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The purpose of the Alliance for International Monasticism is

  • To foster alliances and communication between and among monasteries throughout the world, in order to educate one another to local, cultural, and global issues
  • To form linkages among monasteries for the sake of ongoing cooperation and support
  • To strengthen developing communities so that they can make meaningful contributions to the societies in which they exist and to the development of global peace and human community
  • To help first world communities respect, appreciate, and learn from developing monasteries
  • To provide monetary assistance in the form of grants and Mass stipends
  • To provide educational assistance in the form of books and newsletters

AIM USA is governed by a Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees is composed of nine members who represent male and female, Cistercian and Benedictine monasteries. The prioress/abbot of the hosting monastery is a non-voting Board member as is the executive director. The Board of Trustees meets annually.

Click here for the current Board of Trustees.

Visit the website of AIM, parent organization of AIM USA. 


Ann Hoffman, OSBSister Ann Hoffman, OSB
Executive Director

Sister Ann collaborates with and is the liaison between AIM USA and the AIM International office in Vanves, France as one of its nine country secretariats.  She is a member of the AIM International Council and is responsible for implementing the mission of AIM USA.  Sister Ann maintains the financial records and the database and coordinates the distribution of Mass Offerings.

Chris Kosin, OSBSister Christine Kosin, OSB
Office Manager/MCP Coordinator

Sister Christine is the coordinator of the Missionary Cooperative Program (MCP) which facilitates appeals for AIM USA in dioceses within the U.S.  She also coordinates the Lenten appeal and the Monastery to Monastery program.

Debbie Tincher
Book Ministry Coordinator

Debbie recieves and organizes all books donated to AIM USA. She categorizes them to best meet the requests made by monasteries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe. She also prepares the books for shipping.

Board of Trustees 2022

AIM USA Board of Trustees 2022

The Alliance for International Monasticism, US Secretariat (AIM-USA) held our annual board meeting at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery September 6 and 7.
Present were (standing, left to right) Mariana Olivo Espinosa, OSB, Pan de Vida Monastery, Torreon, Mexico; Anne Shepard, OSB, Mount Saint Scholastica, Atchison, KS; Joel Macul, OSB, Christ the King Priory, Schuyler, NE; Ann Hoffman, OSB, AIM-USA Executive Director. 
Seated, Nettie Gamble, OCSO, Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey, Dubuque, IA; Christine Kosin, OSB, AIM-USA staff, and Michael Marie Rottinghaus, OSB, Immaculata Monastery, Norfolk, NE. 

On the screen (clockwise) Susan Quaintance, OSB, Saint Scholastica Monastery, Chicago, IL; Stan Gumula, OCSO, Monasterio Santa Maria de la Esperanza, Esmeraldas, Ecuador; Macario Martinez, OSB, Benet Lake Abbey, Benet Lake, WI; and Stephanie Schmidt, OSB, Prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie.
Board member Paul Richards, OSB, St. John's Abbey, Collegeville, MN, was unable to attend.

AIM USA represents 140 US and Canadian monasteries who are linked to 450 monasteries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe. It's an organization whose reason for being is to build relationships among monastics around the world who follow the Rule of Saint Benedict. The organization works to promote solidarity and cooperation among the monasteries around the world.