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January 2017

Week of Prayer for Church Unity

Wednesday, 18 January, began the International Week of Prayer for Church Unity, first observed in January, 1908. The Octave ends on 25 January, the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. The devotion of prayer for unity, inaugurated by the Society of the Atonement, was approved as a Catholic devotion by Pope Benedict XV in 1916. This year, the theme is "Reconciliation: The Love of Christ Compels Us." Resources for the week are available from the Pontifical Council for Promoting Church Unity, the Graymoor site, and from the World Council of Churches.

Consultors Confirmed

14 January 2017, the Holy Father confirmed numerous consultors to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. One Benedictine is included, Fr. D. Olivier-Marie Sarr OSB, lecturer at the Pontifical St. Anselm Liturgical Institute in Rome.

Monastery of the Risen Christ

On 6 January, Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, the Camaldolese congregation received Fr. Ray Roh OSB, Fr. Stephen Coffee OSB, and their community of the Monastery of the Risen Christ, San Luis Obispo, CA, as members. Monastery of the Risen Christ had been part of the Olivetan Congregation for a number of years. When the Olivetans decided that the monastery should be closed as of spring 2013, the monks officially requested that New Camaldoli Hermitage accept them as a dependent house. The three-year trial period for the transfer ended on 1 January 2017.

National Catholic Youth Choir

The choir announces the 17th¬†season of the NCYC camp and tour: God's Word Abides Forever! NCYC has a long tradition of promoting faith and musical beauty in the lives of young singers. The choir is currently accepting applications for the mid-June 2017 Choir Camp and Tour. Singers must be entering grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 in 2017 to be eligible. Train with NCYC Conductor, André Heywood, at Saint John's Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota. Camp includes a concert tour, performances, and of course fun! Campers build lasting friendships and joyous memories - all while taking their singing to a new level! Learn more, and apply online. Deadline: Friday, March 24, 2017.¬†Scholarships are available!

Benedictine Nuns in Belgium Offer Videos

The digitally alert sisters at Bethany Priory, Loppem in West Flanders, have proved to be a hit on their own YouTube channel. The nuns also have their own Facebook page (link in Flemish).


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