Monastic Formators' Programme

Rome and Assisi

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Sr Aquinata Böckmann OSB  is a Missionary Benedictine Sister of Tutzing and one of the foremost scholars of the Rule today. She has taught for many years in Rome and around the world, and was the first woman professor at Sant’ Anselmo. Her writings in English include Perspectives on the Rule (2005) and Around the Monastic Table (2009).


Sr Brenda Dolphin is an Irish Mercy Sister and is a faculty member at the Pontifical Gregorian University and works in the Institute of Psychology.  


Fr Michael Casey OCSO is a monk of Tarrawarra Abbey in Australia and renowned writer on things monastic including prayer, lectio and the beliefs and values at the heart of the Rule. His recent books include The Art of Winning Souls (2012) and The Road to Eternal Life (2012).


Br Colmán Ó Clabaigh OSB is a Benedictine monk of Glenstal Abbey in Ireland where he has been the monastery infirmarian and archivist. He is a medieval historian with a particular interest in the history of the friars.


Our regular teaching staff  include:

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

Fr Columba Stewart OSB is a monk of St John’s Collegeville and is an insightful author on the monastic tradition. Among his writings are Cassian the Monk (1999) and Prayer and Community: The Benedictine Tradition (1998).


Abbot Gregory Polan OSB is from Conception Abbey, Missouri.  He is a Scripture scholar, and under his direction the community has undertaken a new translation of The Grail Psalter for the English-Speaking world.


Dom Bernardo Bonowitz OCSO is Abbot of Nossa Senhora do Novo Mundo, in Brazil who offers a wealth of insight into monastic accompaniment from his pastoral experience. His writings include St Bernard’s Three-Course Banquet (2013).


Sr Josephine-Mary Miller OC has a rich experience of monastic life around the world, having served as Prioress General of the Bernardines, based in France.

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