Monastic Formators' Programme

Rome and Assisi

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Participants' Experience

I would enthusiastically recommend the MFP for courses that offer the best of current teaching on monastic life and formation; visits to churches and monasteries where Catholic and monastic traditions were born and took form; and for fellowship with monastics from all over the world in an experience of the universal church that is challenging and formative.

Fr Alberic Farbolin, New Melleray, Iowa, USA [MFP 2004]

Two permaent staff are assisted by a sister for the duration of the program:


Fr Brendan Thomas OSB is a monk of Belmont Abbey, England where he is currently Novice Master. He has been Director of the Programme since its start in 2002.


Fr Mark Butlin OSB, the Associate Director is a monk of Ampleforth Abbey, England and has a wide international experience working for AIM with responsibilities for Asia and English-Speaking Africa. Previouly he ran the Recyclage (Renewal) Programme at Sant’ Anselmo.


Recent courses have brought together some of the best teachers from the monastic world, and some of its best teachers. While the exact teaching content might vary from year to year regular contributors include.


Sr Aquinata Böckmann OSB from Rome, Abbot Bernardo Bonowitz OCSO from Brazil, Fr Michael Casey OCSO from Australia, Br Colmán Ö Clabaigh OSB from Ireland, Sr Maureen Cusick NDS from Israel,  Fr Columba Stewart OSB, Fr Jeremy Driscoll OSB and Abbot Gregory Polon OSB from the US, and Sr Josephine Mary Miller from Great Britain.


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Visiting Staff

Permanent Staff

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MFP serves the entire monastic world, handing on the wisdom of the sons and daughters of Benedict to new generations and peoples.  

Fr Thomas-Benedict Baxter, Polokwane, SOUTH AFRICA [MFP 2011]

The course equips you for the task of formator, intellectually, psychologically and spiritually, by laying a solid foundation on which you can build by experience.

Fr John Seddon, ENGLAND, [MFP 2010]

Visiting teachers from around the world share their knowledge and religous experience

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