Abbot Cuthbert travelled to New Mexico in the USA to spend a very happy week with the monks of the Abbey of Christ in the Desert who were celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of their monastery. During his visit, he met with the superiors and delegates of the American and Mexican houses of our Congregation as they progress towards establishing a new independent province of our Subiaco-Cassinese Congregation. The meetings were very fruitful and positive, and the celebrations were very happy indeed. The photograph shows Fr Abbot Cuthbert with Brother Bede, one of the novices there. Cuthberts and Bedes were common enough in 7th century England, but sightings these days are rarer!