Thursday, August 19, 2010

Ordinations and Continuing Surge of Vocations at Heiligenkreuz

On 16 August 2010, the Auxiliary Bishop of Graz-Seckau, H.E. Msgr. Franz Lackner OFM, ordained four monks of the Austrian Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz, which is of course well known to NLM readers (cf. here), to the sacred diaconate. Here are two pictures; in the second, you can see, in addition to the bishop and the newly ordianed, the abbot of Heiligenkreuz (to the right) and another monk of Heiligenkreuz who was recently elected abbot of another Austrian Cistercian Abbey, Rein.

There also is a video:

This is part of a truly wonderful vocational development at Heiligenkreuz. On the Sunday before the ordinations, on the Feast of the Assumption, seven monks have made their perpetual vows; and today, at First Vespers of the feast of St. Bernard, seven new novices were accepted and clothed:

Counting all monks and novices, there are as of today 88 cistercians at Heiligenkreuz.

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