The American Monastic Newsletter

Volume 40/41, Nr. 3, October 2010                              Richardton, ND 58652

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Apostolic Visitation Prompts Open Support

At their March meeting of 2010, the Benedictine abbots of North America responded to the announcement of the apostolic visitation of women religious with the following letter to Franco Cardinal Rode, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life. Several Benedictine monasteries have been among the communities randomly selected to be personally visited as part of the study of American religious life, and the abbots took this opportunity to lend their voices to the many speaking in support of the sisters.

Your Eminence, Cardinal Rodé,

At a recent meeting of the Benedictine Abbots of North America, we took the opportunity to express to you our support of the Benedictine Sisters in North America for their monastic witness and generous service to the Lord and his people.

There are many of us who have regular association with Benedictine monasteries of sisters in our service as chaplains and retreat directors. It has been our experience that the Benedictine motto of Ora et Labora is lived out faithfully and generously. Their celebration of the liturgy is carried out with reverence, dignity, and joy. Their prayer is a source of edification to the wider community which includes neighbors, employees, and oblates.

Our experience is that the Benedictine Sisters, drawing from The Rule of Saint Benedict, model in concrete ways the values which our founder gives to the common life and its formative influence on the members of the community. Prayer in common, shared responsibilities, hospitality, and common mission all serve as a witness to their faithfulness in living as Benedictine women of faith.

Since the time of the Second Vatican Council, their efforts in education, health care, social service to the poor both near and far, and evangelization have touched the lives of countless people in the spirit of the gospel. They have inspired many others among the faithful to embrace their mission of generous service to all Gods people. Their following of Jesus Christ in the spirit of St. Benedict, both in word and in deed, remains an inspiration to their Benedictine brothers.


Rt. Rev. Timothy Kelly, OSB, American-Cassinese Congregation,  Saint Johns Abbey, Collegeville, Minn.

Rt. Rev. Peter Eberle, OSB, Swiss American Congregation, Mount Angel Abbey, St. Benedict, Ore.

Rt. Rev. Caedmon Holmes, OSB, English Congregation,  St. Gregory the Great Abbey, Portsmouth, R. I.


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