Annual Gebetsliga Meeting Held at Heiligenkreuz Abbey

During the week of October 10, 2016, board members of the Gebetsliga met at Heiligenkreuz Abbey, Austria, for their annual meeting. The meeting is an important opportunity for members to discuss the various workings of the League as it moves forward in promoting the cause of Blessed Karl of Austria. Members included in the photo are, from left to right: Fr. Marion Gruber, O.Cist. President; Fr. Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., Delegate for the U.S.A. and Canada; Archduke Simeon of Austria, Grandson of Blessed Karl; Bishop Fernand Franck, Archbishop Emeritus of Luxembourg; and four associates of the Gebetsliga.


Abbey of Heiligenkreuz

"Stift Heiligenkreuz", which means the "Abbey of Heiligenkreuz", is a beautiful and living Cistercian monastery, close to Vienna, the capital of Austria. Stift Heiligenkreuz is the second-oldest Cistercian monastery in the world and the oldest continuously active and inhabited one, now full of young vocations. In September 2007 it was blessed by an official visit by Pope Benedict XVI.

Stift Heiligenkreuz, peacefully situated in the middle of the "Wienerwald", the Vienna woods, is one of the most beautiful medieval monasteries in the world. It was founded in 1133 by St. Leopold III of the House of Babenberg. Leopold’s son, Otto, had been sent to Paris for an international education. Otto came in contact with Cistercian monks and soon decided to enter a Cistercian monastery.  When Otto visited his father in Austria he asked him to build a similar monastery for Lower Austria. This was the reason St. Leopold built Heiligenkreuz as well as Klosterneuburg to the northwest of Vienna.

Currently the monastery has 77 members, 18 affiliated parishes and a Pontifical Theological Academy (founded 1802) with around 180 students.

Visit their website to learn more.

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