It had been two years since the Synod of Abbot Presidents had met in 2019 because of the restrictions imposed by the present Covid-19 pandemic. Very happy to meet in person, there was a joyful and fraternal spirit that animated our meetings. Of the 19 Congregations, 14 were able to be present: Abbots Jeremias Schröder (St. Ottilien Congregation), Giuseppe Casetta (Vallombrosian Congregation), Guillermo Arboleda (Subiaco-Cassinese Congregation), Maksymilian Nawara (Annunciation Congregation), Christopher Jamison (English Benedictine Congregation), Abbot Vigeli Monn (Swiss Congregation), Johannes Perkmann (Austrian Congregation), Barnabas Bögle (Bavarian Congregation), Philippe Dupont (Solesmes Congregation), John Klassen (American Cassinese Congregation), Albert Schmidt (Beuronese Congregation) Vincent Bataille, (SwissAmerican Congregation), and Diego Rosa (Olivetan Congregation). Others were unable to enter Italy, or were elected only in recent days.
From Abbot Primate Gregory Polan O.S.B