Monks)
B-6464 Forges
Web Site
Dom Armand Veilleux

Address:B-6464 Forges
Belgium
Monastery: Abbaye Notre dame de Timadeuc
(OCSO/Monks)

Group: Fraternité cistercienne Notre Dame de Timadeuc


Anne Ruault (Français)
5, boulevard Bourdon
75004 - Paris
France

Abbaye Notre dame de Timadeuc
(OCSO-Monks)
F-56580 Bréhan
Web Site


Documents

2014 House Report

CHARTE DE « LA FRATERNITÉ CISTERCIENNE NOTRE-DAME DE TIMADEUC »

Address:F-56580 Bréhan
France
Monastery: Abbaye Notre Dame du Val d’Igny
(OCSO/Nuns)

Group: Laïcs Cisterciens d’Igny


Yves Schemel (Français)
10 Avenue De La Chesnaie
91230 MONTGERON
France

Web Site


Les laïcs cisterciens, chrétiens de tous âges, en toutes situations,
trouvent au sein de la famille cistercienne, soutien spirituel et fraternel,
une façon de mieux vivre leur quotidien dans le monde selon l’Evangile,
en s’appuyant sur la Règle de saint Benoît, et en puisant des repères de vie auprès des pères et mères cisterciens,
et les saints de tous les temps.

Le groupe d’Igny rassemble des personnes de Champagne -Ardennes et d’Ile de France qui se retrouvent périodiquement en l’Abbaye,
accompagnées par la Sœur Référente, pour :

- Partager ensemble la Lectio Divina et la Liturgie des Heures,

- Approfondir ce que nous dit St Benoît dans la Règle,

- Méditer des textes cisterciens et des pères de l’Eglise…

- Des temps de partage fraternel, de prière,
de silence, et travail manuel.


Pour nous contacter:
Yves Schemel - Tel : 09 63 54 96 15
Sœur Référente - Tel : 03 26 48 08 40

Email : schemelyves@orange.fr

Abbaye Notre Dame du Val d’Igny
(OCSO-Nuns)
F-51170 Arcis-le-Ponsart
Web Site
Sœur Marie-Ange Picon


Documents

2014 House Report

CHARTE DES LAÏCS CISTERCIENS DE NOTRE-DAME D’IGNY

LAÏCS CISTERCIENS D’IGNY COUTUMIER

Programme 2014 / 2015

Address:F-51170 Arcis-le-Ponsart
France
Monastery: Abbaye Sainte-Marie du Désert
(OCSO/Monks)

Group: Laïcs Associés de la communauté cistercienne du Désert


Marie-Christine Rossignol (Français)
20 fg du Moustier
82000 MONTAUBAN
France

Web Site

Abbaye Sainte-Marie du Désert
(OCSO-Monks)
31530 Bellegarde Ste Marie
Web Site
Pierre-André Burton


Documents

2014 House Report

Address:31530 Bellegarde Ste Marie
France
Monastery: Abbey of Gethsemani
(OCSO/Monks)

Group: Lay Cistercians of Gethsemani Abbey


Mike Johnson (English)
6202 Brown Road
Oxford,OH 45056
United States

Web Site


Founded in 1989 Lay Cistercians of Gethsemani Abbey (LCG) is a community of ordinary Christian women and men who are called to contemplative living and prayer according to the Cistercian tradition. LCG members are committed to integrating Cistercian spiritual values and practices in their lives as lay persons. While respecting the integrity of the Cistercian monastic tradition, LCG members seek to enrich their spiritual lives as ordinary Christians by adopting spiritual practices of that tradition that are compatible with a lay lifestyle.

The founding members of the community developed a LCG Plan of Life that serves the community as a rule or guide for living a lay form of Cistercian life. In November 2011 the LCG Advisory Council revised a formation guide for LCG members that made formation more in line with the Lay Cistercian Identity Statement drafted and approved at the 2008 Huerta Encounter.

There are local LCG communities in Kentucky, Cincinnati, Columbus, Indiana, Chicago, Midland, Michigan, Tennessee and the Northeast. In March 2012 the Lay Cistercians of Gethsemani were recognized by the Abbey of Gethsemani.

Abbey of Gethsemani
(OCSO-Monks)
3642 Monks Road
Trappist KY 40051-6152
Web Site
Father Michael Casagram


Documents

2014 House Report

LCA Way of Life

Address:3642 Monks Road
Trappist KY 40051-6152
United States
Monastery: Abdij Koningsoord
(OCSO/Nuns)

Group: Abdijgroep Koningsoord


Alma Verboom (English)
Azincourthof 4
NL - 5627 TJ Eindhoven
Netherlands


In the year 2004 the members of the Abdijgroep Koningsoord started studying the Rule of Saint Benedict. Next they chose texts of Thomas Merton to treat and discuss and later on the Exordium of Fr. Michael Casey. From January 2011 they started a psalm project, in every meeting one chosen psalm is central. They also study and discuss chapter by chapter from the book ´Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict´ by Esther de Waal.

They meet each other seven times a year: six Saturdays from 09:30 a.m. until 05:30 p.m. and one weekend from Friday 4:00 p.m. until Sunday 2:00 p.m.

Abdij Koningsoord
(OCSO-Nuns)
Johannahoeveweg 79
6816 VG Arnhem
Web Site
Sister Gertrudis 


Documents

2014 House Report

Statute Abdijgroep Koningsoord 2014

Address:Johannahoeveweg 79
6816 VG Arnhem
The Netherlands
Monastery: Abdij Maria Toevlucht
(OCSO/Monks)

Group:
Address:NL-4882 KC Zundert
The Netherlands
Monastery: Abdij O. L. Vr. van Sion
(OCSO/Monks)

Group: Cisterciënzer Groep Sion


Maria van Mierlo (English)
The Netherlands

Web Site

Abdij O. L. Vr. van Sion
(OCSO-Monks)
NL-7431 PJ Diepenveen
Web Site


Documents

2014 House Report

Address:NL-7431 PJ Diepenveen
The Netherlands
Monastery: Abdij O.L.Vrouw van Nazareth
(OCSO/Nuns)

Group: Cisterciënzer Geassocieerden van de Abdij van Nazareth


Paul Carlens (Français)
Nieuwelaan 125 boîte 13
B 1853 STROMBEEK-BEVER
BELGIQUE


Notre groupe de laïcs se rassemble tous les mois (sauf en décembre) une journée en semaine pour les offices, méditation, lectio divina, l’instruction (le plus souvent par une moniale) : commentaire et étude sur la Règle de Saint Benoît, des écrits des Pères du Désert et des Pères Cisterciens, de partage, d’amitié. Une fois par an il y a une retraite.

Ces jours de rencontre fraternelle sont pour nous un trait d’union essentiel pour vivre dans la vie quotidienne notre vocation chrétienne. C’est une école de charité, d’écoute de la Parole de Dieu « Écoute attentivement… » (RB Prol.), de prière, une complète transformation intérieure par, dans et vers le Christ.

Ainsi le charisme cistercien nous inspire pour vivre de plus en plus en communion avec la communauté monastique, avec l’humanité et toute la création.

