Canonical Visitation

The Abbey this week is pleased to welcome visitators from our Congregation, the American-Cassinese Congregation.  The two visitators are Abbot John Klassen, OSB (St. John’s, Collegeville, MN) and Father James Flint, OSB (St. Procopius, Lisle, IL).

Every five years or so each monastery undergoes a canonical visitation, where monks external to your community come and visit for a few days and issue a report on the monastic life at your abbey.  They can make recommendations, commendations, and even warnings.  The process is somewhat analogous to accreditation for colleges and universities.  However, in addition to the goal of fostering improvement a visitation also has a spiritual side, offering each monk a formal opportunity to reflect on the life of his community in seeking God.

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