2nd International Oblate Congress

2ND INTERNATIONAL CONSULTATION MEETING IN DOUAI, 10-14 MAY 2012

In preparation, Douai Abbey hosted the second weekend Consultation Meeting, attended by Fr Henry O’Shea, Secretary to the Abbot Primate, the members of the Italian Organising Committee, and delegates from Canada, Nigeria, UK, USA, Australia, Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Brazil. Times for meetings had been planned around monastery Hours, with items for discussion including workshop themes, invited speakers, venues and congress costs. On Saturday, participants relaxed with wine&nibbles while viewing a display of posters from UK monasteries and the UKOT website, and enjoyed a magnificent concert by His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts in the Abbey church on Sunday night.

Back row: Michel Gammon (Canada); Pam Morey (UK); Everaldo Dinoa Medeiros (Brazil); Jordi Gubern Prat (Spain); Stephen Day (UK); Raffaele Luise (Italy); Thomas Brunnhuber (UK); Anne-Marie Visser (Netherlands) Middle row: Klara Brunnhuber (UK); Fr Henry O’Shea (Ireland); Glaucia Pessoa de Vasconcelos Medeiros (Brazil); Franco Primola (Italy); Sally Mercer (UK); Joyce Collins (USA); Carla Moberg (USA); Martin Bernhard Gruger (Germany) Front row: Mary Lynn Nicklas (USA); Giorgio Marte (Italy); Caterina Feliziani (Italy); Zina Neagle (UK); Agatha Eguavoen (Nigeria); Patricia Panton (Australia)

The UK Oblates Team were also present, and our National Coordinator for the next Congress, Thomas Brunnhuber, was helped by Stephen Day, our Treasurer, Sally Mercer, our Secretary, Klara Brunnhuber, our Website guru, Zina Neagle, our Consultant and whose translation skills were invaluable, and Pam Morey, chair of the Team.

It was a truly great and successful weekend, and we thank Douai Abbey very much for their hospitality.

Douai Abbot Geoffrey Scott and Oblate Director Gervase Holdaway welcome delegates

IN PREPARATION FOR THE 3RD INTERNATIONAL OBLATE CONGRESS: CONSULTATION MEETING IN MONTSERRAT.

Santa Maria de Montserrat – Photo by Richard Schneider

Seventeen oblates from 9 countries gathered at the International Consultation Meeting in Montserrat from 22nd to 25th October 2010 to discuss the format for the next World Congress of Benedictine Oblates. Pam Morey and Thomas Brunnhuber attended from the UK. “It was a truly memorable weekend,” Pam recalls. “All the Oblates ‘gelled’ so well that the business was completed with time to spare and we were able to enjoy each other’s company just a little”.

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