Thursday, September 25, 2008

September Monastic News

This month two major gatherings of monastic leaders are taking place.

From September 2-23 the abbots and abbesses of the Trappist branch of the Cistercian order met in Assisi, Italy. Among the business they conducted was the election of a new Abbot General. Dom Eamon Fitzgerald, OCSO, from Ireland was elected. A daily news blog, reader-friendly and quite interesting, can be viewed, in English, here. Or, you can go through the OCSO website. Click on "News from the MGM."

Every four years the Benedictine abbots meet in Rome. This year's meetings are being held between September 17-27 at the Benedictine college there, Sant' Anselmo. The major outcome of this gathering will be the election of an Abbot Primate. Abbot Notker Wolf, OSB, from the German abbey of St. Ottilien, has held that position for eight years. I have met him often and as far as I've experienced, he is a wonderful guy.

One of the things he is famous for is his flute playing. Everywhere he travels, and traveling is one of the major "jobs" for the abbot primate, he takes his flute and

Abbot Primate Notker Wolf, OSB

plays for any occasion. When he was in Erie a year or so ago, he played a flute and piano duet with our Charlotte Zalot. They were excellent!

Friday Sept. 26: News! Notker Wolf, OSB, was elected for another four-year term as Abbot Primate by the Congress of Abbots.

Even though the Benedictine meeting is titled the Congress of Abbots, there are a number of Benedictine women who attend. The United States has a good representation.

Morning prayer for the first day of autumn.