On the history of the European Benedictine Congregation of the Resurrection
April 1st 2018
The Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life publishes the Instruction "Cor Orans". In this document, communities that don't already belong to a monastic congregation or federation, are obliged to join an existing one or to found a new.
Contacts are made between communities. Right from the beginning of the process, it is decided to be European; to form a congregation (and not a federation); to be recognized as living following Perfectae Caritatis n° 9: our Congregation would be « monastic » and not an Institute entirely dedicated to contemplation (PC n° 7).
Our communities chose to take this opportunity to build a greater monastic family than our own communities. Although the impulse comes from Rome, the project to form a new congregation grows more and more from our desire to work together. To be united in diversity is really a strong point in the process.
Present in Subiaco with CIB (Communio Internationalis Benedictinarum), some of the superiors pray together in the grotto of St. Benedict, to entrust in his hands the project of building a new European Benedictine Congregation. All the communities considering to join this project are praying in communion with them.
− The superiors of twelve monasteries meet in the monastery of Alexanderdorf (Germany) for the founding assembly of this new Benedictine Congregation of Women.
− Decision in favor of English as the common language of communication.
− Appointment of a commission to draw up the Constitutions for the new Congregation under the direction of Sr. Dr. Scholastika Häring OSB (Dinklage).
− Abbot Praeses em. Ansgar Schmidt OSB (Trier) is asked by the communities to accompany the process of building the new congregation, with all his experience of living in the international Benedictine congregation of the Annunciation.
− After this meeting, one community chooses to search another congregation or federation.