Abbot President Elias Lorenzo, O.S.B. made his quarterly visit to the monastic communty at Mary Mother of the Church Abbey and Benedictine College Prep in Richmond, Virginia on January 12-18, 2019.
At the bi-annual meeting of the advisory board, religious leaders met in Arlington, Texas with professionals at Praesidium, Inc to review the implementation of Instruments of Hope and Healing and its accompaning accreditation program for religious institutes of men and societies of apostolic life in the United States. Present at this board meeting on January 10-11, 2019 from our Congregation were Abbot President Elias Lorenzo, O.S.B. and Father Roman Paur, O.S.B. (Collegeville). The 52nd General Chapter of the American Cassinese Congreagtion establsihed a norm that all member monasteries are to have a policy on child sexual abuse in accordnace with the norms of the Church. The Congregation’s safe environment committee works with our monasteries to achieve compliance with this norm.
Brother Luke Turner, O.S.B. and Brother Thiago Ferreira Silva, O.S.B. were ordained to the diaconate at St. Benedict’s Abbey Church in Atchison, Kansas by the Most Rev. Joseph F. Nauman, Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas.
Abbot Austin Murphy, O.S.B. (Lisle) and Father Meinrad Miller, O.S.B. (Atchison) conducted the quinquennial canonical visitation at St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman, Alabama on December 9-13, 2018. The Abbot President was also present.
Brother Jerome Simpson, O.S.B. and Brother Florian Rumpza, O.S.B. made their simple (first) profession of monastic vows at St. Benedict’s Abbey, Atchison, Kansas on the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M.
Brother Mark Martin Diloné, O.S.B. made his simple (first) profession of monastic vows at Newark Abbey, New Jersey, on the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M., the titular feast of the community.
Brother Angelus (Charles) Atkinson, O.S.B. and Brother Maximilian Mary (Martin) Anderson, O.S.B. were clothed in the monastc habit and entered the novitiate at St. Benedict’s Abbey, Atchison, Kansas.