Brother Titus (Michael) Phelan and Brother Dunstan (Douglas) Enzor were clothed in the monastic habit and received into the novitiate at Saint Anselm Abbey in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Abbot President Elias Lorenzo, O.S.B. visited with Abbot President Christopher Jamison, O.S.B. of the English Benedictine Congregation on January 3-8, 2018 in the City of London. On January 4, 2018 Abbot President Elias met with the abbots and abbesses of the English Benedictine Congregation at Ealing Abbey, London on a wide range of topics regarding future plans and programs common to both monastic congregations.
Abbot President Elias Lorenzo, O.S.B. visited the monastic community of St. Bernard Abbey, Cullman, AL on December 27, 2017 – January 2, 2018. During the visit the Abbot President gave a workshop on safeguarding to the monastic community and the newly formed review board in preparation for the Praesidium accreditation site visit in the spring. He also presided at the Pontifical Mass there on New Year’s Day, the solemnity of the Mary, Mother of God for the monks, oblates and friends of the Cullman community.
Abbot President Elias Lorenzo, O.S.B. visited the monastic community of Mary Mother of the Church, Richmond, VA on December 6-11, 2017 and presided at the Pontifical Mass there on the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception for the monks, oblates and friends of the Richmond community.
Abbot Cletus Meagher, O.S.B. and the monastic community of St. Bernard Abbey, Cullman, Al welcome a new postulant on November 25, 2017: Matthew Konieczny.
Abbot President Elias Lorenzo. O.S.B. returned to Sant’Anselmo in Rome, Italy on November 19-25, 2017 for a series of meetings in the Roman Curia of the Holy See, including the Congregation for Catholic Education and the Congregation for Consecrated Life. During this visit, there was also the second meeting of the committee for the renovation of the http://www.orsb.org website. Participants in this meeting included Abbot President Elias Lorenzo, O.S.B., Abbot President Jeremias Schröder, O.S.B. (St. Ottilien), Prior Mauritius Wilde, O.S.B. (S. Anselmo), Brother Simon Stubbs, O.S.B. (Louisiana) and Brother Richard Oliver, O.S.B. (Collegeville), the current webmaster of the site.
Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen, O.S.B. (Shawnee) and Prior Justin McCreedy, O.S.B. (Lacey) conducted the quinquennial canonical visitation of the monastic community of St. Andrew Abbey, Cleveland, OH November 12-17, 2017. The Abbot President was also present.