abbot invested Chancellor Abbot Placid SolariThe Chancellor of Belmont Abbey College is responsible for safeguarding and nurturing the Catholic and Benedictine identity and mission of the college so that “in all things, God may be glorified.”  The Chancellor is always the Abbot of Belmont Abbey, since the College was founded by and continues to be sponsored by the monks, and the monastery is situated in the center of the College.

Donations to the Chancellor’s Fund of Belmont Abbey College are disbursed at the sole discretion of the Chancellor of Belmont Abbey College to encourage, develop, and defend the Catholic and Benedictine identity of the College.

Abbot Placid Solari, OSB, is the Chancellor of Belmont Abbey College. He has been a monk of Belmont Abbey since 1974, and was ordained in 1980. On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, 1999, he was elected the 8th Abbot of Belmont Abbey. In the past, Abbot Placid has served as the President of the college, and he was its Academic Dean from 1996 until his election as abbot. He continues to teach as well as provide an orientation session to every new hire to the college faculty and staff. Recently, we interviewed him about the college, its educational philosophy, the relationship of the monastery to college, and other related topics.

Interview with the Abbot: What does it mean for a college to be Catholic and Benedictine? Benedictines are part of the larger community of the Catholic Church. Click here for the interview.

The Rule of St. Benedict has been called “…an epitome of Christianity, a learned and mysterious abridgement of all the doctrines of the Gospel, all the institutions of the Fathers, and all the counsels of perfection” (Bossuet, 1627-1704, Bp. of Meaux).

And now you can receive free this Christian classic in an easy-to-understand, modernized English translation, with an introduction by Abbot Placid Solari, OSB. Click here to receive your free Rule of St. Benedict.

Abbot Placid’s radio spots “One Minute Monk” are aired on Catholic radio throughout the United States. For more information, click here.

Learn more about the Benedictine Hallmarks, click here

Donations are tax-deductible to limits established by law and can be made by check to:

Belmont Abbey College
ATTN: Chancellor’s Fund
100 Belmont-Mt Holly Road
Belmont, NC 28012

You can also donate to the Chancellors fund online. Click here to donate using our secure online donations form.