To the Present Day


When Abbot Bonaventure died in 1988, the community elected Father Peter Eberle as its eighth abbot. As a teacher in the seminary, he encouraged the enlargement of the seminary college and theology and the initiation of Pre-theology courses for late vocations, as well as the enhancement of its formation program. With the resignation of Abbot Peter in 1997, the community chose Father Joseph Wood, a member of Ascension Priory in Idaho, as its ninth abbot. In 1998 Abbot Joseph and the monastic Chapter approved that Ascension Priory - now called Monastery of the Ascension - become independent of its mother house, Mount. Angel Abbey. Abbot Joseph would retire from the office of abbot in 2001 for reasons of age and delicate health.

Abbot Nathan Zodrow, OSB, was elected Mount Angel Abbey's tenth abbot in 2001.