Brother Peter Shults, O.S.B. made his solemn (final) profession of monastic vows on the Feast of St. Benedict at St. Gregory’s Abbey Church, Shawnee, OK.
Abbot Primate Gregory Polan, O.S.B. convoked the annual Synod of Presidents at Sant’Anselmo from September 6-11, 2021. Among those present was our own Abbot President John Klassen, O.S.B. (Collegeville). The Abbot Primate gave a report of the State of the International Benedictine Confederation. Rector Bernhard A. Eckerstorfer O.S.B. gave a report on the enrollment and programs of the three faculties of the Pontifical Athenaeum S. Anselm. Prior Mauritus Wilde, O.S.B. gave a report on collegiate life. Dom Gerardo Gonzalez y Lima, O.S.B. gave the annual financial report as well on recent renovations. Status reports of the various congregations were delivered by the respective abbots president; A statistical report on the confederation extracted from the newly-digitized Catalogus Monachorum prepared by Fr. Patrick Carter, O.S.B., of Clear Creek Abbey was discussed. A presentation of the Traditionis Custodes apostolic letter issued by Pope Francis in July was offered by Abbot President Philippe Dupont, O.S.B. and Abbot President Guillermo Arboleda, O.S.B. A discussion of Book VI of the Code of Canon Law as it relates to unauthorized spending by a superior, was led by Fr. Laurentius Eschlböck, O.S.B. of Schottenstift. A review of the attempt to renew the Benedictine Proper Calendar of Saints, was promoted by Abbot Philippe Dupont, O.S.B. A decision to support an initiative to request from Pope Francis the possibility of having brothers as abbots and conventual priors concluded the presentations. The Synod also decided to postpone the next Congress of Abbots until September 2024. Finally, the Abbots President elected a new council for the Abbot Primate. The new council includes Abbot President Maksymilian Nawara, O.S.B., Abbot General Antony Puthenpurackal, O.S.B. and Abbot President Jeremias Schroeder, O.S.B. of the St. Ottilien Congregation who was also re-elected a vicar to the Abbot Primate.
Brother Aloysius Sarasin, O.S.B. was ordained to the transitional diaconate by the Most Rev. Peter Libasci, Bishop of Manchester in Saint Anselm Abbey Church, Manchester, N.H. on the memorial of St. Maximilian Kolbe. Congratulations!
Mr. Jack Rueschhoff entered the postulancy at St. Benedict’s Abbey in Atchison, KS on the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord.
Benedictine Claustral Priors from various monasteries in the United States gathered at St. Benedict’s Abbey Retreat Center in Benet Lake, WI from July 15-18, 2021. Father Joel Rippinger, O.S.B., a noted author and monastic scholar from Marmion Abbey, gave the conferences. Brother Anselm Broom, O.S.B. from Conception Abbey in Missouri coordinated the meeting.
Father Augustine Yang, O.S.B., and Brother Anselm Zhang, O.S.B., made their solemn (final) profession of monastic vows on the feast of St. Benedict at Wimmer Priory in Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan. Congratulations!
Brother Lucius Amarillas, O.S.B., was ordained to the transitional diaconate by the Most Rev. Elias R. Lorenzo, O.S.B., Vicar General and Regional Bishop in the Archdiocese of Newark, at St. Leo Abbey Church, Florida on the feast of St. Benedict. Congratulations!
Brother Gilbert Heater, O.S.B. made his solemn (final) profession of monastic vows at St. Vincent Archabbey Basilica Church, Latrobe in Latrobe, PA on the feast of St. Benedict. Congratulations!
Brother Aloysius Sarasin, O.S.B. made his solemn (final) profession of monastic vows at Saint Anselm Abbey Church in Manchester, N.H. on the feast of St. Benedict. Congratulations!
Brother Bosco (Douglas). Hough, O.S.B. and Brother José (Alex James) Rosa, O.S.B. made their simple (first) profession of monastic vows at St. Vincent Archabbey Basilica Church in Latrobe, PA. Congratulations!
Brother Denys (Robert) Janiga, O.S.B. made his simple (first) profession of monastic vows at Sts. Peter and Paul Abbey Church in Muenster, Canada on the feast of St. Benedict. Congratulations.