6-11 June, 2014 - Fr. Elias attends the Regional Meeting of superiors





Fr. Elias, along with all the other abbots and abbesses of the North American Region, is attending the Regional Meeting being held this year from the 4th through the 11th of June at Mepkin Abbey, in South Carolina, north of Charleston about 45 miles.

The purpose of the regional meeting is to prepare for the General Chapter of the whole order, held every three years. This year, as it has for the past two chapters, it will be held in Assisi, Italy, the town of St. Francis, about 120 miles north-east of Rome. It will take place over three weeks, in September.

This General Chapter will be a historic one for the order. For the first time, the mens' and womens' houses will be combined in a single chapter. In the recent past, the two groups have met simultaneously, but have voted in separate blocs. This year, all the houses, both of men and women, will officially have an equal vote and an equal voice.