Abdij O.L.Vrouw van Nazareth
(OCSO-Nuns)
Abdijlaan, 9
B 2960 BRECHT
Web Site


Documents

2014 House Report

Address:Abdijlaan, 9
B 2960 BRECHT
Belgium
Monastery: Assumption Abbey
(OCSO/Monks)

Group: Lay Cistercian Associates of Assumption Abbey (Cuba,MO)


Loretta Sellers (English)
334 Declue Rd
Cuba,MO 65453
United States


We are: Loretta Sellers, Nancy Melton, Catholic from Holy Cross parish where our monthly meetings are held. We were originally from the St. Louis group; Marian Wenkel, Catholic from Immaculate Conception parish 22 miles north of Holy Cross in Owensville, MO; Debbie Hillyer, Presbyterian, married to a parishioner of Holy Cross parish in Cuba; Gary Micka, Catholic from St.Patrick’s parish in Rolla but home another 18 miles west,

making my trip to Cuba about 40 miles one way. The four women are all married. Gary is divorced and is considering becoming an external oblate of Assumption Abbey.Nancy and Loretta are childless, Marian has two married daughters and a single son, a former seminarian. Debbie has a married daughter and a son who is still in High School. Gary has one daughter.We are a small but compatible group very dedicated to Assumption Abbey.

Assumption Abbey
(OCSO-Monks)
Rt 5 Box 1056
Ava, MO 65608
Web Site
Father Cyprian Harrison


Documents

2014 House Report

Ava Lay Cistercian Charter (1.53)

Address:Rt 5 Box 1056
Ava, MO 65608
United States
Monastery: Holy Spirit Monastery
(OCSO/Monks)

Group: Ave Maria, west coast Florida


Juan Henao (English)
2184 S W 130th Terrace
Miramar, Fl. 33027
United States

Holy Spirit Monastery
(OCSO-Monks)
2625 Hwy 212 S.W.
Conyers, GA 30094-4044
Web Site
Fr. Anthony Delisi


Documents

2014 House Report


Ecumenical Lay Associates of the Holy Spirit


Michael Trent Thompson (English)
P.O. Box 217
Sewanee, TN 37375
United States


We are an ecumenical group of Lay Associates of the Cistercian Monastery of the Holy Spirit, guided by the Rule of St. Benedict and Cistercian spirituality. By way of practicing and participating in the life of the contemplative charisms we seek by our Ora Labora to order our lives in the continual conversion and formation in life of Christ.

Holy Spirit Monastery
(OCSO-Monks)
2625 Hwy 212 S.W.
Conyers, GA 30094-4044
Web Site
Fr. Anthony Delisi


Lay Cistercians of Holy Spirit Monastery


Frank Mulcahy (English)
1015 North Shore Drive
Roswell, GA 30076
United States

Web Site


The Lay-Cistercians of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit was formally founded in 1987 by its 5 original members; we now comprise a community of about 45. The monks of Holy Spirit Abbey voted, in 2002, to formally associate themselves with us. As perpetual novices of the Holy Spirit, we try to live lives oriented to the Cistercian charism.

Holy Spirit Monastery
(OCSO-Monks)
2625 Hwy 212 S.W.
Conyers, GA 30094-4044
Web Site
Fr. Anthony Delisi


Documents

Holy Spirit Statutes (6.78 MB)


Lay Contemplative Associates (LCA)


Isabel Guadiz Tobey (English)
18769 Lookout Circle
Fairview Park, Ohio 44126
United States


The Lay Contemplative Associates (LCA) are a group of 23 Christian (not exclusively Catholic) lay individuals spread across the US from coast to coast who attempt to follow the Rule of St. Benedict as interpreted by the Cistercian (Trappist) charism. We try to accomplish this by going about our lives in a spirit of silent recollection and monastic simplicity and prayer. Our practices include daily recitation of Morning and Evening Prayer from the Divine Office, time spent in meditation/contemplation, lectio divina, and scripture reading. In addition, we are required to complete at least 2 reflection papers per year based upon personal spiritual reading. We also write an annual Review of Life in which we try to dwell upon our lives as LCAs. Many of us also recite the Rosary daily and attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as frequently as possible, daily if it is available. Insofar as possible, we maintain individual spiritual directors

Since we are not a geographically based community, we try to foster community identity through semi-annual retreats ( April/September ) which have been at the Abbey of the Genesee (our birthplace) in western New York during which we also address administrative issues, share, renew friendships and admit new members at an annual profession ceremony. We are now in provisional affiliation with the Our Lady off the Holy Spirit since we need to now find a new home. For the present, each of us renews our Act of Commitment annually. During the year, we communicate regularly on line via a Yahoo group using it as a base for readings, reflections and prayer as well as personal and LCA issues. We also stay in touch by means of regular monthly mailers containing homilies written by the monks, principally Fr. Francis Steger, OCSO, a newsletter published quarterly, personal letters and telephone calls. We are presently reading and reflecting on New Seeds of Contemplation in common on our egroup.

Formerly know as the Genesee Lay Contemplative Associates (GLCA), the LCA was formed in 1997 as an adjunct to the Genesee Lay Contemplatives (GLC), a face-to-face group affiliated with the Abbey. After the formation of the latter in 1992, there was perceived to be a need for a wider ranging, less territorially bound contemplative association to accommodate many individuals who were associated with the Abbey of the Genesee and desired to live a life in conformity with this charism but, due to distance and other considerations, were unable to attend gatherings on a regular monthly basis. Out of this demand, the GLCA was born as a derivative of the GLC with several of its original formation officers-Vocation Director, Novice Master- being members of the GLC and some administrative positions falling to Associates. In the Fall of 1998, the group received monastic approval from the monks and Abbot John Eudes Bambuger with Fr. Francis Steger, OCSO designated as moderator with the title of Superior. Under Father’s guidance, the GLCA flourished reaching a high of approximately 60 members by 1999 at which time a moratorium on accepting new members was implemented in order to allow assimilation and consolidation. At the Fall of 2000 retreat, the GLCA revised its administrative structure to include geographic Regional Directors as well as appointing directors for novices and postulants and establishing a communications committee out of which grew the first edition of the newsletter “Come and See” and the creation of the on line Internet community mentioned earlier.

Throughout the period 1998-2001 the GLCA created and revised the GLCA Way of Life, a document outlining the organizational structure, officers, its relationship with the Abbey of the Genesee and spiritual practices. The final revision of the Way of Life was completed in the Fall-Winter, 2000-01 and published in the Spring edition of “Come and See.” (See encl.)

During the middle years 2001-2004, the group flourished under Fr. Francis’ guidance developing its own identity independently and separate from the GLC. Mailers containing homilies and community information were posted regularly. On line communications also proceeded at a reasonable pace and, while some members withdrew, others replaced them.

