American-cassinese congregation of benedictine monasteries office of the president



Download 0.51 Mb.
Page12/12
Date conversion18.04.2016
Size0.51 Mb.
1   ...   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12

B. THE CLOSE OF THE VISITATION


The final meeting of the visitators with the community is held in the chapter room for the discussion of the report to the community.

When the proceedings have been concluded and the visitation is to be closed, the Te Deum or another appropriate hymn is sung by the community after being intoned by the senior visitator or another visitator, or by a chanter. After the hymn, one of the following orations is said or sung:

Let us pray.

Gracious God,

as we conclude these days of visitation,

we pray to you for this community.

Fill it with your truth.

Keep it in your peace.

Where it is strong in serving you, sustain it.

Where it is weak, strengthen it.

Where it is in error, correct it.

Where it is in want, provide for it.

Where it is divided, reunite it.

We ask these blessings in the name of your son, Jesus Christ,

who lives to bring us all together to the life that lasts for ever and ever. Amen.



or

Let us pray.

Loving God,

we thank you for these days of visitation,

in which we have examined our monastic life and observance.

Help us strive with all our hearts to do what is pleasing to you

and to persevere in doing this all our days.

As we hasten toward our heavenly home, be our strength and protection along the way. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.



or

Let us pray.

Lord God,

through the life and teaching of St. Benedict,

you have called many to search for you

in the monastic way of life.

Accept our prayer as we end these days of visitation.

Sustain us in your service as we say: Amen.

• May we live by faith. Amen.

• May we take up our cross daily. Amen.

• May we be hearers of the word. Amen.

• May we be doers of the word. Amen.

• May we be steadfast in trials. Amen.

• May we show forgiveness when wronged. Amen.

• May we be untiring in prayer. Amen.

• May we give obedience from the heart. Amen.

• May we strengthen the bonds of brotherhood. Amen.

• May we be joyful in hope. Amen.

• May we bear fruit in charity. Amen.

• May we be firmly grounded in peace. Amen.

Rejoicing in the fellowship of all who love Christ, let us unite our voices in the prayer that he gave us:

Our Father. . .




Indices


INDEX OF CITATIONS


References are to paragraph numbersOther texts
Sacred Scripture





Gal 6:1


10




Mt 18:15-17


12


Col 3:16


11


RB 72:7-12 50


1 Cor 1:18


60


1 Thes 1:2-10


11


Lumen gentium

Cor 5:5


11


1 Thes 5:14


10


4347 59


1 Cor 5:11


11


2 Thcs 3:13-15


11


Perfectae cantatis 5 59


1 Cor 12:4


60


2 Tm 2:25


11






INDEX OF PARAGRAPHS FROM THE CONSTITUTIONS AND THE DIRECTORY

References are to page numbers

C126


5


D 128.3.1


25


D 128.8,5 40


C 127.1


34


D 128.3.2


25


D128.8.5.J 40


C 127.2


48


D 128.3.3


25


D 128.8.5.2 41


C 127.3


48


D 128.4


34


D 128.8.5.3 41


C128


5


D 128.5


35


D 128.8.5.4 41


D 128.1.1


17


D 128.5.1


35


D 128.8.6.1 41


D 128.1.2


17


D 128.5.2


35


D 128.8.6.2 41


D 128.1.3.1


20


D 128.5.2.1


35


D 128.8.7 45


D 128.1.3.2


20


D 128.5.2.2


35


D 128.8.8 45


D 128.1.3.3


20


D 128.5.2.3


35


D 128.8.9 45


D 128.1.3.4


21


D 128.5.3


37


D 128.9 45


D 128.1.4


48


D 128.6.1


37


D 128.9.1 45


D 128.2.1


24


D 128.6.2


37


D 128.9.2 46


D 128.2.2


24


D 128.6.3


37


D 128.9.3 46


D 128.2.3


24


D 128.7


37


D 128.9.4 46


D 128.2.4


24


D 128.8.1


40


D 128.10.1 49


D 128.2.5


24


D 128.8.2


40


D 128.10.2 49


D 128.2.6


24


D 128.8.3


40


D 128.11.1 50


D 128.3


25


D 128.8.4


40


D 128.11.2 50


INDEX OF SUBJECTS

References are to paragraph numbers
Aachen 21, 22

Abbot: approves visitation request by quasi-chapter, 95; as spiritual father, 36; assisted by visitation, 30, 31.2; determines frequency of visitation, 67; election of un­worthy, 18; may request special visitation, 94; may request visit­ation of dependent house, 95; proposes visitators, 46; respon­sible for one-month report, 91; responsible for one-year report, 93; reviews visitation reports, 86; schedules date of visitation, 68; sends documents to visitators, 66; visitator of daughter houses among Cistercians, 24

