Ora et labora et lege – pray and work and study
The Rule of St. Benedict of Nursia can be summarised by these words. The founder of the Benedictine Order wrote down his rules for his community in Monte Cassino in Italy in 529. Since the foundation of the Abbey, the Benedictines of Admont have been following the Rule of St. Benedict for more than 900 years. There are 26 monks who currently call Admont home. They vote to appoint their superior ‒ an abbot ‒ from among their own number. The present abbot is Gerhard Hafner. They come together several times a day to celebrate the Divine Office and Holy Mass. As representatives of all Christians, they do this with particular concern for the problems and difficulties facing the contemporary world. In addition to performing acts of worship, another of their fundamental duties is to help and serve their fellow humans.
Ut in omnibus glorificetur Deus! ‒ So that in all things God may be glorified! (motto of the Benedictines)
Admont Abbey is currently also responsible for 26 parishes, has its own school attended by some 700 pupils and runs a care home in Frauenberg. Another 500 personnel are employed by the Abbey’s various commercial enterprises. Admont Museum is evidence of the continuing interest of the Abbey in science and art.
But whatever Admont Abbey undertakes, it is done in the spirit of the Rule of St. Benedikt: “Ut in omnibus glorificetur Deus! ‒ So that in all things God may be glorified!”