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13-17 May, 2015 - Fr. Elias and Br. Lawrence attend the 2015 Medieval Congress at Western Michigan University

   

 

   

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Each year, the University of Western Michigan in Kalamazoo hosts an international Medieval Congress.

Part of this congress is a self-contained section for Cistercian studies. Cistercian scholars from all over the world come to deliver papers and meet other scholars. Such renowned names as John Sommerfeldt, left, have been attending for decades now, since the inception of the congress.

         
 

The names include several notable monastic figures as well, such as Fr. Terence Kardong, pictured right, and a few Cistercians as well.

Fr. Elias delivered a paper on the pseudo-Bernardine works, that is, works attributed to St. Bernard in many manuscripts, but not actually written by him. He pointed out that these works were often more widely read than the works we now regard as authentic.

 

   

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Br. Lawrence gave a paper which looked at the relationship between the ordinary monastic life and miracles recorded in early collections of Cistercian stories.

 

Dr. Rosanne Elder, pictured left, who has been very ably organizing the Cistercian Studies conference since its very beginning announced her retirement this year. The gathering saluted her at a special dinner for her hard work over the years that has allowed so much fine scholarship and so many lasting friendships to blossom.