Eugène Manning

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Eugène Manning , born Franciscus Manning (born December 28, 1931 in Breda , † December 15, 1995 in Leuven ) was a Dutch Roman Catholic clergyman, Trappist , abbot , theologian and religious historian.

life and work

Franciscus Manning, born in Princenhage (today: Breda), joined the Trappist Abbey of Rochefort in 1950 and took the religious name Eugène (after Pope Eugene III ). After studying in Rome, he was ordained a priest in 1958. From 1981 to 1987 he was abbot of Oelenberg Abbey . Manning died in the Keizersberg Benedictine Abbey in Leuven, where he had lived for scientific reasons since 1989.

Manning contributed to important historical works of the Cistercian order . He edited the four-volume bibliography générale de l'Ordre cistercien and edited the Dictionnaire des Auteurs Cisterciens (as part of the Documentation cistercienne publishing house he founded ). From 1990 until his death he was editor of the journals Recherches de théologie ancienne et médiévale (today: Research on theology and philosophy of the Middle Ages ), Bulletin de théologie ancienne et médiévale , Scriptorium and Bulletin codicologique . He was chairman of the Comité international de Codicologie .

At the side of François Masai (1909-1979) he intervened, against Adalbert de Vogüé , in the controversy over the origin of the Regula Benedicti and the Master's rule .


  • Parole de Dieu. Questions aux hommes . Édition La Documentation Cistercienne, Reiningue 1985.
  • (Ed. With Henri-Marie Rochais * 1920) Bibliography générale de l'Ordre cistercien . Abbaye Notre-Dame de St-Rémy, Rochefort, Belgique 1970–1990 (La Documentation Cistercienne, numerous volumes).
  • (with Emile Brouette) Bibliography de la Belgique cistercienne. Province de Namur . Abbaye Notre-Dame de St-Rémy, Rochefort, Belgique 1974.
  • (with Maur Cocheril ) Dictionnaire des monastères cisterciens . 2 vols. Abbaye Notre-Dame de St-Rémy, Rochefort, Belgium, 1976–1978–1979.
  • (with Emile Brouette and Anselme Dimier ) Dictionnaire des auteurs cisterciens . Abbaye Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy de Rochefort, Rochefort, Belgium, 1975–1978 (1036 columns, foreword by Eugène Manning).
  • (Ed. With Anny Raman) Miscellanea Martin Wittek [* 1929]. Album de codicologie et de paleographie offert à Martin Wittek . Peeters, Leuven 1993.
  • (Ed.) Thomistica . Peeters, Leuven 1995.


  • Guido Hendrix: "In memoriam Dom Eugène Manning". In: Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie Médiévales 63, 1996, pp. 5–14 (with list of publications).
  • In memoriam Dom Eugène Manning 1931-1995 . Edited by Guido Hendrix. Bibliotheek van de Faculteit Godgeleerdheid, Löwen 2000.

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