In the Spring-Summer-Fall, 2004, as Father Francis approached retirement age and began to experience health problems, it became more and more obvious that some of the administrative functions of Superior had to be assumed by members. It also was becoming clear that the Abbey was not going to be capable of providing GLCA with a successor to Father due to advancing monastic age and a shortage of monks. Consequently, in April 2005, GLCA convened its first April retreat-conference to address the issue of transition from a monastic based to an independent lay contemplative community. Given its long history with the Abbey and its Cistercian identity, the nature of the group, itself (non-face-to-face), the need to re-develop a corporate structure, this was no simple task.

The weekend of April 29-May 1 marked a watershed in the history of the GLCA-LCA. A group of about 20 members convened to hear Abbot John Denberger inform those present that the Abbey of the Genesee was no longer able to maintain the GLCA as one of its ministries. Consequently, we could no longer use the terms Genesee, Trappist or Cistercian in our names or our literature since these were proprietary. Abbot John was supportive encouraging us to use the Abbey facilities but without its name. He simply did not have the manpower to continue monastic oversight.

During that same weekend, the GLCA also retained the services of Milton Lopes, PhD and a member of the Lay Contemplatives of Holy Spirit Abbey, Conyers, GA to guide us in planning and implementing a direction for the future. Out of this weekend conference grew a new resolve to establish a reformed organization with a new Way of Life and a new name: Lay Contemplative Associates.

Over the course of the Spring-early Summer, Deacon Richard Shewman composed the new LCA Way of Life with much input from individual members. It was presented for ratification and approved at the September, 2005 retreat. On Saturday, September 17, twelve members made their Acts of Commitment to the newly approved Lay Contemplative Associate Way of Life and in September, 2006, the LCA replaced its Interim Council with its first elected officers. Since that time the LCA has been in the process of developing its own unique identity within the Cistercian framework revising its initial formation program and revising some practices with much prayer for guidance from the Holy Spirit and continued teachings from Fr. Francis and the other monks at our retreats. We met at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit abbey for our April 2008 retreat to discern affiliation with them due to our strong desire to remain under the arm of Mother Church and the Cistercian Order.

Holy Spirit Monastery
(OCSO-Monks)
2625 Hwy 212 S.W.
Conyers, GA 30094-4044
Web Site
Fr. Anthony Delisi


Documents

2014 House Report

The Lay Contemplative Associates (LCA)


Lay-Cistercians of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart of South Florida


Cecile McAlpine (English)
9451 N.W. 40th St.
Coral Springs
Florida 33065
United States


Our group was formed 7 years ago in South Florida as a sister group to the Lay Cistercians of Conyers Ga. We are 40 strong and growing. We strive to live with the Rule of Saint Benedict as our guide. We strive to do daily liturgy, lectio divina, and observe periods of silence and contemplation. We simplify our lives as we attempt to live the Cistercian charism in the world, preferring nothing to Christ.

Holy Spirit Monastery
(OCSO-Monks)
2625 Hwy 212 S.W.
Conyers, GA 30094-4044
Web Site


Nuestra Senora de la Divina Providencia


Gloria Rivera (Español)
1909 Bow Court
Valrico, FL 33594
United States


Nuestro grupo latinoamericano se formo el 27 de Enero del 2004, pero el Espiritu Santo nos a estado encaminando al Estilo de Vida Cisterciense desde 1998. Desde Julio del 2003, hemos estado dicermiendo sobre la formacion del grupo de laico cistercienses, y por la gracia divina del Espiritu Santo iniciamos nuestra primera reunion el Martes, 27 de Enero del 2004. Estamos localizados en el Centro de la Florida, cerca de Tampa (Diocesis de St. Petersburg) y somos una casa hermana de la comunindad "Lay Cistercians of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit, Conyers, Georgia". Por el momento somos siete miembros novicios que aspiramos hacer la voluntad de Dios, y a permitir que el Espitu Santo nos transforme. Tambien aspiramos a vivir una vida simple orientada al Carisma Cisterciense, a leer la Santa Regla de San Benito y a tratar de vivirla, leer diariamente la Liturgia de las Horas, asistir a misa, comulgar todos los dias, lectio divina, leer libros con espiritualidad cisterciense, observar periodos de silencio y contemplacion.

Holy Spirit Monastery
(OCSO-Monks)
2625 Hwy 212 S.W.
Conyers, GA 30094-4044
Web Site


Our Lady, Star of the Sea


Jack Ryan (English)
Lemuria Circle, #304
Naples, Fl. 34109
United States


Our Lady Star of the Sea was formed in February, 2008; it was initiated by Bill Doonan from Ft. Myers who had been traveling to the east coast to their meetings for 5 years - a distance of 130 miles one way. Once Bill had made his lifetime promise he kept encouraging Fr. Ronnie Sison and Sr. Lillian Shank to start a Lay Cistercian group on Florida’s west coast. We found a church convenient to all of us, St. Vincent de Paul, in Ft. Myers and with the permission of the Bishop began our group. We attend mass here and they graciously allow us to meet in their parish hall after Mass. We would call ourselves a foundation of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (South Florida East Coast).

Holy Spirit Monastery
(OCSO-Monks)
2625 Hwy 212 S.W.
Conyers, GA 30094-4044
Web Site
Sr. Lillian Shank


Documents

2014 House Report

Address:2625 Hwy 212 S.W.
Conyers, GA 30094-4044
United States
Monastery: Monastera Masina Maria
(OCSO/Monks)

Group:
Address:BP 1092
MAROMBY
FIANARANTSOA 301
Madagascar
Monastery: Monastère Notre Dame de la Plaine
(Esquermes/Nuns)

Group: Groupe des Flandres


Christian & Geneviève Drelon (Français)
26, rue du Carillon
59650-Villeneuve d’Ascq
France

Web Site


Des chrétiens de tous âges, de toutes situations, cherchent à vivre l’Evangile et à mieux gérer leur vie quotidienne pour s’unifier et se recentrer sur le Christ,

. en s’appuyant sur la Règle de Saint Benoît
. en puisant quelques repères dans la spiritualité cistercienne

Le laïc cistercien est un chrétien en marche, il progresse à son rythme

. pour vivre simplement
. pour prier et travailler.

Il est à la recherche constante d’une nourriture spirituelle pour s’ouvrir à Dieu et servir les autres.

Le groupe des Flandres se rassemble tous les mois, un dimanche, pour un temps,

. de prière ensemble
. de lectio divina
. d’étude de la Règle de Saint Benoît
. de partage et d’amitié fraternelle.

Monastère Notre Dame de la Plaine
(Esquermes-Nuns)
287, Avenue du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny
59876 - Saint André cedex
Web Site
Soeur Christine 


Documents

Charte de bon fonctionnement du groupe

Plaquette groupe des Flandres

Address:287, Avenue du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny
59876 - Saint André cedex
France
Monastery: Monastère Notre-Dame de Koutaba
(OCSO/Monks)

Group: Fraternite des Laics Cisterciens de Koutaba


Eloi-Gabriel Essoa (Français)
P. O. Box 05
Koundja-Koutaba
Republic du Camaroon
Afrique

Monastère Notre-Dame de Koutaba
(OCSO-Monks)
B.P. 5
Koundja
Web Site

Address:B.P. 5
Koundja
Cameroon
Monastery: Monasterio Cisterciense de Santa María de la Oliva
(OCSO/Nuns)

Group: Fraternidad Cisterciense de Laicos de Santa María de la Oliva


Guillermo Oroz (Español)
C/ Santa Bárbara, 6 4º dcha
31600 Burlada (Navarra)
España

Web Site


Cada uno de nosotros nos fuimos acercando a la Oliva por motivos diferentes. La vida nos empujaba a cada uno para que buscásemos "algo". ¿Qué? Creo que ni nosotros mismos lo sabíamos. No obstante, había algo común: búsqueda.. búsqueda interior... el sentido de la vida... Dios...

