What is DIMMID?
Brother Gregory Perron OSB, Former President of the North American Commission, at a meeting of "Monks in the West."
Brother Gregory Perron OSB, Former President of the North American Commission, at a meeting of "Monks in the West."

Dialogue Interreligieux Monastique / Monastic Interreligious Dialogue (DIMMID) is an international monastic organization that promotes and supports dialogue, especially dialogue at the level of religious experience and practice, between Christian monastic men and women and followers of other religions.

DIMMID is a commission of the Benedictine Confederation with formal links to both branches of the Cistercian order. It acts in liaison with the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and welcomes collaboration with other organizations that foster interreligious dialogue. DIMMID is civilly incorporated in the state of Minnesota (USA) as a nonprofit, tax-exempt institution operating exclusively for charitable, educational, and religious purposes.

While the natural dialogue partners of Christian monastics are monastics of other religious traditions, DIMMID also engages in spiritual dialogue with adherents of religions that do not have an institutionalized form of monasticism, for example—and in particular—with Muslims.

The activities of DIMMID are coordinated by a General Secretariat, whose members are the Secretary General, the coordinators of the six existing continental/regional commissions, the President of the Alliance for International Monasticism (AIM) and elected members:

Ex-officio members
William Skudlarek OSB (Secretary General)
David Pinto OSBCam (India/Sri Lanka)
Bernard McGrath OSBSyl (Australia)

Michael Peterson OSB (North America)
Cosmas Hoffmann OSB (Europe)
Anselmo Park OSB (Korea)
Jean-Pierre Longeat (AIM)

Elected members
Maximilian Musindai OSB
Matteo Nicolini-Zani, Bose Community
Benoît Standaert OSB
Cecilia Dwyer OSB
Manuela Scheiba OSB
HyoJu Kim OSB

OFFICERS
President:     Cosmas Hoffman OSB
Secretary:     Maximilian Musindai OSB
Treasurer     Cecilia Dwyer OSB

The European Commission presently comprises nine regional sub-commissions, each with a coordinator:

France
     Sede vacante

French-speaking Belgium  
     Soeur Gaëtane Seulen OSB, Liège
French-speaking Switzerland 
     Soeur Marie- Gabrielle Dufrêne OSC, Jongny
Germany/Austria    
     Pater Cosmas Hoffman OSB, Meschede, Germany
Great Britain and Ireland
     Brother Justin Robinson, Glenstal, Ireland
Holland and Flemish-speaking Belgium  
     Broeder Kefas Rietkirk, Slangenburg, Holland  
Hungary    
     Bakos Gergely atya OSB (Father Gregory Bakos OSB), Pannonhalma
Iberian Peninsula   
     Hermano José Luis Navarro OCSO, Midelt, Morocco
Italy
     Fratello Matteo Nicolini-Zani, Bose


Some commissions and sub-commissions include members of non-monastic orders and congregations, diocesan clergy, lay people (especially oblates), and clergy and laity from other Christian churches.

Some commissions and subcommissions also have their own website where one can find more information about the mission of DIMMID as well as information about local activities.

 
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