American-Cassinese Congregation

The Constitutions and the Directory



Appendix 5

The following is a sample of the document referred to in D 80.3.2.

Permission to Live Outside the Monastery
for Father/Brother [Name]
monk [and priest] of [Name] Abbey


In consideration of [Here indicate reason for leave, for example: his need to resolve certain personal issues regarding his monastic (and priestly) life], and in accordance with CIC 665.1 and with the consent of the council of seniors of [Name] Abbey, permission to live outside the monastery for a period of one year from the date of acceptance of this permission and its provisions is granted to Father/Brother [Full name].

During the period for which this permission is granted:

1. Although his vows remain, Father/Brother [Name] is free from the obligations that are incompatible with his new condition of life. The obligation of celibacy, however, remains intact.

2. Father/Brother [Name] remains dependent on and subject to the care of the abbot of [Name] Abbey and the local ordinary (CIC 687). [For priests add: He shall not exercise his priesthood without the explicit permission of the abbot and the local ordinary.]

3. The monastic habit may/may not be worn by Father/Brother [Name] [Conditions may be added, for example: may not be worn except at the abbey].

4. Father/Brother [Name] maintains/lacks active and passive voice in the monastic chapter of [Name] Abbey except/even in the case of an abbatial election.

5. [Example of provision: Father/Brother [Name] shall continue to be eligible for the ordinary benefits of the medical care plan held by the monks of [Name] Abbey only until [Date].]

6. Father/Brother [Name] shall be responsible for all his financial obligations and neither [Name] Abbey nor the American-Cassinese Congregation shall be liable for any debts or actions or omissions or obligations whatsoever incurred by him (cf. CIC 639) with due regard for [Example: the single exception noted in no. 5 above].

7. Father/Brother [Name] shall keep the abbot of [Name] Abbey informed of his place of residence and telephone number.

At the expiration of this permission Father/Brother [Name] must return to [Name] Abbey unless further provisions, in accordance with universal law and the proper law of the American-Cassinese Congregation, have been made by the abbot of [Name] Abbey with the consent of the council of seniors. Otherwise, Father/Brother [Name] shall be considered unlawfully absent from the monastery and may be subject to dismissal from the monastery.


Given at [Name] Abbey, this ______________ day of ___________________ in the year ________.



Rt. Rev. [Name], O.S.B., Abbot


Consent of the council of seniors of [Name] Abbey given on [Date].





Secretary of the council of seniors



I, Father/Brother [Full name,] hereby accept this permission to live outside the monastery and all its provisions.



Father/Brother [Full name,] O.S.B.






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