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Monastic Formators' Programme

Rome and Assisi


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:

Fr Jeremy Class
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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 Primate Gregory Polan OSB is originally 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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I would recommend this course. I would love to do it again!

I think after sifting through the many good reasons why I would recommend this course, simply through the many good presenters I am made to look at myself and to be challenged, to question my beliefs, to see clearly my ego. And once we do this we naturally turn to our novices and see them more clearly and with greater patience and compassion. Sr Maureen Therese, Jamberoo, AUSTRALIA [MFP 2013]

Over the years a wide range of staff have contributed to the Program and some continue to do so. Sr Christine Anderson;  Fr Scott Brodeur;  Sr Maureen Cusick NDS;  Fr Anthony Doe;  Abbot Jeremy Driscoll;  Fr Luke Dysinger OSB;  Fr Bernhard Eckerstorfer OSB;  Mother Marie Fahy OCSO;  Br John Mark Falkenhain OSB;  Fr David Foster OSB;  Abbot Matthew Levi OSB;  Fr Simeon Leiva-Merikakis OCSO;  Abbot Edmund Power;  Sr Manuela Scheiba OSB;  Fr Selvam Selvaratnam OMI;  Fr Jean-Louis Ska SJ;  Mother Maureen McCabe OCSO;  Abbot Eric Varden OCSO; Fr Mauritius Wilde OSB; Abbot Richard Yeo OSB.

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