Last night around 6 pm, Fr. Paschal Baumstein, OSB, passed away at the age of 54. He will be greatly missed by the monastic community and by all else who knew him. His work as the Abbey's resident historian and archivist provided much to the whole community and will surely be instrumental in preserving the traditions and history of the Abbey for years to come.
From the monastery's website:
Father Paschal Baumstein was the biographer of our first abbot, and formerly worked to preserve and organize the abbey’s historical record. Trained in Intellectual History, he has written extensively for scholarly journals, was book editor of the monastic periodical Cistercian Studies Quarterly, and has been a calligrapher for Catholic Worker. Father Paschal was born in Tennessee and lived in Connecticut before coming to Belmont. He has consulted in works of public broadcasting (both radio and television). The encyclopedia of monasticism that was published in 2000 empoyed him as an author and member of the board.
In paradisum deducant te Angeli; in tuo adventu suscipiant te martyres, et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Ierusalem. Chorus angelorum te suscipiat, et cum Lazaro quondam paupere æternam habeas requiem.
Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.