Letters of An American Abbot
Boniface Wimmer and 18 companions came to America in 1846 and planted the seeds of the Benedictine Order in North America. Boniface Wimmer: Letters of An American Abbot, edited by Jerome Oetgen, commemorates the 200th anniversary of Wimmer’s birth.
This special bicentennial edition consists of translations and English originals of 200 of the most important of the more than 1500 letters the Archabbot wrote between 1832, the year he entered the Benedictine monastery of Metten in Bavaria, and his death in 1887. Born in Thalmassing, Germany, in 1809, Wimmer was a prolific letter writer who took great pains to inform his correspondents in the United States, Bavaria, and Rome of the progress of the Benedictine mission to America.
In doing so, he brought into sharp focus Benedictine activities in the United States at a time when a historic surge in immigration was redefining the character of the American Catholic Church. These letters therefore contain a trove of information and insight not only about Wimmer and American Benedictine history but also about American Catholic history.