Monastic Formators' Programme

Rome and Assisi

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The Monastic Formators’ Program is where monastic men and women from all over the world have the experience of being instructed by some of the important monastic teachers of our time.


The Program is designed to meet the needs of those working in the field of monastic formation, or are preparing to do so in the future.  

It was set up in 2002, at the instigation of the Abbots' Congress and is run with the full support and encouragement of both the Abbot Primate Dom Gregory Polan and the Abbot General OCSO, Dom Eamon Fitzgerald. So far, there have been nearly 360 participants from every continent and diverse monastic traditions.


Each session of the Program can take a maximum of 25 people. It is open to monks and nuns following the Rule of St Benedict. The language of the course is English and it takes place in Rome and Assisi. Some bursaries are available to communities that would find it difficult to meet the costs.  

Teaching on the Rule of St Benedict and the Monastic Tradition and the task of formation today.

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We are now planning the next MFP to run from Monday 14th March  to  Monday 6th June. Applications should be in by the end of September 2021

A 12-Week Programme in Rome and Assisi for those involved in Formation in Monastic Communities

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Pilgrimages and visits to Monasteries and historic Christian sites in Rome and beyond.

The Divine Office and Mass together and the celebration of the Paschal Triduum in Rome.

Community living with those of different monastic traditions, nations and cultures.

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