The crucial question.......        


"Are there any specific courses that will prepare the students of St. Anselmo for their future tasks as responsible leaders in our Benedictine communities?" asked Abbot Georg Holzherr in 2010. This question eventually led to the development of the course: “Leadership and the Rule of St. Benedict”.

“He suggested adding more lectures regarding the skills that are required today; skills regarding the leadership in the monasteries. ... It is not only the character of a person that is decisive; there are many tools and there is a lot of knowledge that can be taught and studied.” Fr. Markus Muff OSB, Director of Development for Europe, had had available the decisive connections with the University of St. Gallen.

Three years and many meetings between representatives of the two Universities were necessary to profile and establish this strongly needed opportunity.

In 2013  Abbot Primate Notker Wolf appointed Prof. Fr. Luigi Gioia OSB as the Academic Director of the LRB-course at Sant’Anselmo. In collaboration with Prof. Günter Müller-Stewens from the University of St. Gallen he prepared the LRB-courses 2013 to 2017.

After a break in 2018 the course will start new in 2019 with Fr. Dr. Mauritius Wilde, Prior of St. Anselmo, Rome, as the new Academic Director.

 Two Foundations collaborate in order to finance the LRB-course:


It is also sponsored by the University of St. Gallen by not charging the ordinary teaching fees, “which we could never afford to pay” (Fr. Markus Muff, Inauguration speech, 2013)

In 2013 - 2017   144 benedictine monks and nuns and a few lay people attended the program and are deeply thankful.



LRB-Course 2017 in Subiaco