Even though I would not want to seem obsessed by the Ordo, a previous blog entry may belie that claim. However, by comparing the new Ordo (the American Cassinese Ordo for 2015 takes effect predictably on January 1) with the first one I appeared in by name some interesting demographic comparisons are revealed.
My first appearance was for the Ordo from 1994, the year after I took simple vows. At that time I was listed as monk number 50 for Saint Anselm Abbey. Yes, 50! Overall, we were officially 53 in the community. In the 2015 Ordo, I am number 23 of 29.
For the Congregation as a whole, the aggregate number in 1994 was 1236. In 2015 the number is 743. Strangely the number of brothers, that is non-ordained monks in perpetual or solemn vows, has not declined as quickly: 271 (1994) to 208 (2015).