Abuses, sanctions in case of, 33.4

Address to open visitation, 74

Aix-la-Chapelle, see Aachen

Alexandria, 15

American-Cassinese Congregation, see Congregation, American-Cassinese

Apostles, 13

Apostolates, knowledge of by visit­ators, 44

Arrival of visitators, 70

Athanasius of Alexandria, 15

Augustine of Hippo, 15

Autonomy of monasteries, 38
Basel, council of, 26

Bavarian Congregation, 2

Benedict of Aniane, 21, 22, 23

Benedict of Nursia, 18, 19, 20

Benedict XII, Pope, 26

Bishop, as visitator, 14, 38; juris­diction over monasteries, 16,18, 20

Board members, may be inter­viewed in visitation, 80

Brother, correction of, 12


Canon law regarding visitations, 24

Carolingian empire, 21, 22

Carolingian renaissance, 20

Cassinese Congregation, 26

Census of community, to be sup­plied to visitators, 65.4

Change, contemporary climate of, 6, 29, 40; of emphasis in visita­tions, 6, 7, 8,1-2; readiness to, 60

Charity, fraternal, 17, 24

Charter of Charity, 24

Christian life, 11

Church, contemporary changes in, 6, 29, 40; early, 10; helped by visitations, 30, 31.3; Matthean, 12; western, 15

Circumstances requiring special qualifications in visitators, 44

Cistercians, 24

Clement of Rome, 11

Cluny, 22

Co-workers of monks, may be interviewed, 80

Commendations, definition of, 84.1

Comments of visitators in reports, 82.2

Committee, visitation, appointment of, 62; may help in discussion of report, 89; responsibilities of, 62, 63; sends visitation report to all monks, 88

Committees of monastery, help with study process, 63.2; may meet with visitators, 78

Committees to formulate and revise Guidelines, 3, 4

Common life, 32

Communities, early Christian, 11, 13, 15; monastic, 15

Community, building up of, 14; consulted about choice of visitators, 46; evaluation of by visitators, 36; welfare of, 33.4

Community report of visitators, distributed to monks, 88; not read at meeting, 89; reviewed by abbot, 86; reviewed by seniors, 87; sent to all professed monks, 88

Competence of visitators, 39

Conference call, by council of President, 92

Conferences of abbot, 31.2, 66.2

Confidentiality, 74, 79

Congregatio de Unitate, 26

Congregation, American-Cassinese, definition of visitation in, 1; erection of, 2; pays cost of visita­tions, 96; proper law of, 4, 5; serves monasteries through visit­ations, 6, 30

Congregation, Cassinese, 26

Congregations, monastic, 1, 2, 9, 26,38

Constance, council of, 26



Constitutions and Directory, 1, 4, 5, 33.1

Consultants in preparation process, 63.3

Continuity with previous *" visitation, 8.1, 31.2

Conversio of community, 33.2

Corinth, 11

Corps of visitators, renewal of, 43

Correction, fraternal, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14,19; of community faults, 28, 33.3; of individual monks, 36

Cost of visitations, 96, 97

Council of President, consents to amount of reimbursement, 96; to judgments of visitators, 92; to mandates, 84.4; to special visita­tion, 94; consulted about choice of visitators, 46; examines visita­tion reports, 92; mandates pro­posed to, 84; member of may serve as visitator, 47; serious problems referred to, 37

Council of seniors, consents to fre­quency of visitation, 67; consult­ed about visitation committee, 62; about date of visitation, 68; about one-month report, 91; about one-* year report, 93; majority may re­quest special visitation, 94; may *-function as visitation committee, " 62; may help with discussion of report, 89; may recommend visit­ators, 45

