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2017 The monks with Bishop Wilkerson and Abbot Charles (Prince of Peace Monastery). Several monks were absent.


2010
ON THIS PAGE is list of all the members of the monastic community, together with their dates of birth, profession, and ordination.This is roster is also called the ORDO of the community and also includes links to biographical sketches and articles about those monks who have given permission for their picture and curriculum vitae to be included here.

THE STORY of Father Thaddeus Yang An-Yuen's (d.1982) conversion from Buddhism to Catholicism and of his early years in our mother-abbey of St. André (now Sint Andriesabdij) are found in his essay, From Buddha to Benedict. The early years of our monastery in China are described in his essay, The Chinese Adventure of an Indonesian Monk, as well as in the interviews of Fr. Eleutherius, Fr. Vincent, and Bro. Peter.

(Text from the SS. Patriachae Benedicti Familiae Confoederatae Catalogus Monasteriorum, O.S.B. and the Congregatio Annuntiationis Ordinis Sancti Benedicti)

Canonical erection in Shishan, China 1929. Canonical transfer to Chengtu, China in 1947; to Valyermo, California in 1956. Elevated to Conventual Priory in 1965; to Abbey in 1992.

Solemnly-Professed Monks:



Born Professed Ordained
Damien Toilolo,
Abbot
07 04 1962 25 03 2000 23 07 2005
Joseph Brennan,
Prior
26 10 1948 19 03 1998 25 05 1974
Patrick Sheridan,
Subprior
14 01 1949 06 05 2005 16 07 2011
Francis Benedict,
Abbot Emeritus
07 07 1948 11 07 1970 10 07 1976
Peter Zhou Bang-Jiu 27 08 1926 15 10 1950
Philip Edwards 19 01 1929 11 07 1962 12 08 1967
Dominic Guillen 24 08 1944 05 08 1967
Benedict Dull 25 05 1951 01 11 1979
Joseph Iarrobino 01 12 1931 01 11 1979
Luke Dysinger 29 05 1953 06 08 1982 11 07 1986
Martin (de Porres) Yslas 07 05 1955 06 08 1983 28 05 1987
Isaac Kalina 01 12 1959 05 01 1986 21 10 1989
Carlos Lopez 14 02 1966 25 03 1998 13 07 2002
Aelred Niespolo 05 02 1944 01 11 2001 23 07 2005
Matthew Rios 19 05 1963 01 11 2001 23 07 2005
John Mark Matthews 26 04 1963 06 05 2005
Cassian DiRocco 12 06 1975 17 05 2009 20 07 2013
Angelus Echeverry 25 03 2013 24 06 2017


Monks in Triennial Vows:



Born Professed Ordained
Paul Ortega 4 04 2016 *Annunciation of the Lord

Columba Marmion Corrie 11 07 2017


Novice:


Born Professed Ordained
Augustine Ermish

Valyermo Necrology:

Born Professed Ordained
Jehan Jolliet,
monk of Solesmes, Founding
Prior of our
community in China
(died Dec. 23, 1936)
18 02 1870 06 29 1897 06 10 1900
Paul Ou Wu K’I-In,
(died Jan. 10, 1960,
imprisoned in China)
06 01 1915 10 07 1938 04 01 1950
Gabriel Muir,
(died Mar. 4, 1969)
23 02 1946 05 08 1969
Raphael Vinciarelli,
Prior during the monastery’s
tranfer from China to California
(died Nov. 14, 1972)
11 01 1897 01 11 1916 14 01 1924
Bernard Ambrose
(died Jun. 8, 1975)
10 03 1928 03 06 1975
(novice)
Alberic Deloring
(died Dec. 25, 1981)
07 12 1911 01 02 1933 25 06 1938
Thaddeus Yang An Djian
(died Aug. 15, 1982)
05 05 1905 05 10 1928 31 07 1932
Wilfrid Weitz
(died Oct. 27, 1991)
06 04 1912 25 01 1931 25 07 1936
Felix Tang
(died Apr. 14, 1994)
08 10 1920 11 07 1953 01 07 1957
Molaise Meehan
(died Aug. 6, 1994)
26 09 1914 15 10 1964 23 06 1940
Anselm Ferris
(died Oct. 17, 1994)
13 11 1955 06 08 1982 11 07 1986
Gaetan Loriers
(died Aug. 27, 1996)
11 01 1915 15 01 1935 21 09 1940
Vincent Martin
(died Nov. 30, 1999)
14 03 1912 15 01 1930 25 07 1936
Werner Papeians de Morchoven
(died Sept. 30, 2008)
28 01 1914 01 02 1933 25 06 1938
Eleutherius Winance
(died Aug. 15, 2009)
10 07 1909 15 01 1929 28 07 1935
John Bosco Stoner
(died Feb. 1, 2014)
12 04 1943 05 08 1967 10 07 1976
Gregory Elmer
(died August 2, 2016)
02 11 1948 11 07 1970 10 07 1976