From left: Bro. John Chrysostom Long, OSB (St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville MN); Bro. Anthony Cui (novice, Camaldoli); Fr. Anthony Wesolowski, OSB (Wimmer Priory, New Taipei City, Taiwan); Abbot Blasio Park, OSB (Waegwan Abbey, Korea); Sr. Anna Eichhorn, OSB (Secretary to the Abbot Primate); Fr. Anastasius Li, OCSO (OCSO Generalate, Rome); Abbot Jeremias Schroder, OSB (President of the Congregation of St. Ottilien, Germany); Abbot Primate Gregory Polan, OSB; Fr. Stefano Visintin, OSB (Rector of Sant’Anselmo); Fr. Roberto Lucchini (Vatican Secretariat of State); Dom Armand Veilleux, OCSO (Abbaye de Scourmont, Belgique); [in back] Sr. Regina Tesch, OSB (Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing, Councilor, Rome); [in front] Sr. Caridad Choi, OSB (Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing, Daegu, Korea, Councilor, Rome); Fr. Joseph Wong, OSB CAM (Camaldoli Monastery, Italy, Councilor); Abbot Austin Murphy, OSB (St. Procopius Abbey, Lisle, IL, USA); Bro. Luke Hsu, OSB (Wimmer Priory, New Taipei City, Taiwan); Fr. Norbert Du, OSB; Archabbot Douglas Nowicki, OSB (St. Vincent’s Archabbey, Latrobe, PA, USA)

The Benedictine Commission on China brings together representatives from Benedictine monasteries throughout the world to exchange information about the work of their communities related to China and to discuss cooperation on projects for China. The meeting is held each year at Sant’Anselmo on the first Saturday after Ash Wednesday; this year the meeting was held 17 February.

The Abbot Primate is the head of the committee. The main monasteries of monks active in China include St. Ottilien Archabbey (Germany), St. Vincent Archabbey (Latrobe, PA, USA), Waegwan Abbey (Korea), St. John’s Abbey (Collegeville MN, USA), Camaldoli Monastery (Italy), and St. Procopius Abbey (Lisle, IL, USA).

Benedictine Sisters involved with China are the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing, the Olivetan Benedictines (Busan, Korea) and St. Benedict’s Monastery (St. Joseph’s, MN, USA). Representatives from AIM and from the OCSO Generalate, Rome, also participate in the meeting.

Each meeting also has a specially-invited guest speaker. In recent years, these speakers have been representatives from the Vatican knowledgeable about negotiations with China. Among the topics usually discussed in BCC meetings are the Benedictine presences developing in China, theological books translated into Chinese for seminaries in China, and invitations for Benedictine monks and Sisters from abroad to give retreats and workshops in China.

Photos of the meeting