Abbot Placid Solari
Meet Abbot placid solari
Abbot Placid Solari has been a monk of Belmont Abbey since 1974. He became the 8th abbot of the college in 1999 and he still teaches today and plays a large role in the hiring process for staff and faculty. He is a large believer in the college’s goal to educate students in discernment of God’s will and seeking truth in all aspects of their lives.
His many years of service and influence at Belmont Abbey College.
“The student that thrives best is someone who is coming to get an education, and not simply job training…Education is simply another way of seeking the truth.”
Abbot Placid Solari, O.S.B., a native of Richmond, Virginia, was professed as a monk of Belmont Abbey in 1975. He was ordained in 1980 by The Most Reverend Michael Begley, Bishop of Charlotte. He served at St. Michael Church in Gastonia, NC, from 1979-1982, and has assisted in various pastoral and educational ministries in the Diocese of Charlotte. In November of 1999, Abbot Placid was elected the 8th Abbot of Belmont Abbey.
Abbot Placid is the Chancellor of Belmont Abbey College, and has previously served the college as an assistant professor in the Theology Department, as Vice President for Academic Affairs, and as interim President.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Bellarmine College in Louisville, KY, in 1974. He earned the S.T.B. degree in Theology from the International Benedictine College of Sant’ Anselmo in Rome in 1978, and a doctorate in Theology and Patristic Sciences from the Pontifical Patristic Institute “Augustinianum,” also in Rome.