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Abbot Patrick Regan poses in front of a newly-painted portrait by local artist Lyn Taylor.


Many Saint Ben alumni from the 1970s through the 1990s will remember taking Abbot Patrick Regan's liturgy course. Now they can review some of what they learned by reading his book, Advent to Pentecost: Comparing the Seasons in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Roman Rite, scheduled for publication by Liturgical Press this October.

Abbot Patrick considers the book a distillation of the knowledge he gleaned over the years both as a professor of liturgy and as abbot, through preaching for the Triduum services. He describes it as an attempt to provide the catechesis that, in large part, was lacking when the postconciliar missal was introduced some 40 years ago. It contains a comparison of the prayers and prefaces, readings and rubrics, calendar and chants of the 1962 Missal with the missal revised following the Second Vatican Council, now in its third edition. The result is a striking demonstration of the splendor and superiority of the reformed missal over its predecessor, at least as far as the liturgical year is concerned.

In answer to a question about the intended audience of the book, Abbot Patrick said that it would be of particular interest to bishops, priests, and all Church ministers, especially anyone involved in planning liturgies. But he hoped Catholics in general would use it as an introduction to the spiritual richness and depth of the reformed liturgy, as opposed to the preconciliar one.

After serving as abbot of Saint Joseph Abbey for almost 20 years, Abbot Patrick began teaching at the Pontifical Athenaeum of Sant Anselmo in Rome, where he is a professor of liturgy and sacramental theology. He also serves as junior master of the temporary professed monks studying there, as well as guestmaster. When the opportunity arises, he takes photographs of places he visits. These photos can be found on his shutterfly account, here.

Abbot Patrick, who holds degrees from Notre Dame Seminary, Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minn., and a doctorate from the Institut Supèrieur de Liturgie in Paris, has published numerous articles in liturgical and spiritual journals and given lectures on liturgical topics.