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Monastic Formators' Programme

Rome and Assisi


We are now welcoming applications for the next Monastic Formators' Program which will run in 2024

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 Bernardus Peeters. 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.


The all-inclusive cost of the Program will be €7,200, which represents the actual cost of putting on the program per person. There are a limited number of bursaries are available to communities that would find it difficult to meet the costs.  

The next Monastic Formators' Programme will run from March to June 2024. Applications should be submitted by the end of September 2021. For further details contact: Fr Brendan Thomas, the Director,
Fr Javier Aparicio 

the Co-Director of the Program.

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






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

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

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

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

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