Crete, 14

Cross, fear of, 61; folly of, 60

Culture, awareness of, 44; con­temporary changes in, 40

Customary, of Benedict of Aniane, 21; of monastery, 33.1
Dependent monastery, visitation of, 95, 96

Development of community, 8.1

Dialogue, 60

Directive, definition of, 84.3; imple­mentation of, 93; referred to President, 90; required fulfillment date of, 85



Directory, 1, 4, 5, 33.1

Documents, examination of by vis­itators, 72; financial, 72; re­quested by visitators, 72; respon­sibility for sending, 65; sent by abbot, 66; sent to visitators, 65


Early Christianity, 10

Egypt, 15, 17

Eligibility to be visitator, 45

Ephesus, 14

Eucharist, 73

Evaluation, of community, 36; of individual monks, 36

Evolution of visitation system, 9

Exemption of monasteries, 38

Expenses of visitations, 96, 97

Experience of visitators, 41

Expertise of visitators, 44

Extension of time, consent of chap­ter for, 93; consent of seniors for, 93; requested by abbot, 93; re­quested in one-month report, 91.5


Faith, 60

Faithful, intervention of in abbatial election, 18

Fasting, 59, 60

Finances, examined in special vis­itation, 80; not in ordinary vis­itation, 72

First Letter of Clement of Rome, 11

Focus of visitation, 8.2, 34, 63.1

Form to facilitate interviews, 62.2

Formal judgments of visitators, see judgments

Formulae for prayers, appendix 2; for reports, appendix 1

Fourth Lateran Council, see Lateran

Freedom to serve as visitators, 39

French revolution, 27

Frequency of visitations, 67
Galatia, 10

General chapter, 1, 3, 4, 17, 23, 24, 25, 27, 45

Generic examination by visitators, 8.2

Gentile, 12

Goals of community, 56

Gospel, 14

Gregory of Nyssa, 15

Gregory the Great, 15

Gregory the Wonder-Worker, 15

Group meetings during visitation, 77

Growth of community, 8.1, 32, 33.2



Guide for Visitations, new edition of, 7; new elements of, 6; purpose of, 5; to be studied by visitators, 43

Guidelines for Visitation of 1974, 3, 4, 5; experimental of 1971, 3
Healing, 11

Hierarchy, 16

Holiness, 59



Holy Spirit, 57, 60

Humility, quality of visitators, 42



Ideals, monastic, 33.1, 38

Ignatius of Antioch, 11

implementation, of proper law, 5; of visitation, 90-93

Improvement of visitation process, 91.6

Individual monks, in report to abbot, 83



Information, quality of visitators, 40

Initial meeting of visitators, 71

Insight, quality of visitators, 41

Interview with visitators, length of, 79; monk may be summoned to, 79; of abbot, 75; of committees, 78; of council of seniors, 75; of groups, 77; of officials, 75

Interviews during visitation, 75-81; arranging time for, 62.4; by tele­phone, 79; schedule for, 48.5; teams for, 76; with monks, 79; with

with non-monks, 80

Issues raised in visitation, 8.2, 34

Jesus, 10, 12, 60

Judgments of visitators, contained in reports, 82.3; definitions of, 84.1-4; implementation of, 93; must be clear and specific, 84; required fulfillment date of, 85

Jurisdiction, episcopal, 18, 20, 22

Kingdom of God, 31.3



Koinonia, 17
Language, knowledge of by visitators, 44

Lateran, Fourth Council of, 25, 26, 27

Leadership role of abbot, 66.2

Learning, continued, requirement for visitators, 43

Length of visitation, 69

Life of Augustine, 15

Life of Martin, 15

Listening sessions, 31.2

Liturgy of the hours, 73

Lordship of Jesus, 60

Louis the Pious, 21, 22
Mandate, definition of, 84.4; pro­posed by visitators to President, 90; report on implementation of, 93; required fulfillment date, 85

Martin of Tours, 15

Matthew, St., community of 12

Meeting to close visitation, 89

Meetings, schedule of sent to vis­itators, 65; of abbot with monks, 66.2; of visitators, 48.4, 75-81

