Wednesday, October 05, 2005

R.I.P.: Lady Abbess Benedict Duss, O.S.B.
November 21, 1910 - October 2, 2005

The founding abbess of Regina Laudis Abbey has died. Her abbey was the first Benedictine foundation for women in the United States solely dedicated to the contemplative life. There were others that were intended to be so even in the 19th century but circumstances, including hostile bishops, always prevented it. The traditional round of monastic offices in Latin and with Gregorian chant has always been maintained at Regina Laudis, although Holy Mass is in the Pauline Rite.

The Times has an extensive obituary dedicated to Lady Abbess Benedict here. The Abbey has a website here.

Requiescat in pace.