The General Chapter of the Swiss-American Congregation has elected Abbot Justin Brown of Saint Joseph Abbey, Covington, LA, as the new Abbot President. Abbot Justin has served as Abbot of Saint Joseph Abbey since 2001 and recently announced his retirement from that role. The Congregation offers him its prayers and fraternal support, even as it offers gratitude and best wishes to his predecessor, Abbot Vincent Bataille, as he completes his term.
The new Summary of the Congregation, Liturgical Calendar, Catalog, updated list of former Abbeys of our Congregation, and updated Necrology for 2023 are now available in the documents section of the website and ready for download.
The new revision of the Constitution and Statutes is now available for download on the documents page of this website.
The General Chapter of the Swiss-American Benedictine Congregation will be held this year at Benet Lake Priory from July 29 to August 2, 2021. The travel dates are included. The council of the congregation met by ZOOM on Monday, April 19, 2021 to finalize the agenda for the General Chapter.
The Swiss-American Benedictine Congregation extends its condolences to the monks of St. Benedict's Abbey, Still River, MA, upon the death of their Abbot, Fr. Xavier Connelly, on April 8, 2021. The funeral was held last Friday, April 16, 2021, but because of heavy rains and snow in the Boston area, he will be buried Saturday, April 24. The abbatial election is set for Saturday, May 15, 2021. Abbot Xavier's obituary can be found here: www.abbey.org/who-we-are-2/our-monks/abbot-xavier-connelly/