May 15, 2023 1:54 pm

Over recent months, the situation of fragility of the community of Engelszell (Austria) deteriorated significantly. Despite the best efforts of all concerned – the brothers of Engelszell, the Father Immediate (Dom Dominique-Marie Schoch of Oelenberg), the monastic commissary (Dom Samuel Lauras of Novy Dvur), and the Commission for the future – it is judged not possible for the community to recover from this situation, and that it must be closed (cf Cst 67.2). The Abbot General has followed the situation closely; he visited Engelszell in April and attended a meeting of the Commission for the future.

Following the process described in the Statute on the Accompaniment of Fragile Communities and the Suppression of a Monastery, on 15th May 2023, the Abbot General and his Council, in the name of the General Chapter, voted to suppress the community of Engelszell.

On the same date the Abbot General and his Council named a Commission for Closure to implement the suppression process, under the presidency of Dom Samuel Lauras, monastic commissary.

Please pray for the brothers of Engelzsell at this sad time.