Moore, Augustine

From Biographia Cisterciensis

Augustine Moore OCSO
Foto: The Georgia Bulletin

Augustine Moore OCSO

3rd Abbot of Holy Spirit Abey in Conyers, Georgia, 1957–1983

* 13 Dec 1911 Louisville, Kentucky
05 June 2002 Holy Spirit Abbey, Conyers

Born Frederick Joseph Moore, one of ten children of Charles A. and Mary K. (Heil) Moore of Louisville, Kentucky, Rev. Abbot Augustine Moore („Father Gus“), was a Trappist monk of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, where he led as abbot for 26 years.

He attended seminary at St. Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana, and was ordained a priest for the Louisville Diocese in May of 1937. He transferred to the Cistercians of the Strict Observance at Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky in 1942. In 1944, he was sent to Conyers, where he served as Professor of Theology and Spiritual Advisor for the novices. In 1955, he was sent to Rome as the first American Definitor of the Cistercian Order.

Upon the death of Abbot Robert McGann in 1957, Dom Augustine was chosen to lead at Holy Spirit. During his time as abbot, many improvements were made to the abbey buildings and church. Abbot Augustine resigned in 1983, and then continued to serve at the abbey as a retreat leader and spiritual advisor. He died in 2002, age 91.



Vest.: 19. Juni 1942; Abbas: el. 22. Okt. 1957, res. 16. Aug. 1983.


Within the heart of Mary: Homilies and retreat talks. Ed. by Chaminade Crabtree OCSO. – Conyers: Our Lady of Holy Spirit Abbey, 2001, 251 p.


Gretchen Keiser: „At 90, Dom Augustine Moore Has Seen Dramatic Transition In Church“ und „Dom Augustine Homilies To Be Published„, in: The Georgia Bulletin. The Newspaper of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta. v. 20. Dez. 2001 · Gretchen Keiser: „Retired Conyers Abbot, Dom Augustine Moore Dies“, in: The Georgia Bulletin. v. 6. Juni 2002 · Rebecca Rakoczy: „'Nice Going' – A Life Of Friendship, Gentleness Remembered As Dom Augustine Moore Is Buried“, n: The Georgia Bulletin. v. 20. Juni 2002.

Citation: Moore, Augustine, in: Biographia Cisterciensis (Cistercian Biography), Version vom 9.11.2018, URL:,_Augustine

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