|Birth: ||Feb. 2, 1941|
|Death: ||Jul. 6, 2009|
The 64th Abbot of the Monastery of Göttweig in Wachau, Lower Austria, Dom Clemens Lashofer OSB., was born Anton Lashofer on February 2, 1941, and after serving as a Choirboy in Göttweig for ten years, he entered as a Novice in the Monastery of Göttweig, receiving the Religious Name of Clemens in 1959. Taking his Solemn Vows in 1963, after completing his theological studies at the University of Salzburg, he was ordained to the Priesthood by the then Apostolic Nuncio, Monsignor Opilio Rossi, in the Collegiate Church of Lilienfeld on July 11, 1965.
Head of the Seminary Göttweiger Boys Choir, in July 1973 at the age of 32 years, he became the world's youngest Abbot, receiving the Abbatial Blessing on August 14, 1973, from Msgr. Franz Žak, Bishop of the Diocese of St. Pölten.
Many new entrants in the following years, among them Hans Groer, led to an expansion and rejuvenation of the Abbey.
When in March 1995, Cardinal Hans Hermann Groer, was named on accusations of sexual abuse of young people a crisis followed at the Göttweig Abbey, causing several Monks to leave the Monastery.
To clarify the situation at the Monastery, Abbott Lashofer wrote to the then Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Order, Marcel Rooney. The final report of this visitation was not published, but went directly to Pope John Paul II
Beginning in 1982, Lashofer served as Abbot President of the Austrian Benedictine Congregation. From 1988 to 1994, he was Chairman of the Salzburg Äbtekonferenz. By his death on July 6, 2009, he was the world's longest-serving Abbot in the Benedictine Confederation . The Funeral was held on July 21, at 9 am., at Göttweig's Abbey, followed by internment as its customary among the Monks, at the Monastery's Cemetery.
Styria (Steiermark), Austria
Plot: Konvent - Friedhof.
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Jan 15, 2011
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"To Have Death Present In Front Of Us Every Day To Aim For Eternal Life". - St. Benedict Of Norcia.|
Added: Jan. 15, 2011