Abbot President Elias Lorenzo, O.S.B. made a pastoral visit to the monks living and studying at Collegio Sant’Anselmo in Rome, Italy. The following monks of our Congregation are currently in residence on the Aventine hill: Father Benoit Alloggia, O.S.B. (Latrobe), Father Bernard Denson, O.S.B. (Cullman), Father Gregory Gresko, O.S.B. (Richmond), Brother Luke Hsu, O.S.B. (Latrobe), Father Matthew Lambert, O.S.B. (Latrobe), Father Marion Nguyen, O.S.B. (Lacey), Brother Joseph Schneeweis, O.S.B. (Collegeville) and Father Simeon Spitz, O.S.B. (Shawnee).
The financial advisers of the Congregation met with the Abbot President’s Council at St. Procopius Abbey in Lisle, Illinois on Nov 8-9, 2018 to review the annual certified audits of our monasteries and their sponsored apostolates. These advisers include Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B. (Manchester), Father Martin Bartle, O.S.B. (Latrobe), Father Isaiah Frederick, O.S.B. (Collegeville) and Father Michael Tidd, O.S.B. (Morristown) who serves as chairman. Joining them this year is also Mr. Daniel Meehan and Mr. Harry Haslam, the first two lay financial advisers. The President’s Council continued its regular session through Saturday, November 10, 2018 with the ordinary business of the Congregation and preparations for the general chapter in June 2019. The councilors of the Congregation include Archabbot Douglas Nowicki, O.S.B. (Latrobe), Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B. (Manchester), Father Edward Mazich, O.S.B. (Latrobe), Father James Flint, O.S.B. (Lisle) and Father Michael Calhoun, O.S.B. (Peru) who serves as executive secretary.
Mt. Saviour Monastery in Elmira, N.Y. has been in the process of discernment in order to transfer from our monastic Congregation into the Subiaco Cassinese Congregation. That process began in 2014 with the English Province of that monastic Congregation. Abbot President Guillermo Léon Arboleda Tamayo, O.S.B. has now communicated that the discernment and transfer process is now complete and that his council has formally and canonically accepted Mt. Saviour Monastery as a member of the Subiaco Cassinese Congregation. Our best wishes and prayers are extended to our brothers in Elmira, NY!
Abbot President Elias Lorenzo, O.S.B. visited the monastic community at St. Procopius Abbey in Lisle, Illinois from November 5-7, 2018. While in Lisle, he also dropped in at Benet Academy, the sponsored apostolate of the abbey. He also visited the Benedictine Sisters at Sacred Heart Monastery and their sponsored apostolate, Villa St. Benedict, a senior living facility.
Abbot President Elias Lorenzo, O.S.B. visited the monastery and school at St. Andrew Abbey in Cleveland, OH on October 31-November 3, 2018. During this visit Abbot Elias presided at the school’s liturgy on the Solemnity of All Saints and gave two workshops on child protection to the monks and their newly formed lay review board.
Abbot President Elias Lorenzo, O.S.B. visited the monastic community at St. Anselm Abbey in Manchester, NH on October 23-26, 2018 to prepare for the 53rd General Chapter of the Congregaiton which the Manchester community is hosting on June 16-21, 2019.
Brother Mariano Franco-Mendez, O.S.B. made his simple (first) profession of monastic vows at St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville, MN on October, 24, 2018, which is also the anniversary of the dedication of the abbey church.