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27 July, 2019 - Strict, Common Observance Cistercians gather to commemorate Carta Caritatis [video]

   

     
 

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Participants in the Carta Coloquium gather for a group photo.

Photo courtesy of Our Lady of Dallas. Click to enlarge.

     

           

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A view of the new abbey church at Our Lady of Dallas. Click to enlarge.

   

Cistercians from around the world met at Our Lady of Dallas Abbey to discuss the Carta Caritatis (Charter of Charity) from July 16 through July 19.

Organized by monks and nuns of both the Order of Cistercians (O. Cist.) and the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance (OCSO), the Carta Colloquium was the first collaboration between the two Observances of its type in North America.

The Abbots General of both Observances were among the attendees.

         
 

Created in 1119, the Charter of Charity mapped out the relationship amongst Cistercian monasteries that united them into a religious order as such. Its system of filiations, visitations and general chapters became the model for religious orders throughout the Church.

Gethsemani's abbot Dom Elias Dietz attended the Coloquium, which featured talks on the Carta's origins, development and legacy. He also joined Dom Mark Scott of New Melleray Abbey in giving an overview of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance in the world today.

Many thanks to the Dallas monks for their hospitality and to all the monks and nuns who participated.

 

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Dom Elias helps give an overview of the current state of Trappists around the world. Photo courtesy of Our Lady of Dallas. Click to enlarge.

 
     
 

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Monks, nuns and lay scholars gather for compline in the abbey church. Photo courtesy of Our Lady of Dallas. Click to enlarge.

     
 

   

Thank you to the monks of Dallas for the video recap of the event.