Boyle, Joseph

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Joseph Boyle OCSO

Joseph Boyle OCSO

2nd abbot of Snowmass 1985–2018

* 14 June 1941 Bronx, New York City
21 Oct 2018 Snowmass, Colorado

Born June 14, 1941, in the Bronx, N.Y., as the youngest child of the late Charles and Mary (McCarthy) Boyle, Joseph Boyle graduated from Regis High School in New York City in 1959 and began his monastic vocation at St. Benedict's Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado, the same year. Entering the monastery as a postulant, he lived with Fr. Thomas Keating, who was the first superior at the monastery. His oldest brother, Charles was also a member of the monastic community at the time.

Fr. Joseph was ordained a priest in 1970 and was elected the second abbot of the monastery in 1985, a position he held until his death. Having reached the age of retirement, he presented his resignation to the Abbot General which became effective on August 21, 2016. On September 29, 2016, after the conventual chapter had voted for an undetermined abbatial mandate, an election was held in which Dom Joseph was postulated as abbot of Snowmass.

He made major enhancements to the monastery, adding a retreat house in 1995, an infirmary wing and community meeting area in 2000, and the latest environmental project of a solar energy field.

He died peacefully Sunday, Oct. 21, at the monastery of biliary cancer.

gge, Nov. 2018


Prof.: 1965; Sac.: 20. Aug. 1970; Abbas: el. 29. Mai 1985, res. 21. Aug. 2016, el. 29. Sep. 2016.


Sundays at the Magic Monastery. Brooklyn: Lantern Books, 2002 · The Homilies of Joseph Boyle, in: Homilies from the Trappists at St Benedict's Monastery. Brooklyn: Lantern Books, 2012.



Citation: Boyle, Joseph, in: Biographia Cisterciensis (Cistercian Biography), Version vom 2.11.2018, URL:,_Joseph

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