Reception for Abbot Gregory

On Wednesday evening the monks had a reception and banquet in honor of Abbot Gregory. It was a time to gather as a monastic community as say “thank you” to Abbot Gregory for almost 20 years of service as abbot, as he soon departs for Rome, Italy to begin serving as Abbot Primate.

During the evening banquet, Archbishop Jerome presented Abbot Gregory with a pectoral cross he had received from Pope Benedict XVI during an ad limina visit in 2012. The pectoral cross is based on the crucifixion scene in the monastery church of S. Anselmo in Rome where Abbot Gregory will serve as Abbot Primate.