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April 17, 2009


Rt. Rev. Richard Antonucci to Become the Fourth Abbot at Daylesford

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, during the celebration of Mass will bestow the abbatial blessing upon Rt. Reverend Richard J. Antonucci, O. Praem., as the fourth Abbot at the Norbertine Order's Daylesford Abbey. The Norbertine Order is a Roman Catholic Order of priests and brothers. In keeping with the mission and vision of the Abbey, Abbot Antonucci has chosen as his motto, "Of One Heart On The Way to God."

Saturday, April 18, 2009
10:30 a.m. Mass
(Procession to begin at 10:20 a.m.)
The Church of the Assumption at Daylesford Abbey
220 South Valley Road
Paoli, PA 19301, Chester County

Cardinal Rigali will be joined for this celebration by Abbot Antonucci by Most Reverend Louis A. DeSimone and Most Reverend Martin N. Lohmuller, retired Auxiliary Bishops of Philadelphia; Most Reverend Michael A. Saltarelli, Bishop Emeritus of Wilmington, DE; Rt. Rev. Hermenegild J. Noyens, O. Praem., Abbot General Emeritus of the Norbertine Order; Abbots of the Norbertine Order, clergy, religious and laity.

The ceremony will begin with a procession into the Abbey Church of the Assumption, and includes other key visuals such as the Litany of Saints and prostration of the Abbot-elect; the prayer of Abbatial Blessing; presentation of the rule and abbatial insignia (ring, mitre, pastoral staff); and the sign of peace exchanged by the bishops and abbots.

Daylesford Abbey is the only Abbey in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. For more information about Daylesford Abbey visit


** Editor's Note: All media planning coverage are asked to contact Rev. William Kelly, O. Praem., Director of Mission Advancement, Daylesford Abbey at 610-647-2530, ext. 115.

Kevin Mulligan
Associate Director of Communications

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