Benedictine Abbot Primate Notker Wolf celebrated Eucharist with the 32 sisters in the Benedictine Rome Renewal Program, and stayed for an informal Q&A session afterward.
His role as Abbot Primate takes him to visit Benedictine communities around the world. He told us about general trends in vocations (low in Europe and North America, high in Africa, surprisingly high in Vietnam, and mixed or low in Central and South America).
He also told us of his successful column in one of Germany’s most popular women’s magazines (circulation 1.2 million) and his method of lectio on life which he uses to avoid general, vague, abstract and “oh so lofty” essays that would interest no one.
My favorite phrase of the day – one he used often: “It is what is inside the head and the heart that is important, not what is on the outside.”