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Waddell, Chrysogonus, 1930-2008



  • Existence: 1930 - 2008

biographical statement

Monk of Gethsemani Abbey, Trappist, KY. Father Chrysogonus studied music composition with Vincent Perschetti at the Philadelphia Conservatory. A convert to Roman Catholicism in 1949, he entered the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani the following year. He was ordained a priest in 1958 and pursued further theological studies in Rome at the College of San Anselmo. Following in the tradition of his fellow Cistercian, Thomas Merton, Father Chrysogonus lived in a hermitage away from the abbey for nearly thirty years. He was choirmaster at the abbey for a number of years. In addition to his compositions, Father Chrysogonus published many scholarly works and translations of monastic and liturgical texts. A widely-recognized chant scholar, and consultor on chant and translations to the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), he traveled frequently, presenting at musicological and Cistercian conferences.


Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Chrysogonus Waddell OCSO Papers

Identifier: 01-01-exws_chrysogonuswaddell

The papers of Father Chrysogonus Waddell OCSO, scholar of Cistercian chant and liturgy. Microfilms, microfiches, images of  manuscripts, transcriptions of manuscripts, correspondence, draft descriptions of some of the Dom Edmond Obrecht Gethsemani Abbey Collection manuscripts.

Dates: 1955-2008; Other: Date acquired: 2009-05-13