La relación con la comunidad generó un clima de amistad. De ahí se produjo un intercambio de experiencias.

Esta fase inicial culmina con un proyecto de carta de Cofraternidad fechada el 30 de enero de 1999. Destacamos un apartado de la misma que dice: Los miembros de la Fraternidad Cisterciense de Sta. María de la Oliva deseamos establecer un lazo espiritual con la Abadía Cisterciense de Sta. María de la Oliva participando de sus bienes espirituales. Dicho lazo de adhesión es personal.

Profundizamos en la espiritualidad Cisterciense abordando temas como el "ser unificado" o necesidad de unión con lo divino, espíritu contemplativo, comunidad, fraternidad, la obediencia, la escucha activa, la vida litúrgica, la lectio divina, el silencio, la áscesis, el trabajo y la oración (ora et labora), la acogida, la escuela de caridad, apostolado, etc.

Todos los temas anteriormente mencionados, al principio nos parecían exclusivos y excluyentes de los monjes y que nada tenían que ver con nuestras vidas. Descubrimos con el tiempo que todos lo valores del Cister se pueden vivir en la sociedad y esta es nuestra razón de ser.

Este proceso culmina con una organización y estructura básica incipiente con un documento base denominado Carta de Vida.

De esta manera, este proyecto de llamado Fraternidad, responde a una necesidad histórica de vivir la espiritualidad y unión con Dios, desde el lugar y momento donde a cada uno de nosotros nos ha tocado vivir.

Monasterio Cisterciense de Santa María de la Oliva
(OCSO-Nuns)
31310 CARCASTILLO (Navarra)
Web Site
P. Daniel Gutierrez


Documents

2014 House Report

La Fraternidad Cisterciense de Santa María de La Oliva

Address:31310 CARCASTILLO (Navarra)
Spain
Monastery: Monasterio Cisterciense Virgen del Curutarán
(OCSO/Monks)

Group: Fraternidad de Laicos Cistercienses


Ruth Guzmán (Español)
Ruth Guzmán R.
Calle A Pozuelos No. 15
Guanajuato, Gto. C.P. 36,000
México

Monasterio Cisterciense Virgen del Curutarán
(OCSO-Monks)
Apartado Postal 45
Jacona, Michoacán
C.P. 59,800
Web Site
Padre Rafael del Valle El Cid


Documents

2014 House Report

ESTATUTOS FRATERNIDAD DE LAICOS CISTERCIENSES MONASTERIO CISTERCIENSE VIRGEN DEL CURUTARÁN

Address:Apartado Postal 45
Jacona, Michoacán
C.P. 59,800
Mexico
Monastery: Monasterio Nuestra Señora de los Andes
(OCSO/Monks)

Group: Laicos Cistercienses del Monasterio de Nuestra Señora de los Andes


Enrique Calabia Ruano (Español)
Calle 59A Nº 13-84
Agrupación El Pilar Casa Nº 2
Maracaibo
Venenzuela


Somos un grupo de laicos de diversas partes del país, que buscando un encuentro más profundo con el Señor y desde hace varios años atrás, para algunos de los miembros, nos reunimos periodicamente en el monasterio, de manera que con el apoyo de nuestros hermanos monjes, de los cuales recibimos formación y dirección espiritual, estamos caminando en la vivencia diaria de la regla de San Benito y poniendola en práctica cada día.

Las bendiciones de Dios se derramen abundamente sobre todos los que de sincero corazón buscan al Señor.

Monasterio Nuestra Señora de los Andes
(OCSO-Monks)
Apartado 423
El Vigía, Estado Mérida
Web Site
Pior Plácido Álvarez

Address:Apartado 423
El Vigía, Estado Mérida
Venezuela
Monastery: Monasterio Nuestra Señora de Vico
(OCSO/Nuns)

Group: Fraternidad de Laicos Cistercienses


Puri Solana (Español)
Paseo de la Constitución, 103, 3º A.
26580 ARNEDO (La Rioja)
España


El 31 de Julio del año 2.002, nos reuníamos un grupo de personas en el Monasterio Ntra. Sra. de Vico para tener un cursillo sobre la Vida Monástica. Se impartió el curso en sábados sucesivos. Estaba abierto a todas las personas que les pudiera interesar. Al terminar los temas, miembros del grupo expresaron que querían aprender a rezar; nuestra andadura durante este tiempo tuvo ese objetivo. A estas reuniones se podrían llamar Escuela de Oración. Las personas acudíamos asiduamente una vez al mes y contentas de encontrarnos y de aprender.

Aprendimos a hacer la lectio; con frecuencia la hacíamos juntos y la compartíamos. Poco a poco el grupo se fue consolidando. De los 20 ó 30 que acudíamos al principio, nos hemos quedado en 10. En Noviembre del 2.004, hablamos de formar una Fraternidad como había en el Monasterio de la Oliva y en el Monasterio de Santa María de Huerta.

Se presentaron unos puntos a modo de Pautas de Vida, donde quedaba plasmada la Espiritualidad o Mística del Cister. Lo acogimos muy bien y en reuniones sucesivas fuimos comentando algunos puntos.

Vamos caminando acompañadas de las Hermanas que nos dan la formación sobre Sagrada Escritura, Espiritualidad del Cister etc.

Algunas Laicas nos comprometemos a ayudar en el Monasterio, en las tareas que necesitan las hermanas; estamos contentas de poder hacerlo. Para nosotras es una experiencia enriquecedora del trabajo en silencio y en clima de oración.

Desde aquí manifestamos nuestro agradecimiento a las hermanas por su acompañamiento y su acogida. Vico 1 de Mayo del 2.006

Monasterio Nuestra Señora de Vico
(OCSO-Nuns)
Crta. de Préjano s/n
26589 - VICO-ARNEDO (La Rioja)
Web Site
M. María Borrell Ventosa


Documents

2014 House Report

Address:Crta. de Préjano s/n
26589 - VICO-ARNEDO (La Rioja)
Spain
Monastery: Monasterio Santa Maria del Evangelio
(OCSO/Monks)

Group:
Address:Apartado postal No.5
Jarabacoa
Dominican Republic
Monastery: Mount St. Marys Abbey
(OCSO/Nuns)

Group: Cistercian Friends of Mt. St. Mary’s Abbey


Arlene Hall (English)
34 Norborough Rd.
North Attleboro, MA. 02760
United States


Our group began as a larger group invited by the Sisters to learn about lectio divina. From this larger gathering several people expressed the wish to meet on a more regular basis, to begin to learn the Rule of St. Benedict and to explore Cistercian spirituality. From this beginning, we have become a small community of approximately 17 members. We meet about once a month to share prayer, lectio, and study led by three Sisters who are at every gathering and other members of the community who intermittently join us. We have a weekend retreat at least once a year. At this time in our development, we do not have formal statutes or a formal formation plan. We are inspired and fed by the liturgies of the Eucharist and Office and try to incorporate into our daily lives the simplicity and beauty of Cistercian spirituality inspired by the Rule of St. Benedict and regular encounter with Scriptures. We are grateful to the Mt. St. Mary`s community who support us with prayers and presence and who share their monastic love and learning with us.