Middle Ages, 1

Mission statement, 33.1, 55

Monasteries, changes in, 6; helped by visitation, 31.1; in other countries, 44; large, 44; reform of, 21; reimburse for visitation costs, 96; small, 44; suppression of, 2, 27

Monastic affairs, visitation limited to, 35

Monastic life, visitators know­ledgeable about, 40

Monastic observance, see Obser­vance, monastic

Monastic officials as visitators, 38

Monastic orders, 23, 25

Monastic tradition, 9

Monastic values of visitators, 41

Monasticism, 16

Monks, away from monastery,

meet with visitators, 77; eligible to serve as visitators, 45; right to individual interviews, 79

Monte Cassino, 26

Mystical Body, 31.3


New Testament, 9

Northmen, 22

Novices, right to individual inter­view with visitators, 79

Number of visitators, 47

Nuns, 17
Objections to visitators' judgments, 91.4

Oblates, claustral, right to individ­ual interview with visitators, 79

Observance, monastic, as focus of visitations, 6; maintained by visit­ation system, 25; of individual monks, 36; of Pachomians, 17; re­sponsibility of bishop for, 18; study of as preparation for visit­ation, 57; unification of, 20; uni­formity of, 22, 23, 24

Observations, definition of, 84.2; implementation of, 93


Pilgrim monk, 19

Planning, for future, 6; strategic, as preparation for visitation, 56

Possidius, 15

Postulant, right to individual inter­view with visitators, 79

Prayer, as preparation for visita­tion, 59, 60; at closing of visita­tion, 89, appendix 2; at opening of visitation, 73, appendix 2

Preparation for visitation, 49-66; by reviewing previous visitation, 58; lack of clarity about, 49; left to each community, 49; mode of, 53-58, 63; of community, 49; of visitators, 43; practical dimensions of, 62-66; purpose of, 49; spiritual dimensions of, 59-61; types of, 49, 53-58; use of com­mittees in, 63.2; use of consul­tants in, 63.3; use of mission statement in, 55; use of review of previous visitation in, 58; use of self-study in, 54; use of strategic planning in, 56; use of study of monastic observance in, 57

President, appoints visitators, 46; confirms judgments of visitators, 84.4; decides visitation of depen­dent house, 95; imposes judg­ments, 92; makes final decision on selection of visitators, 46; mandates proposed to, 84.4; one-month report sent to, 91; one-year report sent to, 93; problems referred to, 37; receives proposals of abbot for selection of visita­tors, 46; receives reimbursement, 96; reports sent to, 90; schedules date of ordinary visitation, 68; schedules special visitation, 94; serious matters referred to, 37; sets reimbursement amount, 96

Previsitation report, approval of by seniors, 64; description of, 64; im­plementation of, 93; prepared by committee, 62.1, 64; reaction of visitators to, 82.1; subject of inter­views, 77, 80

Problems, caused by individual monk, 36; help for solution of, 28; of community, 35

Process of visitation, 67-89; evalua­tion in one-month report, 91.2

Proper law, of American-Cassinese Congregation, 4, 5

Prophets, in early Church, 13


Qualifications of visitators, 39-44, 45

Qualities needed by visitators, 41, 42

Quality of monastic life, 30

Quasi-chapter, may request visita­tion, 95


Rebuke, 11

Recessus, 48.6; see Meeting

Reflection by community, as prep­aration for visitation, 30, 50; methods of, 50, 53; purpose of, 51; relation to visitation, 51; re­places ad hoc preparation, 52; suited to needs of community, 53

Reflection by visitators, 41

Reform, monastic, 1, 21, 26

Reformation, 27

Renewal of community, 61

Report, one-month, 91

Report, one-year, 65.2, 93

Report, previsitation, see Previsit­ation report

Report to abbot, contents of, 82, 83; from previous visitation, 66; serious matters treated in, 37

Report to community, discussed by community, 48.6; distributed to community, 88; help to com­munity development, 33.2; re­viewed by abbot, 86; reviewed by seniors, 87; sent to President, 48.7; sent to all professed monks, 88

Reports during preparation pro­cess, 63.3

Reports on previous visitation, 58, 65.1-2, 66.1

Reports on visitation, evaluated in one-month report, 91.3; contents of, 82; prepared for abbot and for community, 82; prepared in visitators' meetings, 81; reviewed by abbot, 86; sent to President, 90; serious matters treated in, 37

