Futterer, Edmund

From Biographia Cisterciensis

Edmund Futterer

Edmund Futterer OCSO

1st Abbot of Our Lady of the Valley and St Joseph’s, Spencer, 1945–1961

* 27 Jan 1901 Albany, New York, USA
27 Julyi 1984 Azul, Buenos Aires, Argentinia

Born Joseph Spensley Futterer, the son of Edward and Anna Futterer of Albany, NY, Rev. Abbot Edmund Futterer, O.C.S.O., was a Catholic priest and a Trappist monk of Our Lady of the Angels Abbey in Azul, Argentina. A 1919 graduate of Niagara University, Father Futterer was ordained a Paulist priest, and transferred to the Cistercians of the Strict Observance at Cumberland in 1932. He was chosen to replace Dom John O'Connor as Superior of the monastery in 1945, and he led the move to Spencer after the fire of 1950.

During Dom Edmund's time as abbot of St. Joseph's, several new Cistercian foundations were made, including Holy Cross Abbey in Virginia, Our Lady of Guadalupe Abbey in New Mexico (which later moved to Oregon), and Our Lady of the Angels Abbey in Argentina. He was also instrumental in bringing the first group of Trappistine Nuns to America in 1949.

After his forced resignation as abbot of St. Joseph's in 1961, Dom Edmund went to the Monastery of Our Lady of Calvary in New Brunswick, and in 1966 he moved to the Azul Abbey, where he lived for 19 years until his death in 1984, age 83.

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Sources:

Spencer Abbey.

Citation: Futterer, Edmund, in: Biographia Cisterciensis (Cistercian Biography), Version vom 9.11.2018, URL: http://en.biocist.org/wiki/Futterer,_Edmund


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