Mount St. Marys Abbey
(OCSO-Nuns)
300 Arnold St.,
Wrentham, MA 02093-1799
Web Site
Sr. Maureen McCabe


Documents

2014 House Report


Cistercian Lay Contemplatives of Vermont


Carol Fournier (English)
P.O. Box 1125
Williston, VT 05403
United States


The Cistercian Lay Contemplatives of Vermont is a Christian community committed to living by a Cistercian Plan of Life developed in full accord with the Constititution of the Cistercian Order.

On September 12, 2010, after a year of discernment, members of the group formally committed themselves as a Cisterican Lay Contemplative community while on retreat at a Cistercian Abbey.

Our group emerged from a contemplative prayer group facilitated by a member of the Cistercian Lay Contemplatives of Spencer, MA begun in 2006 at a Roman Catholic Parish in South Burlington, VT. Spiritual direction and support in Cistercian formation is received through monks and monastic liaisons from Cistercian Abbey’s.

In response to the needs of those who are called to live the Cistercian charism, and due to distance are unable to travel to the closest Cistercian Abbeys, our community has developed a multifaceted approach to formation that insures the quality and the authenticity of formation as a Cistercian Lay Contemplative community. In addition to monthly meetings, formation is conducted through the use of recordings of monk’s conferences, shared written conferences, homilies and reflections as well as the use of web-based resources for formation from other Cistercian sources. Our members participate in a group retreat at a Cistercian Abbey annually. Members arrange for a week-long individual retreat at a Cistercian Abbey as their schedules permit.

Our community is blessed with an opportunity to learn from the rich monastic heritage generously shared with us by two Cistercian Abbeys.

St. Joseph’s Abbey
(OCSO-Monks)
167 North Spencer Road
Spencer, Massachusetts 01562-1233
Web Site
Fr. Francis Rodriquez

Mount St. Marys Abbey
(OCSO-Nuns)
300 Arnold St.,
Wrentham, MA 02093-1799
Web Site
Mother Maureen McCabe

Address:300 Arnold St.,
Wrentham, MA 02093-1799
United States
Monastery: New Melleray Abbey
(OCSO/Monks)

Group: Associates of the Iowa Cistercians


Teresa McMahon (English)
4000 Oak Forest Drive
Des Moines, IA, 50312
United States

Web Site


The AIC was initiated in 1995 at the request of Father Brendan Freeman, Abbot of New Melleray, and Mother Gail Fitzpatrick, Abbess of Our Lady of the Mississippi. We are unique in that we are actually associated with two monasteries, one of monks and one of nuns.

We have a three-year formation program. We also have a waiting list of applicants for membership which has forced us to look for additional ways to make the Cistercian charism available to lay people who wish to be associated with these two monasteries. One of our attempts involves establishing an on-line community of Lay Cistercians which we call Conversi. (To learn more about Conversi, visit http://conversi.org.)

We have developed a set of Constitutions which are based on the Consititutions of the Cistercian Order. These are available in English, French and Spanish on our group’s website.

New Melleray Abbey
(OCSO-Monks)
6632 Melleray Circle
Peosta, IA 52068
Web Site
Fr. Neil Paquette

Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey
(OCSO-Nuns)
8400 Abbey Hill
Dubuque, IA 52003
Web Site
Sr. Gail Fitzpatrick


Documents

2014 House Report

AIC 2010 Guidelines

AIC Membership Guidelines 2013


Conversi: an On-Line Community


Linda Harrington (English)
3507 Alpine Avenue
Sioux City, IA 51106
United States

Web Site


The conversi were the historical antecedents of the Cistercian Lay Brothers. In the Middle Ages, they came to the monastery as lay persons who were interested in living the Cistercian charism. Unlike the monks they lived with, however, they did not take vows and kept their status as a lay person.

Today more and more lay persons feel a strong attraction to Cistercian monasteries and to the spiritual values and practices they find there. Like the conversi of old, they too are interested in living the Cistercian charism; unlike the conversi of old, they seek to live this lifestyle in the world.

The Associates of the Iowa Cistercians have developed the Conversi Program for persons who are unable to attend regular AIC meetings because of distance constraints, family responsibilities, work schedules or other reasons, but are looking for information, resources and support to assist them in applying Cistercian values and practices to their lives outside the monastery.

The goal of Conversi is to encourage and support persons in learning about and applying monastic values and practices in their everyday life in the world.

The Conversi program is designed to offer registered members access to a web-based on-line community that will provide the following:

* Informational resources including transcripts of talks presented at monthly AIC meetings; and reviews and recommendations of books and articles about monastic values and practices.
* On-line discussion forums.
Information about contacting other Cistercian Associate groups in other parts of the U.S. and the world
* Links to other sites where additional information can be obtained.
* Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in an annual retreat at New Melleray Abbey with other members of the Conversi community.

New Melleray Abbey
(OCSO-Monks)
6632 Melleray Circle
Peosta, IA 52068
Web Site
Brother Cyprian Griffith

Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey
(OCSO-Nuns)
6632 Melleray Circle
Peosta, IA 52068
Web Site
Sister Louise Burnard


Documents

2014 House Report

Conversi Council

Conversi Formation

Conversi Statutes

Address:6632 Melleray Circle
Peosta, IA 52068
United States
Monastery: Notre-Dame du Sacré-Coeur
(OCSO/Monks)

Group: Les associés cisterciens de l’abbaye Notre-Dame du Sacré-Coeur de Westmalle


Christiane Dumez (Français)
Singel 62
B-2640 Mortsel
Belgium

Notre-Dame du Sacré-Coeur
(OCSO-Monks)
Antwerpsesteenweg 496
B-2390 Westmalle
Web Site


Documents

2014 House Report

Charte Cistercienne: Grange de Westmalle

Address:Antwerpsesteenweg 496
B-2390 Westmalle
Belgium
Monastery: Our Lady of Bethlehem Abbey
(OCSO/Monks)

Group: Cistercian Lay Associates of Our Lady of Bethlehem Abbey


Brian McCollum (English)
10 Glenloch Park
Coleraine County
Londonderry
Northern Ireland BT52 1TY

Our Lady of Bethlehem Abbey
(OCSO-Monks)
11 Ballymena Road
Portglenone, Co Antrim
Web Site
Dom Celsus Kelly


Documents

2014 House Report

Address:11 Ballymena Road
Portglenone, Co Antrim
Northern Ireland
Monastery: Our Lady of Mount Calvary Monastery
(OCSO/Monks)

Group: Fr. Tansi Lay Cistercians


Bro. Hyacinth Mary Onyebu (English)
P.O.BOX 698
P.O.Box 9820 GPO
Marina Lagos
Nigeria


The Fr. Tansi Lay Cistercians originated from the “Fr. Tansi Solidarity Prayer Movement” which began in 1984 at Holy Trinity Cathedral Parish, Onitsha, Nigeria, with spiritual attachment to Our Lady of Angels Cistercian Monastery, Nsugbe, Nigeria. The group prays for the canonization of Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi O.C.S.O., a pioneer of the Cistercian Order in Nigeria and strives to follow his footsteps.

