Trappists, their Superior, Father
Eutropius, went to Rome to recom-
mend the new colony to the fatherly
protection of the Pope. The Sover-
eign Pontiff received him graciously,
and placed in his hands a rescript bear-
ing date of July 21, i850, by which the
new monastery, before only a priory,

was raised to the dignity of an Abbey.
Upon his return, Father Eutropius was
elected first Abbot of Gethsemani.
Here he labored for nine years, when
ill-health caused him to return to
France, and to resign his office. Father
M. Benedict succeeded him as Abbot
in I86i.  Father Benedict was, per-

haps, the most


austere Abbot that
Gethsemani ever had.
The rigid rules of the
order were carried'
out to the letter dur-
ing his administra-
tion. But for all that
he was greatly loved,
and his resignation
in i889 was received
with sincere regret
by all the brother-
hood. The third Ab-
bot of the Order was
Father M. Edward,
elected in i890. Serv-
ing in this capacity