by Br. Lorenzo Conocido, O.S.B.
Abbot Gregory Duerr, O.S.B., the eleventh abbot of Mount Angel Abbey, celebrated his fourth year of abbatial election on Monday, November 18, 2013. He was elected abbot in 2009, following the retirement of Abbot Nathan Zodrow, O.S.B. (reigned 2001-2009).
In his abbatial address given on February 26, 2010, Abbot Gregory said, "In word and deed, but primarily in deed, point out Jesus, so that all together we may challenge ourselves day by day to conform to the Spirit and to the Gospel of Jesus, to walk by the pathway of the Gospel."
His abbatial motto, "He Shall Be Peace" is the main theme of his sixth "A Word from the Abbot," reflections on the Rule of St. Benedict and the Holy Scriptures that were originally given to the monks on Fridays after Vigils. He now shares his reflections with the public through the Abbey's website.
Abbot Gregory, called "Father Abbot" by his confreres and friends on the hilltop, made his profession on September 8, 1958, and was ordained on May 7, 1964.
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Editor's Note: as of 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 20, 2013, the date of Abbot Gregory's ordination has been corrected.