On 30th March, 1995, as God would have it, the coordinator of Fr. Tansi Solidarity Prayer Movement in company of two members met the Abbot General, Dom Bernardo Olivera, O.C.S.O. at Our Lady of Angels Monastery, Nsugbe and made a passionate appeal to him to accept the Fr., Tansi Solidarity Prayer Movement members as Lay Cistercians. He replied that the Holy Spirit will direct through the intercession of Fr. Cyprian Tansi (now Blessed). In July of the same year, he generously directed the Fr. Tansi Solidarity Prayer Movement to go, for formation, at Our Lady of Mount Calvary Monastery Awhum. On the feast of our founding fathers, SS. Robert, Alberic, and Stephen, 26th January 1997, out of this Fr. Tansi Solidarity Prayer Movement, came the first group of eleven lay people (five women and six men) who made vows as “Fr. Tansi Lay Contemplatives.” at Our Lady of Mount Calvary Monastery, Awhum. To God be the glory. He answered our prayer through the intercession of Blessed Cyprian Tansi, O.C.S.O.

In 1999, the coordinator spoke to the Cistercian General Chapter at Lourdes, about the great vitality of this Cistercian group. Presently, the Fr. Tansi Lay Cistercians are 29 in number. Thanks to our Father Abbot general Dom Bernardo Olivera, and the prior and the monks of Awhum Monastery for their support and formation programme for the group.

There are four categories of membership beginning from Postulant, Novice, First Professed and final Professed members. An intending member is known as aspirant. After admission, the person becomes a member as a Postulant which lasts for one year. Then the person becomes a Novice which last for two years within which the person is given formation lectures/training as a Lay Cistercian. At the end of this Novitiate, the person makes his/her first Profession of private vows for one year which are renewed every year for six years. After six years, he/she then makes the Final Profession.

As a Novice, the member is bound to say the three major Divine offices of Lauds, Vespers and Compline everyday.

There is a three-day retreat at our monastery every four months. We call it Triduum. It is compulsory for every member to attend. Currently, we have fifteen final professed members, ten simple/first professed members, two Novices, two postulants and the rest are Aspirants. We are really very serious and considers it as God’s call to be a Lay Cistercian.

We have embarked on a Retreat house project that shall accommodate about 42 guests. Currently it remains furnishing of the rooms. The Monastry spent millions of naira while helping us to get to this level. We need financial assistance of fellow Lay Cistercians both individualy or collectively. Our estimate is $45,000.00. To help us kindly reach our Monastic Advisor, the Prior of our Monasterly Very Rev. Fr. Bertrand M.C. Okoh at awhumonks@yahoo.com.

Our Lady of Mount Calvary Monastery
(OCSO-Monks)
Awhum P.O. Box 698
Enugu, Enugu State
Web Site
Fr. Bertrand M C. Okoh


Documents

2014 House Report

Address:Awhum P.O. Box 698
Enugu, Enugu State
Nigeria
Monastery: Our Lady of St. Joseph
(OCSO/Monks)

Group:
Address:167 N. Spencer Rd.
Spencer, MA 01562-01233
United States
Monastery: Our Lady of the Genesee Abbey
(OCSO/Monks)

Group: Genesee Lay Contemplatives


Dionne Parker (English)
United States

Our Lady of the Genesee Abbey
(OCSO-Monks)
3258 River Road
P.O. Box 900
Piffard, NY 14533-0900
Web Site


Documents

2014 House Report

Address:3258 River Road
P.O. Box 900
Piffard, NY 14533-0900
United States
Monastery: Our Lady of the Holy Cross Abbey
(OCSO/Monks)

Group: Lay Cistercians of Holy Cross Abbey


Maureen Normann (English)
1126 Park Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
United States


On Trinity Sunday, June 11, 2006, the conventual chapter of the monastery of Our Lady of the Holy Cross voted formally to recognize the Lay Cistercians of Holy Cross Abbey. Seven Lay Cistercians made the following promise on the Memorial of Blessed Guerric and Vigil of Saint Bernard, August 19, 2006:

I, N., promise my stability, fidelity to the Lay Cistercian way of life, and obedience according to my state in life, under the Rule of Saint Benedict, Abbot, and in accordance with the Constitutions and Statutes of the Lay Cistercians of Holy Cross Abbey. I do this before God and all his saints, in this Abbey of Our Lady of the Holy Cross of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance, constructed in honor of the Blessed and ever Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and in the presence of Dom Robert Barnes., abbot of this monastery, N., Dean of the Lay Cistercians of Holy Cross Abbey, and all the brethren.

Additionally, we have four novices and one postulant in our four year formation process. Our observership opens once a year in September with persons drawn from the waiting list. Our group is small, rather like an extended family, which reflects the size of our monastery.

Our Lady of the Holy Cross Abbey
(OCSO-Monks)
901 Cool Spring Lane
Berryville, VA 22611-2700
Web Site
Fr. Joseph Wittstock


Documents

2014 House Report

CONSTITUTIONS and STATUTES Lay Cistercians of Holy Cross Abbey

Address:901 Cool Spring Lane
Berryville, VA 22611-2700
United States
Monastery: Our Lady of the Mississippi
(OCSO/Nuns)

Group: Associates of the Iowa Cistercians


Teresa McMahon (English)
4000 Oak Forest Drive
Des Moines, IA, 50312
United States

Web Site


The AIC was initiated in 1995 at the request of Father Brendan Freeman, Abbot of New Melleray, and Mother Gail Fitzpatrick, Abbess of Our Lady of the Mississippi. We are unique in that we are actually associated with two monasteries, one of monks and one of nuns.

We have a three-year formation program. We also have a waiting list of applicants for membership which has forced us to look for additional ways to make the Cistercian charism available to lay people who wish to be associated with these two monasteries. One of our attempts involves establishing an on-line community of Lay Cistercians which we call Conversi. (To learn more about Conversi, visit http://conversi.org.)

We have developed a set of Constitutions which are based on the Consititutions of the Cistercian Order. These are available in English, French and Spanish on our group’s website.

