New Prior Administrator for Quarr16 January 2013
A new Prior Administrator has been appointed to lead the Benedictine community of Quarr Abbey, on the Isle of Wight.
Fr Xavier Perrin, a monk from the Abbey of St Anne, Kergonan in Brittany will take up the post in May. He will take over from Fr Finbar Kealy, a monk of Douai Abbey, Berkshire, who had been Prior Administrator since 2008.
Quarr is part of the Solesmes Congregation of Benedictines whose custom is to elect abbots for life. This does not, however, mean they hold office until death, and in 2008 Quarr's Abbot Cuthbert Johnson retired after 12 years in post.
Fr Finbar said this week that in 2008 he had been appointed by the Abbot President of the Solesmes Congregation, Abbot Phillippe Dupont of the Abbey of Solesmes, France, as the community of eight monks at Quarr "were not ready to elect a successor".
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