The monks of New Melleray are happy to announce the appointment of Dom Mark Scott as superior of our community. Dom Mark is 65. He entered New Clairvaux Abbey, in Vina, California, on October 15, 1978, and made his solemn profession on January 5, 1986. He was ordained a priest on October 31, 1987. Thirteen years later, in August of 2000, he was appointed superior of our foundation, Assumption Abbey, in Ava, Missouri. In December of 2001 the Ava community elected him as their abbot for six years. After completing his term of office he was chosen to be the editor of the Order's journal, Cistercian Studies Quarterly, which he managed from an office at Gethsemani Abbey, Kentucky. Dom Mark was chosen by our Father Immediate, Dom Augustine McGregor, the abbot of Mount Melleray in Ireland, to be superior after consulting the community here. We rejoice in his appointment and his willingness to assume this responsibility for the next twelve to eighteen months.
Dom Brendan Freeman, tenth abbot of New Melleray, having reached the required age for retirement, 75, has been asked to be the temporary superior at our community in Huntsville, Utah, Holy Trinity Abbey. It is a small, aging commuunity in need of outside assistance to provide for their elderly members and to plan for the future. Fr. Brendan, having received the approval of our new superior, will take up his new responsibilities in September. He has also been asked to give the annual retreat at several of our communities.
From the News at New Melleray Abbey's website.