The Constitution and the Statutes

of the Swiss-American Benedictine Congregation

Established by the General Chapter


Section II: Norms for the Individual Monasteries

A. Of the Organs of Government of the Monastery
4. Of Delegated Authority

C24 The abbot shall appoint the officials deemed necessary for the administration of the monastery.

S30 Before the abbot appoints the officials of the monastery he should seek the advice of his council. The duties of each official shall be clearly defined, so that the official and all concerned know the extent and limitations of that official's duties and authority. Officials are responsible to the abbot, and they retain their offices at his discretion. They shall regularly confer with the abbot and, as the case may be, report to the council.

C25 1) The abbot, having sought counsel, shall appoint a prior, who will assist the abbot and who will serve the community as superior when the abbot is hindered or is absent. A subprior may also be appointed.

2) The abbot shall appoint a cellarer as the chief financial officer of the monastery (see CIC 636).

S31 In a conventual priory, the subprior is the equivalent of the claustral prior of an abbey.



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