Scholl, Edith

From Biographia Cisterciensis

Edith Scholl

Edith Scholl OCSO

Prioress of Wrentham; Author, Composer

* 31 Aug 1931 London
14 March 2017

Edith Scholl, baptized Barbara Jeanne, was born August 31, 1931, in London, England, the fifth child and only daughter of Francis and Edith Scholl. She moved to Chicago with her family when she was still young and graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Music Composition. On August 6, 1956 she entered Mt. St. Mary’s Abbey, Wrentham. She made her temporary Profession August 15, 1958 and her solemn Profession April 16, 1963.

Her musical compositions, written over a period of fifty years, shaped the liturgy of Wrentham Abbey. Over the years she served the community as Junior Director, Prioress, Sub-Prioress, music and liturgy teacher and vegetable gardener, but the work she loved best was milking the herd of cows daily for many years.

She researched monastic vocabulary with great interest and enthusiasm and published a book on the subject, Words for the Journey: A Monastic Vocabulary. She also served as Editor of Cistercian Studies Quarterly the last few years of her life.

In November 2016 she received the news that she was terminally ill. She died on March 14, 2017.



Prof.: 15 Aug 1958, 16 April 1963.


In the School of Love. An Anthology of Early Cistercian Texts. Trappist, Kentucky: Cistercian Publications, 2000 · Words for the journey. A monastic vocabulary. Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press; Trappist, Kentucky: Cistercian Publications, c2009.



Citation: Scholl, Edith, in: Biographia Cisterciensis (Cistercian Biography), Version vom 30.5.2017, URL:,_Edith

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