New Melleray Abbey
(OCSO-Monks)
6632 Melleray Circle
Peosta, IA 52068
Web Site
Fr. Neil Paquette

Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey
(OCSO-Nuns)
8400 Abbey Hill
Dubuque, IA 52003
Web Site
Sr. Gail Fitzpatrick


Documents

2014 House Report

AIC 2010 Guidelines

AIC Membership Guidelines 2013


Conversi: an On-Line Community


Linda Harrington (English)
3507 Alpine Avenue
Sioux City, IA 51106
United States

Web Site


The conversi were the historical antecedents of the Cistercian Lay Brothers. In the Middle Ages, they came to the monastery as lay persons who were interested in living the Cistercian charism. Unlike the monks they lived with, however, they did not take vows and kept their status as a lay person.

Today more and more lay persons feel a strong attraction to Cistercian monasteries and to the spiritual values and practices they find there. Like the conversi of old, they too are interested in living the Cistercian charism; unlike the conversi of old, they seek to live this lifestyle in the world.

The Associates of the Iowa Cistercians have developed the Conversi Program for persons who are unable to attend regular AIC meetings because of distance constraints, family responsibilities, work schedules or other reasons, but are looking for information, resources and support to assist them in applying Cistercian values and practices to their lives outside the monastery.

The goal of Conversi is to encourage and support persons in learning about and applying monastic values and practices in their everyday life in the world.

The Conversi program is designed to offer registered members access to a web-based on-line community that will provide the following:

* Informational resources including transcripts of talks presented at monthly AIC meetings; and reviews and recommendations of books and articles about monastic values and practices.
* On-line discussion forums.
Information about contacting other Cistercian Associate groups in other parts of the U.S. and the world
* Links to other sites where additional information can be obtained.
* Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in an annual retreat at New Melleray Abbey with other members of the Conversi community.

New Melleray Abbey
(OCSO-Monks)
6632 Melleray Circle
Peosta, IA 52068
Web Site
Brother Cyprian Griffith

Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey
(OCSO-Nuns)
6632 Melleray Circle
Peosta, IA 52068
Web Site
Sister Louise Burnard


Documents

2014 House Report

Conversi Council

Conversi Formation

Conversi Statutes

Address:8400 Abbey Hill
Dubuque, IA 52003
United States
Monastery: Our Lady of the Southern Star Abbey
(OCSO/Nuns)

Group: Associates of Southern Star Abbey


Peter Alan Stuart (English)
413 Muritai Road
Eastbourne, Lower Hutt
New Zealand

Web Site

Our Lady of the Southern Star Abbey
(OCSO-Monks)
533 Kopua Road
RD2 Takapau
Hawke’s Bay 4287
Web Site
Abbot Brian Keogh


Documents

2014 House Report

Address:533 Kopua Road
RD2 Takapau
Hawke’s Bay 4287
New Zealand
Monastery: Prieure Notre Dame de l’Atlas
(OCSO/Monks)

Group: Notre Dame de l’Atlas


Myriam Vergonnier (Français)
2 Rue de la prairie
92160 ANTONY
France


Único grupo cisterciense en el mundo musulmán.

Herederos del espíritu de Tibhirine.

Participando en todo de la misma “precariedad” de nuestro Monasterio. Nuestros hermanos musulmanes nos enseñan el sentido de la trascendencia. Oramos en medio de un pueblo orante y lo hacemos en NOMBRE DE JESÚS Los bereberes nos dan lecciones de “hospitalidad”, valor tan querido de la Regla de San Benito.

Prieure Notre Dame de l’Atlas
(OCSO-Monks)
B.P. 82
MA 54350 Midelt
Web Site
Père Jean-Pierre Schumacher

Address:B.P. 82
MA 54350 Midelt
Morocco
Monastery: Real Monasterio de San Clemente
(Bernardo/Nuns)

Group: Fraternidad de Laicos Cistercienses de San Clemente


Manuel García García (Español)
C/ San Jacinto nº 96 - 4º J
41010 SEVILLA
España


Descripción: Nos estamos reuniendo en Sevilla, aunque adheridos al monasterio de San Bernardo(Granada), se incorporaron nuevos laicos a la fraternidad, que no tienen lazos de relación con San Bernardo, unido al problema que supone la distancia,tras reunirnos y dialogar, decidimos crear una nueva fraternidad,independiente y pedir nuestra adhesión al monasterio de San Clemente de Sevilla, guardando lazos de cariño entrañables con el monasterio de Granada, así como con los laicos de dicho monasterio, por tanto, desde septiembre del presente año, hemos formado la fraternidad de laicos Cirstencienses de San Clemente.

Funciones: celebrando reuniones cada mes y medio en las que compartimos los momentos litúrgicos con la comunidad; nuestra formación: referente a un tema concreto, en la actualidad el estudio de la Regla de San Benito, es desarrollada por un miembro de la comunidad que nos explica su visión sobre el tema elegido. En cada reunión uno de los miembros prepara y expone un tema que se comparte y debate con los demás; hacemos lectio-divina en común y tiempos de silencio. Nuestra formación se basa esencialmente en la espiritualidad Cirstenciense, el estudio profundo de la Regla de San Benito, así como la práctica habitual de la lectio-divina, de las horas litúrgicas y la asistencia habitual a la Eucaristía.

Real Monasterio de San Clemente
(Bernardo-Nuns)
c/ Reposo, 9
41002 SEVILLA
Web Site


Documents

2014 House Report

CARTA DE CARIDAD de los laicos cistercienses de San Clemente de SEVILLA

Documento usos y costumbres definitivo mayo 2013

Address:c/ Reposo, 9
41002 SEVILLA
Spain
Monastery: Santa María de Huerta
(OCSO/Monks)

Group: Fraternidad de Laicos Cistercienses del Monasterio de Santa María de Huerta


Leopoldo Mosquera Ossorio (Español)
c / Vallehermoso 24, 4º. 28015 MADRID
España

Web Site


El 20 de septiembre de 1996 nos reunimos en Madrid, por primera vez, junto a nuestro Abad, un grupo de unas 25 personas, hombres y mujeres, para poner en común un anteproyecto sobre la futura Fraternidad. Sobre este anteproyecto fuimos reflexionando y poniendo en común nuestras reflexiones que terminaron por cristalizar en un documento que refleja lo que queremos ser y que titulamos “Carta de Cofraternidad”.

Esta Carta de Cofraternidad expresa el carácter de nuestro vínculo con la Comunidad de Monjes y entre nosotros mismos, como miembros de la Fraternidad.

El 10 de mayo de 1997 sellamos nuestro compromiso en una inolvidable Ceremonia de Entrega, durante el rezo de Vísperas, en el marco del Retiro Anual de la Fraternidad en el Monasterio de Santa María de Huerta. Cada miembro de la Fraternidad firmó ante el Padre Abad y la Comunidad de monjes, la Carta de Cofraternidad como expresión de su compromiso de vida del carisma cisterciense, la entregó al P. Abad, de quién recibió la Regla de San Benito. Con este sencillo, pero emotivo y entrañable acto puede decirse que quedó constituida formalmente la Fraternidad.

