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December 2016

Neresheim Abbey Keeps the Money

The high court (Oberlandesgericht Stuttgart) in Baden-Württemberg, upheld the decision of a lower court, Landgericht Ellwangen, concerning denial of the claims worth one million euros against the mysterious legacy of four million euros accrued by the deceased Abbot Norbert Stoffels OSB of Neresheim Abbey, Germany. The court declared the claims were unproven so the Beuronese monks of Neresheim are now free to use the windfall to continue badly needed restoration projects.

November 2016

Primate Replaces Prior at Norcia

Abbot Primate Gregory J. Polan OSB appointed, 22 November 2016, Father Benedict Nivakoff OSB to succeed Prior Dom Cassian Folsom OSB, 61, founder of the Monastery of St. Benedict (Norcia, Italy), the birthplace of Saints Benedict and Scholastica. Father Cassian explained, "The earthquakes of the past several months have presented us with incredible challenges, which require vigorous, creative leadership. While I am in good health at the moment, I do not have the strength or energy necessary to meet these challenges. Therefore it is time to pass the baton to younger, more energetic hands." Dom Cassian had been the founding superior for 18 years. Prior Benedict, 67, a priest since 2008, had been serving as novice master.

New Abbot for Conception

Abbot Benedict osb The monks of Conception Abbey, Missouri, elected Father Benedict Neenan  OSB PhD, 67, to become the monastery's tenth abbot, Tuesday, 22 November 2016. Abbot Benedict succeeds Abbot Gregory J. Polan OSB, who was elected Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Confederation in early September 2016. Abbot Gregory had served as abbot since 6 November 1996.  Right Rev. Vincent Bataille OSB, president of the Swiss-American Congregation, monitored and confirmed the election; he had been the principal celebrant for the Mass of the Holy Spirit that preceded it.

Abbot Benedict had served as prior, vocations director, retreat-master, rector/president, and director of development, overseeing the management of Conception Abbey’s apostolates and development. Abbot Benedict is the author of Thomas Verner Moore: Psychiatrist, Educator and Monk, a publication concerning Moore’s work in psychology and its helpfulness to the Roman Catholic Church.

Close of the Jubilee of Mercy

Sunday, 20 November 2016, Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, marks the close of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica and the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy.

Abbot Paul re-elected at Belmont Abbey, UK

The monks of Belmont Abbey re-elected Rt. Rev. Abbot Paul Stonham OSB for another eight-year term as is cutomary in the English Benedictine Congregation.

American Monastic Newsletter

The October 2016 issue of The American Monastic Newsletter is available online as a PDF document. Father Dan Ward OSB JCL returns as a guest columnist discussing canonical issues connected with fragile communities. The issue concludes with a membership form. Memberships in the American Benedictine Academy run from January to January.

October 2016

Basilica San Benedetto Destroyed

Basilica in ruins

On Sunday, 30 October 2016, ca. 7:40 a.m., a 6.6 earthquake destroyed the Basilica San Benedetto, first constructed between 1290 and 1338, that honored the birthplace of Saint Benedict. None of the monks were injured. Only the facade of the church remains. The monks are likely to play a central role in the eventual rebuilding of Norcia and had begun an appeal on their website before Sunday's quake. There are currently no reports of deaths following the shock on Sunday morning.

The epicentre of the quake was about 40 miles (68km) south-west of Perugia and close to the town of Norcia, which was already reeling from a series of large quakesLa Stampa reports that six injured people have been recovered from the rubble in Norcia. Aftershocks hit every 20 minutes or so (BBC News).

Friends of Saint Benedict

The annual symposium of the Friends of Saint Benedict is devoted to "Benedictine Wisdom and Sacred Humanitas," featuring Sister Donald Corcoran OSB Cam., 4-5 November 2016, St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Washington, DC. Sister Donald will articulate her vision of sacred humanitas, grounded in the Benedictine wisdom tradition and drawing on the wisdom traditions of other faiths as well. More information is available at the website.

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