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 coordinators of the four existing continental commissions, the Secretary General, the President of the Alliance for International Monasticism (A.I.M.), and directors elected at large:
 
Secretary General
     Father William Skudlarek OSB, Collegeville MN, USA
     wskudlarek@csbsju.edu
Coordinator for Europe
      Pater Cosmas Hoffman OSB, Meschede, Germany
Coordinator for North America
     Father Michael Peterson OSB, Collegeville MN, USA
Coordinator for India/Sri Lanka
     Father Ajeesh Kunjarakattu, OSB, Mariamala, Kerala, India
Coordinator for Australia
     Father Bernard McGrath OSBSylv, Arcadia, New South Wales
President of A.I.M.
    
Père Jean-Pierre Longeat OSB, Ligugé,France.

At present there are five "at large" directors: 
     Sister Anne McCarthy OSB, Erie PA, USA 
     Søster GilChrist Lavigne OCSO, Tautra, Norway
     Père Pierre de Béthune OSB, Clerlande, Belgium
     Fratello Matteo Nicolini-Zani, Bose, Italy
     Father Maximilian Musindai, Tigoni, Kenya

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

France
     Soeur Marie Pinlou OSB, Urt
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
     Sede vacante
Holland and Flemish-speaking Belgium  
     Soeur Bénédicte Vanhoomissen OSB, Loppem, Belgium
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
Scandinavia   
     Søster Sheryl Frances Chen, OCSO, Tautra, Norway

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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