Abbot Jeremy Driscoll receives Abbatial Blessing at Mount Angel Abbey
Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B., of Mount Angel Abbey, received the Abbatial Blessing in a solemn liturgy celebrated in the Abbey church on Thursday, April 28. The Most Reverend Alexander K. Sample, Archbishop of Portland in Oregon, was Principal Celebrant at the Pontifical Mass. William Cardinal Levada was in attendance.
The monks of Mount Angel Abbey elected Fr. Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B., as their 12th abbot on March 12, 2016. He succeeds retired Abbot Gregory Duerr, O.S.B. The Benedictine monastic community of Mount Angel has been located in Saint Benedict, Ore., since 1882.
The Abbatial Blessing of an abbot is a sacramental, having been established in the Western church since the eighth century. During the liturgy, Archbishop Sample bestowed the Church's blessing upon Abbot Jeremy to confirm him in his ministry. Archbishop Sample also presented Abbot Jeremy with the traditional symbols of the office of abbot: the ring, the miter, and the crosier.
The Mass was concelebrated by several abbots, bishops, and close to 100 priests. The community of Mount Angel Abbey, many of the Abbey’s oblate members, and several hundred friends of the community filled the Abbey church for the service and the reception that followed.