June 28 – Reading of the Rule of St. Benedict

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February 27, June 28, October 28

Chapter 21: On the Deans of the Monastery

If the community is a large one, 
let there be chosen out of it
 
brethren of good repute and holy life,
 
and let them be appointed deans.
 
These shall take charge of their deaneries in all things,
 
observing the commandments of God
 
and the instructions of their Abbot.

Let men of such character be chosen deans 
that the Abbot may with confidence
 
share his burdens among them.
 
Let them be chosen not by rank
 
but according to their worthiness of life
 
and the wisdom of their doctrine.

If any of these deans should become inflated with pride 
and found deserving of censure,
 
let him be corrected once, and again, and a third time.
 
If he will not amend,
 
then let him be deposed
 
and another be put in his place who is worthy of it.

And we order the same to be done in the case of the Prior.

 

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