We are blessed to have Abbot Christian Meyer of Engelberg as our guest this week. Since 2010 he has been the 59th abbot of our 900 year old mother house and this is his first visit to the United States. He will attend the meeting of Abbots President at St. Meinrad Archabbey next week and then visit the other daughter house in Mount Angel after that. Tuesday he celebrated Mass for the Clyde sisters on “Founders’ Day” and preached beautifully on the prophetic vocation of the founders of that community from Maria Rickenbach in Switzerland. The sisters celebrated with a beautiful banquet afterward and he spoke to them of the Benedictine communities of nuns and sisters in Switzerland. Later he visited with the sisters at Our Lady of Rickenbach and he shared more stories with them.
Tuesday evening Abbot Christian spoke to the monks during our community meeting time after Vespers. He spoke about the school at Engelberg, which is really three schools: their college preparatory religious school, the town high school and a specialized high school for winter sports athletes—all of which share their facilities.
He also spoke at length of their daughter-house in Cameroon, where he spends one month a year to assist. They have seventeen African members and many challenges and opportunities.