Confederation of the Canons Regular of St. Augustine

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On May 4, 1959 Blessed Pope John XXIII (on right) founded the Confederation of the Canons Regular of St. Augustine with his apostolic letter Caritas Unitas on the 900th anniversary of the First Lateran Synod.  Like his predecessor, Pope St. Gregory VII, he wished to promote the common life for priests.  He choose similar means as the First Lateran Synod: exhortation, not legislation.  the Confederation is a union of charity that binds nine congregations of canons regular together for mutual aid and support. 

 

The Confederation began  in 1959 with four congregations: 

 

Subsequently other canons regular have joined the Confederation:

The Abbot Primate, who is elected by all the congregations and serves for a six year term, works to foster contact and mutual cooperation among the diverse communities of canons regular in the Catholic Church.  Examples of these collaborative works include the production of a calendar of proper liturgical feasts, promotion of vocations and scholarship on the canonical life. 

 

The current Abbot Primate, the Right Reverend Maurice Bitz, the Abbot of the Abbey of St. Pierre and the Abbot General of the Congregation of St. Victor, was elected in July 2004 to govern the confederation for the next six years. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The former Abbot Primate, the Right Reverend Anthony Maggs, a canon regular of the Lateran Congregation,

pictured on the occasion of his visit to Klosterneuburg in April, 2003.

 

 


 

To read an excellent introduction to the canon by the Confederation, <click here>.

 


 

Links to Confederation Websites:

 

CONGREGATIO SS. SALVATORIS LATERANENSIS

Congregation of the Lateran

(Italy, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, England, Spain, Poland, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay)

 

CONGREGATIO AUSTRIACA

Austrian Congregation

(Austria, Italy)

 

CONGREGATIO SS. NICOLAI ET BERNARDI

MONTIS JOVIS

Congregation of Great St. Bernard

(Switzerland, Italy, Taiwan)

 

CONGREGATIO CANONICORUM REGULARIUM

S. MAURITII AGAUNENSIS

Congregation of St. Maurice of Agaunum

(Switzerland)

 

CONGREGATIO VINDESEMENSIS

Congregation of Windesheim

(Italy, Germany, Czech Republic)

 

CONGREGATIO IMMACULATAE CONCEPTIONIS

Congregation of the Immaculate Conception

(Italy, France, England, Canada, United States of America, Peru, Brazil)

 

 

CONGREGATIO MATRIS REDEMPTORIS

Congregation of the Mother of the Redeemer

(France)

 

CONGREGATIO FRATRUM VITAE COMMUNIS

 

Congregation of the Brothers of the Common Life

(Germany)

 

CONGREGATIO VICTORINA

Congregation of St. Victor

(France, Tanzania)