October 13, 2020 1:13 pm


In an effort to better serve their pastoral responsibilities, the Conventual Chapter of the Abbaye N.-D. de Bellefontaine found it necessary to request that St. Joseph’s Abbey (Spencer) to be included in the tradition of another Community that shares their perception of the monastic way and whose Abbot can be their Father Immediate.

The Conventual Chapter of St. Joseph’s Abbey requested to be included as a Daughter House of Our Lady of the Genesee Abbey. The Genesee Conventual Chapter accepted the responsibility to be the Mother House of St. Joseph’s Abbey (Spencer).

The relationship of Mother House to Daughter House is basic structure of the Order, for that reason the Abbot General and his Council acting in the name of the General Chapter (C.82.2) approved the change that the Paternity of St. Joseph’s Abbey (Spencer) to Our Lady of Genesee Abbey.

The effective date is 30 September 2020.