News from Holy Cross Abbey includes this:
15 September, 2014. Today’s “Word” isn’t literally from the Abbot–at least not Abbot Robert Barnes. But it is from an Abbot, Eamon Fitzgerald, the Abbot General of our Order. In his opening address to the Superiors of the Order gathered at Assisi, he talked about the fragility of the Order. The themes are familiar: ageing communities, shrinking numbers, fewer new members, financial instability. It is a poignant context for our own efforts to ‘refound’ our monastic community in Berryville, Virginia. Below you will find a some excerpts from his address where he considers what our communities identify as determining issues and our reactions to them.