Monastic Formators' Programme
Rome and Assisi
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]
The permanent staff of the program are:
Fr Brendan Thomas OSB is a monk of Belmont Abbey, England where he is currently Prior and Novice Master. He has been the Director of the Programme since its start in 2002.
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.
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
I highly recommend this program because the lived experience of the teachers and sharing of their wisdom enriched me. it has broadened my understanding of the monastic life.
The experience filled up gaps in my own formation. The program leads to personal renewal and gives more confidence to take up the task as a formator. Sr Rakkini, Grace and Compassion, INDIA [MFP 2013]
Fr Javier Aparicio is General Procurator of the Sankt Ottilien Congregation. Before that he was Prior of the community of Rabanal del Camino in the north of Spain and involved in formation work for the Ottiliens. He is a former participant of MFP and is joining the staff from 2019.
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. He was at the forefront of the conception of the Program.