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The Benedictine Confederation of the Order of Saint Benedict, in Latin, Confœderatio Benedictina Ordinis Sancti Benedicti, is the international governing body of the Order of Saint Benedict. The Rule of St Benedict by Benedict of Nursia (fl. ... ... Latin is an ancient Indo-European language originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. ... This article is about the Roman Catholic order; see also Benedictine Confederation and Benedictine. ...


Organization of the Benedictine Confederation

Most Roman Catholic Benedictine Houses are loosely affiliated in twenty-one national or supra-national congregations. Each of these congregations elects its own Abbot President. These presidents meet annually in the Synod of Presidents. Additionally, there is a meeting every four years of the Congress of Abbots, which is made up of all abbots and superiors, both of Houses that are members of congregations, as well as of those unaffiliated with any particular congregation. The Congress of Abbots elects the Abbot Primate, who serves a four-year term as the Confederation's representative and administrative head.


The Confederation has its headquarters at Sant'Anselmo in Rome, which is the seat of the Abbot Primate and hosts the quadrennial Congress of Abbots. Sant'Anselmo is also home to the Benedictine Pontifical Athenaeum. SantAnselmo is the seat of the Benedictine Confederation, and also hosts an Atheneum, including the Pontifical Liturgical Institute, and other schools. ... City motto: Senatus Populusque Romanus – SPQR (The Senate and the People of Rome) Founded 21 April 753 BCE mythical, 1st millennium BCE Region Latium Mayor Walter Veltroni (Left-Wing Democrats) Area  - City Proper  1285 km² Population  - City (2005)  - Metropolitan  - Density (city proper) 3. ...


Communities of Benedictine women are joined in sixty-one congregations and federations that are associated with the Confederation, although they do not have full membership.


The English Benedictine Congregation (founded 1216) ranks as the oldest Congregation, whilst primacy of honour is given to the Cassinese Congregation (founded 1408). The only congregation with Houses in every Continent is the Subiaco Congregation. The English Benedictine Congregation (abbr. ... Events Prince Louis of France, the future King Louis VIII, invades England in the First Barons War Henry III becomes King of England. ... Events December 13 - The Order of the Dragon is officially formated under King Sigismund of Hungary. ...


Since the time of the Reformation, there have been independent Benedictine communities in the Protestant (especially Anglican) traditions which maintain official friendly relations with the Benedictine Confederation, although they are not formally linked with it or its congregations.


External links

  • The Benedictine Confederation of the Order of Saint Benedict (official website).
  • The Benedictine Family Tree, website of St Andrew's Abbey with an introduction to the Benedictine Confederation.

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Benedictines are usually members of the Roman Catholic Church or one of the churches of the Anglican Communion, although they are occasionally found in other Christian religious denominations as well.
Outside a monastic context, "Benedictine" may also refer to a follower of another Benedict, especially a Saint Benedict or a Pope Benedict.
"Benedictine" is also used as a more general adjective; thus, the papacy of a particular Pope Benedict may be called the "Benedictine era".
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The first of the reforms directed towards confederating the monastic houses of a single kingdom was set on foot early in the ninth century by Benedict of Aniane under the auspices of Charlemagne and Louis the Pious.
Though a Benedictine himself born in Aquitaine and trained at Saint-Seine near Dijon, Benedict was imbued with the rigid austerity of the East, and in his Abbey of Aniane practiced a mode of life that was severe in the extreme.
Another phase of Benedictine influence may be founded in the work of those monks who, from the sixth to the twelfth century, so frequently acted as the chosen counsellors of kings, and whose wise advice and guidance had much to do with the political history of most of the countries of Europe during that period.
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