Category Archives: Abbatial Election

First Anniversary of Election

    One year ago today Abbot Mark Cooper, OSB was elected the fifth abbot of Saint Anselm Abbey. Today’s conventual mass was for his intention and this evening we will have a festive meal in his honor.   These … Continue reading

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On electing popes and abbots

While the election of a new abbot for Saint Anselm Abbey last June and the current election of a new pope are hardly commensurate, there are some interesting parallels, albeit some key differences as well.  In both cases, the new … Continue reading

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New Abbot for St. Benedict’s Abbey, Atchison, Kansas

Saint Anselm’s was not the only abbey to elect a new abbot in 2012.  On December 28, the monks of Saint Benedict’s Abbey in Atchison, Kansas elected their prior, Father James Albers, O.S.B. as the ninth abbot.  Abbot James had … Continue reading

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Videos of the Livestream of the Abbatial Blessing

The College has cleaned up the livestream video of the abbatial blessing, which can be found at this site.

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Blessing: the Blessing

The following is the text of the beautiful prayer of blessing, from the Roman Pontifical, that Bishop Joseph prayed over Abbot Mark at yesterday’s majestic celebration: Almighty God and Father, you sent your only Son into the world to be … Continue reading

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Blessing: the Crozier

“Take this shepherd’s crozier and show loving care for the brothers whom the Lord has entrusted to you; for he will demand an account of your stewardship.” With these words, Bishop Joseph will hand a crozier to Abbot Mark at … Continue reading

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Blessing: Preview of Shield

Even though Abbot’s Mark new coat of arms will not be publicized until the distribution of the booklets for the Abbatial Blessing on Monday, the following festive banner emblazoned with the coat of arms was hung by the main doors … Continue reading

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