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Tag: abbot

Conception Abbey’s 10th Abbot: Benedict Neenan

This afternoon the capitulars of Conception Abbey elected Father Benedict Neenan, 67, as their 10th abbot, succeeding Abbot Gregory Polan who was elected abbot primate in September. Until today, Neenan has served as Business Manager of Conception Abbey and Development Director. As abbot of the 143 year old community, Benedict will follow the Rule of St […]

Praying for the abbot in the Eucharistic Prayer at Mass?

Frequently do I go to places where certain liturgical practices catch my attention because of the novelty of what is said and heard. We always need a deeper understanding, a profound appreciation for the prayer of the Church as expressed in the sacred Liturgy. Some will say that canon law, particularly liturgical law, is the […]

St Benedict’s Abbey elects Father James Albers 9th abbot

The monastic chapter of Saint Benedict’s Abbey (Atchison, KS) elected Father James Robert Albers, 41 as the 9th abbot earlier today. Until now, he’s served the monastic community as the Prior and vocation director. Abbot James was born 19 October 1971, entered the abbey in 1996 and ordained in 2000. The Benedictine community here was […]

Young Catholic monks maintain tradition, respond to needs in faith

The Benedictine Abbots are going home now. They’ve been meeting in Rome since the 17th. Their work was not deliberative in any meaningful way as much as they gathered for the reason to elect an abbot primate, to gain perspective, to meet new and old monastic superiors, to hear how the worldwide Benedictines can assist […]

Mark Cooper elected 5th abbot of Saint Anselm’s Abbey, Manchester, NH

The monks of Saint Anselm’s Abbey (Manchester, New Hampshire) have elected Father Mark Cooper as their 5th abbot. 25 of the 28 monks were eligible to vote. Abbot Mark Cooper succeeds Abbot Matthew Leavy who as served the Abbey, the College and the Church since 1986. Abbot Mark just retired after serving for 33 years […]