Aurich, 23.12.2009

Dear friends of the forum !

As 2009 comes to a close it is time for us to look back at last year's activities of the forum and hint at what to expect in 2010.

Finally we managed to install our website in such a way that more and more users notice it and visit us. We are still missing some cloister sites of the forum, but we hope for more material for the sake of completeness.

Unfortunately we had to postpone our workshop in September 2009 due to problems with different schedules -like those of our Polish cloister sites. That is why we will do our Symposium 2010 next year:

Health care and cloistral medical science of the Cistercians Sept. 30th - Oct 4th, 2010

The place (Middle or Eastern Germany) will be announced in February.

Our common EU-project has also grown: We plan to apply for a Grundvig-workshop to prepare the project. It is our goal to define basic information about our cooperation and to be able to occupy our funds for the bigger project from 2010 on.

The invitation to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the cloister Vreta/Sweden is a welcome possibility to present ourself as a forum in a celebratory frame. We kindly ask all our members to participate in Vreta. We wish to contribute to the festivities in Vreta with a workshop from May 27th - May 31st, 2010. You will receive further information during the next weeks.

We're happy to wish all the members of the
"Forum: Cistercians along the North and Baltic Sea"
a merry and blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Best wishes,

Heinz-Wilhelm Schnieders

Bernhard Buttjer

Cloister site Ihlow - december 2009
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