Abbot Mark Cooper, OSB

With great joy I am pleased to announce that Rev. Mark Cooper, O.S.B. has been elected as the fifth abbot of Saint Anselm Abbey. Following deliberations and voting by the electors of Saint Anselm Abbey, the Rt. Rev. Hugh Anderson, O.S.B., Abbot President of the American Cassinese Congregation of Benedictine Monasteries, confirmed Abbot Mark in his new office earlier this morning. Abbot Mark, well-known in the College community, has been the treasurer of Saint Anselm Abbey and the treasurer (now Vice President for Financial Affairs) of Saint Anselm College for 33 years. Please join me in prayers of thanksgiving to Almighty God for our new abbot and the new Chancellor of Saint Anselm College.

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6 Responses to Abbot Mark Cooper, OSB

  1. lee mayhew says:

    Magnificent choice!!! A quiet, talented and humble man.

  2. naturgesetz says:

    Congratulations to Abbot Mark and the community.

    In the chat which accompanied the streaming of the Thanksgiving Service, someone suggested that abbots are required to resign at age 65. Is that correct? If not, I’ll say, “Ad multos annos!”

    • brotherisaac says:

      When Abbot Matthew was elected in 1986, abbots were required to submit their resignation at age 65, though they could be reelected. In the 1990s, they changed the resignation age to 75 (or an 8 year term for those elected after age 67). Abbots elected since then serve until age 75, and can be reelected.

      • Charles Cox says:

        Will there be an abbatial blessing? If so when? Will it be shown on the Internet?

  3. Bernardo de Oliveira says:

    Peace !
    Congratulations to Abbot Don Mark and the community.
    God Bless.

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