Abbot Peter Novecosky, OSB, continues as leader of St. Peter’s Benedictine community

Abbot Peter Novecosky (standing) was re-elected as abbot of St. Peter's Abbey Oct. 27. Abbot President John Klassen of Minnesota presided over the election via Zoom. Archbishop Donald Bolen of Regina and Fr. Daniel Muyres, OSB (seated, left to right), also assisted at the election. (Submitted photo)

Submitted by St. Peter’s Abbey

[Catholic Saskatoon News] – An election for abbot was held Oct. 27 at St. Peter’s Benedictine Abbey in Muenster, SK

Rev. Peter Novecosky, OSB, who had resigned in April upon reaching the age of 75, was re-elected.

The election was a first in that Abbot President John Klassen of St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville, Minn., presided over the election by Zoom.

Regina Archbishop Donald Bolen, an Oblate of St. Peter’s Abbey, was present to assist in the election. Fr. Daniel Muyres, OSB, served as secretary of the election process.

Novecosky was first named Abbot of the Benedictine community at Muenster in 1990. At his 25th abbatial anniversary celebration, he said: “I ask that you pray for me and for our monastic community. Our relationship has been one of mutual support for one another, and cooperation And I hope it continues that way. May God bless us all and fill us with gratitude for all the gifts of health, mind and body that we have received.”

St. Peter’s Abbey was established in 1903, when the Benedictine community moved to the Muenster-Humboldt area as part of St. Peter’s Colony, established by German Catholic settlers from the United States. The monastic community follows the Rule of St. Benedict.