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Abbot Neal Roth re-elected to third term as leader of St. Martin Abbey
the Inland Register
(From the August 15, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)
Abbot Neal Roth OSB (IR photo courtesy of St. Martin Abbey)
Benedictine Abbot Neal Roth will serve his third term as abbot of St. Martin Abbey in Lacey, Wash., following an election held earlier this summer by his fellow monks at the Benedictine monastery.
His re-election to an eight-year term means Abbot Neal is positioned to achieve the longest tenure as abbot of the abbey, located on the campus of St. Martin University. Former Benedictine Abbot Raphael Heider was in the position for 21 years – from 1943 to 1964 – to date, less than a year longer than Abbot Neal.
When an abbot turns 75, as Abbot Neal will in July, he is required to formally resign but remains eligible for re-election.
He was elected the abbey’s eighth abbot in May 1993, and won his first re-election in May 2003.
“One of the things I have been very happy about during my time as abbot is that the abbey has established a much closer relationship with the university,” he said.
During his 20-year tenure, he aimed to be present for, and supportive of, many university-based functions.
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