A Conversation for Young Religious


Our world has changed drastically this year. We invite young religious from across the nation - men within five years of final vows or ordination - to join their brothers on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2-3:30 p.m. (EDT), in this first-ever national gathering for young religious sponsored by CMSM.

Enjoy fraternal conversation on being a religious at this moment in time, and build connections with other young religious as we look to how we might best support one another in the future.

This FREE online event for male young religious will include prayer, small group conversation facilitated by our young religious planning team, and an inspiring keynote from Bishop Elias Lorenzo, OSB, immediate past Abbot President of the American-Cassinese Congregation of Benedictine Monasteries and a popular speaker at the 2019 CMSM National Assembly. See the schedule.

Bishiop Elias Lorenzo, OSBMost Reverend Elias Lorenzo, OSB
Auxiliary Bishop of Newark


Bishop Elias Lorenzo, OSB, was named Auxiliary Bishop of Newark earlier this year, with ordination on June 30, 2020. At the time of his appointment, he was Abbot President of the American-Cassinese Congregation, which includes 25 monasteries in 6 countries, sponsoring 9 colleges and universities and 14 secondary schools in North and South America.

Bishop Elias entered Saint Mary’s Abbey, Morristown, NJ, in 1983. He made his first monastic profession in 1985 and was ordained in 1989. He holds master’s degrees in liturgical theology and counseling psychology, and a licentiate in canon law. He has served in secondary school education and administration. For the Abbey, he served director of liturgy, prior, and rector of church. He was Vicar for Religious in the Diocese of Metuchen, and canonical counsel for Praesidium, Inc., during development of the National Standards, and serves on Praesidium’s advisory board.

For the global Benedictine Confederation, he served as prior of the college at Sant’Anselmo in Rome, and as Procurator General for the Order. He is a founding member and was president of the International Commission for Benedictine Education.