The Constitutions and the Directory of the American-Cassinese Congregation of Benedictine Monasteries

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American-Cassinese Congregation

Archabbot Boniface Wimmer brought Benedictine monastic life to North America with the founding of Saint Vincent monastic community in 1846. He served as the president of the American-Cassinese Congregation from its founding in 1855 until his death in 1887.

Though wisely assuring the legal autonomy of each monastery of the Congregation, Archabbot Boniface’s vision for the future was that the monastic communities would be bound to each other and to the Church by the law of love in the spirit of Saint Benedict. In his own words, “As long as I live, I will do my best to ensure that the spirit of Saint Benedict will thrive and reign in the monastery of Saint Vincent and in our whole Congregation, and that our Order will achieve many good things for the Church of God in our Republic through words, writings and example” (Letter to Pope Leo XIII, February 2, 1884).

Promulgated 21 March 1989 by OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT with additions and corrections approved in General Chapter through 2013.

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