Abbot Gregory, Abbot Primate, Archbishop, banquet, Benedictine, Benedictine monk, catholic, celebration, Conception Abbey, Cross, farewell, Monastery, monastic life, monks, pectoral cross, Pope Benedict, religious life, San Anselmo, vocations
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.
Above: Fr. Roger and Abbot Gregory
Below: Archbishop Jerome and Fr. Quentin
Above: Br. Bernard and Fr. Martin
Below: Fr. Allan and Fr. Peter
Above: Fr. Sebastian and Fr. Roger
Below: Fr. Joel and Fr. Xavier
Above: Abbot Gregory and Br. Thomas
Below: Fr. Allan and Br. Justin
Above: Fr. Norbert and Br. David
Below: Fr. John Rini and Fr. Xavier
Above: Fr. Guerric
Below: Fr. Daniel and Br. Anselm
Above: Fr. Daniel offers a toast at the head table at the banquet in honor of Abbot Gregory in the monastic dining room.
Below: Archbishop Jerome presents Abbot Gregory with a pectoral cross that he had received from Pope Benedict during an ad limina visit in 2012.
Above: The pectoral cross is based on the crucifixion scene in the monastery church of S. Anselmo in Rome where Abbot Gregory will be serving as Abbot Primate.