On October 8-12, 2018, the CEF Federation held its fall assembly at the convent of the Benedictine Sisters of Eibingen in Marienrode, Germany.
Thirteen members of the Centralis Europae Foederatio (CEF) attended, along with a guest, Friar Ciprian BUDĂU, the Custos of the Provincial Custody of Blessed Agnellus of Pisa in Great Britain-Ireland, and the CEF President, Friar Bernhardin SEITHER, the Minister Provincial of the Province of St. Elizabeth in Germany. The only member who was absent was the Delegate of Scandinavia.
At this session, various topics were examined, starting with updates from the Jurisdictions. Next, evaluations were made of events that had been organized by the last assembly; plans for the future were considered, etc.
The Assistant General for the CEF, Friar Miljenko HONTIĆ, reported news from the General Curia and the Order, and presented the Postulator General’s plan for a course to be organized in every Jurisdiction of the Federation, which will spread the fame of sanctity of outstanding figures of our Order.
One day was dedicated to visiting the friary in Ottenberg, guided by Friar Jarek KACZMAREK. The Ottenberg friary belongs to our friars of the Provincial Delegation in Germany of the Province of the Immaculate Mother of God in Poland (Warsaw). A visit was also made to the neighboring city of Hildesheim, which is the seat of the Diocese where the Ottenberg friary is located. This time, the Jurisdiction that hosted the CEF members was the aforementioned Provincial Delegation, headed by the Provincial Delegate, Friar Adam SALOMON.
During the friars’ stay at Marienrode, the relics of St. Bernadette SOUBIROUS arrived from Lourdes. They were brought on pilgrimage to the church of the Benedictine Sisters in Germany. The friars took part in the event by celebrating Mass with the relics and participating in the “au flambeaux” procession.
Finally, we should mention that the Jurisdictions of Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Slovenia, Switzerland and Sweden are all members of the CEF Federation.
Friar Miljenko Hontić, Assistant General for the CEF