English Benedictine Congregation
The English Benedictine Congregation (EBC) unites autonomous Roman Catholic Benedictine communities of monks and nuns and is technically the oldest of the nineteen congregations that are affiliated in the Benedictine Confederation.
|Abbreviation||Post-nominal letters: O.S.B.|
|UK, USA, Peru, Zimbabwe|
|Christopher Jamison, O.S.B.|
|Benedictine Confederation; Roman Catholic Church|
History and administrationEdit
The EBC claims technical canonical continuity with the congregation erected by the Holy See in 1216, which survived in hiding and retreat during and after the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1535–1540. As of 2020, the EBC has houses in the United Kingdom, the United States, Peru, and Zimbabwe.
Every four years the General Chapter of the EBC elects an Abbot President from among the Ruling Abbots with jurisdiction, and those who have been Ruling Abbots. He or she is assisted by a number of officials, and periodically undertakes a Visitation of the individual houses. The purpose of the Visitation is the preservation, strengthening and renewal of the religious life, including the laws of the Church and the Constitutions of the congregation. The President may require by Acts of Visitation, that particular points in the Rule, the Constitutions and the law of the Church be observed.
Houses of the Congregation in exileEdit
|Religious house in Europe||Location||Dates||Successor house in England|
|St. Gregory's Priory, Douai||Douai, France||1607–1798||Downside Abbey|
|Dieulouard Priory||France||1608–1798||Ampleforth Abbey|
|St. Malo Priory||St. Malo, Brittany||c.1610 – late 17th century||n/a|
|St. Edmund's Priory, Paris; later St. Edmund's Abbey, Douai||Paris||1615–1798 (Paris); 1818–1903 (Douai)||Douai Abbey, Woolhampton|
|Cambrai Priory||Cambrai, Flanders||1625–1794||Stanbrook Abbey|
|Our Lady of Good Hope Priory, Paris||Paris||1651–1794||Colwich Abbey|
|Lamspringe Abbey||Lamspringe, Lower Saxony||1630–1803||Broadway Priory, 1826–34; Fort Augustus Abbey, 1886–1998|
Houses of the present CongregationEdit
- Ampleforth Abbey, fdd 1608 at Dieulouard
- Belmont Abbey, fdd 1859
- Buckfast Abbey, fdd 1882
- Colwich Abbey (nuns), fdd 1651 in Paris
- Curzon Park Abbey (nuns), fdd 1868
- Douai Abbey, fdd 1615 in Paris
- Downside Abbey, fdd 1607 in Douai
- Ealing Abbey, fdd 1897
- Stanbrook Abbey (nuns), fdd 1625 in Cambrai
- Worth Abbey, fdd 1933
- Fort Augustus Abbey, fdd 1630 at Lamspringe, closed in 1998
- Priory of the Incarnation, fdd 1981 in Tambogrande, from 2006 in Pachacamac and from May 2018 transferred to Lurín, in the buildings of the former Cistercian nunnery
- Monastery of Christ the Word, fdd 1996
In 2020, membership of the constituent houses was as follows.
|Curzon Park Abbey||0||0||7||0|
|Saint Anselm's Abbey||0||13||0||0|
|Saint Louis Abbey||0||25||0||0|
- "English Benedictine History". plantata.org.uk. Ampleforth Abbey Trustees. Retrieved 25 August 2021.
- Lamb, Christopher (1 August 2017). "Christopher Jamison appointed Abbot President of English Benedictines". The Tablet. London, UK. Retrieved 25 August 2021.
- "Abbot Christopher Jamison elected new President". benedictines.org.uk. 1 August 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2021.
- The Benedictine Yearbook. London: English Benedictine Congregation Trust. 2020. p. 26. ISBN 978-0-901089-58-8.