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Monastic community of Mount Angel Abbey elects new abbot

March 12, 2016

The monks of Mount Angel Abbey elected the Rev. Jeremy Driscoll as abbot on Saturday, March 12.

Jeremy Driscoll, OSB, is the 12th abbot to lead the Benedictine community, founded at Mount Angel in 1882. He succeeds Abbot Gregory Duerr, whose resignation was effective Feb. 10.

Abbot President Vincent Bataille, of Marmion Abbey in Aurora, Ill., presided over the closed-door election and, in the tradition of Mount Angel, bestowed upon Abbot Jeremy the pectoral cross of Engelberg Abbey, the primary symbol of his new office.

At the conclusion of the election process, the Abbey bells rang for five minutes, signifying that an abbot had been chosen and inviting everyone to the Abbey church to give thanks.

Abbot Jeremy and the Abbot President entered the church together, at the end of the procession of monks. The community sang the Te Deum, a song of thanksgiving, and the Abbot President led the assembly in prayer.

During the service, in keeping with monastic custom, each monk approached Abbot Jeremy to make his obedience and to receive the kiss of peace.

Abbot Jeremy then spoke to the gathered community. He told the monastic community that his motto as abbot is taken from the third chapter of Colossians: “Seek the things that are above.”

Jeremy Driscoll was born Oct. 24, 1951. He made his final profession as a monk of Mount Angel Abbey on Sept. 8, 1974, and was ordained a priest in 1981.

Abbot Jeremy has most recently taught theology at Mount Angel Abbey seminary and at Sant’ Anselmo in Rome. He serves on various Vatican commissions, has published broadly, and often conducts conferences and retreats throughout the United States and beyond.

A formal service of recognition by the Roman Catholic Church will be scheduled by Abbot Jeremy and community.