El deseo de dar un paso más ha llevado al intento de elaborar unos Estatutos, para lo que providencialmente hemos contado con la presencia del Abad General en enero de 2001, lo que nos confirmó en nuestra andadura. Dichos Estatutos fueron aprobados el día 24 de Junio de 2001, Festividad de San Juan Bautista.

La fraternidad está integrada por 40 personas de diferentes lugares geográficos, donde, cuando el número es suficiente, se agrupan los miembros formando los correspondientes comunidades locales. En la actualidad existen comunidades locales dos en Madrid, una en Barcelona y en Zaragoza, además de fraternos en Valencia, Sevilla, Guadalajara y Cádiz.

Santa María de Huerta
(OCSO-Monks)
E-42260 - S. Maria de Huerta
Soria
Web Site
P. José Ignacio


Documents

2014 House Report

Estatutos de la Fraternidad Cisterciense de Santa María de Huerta

Address:E-42260 - S. Maria de Huerta
Soria
Spain
Monastery: Santa María la Real de Villamayor de los Montes
(Bernardo/Nuns)

Group: Familia Cisterciense de Santa María


Alberta Parayre (Español)
C. Viladomat 297, 1º 4ª
08029 Barcelona
España


Recogiendo toda la tradición cisterciense y para mejor cumplir esta misión especifica en la Iglesia y en el mundo, el 7 Diciembre 1998, nace en el Monasterio de Sta. María la Real de Villamayor de los Montes (Burgos) la primera laica consagrada Oblata Cisterciense Misionera asociada a esta comunidad y unida a ella por los mismos votos de estabilidad obediencia y conversión de vida. Es su misión concreta seguir en el mundo para que con su vida de trabajo y oración evangelizar y acercar a todos los cristianos de cualquier estado a la vida contemplativa como camino de verdadero encuentro y unión con Cristo y así abrir nuevas vocaciones tanto al matrimonio cristiano, al la vida consagrada y monástica al sacerdocio o a seguir este camino Laico Cisterciense , no buscando otro objetivo mas que la conversión de todos lo hombres para alcanzar la santidad entregándose a Dios por la vocación a la que por El sean llamados.

Puede ser Oblato Cisterciense Misionero todo aquel, hombre o mujer, sin importar estado, que en su corazón sienta la inquietud de llevar la Buena Nueva del Evangelio a todos los hombres, viviendo en el mundo sin ser del mundo, y siguiendo la Regla de San Benito con el carisma cisterciense.

Santa María la Real de Villamayor de los Montes
(Bernardo-Nuns)
09330 Villamayor de los Montes Burgos)
Web Site


Documents

2014 House Report

Constitución de la Familia Cisterciense de Santa María

Address:09330 Villamayor de los Montes Burgos)
Spain
Monastery: St. Joseph’s Abbey
(OCSO/Monks)

Group: Cistercian Lay Contemplatives


Rich Broggini (English)
79 Stockade Rd.
South Glastonbury, CT 06073
United States

St. Joseph’s Abbey
(OCSO-Monks)
167 North Spencer Road
Spencer, Massachusetts 01562-1233
Web Site


Documents

2014 House Report

Charter of CLC Spencer


Cistercian Lay Contemplatives of Vermont


Carol Fournier (English)
P.O. Box 1125
Williston, VT 05403
United States


The Cistercian Lay Contemplatives of Vermont is a Christian community committed to living by a Cistercian Plan of Life developed in full accord with the Constititution of the Cistercian Order.

On September 12, 2010, after a year of discernment, members of the group formally committed themselves as a Cisterican Lay Contemplative community while on retreat at a Cistercian Abbey.

Our group emerged from a contemplative prayer group facilitated by a member of the Cistercian Lay Contemplatives of Spencer, MA begun in 2006 at a Roman Catholic Parish in South Burlington, VT. Spiritual direction and support in Cistercian formation is received through monks and monastic liaisons from Cistercian Abbey’s.

In response to the needs of those who are called to live the Cistercian charism, and due to distance are unable to travel to the closest Cistercian Abbeys, our community has developed a multifaceted approach to formation that insures the quality and the authenticity of formation as a Cistercian Lay Contemplative community. In addition to monthly meetings, formation is conducted through the use of recordings of monk’s conferences, shared written conferences, homilies and reflections as well as the use of web-based resources for formation from other Cistercian sources. Our members participate in a group retreat at a Cistercian Abbey annually. Members arrange for a week-long individual retreat at a Cistercian Abbey as their schedules permit.

Our community is blessed with an opportunity to learn from the rich monastic heritage generously shared with us by two Cistercian Abbeys.

St. Joseph’s Abbey
(OCSO-Monks)
167 North Spencer Road
Spencer, Massachusetts 01562-1233
Web Site
Fr. Francis Rodriquez

Mount St. Marys Abbey
(OCSO-Nuns)
300 Arnold St.,
Wrentham, MA 02093-1799
Web Site
Mother Maureen McCabe

Address:167 North Spencer Road
Spencer, Massachusetts 01562-1233
United States
Monastery: St. Mary`s Abbey
(OCSO/Nuns)

Group:
Address:St Mary’s Abbey
Glencairn
Co Waterford
Ireland
Monastery: Tarrawarra Abbey
(OCSO/Monks)

Group:
Address:659 Healesville Road
Yarra Glen, Victoria, 3775
Australia
Monastery: Zisterzienserkloster Langwaden
(OCIST/Monks)

Group: Oblate Community Zisterzienserkloster Langwaden


Gabriele Franziska Heitfeld-Panther (English)
Wohlfahrtstrasse 148
44799 Bochum
Germany


25 oblates associated with the monastery by oblation promise. Men and women, between the age of 30 and 85, married (with and without children) and unmarried oblates, one priest. Meets once a month for a day, once a year for a weeks` retreat at the monastery.

A time of postulancy is followed by one year novitiate, then oblation can take place.

Zisterzienserkloster Langwaden
(OCIST-Monks)
Postfach 200 320
41496 Grevenbroich
Web Site
Father Basilius  Ullmann


Documents

2014 House Report


Weggemeinschaft St. Benedikt


Gabriele Franziska Heitfeld-Panther (English)
Wohlfahrtstr. 148
44799 Bochum
Germany

Web Site


The „Weggemeinschaft St. Benedikt“ is an open Christian community: People of different origin seeking God in connection with Zisterzienserkloster Langwaden. In 2002 the community was inititated by Gabriele Franziska Heitfeld-Panther (Cistercian oblate of Langwaden). Monthly day retreats and two weekend retreats a year give us the opportunity to get to know the Cistercian spirituality and to let it bear fruit in our everyday life. The aim of each meeting is to be on our way with Christ, praying, learning more about our faith and trying to become familiar with the Rule of St. Benedict and Cistercian roots. Celebrating the eucharist marks the centre of each meeting.

The membership is open, there is no promise.

The community is supported by monks of the Zisterzienserkloster Langwaden, as well as by several external priests.

Zisterzienserkloster Langwaden
(OCIST-Monks)
Postfach 200 320
41496 Grevenbroich
Web Site
Father Bruno  Robeck


Documents

2014 House Report

Address:Postfach 200 320
41496 Grevenbroich
Germany