Religion: Abbot's Death

One dawn last week black-cowled Death came to a frail little man lying on a straw pallet in a hushed Kentucky monastery, oldest in the U. S. Soon black-cowled Trappist monks broke their habitual silence to chant the office of the dead for Rt. Rev. Edmond M. Obrecht, 83, Abbot of the Trappist Monastery of Our Lady of Gethsemane, superior administrator of all Trappists in the U. S. and Canada.

Edmond Obrecht was born in France in 1852, four years after 40 French Trappists began building their vast monastery in Kentucky, not far from Bardstown and its Cathedral. Professing his vows at...

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