Mount Melleray website
October 12, 2020 8:27 am
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
The Conventual Chapter of Mount Melleray Abbey responded to the efforts of the General Chapter of 2017 to arrange the Paternity of Communities, whose traditional Paternity line had been altered, by requesting to be a Daughter House of Bolton Abbey.
The 2017 Chapter had assigned Mount Melleray to the Abbey of Val Notre Dame. In addition to the Abbot of Val Notre Dame’s Regular Visitation, other meetings between the Communities were arranged.
The Conventual Chapter of Val Notre Dame concluded that their fragility did not allow them to accept the responsibility of a geographically distant Community of another culture.
Upon the request of Mount Melleray Abbey, the Conventual Chapter of Bolton Abbey accepted the responsibility of being the Mother House of Mount Melleray Abbey, and so Dom Michael is the Father Immediate.
Since the relationship of Mother House to Daughter House is foundational to the Order, rather than delaying until the next General Chapter to finalize this relation, the Abbot General and his Council acting in the name of the General Chapter (C. 82.2) approved the change that the Paternity of Mount Melleray Abbey is now the responsibility of Bolton Abbey.
The effective date of the change is 28 September 2020.
THE FATHER IMMEDIATE
In accordance with the Charter of Charity, Cistercian communities are autonomous but united in a communion implemented by the institutions of the Father Immediate, the Regular Visitation, and the General Chapter. The Father Immediate is the abbot of another monastery, whose responsibilities include a formal visit to the community every two years. The purpose of this “Regular Visitation” is to strengthen and supplement the pastoral action of the local superior, to correct where necessary, and to renew the nuns’ or monks’ spiritual fervor.
LETTER TO NEW FATHER IMMEDIATE:
Abbot Michael Ryan
Father Immediate of Mount Mellary Abbey
My Dear Abbot Michael,
I have been informed you you are now the Father Immediately of Mount Mellary. I wish you well inp your new Paternal role.
The Abbot General may have told you about my communications and telephone call with him with regard Dom Richard Purcell, Abbot of Mount Mellary?
However as Father Immediate, I now wish to formally ask you to investigate allegations of sexual misbehaviour by Richard Purcell.
1. The allegation, told to me by the Abbot General himself, of Richard Purcell’s sexual misbehaviour with xxxxx xxxxx the former priest of Killaloe diocese who was in Roscrea to consider monastic life.
2. The allegation that Richard Purcell has attended the Boiler House gay sauna in Dublin to have anonymous sex with men, including a former seminarian.
3. The allegation that Richard Purcell is sexually involved with other priests including monks of Glenstal and the Dominican order.
4. The allegation that Richard Purcell organised a gay orgy within the environs of Mount Mellary
I have been a lifetime admirer of the Cistercian order and was a regular visitor to Mellifont Abbey.
For me the Cistercian.life is typified by prayer, reflection, silence, sparseness, spirituality and self control.
I am horried at the above allegations which are typified by scandal, self-indulgdnce, cynicism and a total disregard not only for Christian teaching, but a total disregard for the 900 years of monks striving for holiness.
Father Abbot, please investigate fearlessly and restore the reputation of Mount Mellary.
+ Pat Buckley
The Oratory Society.