I was elected abbot of Saint Benedict Abbey in Still River, Massachusetts a little over ten years ago. I write now to tell you that I have decided to end my term as abbot of Saint Benedict Abbey, a community of monks who are truly my brothers in Christ.
I have submitted my resignation to Abbot President Vincent Battaille, OSB, which he accepted. He then appointed our Prior, Fr. James, to be temporary administrator. This change will allow me more time to work on my health and, of course, my prayer life as well.
I thank you all for your support and kindness through the years. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers,
Abbot Xavier Connelly OSB