Requests for visitators, 39

Right of persons to interviews, 79

Roster of visitators, 45



Rule of St. Benedict, 18, 19, 20, 21, 33.1

Rules, monastic, 18


Sanctions, invoking of, 33.4

Schedule of events during visita­tion, 62.3, 71, 81; of visitations, 68,97

Selection of visitators, 39, 45-48

Self-evaluation by community, 29, 30

Self-study process, 31.1-2, 54, 63

Self-understanding of community, 28

Senior council, see Council of seniors

Senior visitator, appointed by President, 48; coordinates team, 48; gives opening address, 48.3, 74; helps schedule events, 48.4-5, 62; responsibilities of, 48.1-7; sends reports to President, 48.7, 90

Serious matters brought out in visitation, 33.4, 37

Single visitator in exceptional cases, 47

Skills of visitators, 39

Small groups, for discussion of report, 89; may meet with visit­ators, 77

Special visitation, 94 Spirit, Holy, 50, 57, 59, 60 Strategic planning, as preparation

for visitation, 56

Strengths of community, 28, 33.2

Structures for monastic govern­ment, 16

Study process, see Self-study process

Sulpitius Severus, 15


Summi Magistri, 26
Support provided to monks, 36
Suppression of monasteries, 2, 27
Sympathy, quality of visitators, 41
Synods of Aachen, 21
Tax collectors, 12
Teachers, in early Church, 13
Teams of visitators, composition of, 47; in interviews, 76
Thessalonica, 10
Timothy, 14

Titus, 14:


Tradition, Christian, 19; monastic, 33.1

Travel costs, 97

Values, monastic, of visitators, 41 Vatican Council II, 2, 3, 49 Vision of community, 30, 31.1-2 Visitation, annual, 17, 24; as means of ensuring uniformity, 23; as outside evaluation, 32; as review of community's development, 8.1; as service to community, 30; as snapshot of community, 8.1; as stimulus to community, 30; change in emphasis regarding, 6, Cistercian system of, 24; continu­ity in, 8.1; cost of, 96, 97; defini­tion of, 1; development of pro­cedures for, 24-27; first system of, 17; focus of, 8.2; frequency of, 67; functions of, 32-33; institution of, 27; length of, 69; limitations on scope of, 34; methods employed in, 7; norms of proper law for, 4; not concerned with individual monk, 36; organized system of, 20-23; preparation for, 49; pro­cedures, institutionalization of, 19; process, evaluated in one-month report, 91.6; purpose of, 7, 28-31, 36; renewal of system, 49; reports following, 33.2, 91, 93; required by Church, 25; review of previous, 58; roots of system, 9; scheduling of, 68; scope of, 34-37; special, 35, 94; system of, 21, 23; systematic form of, 9; uniformity maintained by, 23

Visitation committee, see Commit­tee, visitation

Visitation, pastoral, 14, 15, 16

Visitations of 1972-73, 3

Visitator, single, use of, 47

Visitators, appointment of, 25; ar­rival of, 70; as listeners, 31.1; con­sult abbot about reports, 86; con­sult seniors about reports, 87; eligibility to serve as, 45; episcopal, 38; evaluation of in one-month report, 91.1; in special visitation, 94; ineffective, 45; may request documents, 72; may re­quest visitation of dependent house, 95; may summon monks, 79; meeting with abbot, 7l; meet­ing with committee, 71; new, 43; number of, 47; qualifications of, 39-44; recommendations for, 45; role of, 27; roster of, 45; selection of, 39, 46; special expertise of, 44; special qualifications of, 44; team, composition of, 47; daily meeting of, 81

Visiting monks, 19

Warmth, quality of visitators, 42

Weaknesses of community, 28, 33.3

Western Church, 15

Will of God, 60, 61

Willingness to listen and learn, 42; to serve as visitator, 39

Wimmer, Boniface, 2

Wisdom, of visitators, 41

World, changes in, 6

Witnesses, testimony of, 12




1   ...   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12


The database is protected by copyright ©essaydocs.org 2016
send message

    Main page