Notker Wolf (born 21 June 1940) is a German Benedictine monk, priest, abbot, musician, and author. He is a member of St. Ottilien Archabbey located in Bavaria, Germany, which is part of the Benedictine Congregation of Saint Ottilien. He previously was elected and served as the ninth Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Confederation of the Order of Saint Benedict. He was elected to his position as Abbot Primate in 2000 and ended his final term in 2016.

Notker Wolf, O.S.B.

Abbot
a Benedictine monk of St. Ottilien Archabbey
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Ordination1 September 1968 St. Ottilien Archabbey
RankAbbot Primate emeritus
Personal details
Born
Werner Wolf

(1940-06-21) 21 June 1940 (age 83)
NationalityGerman
DenominationRoman Catholic
ResidenceSt. Ottilien Archabbey
Previous post(s)
EducationDr. Phil. 1974 Pontificio Ateneo Sant'Anselmo

Biography edit

Early life edit

Werner Wolf was born as the son of a tailor in Bad Grönenbach in the Allgäu region of Germany. He undertook his early education at Oberrealschule Memmingen (today Bernhard-Strigel-Gymnasium) and at the Rhabanus-Maurus-Gymnasium St. Ottilien where he graduated high school in 1961. He then petitioned to enter the Benedictine monastery of St. Ottilien Archabbey.[1]

Monastic life edit

Wolf made his profession as a Benedictine monk on 17 September 1962, and was given the name "Notker" in honor of Saint Notker. He then began his philosophical studies in Rome, Italy, at the Benedictine Pontificio Ateneo Sant'Anselmo. In 1965, he began studies at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich where he concentrated in the interdisciplinary fields of theology, philosophy, and natural sciences (zoology, inorganic chemistry, and the history of astronomy). He would be ordained a Roman Catholic priest on 1 September 1968 at St. Ottilien Archabbey. In 1970, Wolf would return to Rome and be appointed a professor of Natural Philosophy and Philosophy of Science at the Pontificio Ateneo Sant'Anselmo. In 1974, he would complete his doctor of philosophy (Dr. Phil.) degree from the same institution with a dissertation entitled "Das zyklische Weltmodell der Stoa. Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte von der Ewigen Wiederkehr des Gleichen (The cyclical world model of the Stoa: A contribution to the history of the eternal return of the same)."[2][3]

Three years later, on 1 October 1977, Wolf was elected as the fifth Archabbot of St. Ottilien Archabbey. This also meant he became the Abbot President of the Benedictine Congregation of Saint Ottilien with monasteries and foundations scattered throughout the world. At the time this congregation had over twenty monasteries and over 1,100 monks throughout the world. Monks of this congregation are known as "Missionary Monks" and Wolf fulfilled his mandate by building hospitals, schools, colleges, and monasteries throughout the world.[4][5]

On 7 September 2000, over 260 of the abbots of the Benedictine Confederation gathered in Rome and elected Wolf as the 9th Abbot Primate of the Order of St. Benedict.[6][7] Although an "Abbot Primate" possesses little real authority over autonomous monasteries or congregations of monks, this position does allow him to serve as the visible presence of the Benedictine Order to the larger world. The office of Abbot Primate was created by Pope Leo XIII in 1886 to serve the Benedictine community as its liaison to the Vatican and civil authorities, to promote unity among the various autonomous Benedictine monasteries and congregations, and to represent the order at religious gatherings around the globe. The Abbot Primate resides at the primatial abbey of Sant'Anselmo all'Aventino in Rome, as well as serves as the "Grand Chancellor" to the Pontificio Ateneo Sant'Anselmo.[8] With the election of Abbot Gregory Polan as the new Abbot Primate on 9 September 2016, Wolf had completed sixteen years of service to the Benedictine Confederation.[9]

Wolf returned to his home abbey of St. Ottilien and continues his life as a monk. He had always been skilled at music, which he expressed both in the composition of Gregorian chant, the playing of the flute, and the enjoyment of playing the electric guitar in a rock band known as "Feedback."[10][11] His continued passions include inter-religious dialogue, environmental issues, responsible immigration policies, and ethical leadership and management.[12][13][14][15]

Bibliography edit

Wolf has numerous books, articles, interviews, videos, music CD's, and online streaming platform content. His books, musical compositions, and articles have been translated into over twenty different languages. He is also catalogued in the German National Library.[16] Just a few of his more prominent works are:

Books edit

  • Freisein für Gott. Einübung in die Geistliche Lesung (with Johanna Domek), Bonifatius-Druckerei, Paderborn 2004 (ISBN 3-89710-280-3)
  • Worauf warten wir? Ketzerische Gedanken zu Deutschland (with Leo G. Linder), Rowohlt-Taschenbuch-Verlag, Reinbek bei Hamburg 2006 (ISBN 3-499-62094-4)
  • Die Kunst, Menschen zu führen (with Enrica Rosanna & Leo G. Linder), Rowohlt-Taschenbuch-Verlag, Reinbek bei Hamburg 2007 (ISBN 978-3-499-62256-4)
  • Die Botschaft Benedikts. Die Weisheit seiner Äbte und Äbtissinnen, Vier Türme, Münsterschwarzach 2008 (ISBN 978-3-89680-350-4)
  • Aus heiterem Himmel. Einfälle und Eingebungen für das Leben hier unten, Rowohlt-Taschenbuch-Verlag, Reinbek bei Hamburg 2008 (ISBN 978-3-499-62325-7)
  • Im Schatten des großen Drachen. Begegnungen mit Chinas Christen (with Corinna Mühlstedt), Kreuz-Verlag, Stuttgart 2008 (ISBN 978-3-7831-3164-2)
  • Regeln zum Leben. Die Zehn Gebote – Provokation und Orientierung für heute (with Matthias Drobinski), Herder, Freiburg im Breisgau 2008 (ISBN 978-3-451-03017-8)
  • Wie mit neuen Augen. Weg-Begleiter für Pilger (with Audio-CD), Butzon & Bercker, Kevelaer 2008 (ISBN 978-3-7666-0968-7)
  • Gott segne Sie! Neue Einfälle für das Leben hier unten, Rowohlt-Taschenbuch-Verlag, Reinbek bei Hamburg February 2009 (ISBN 978-3-499-62460-5)
  • Von den Mönchen lernen, Pattloch, April 2009 (ISBN 978-3-629-02179-3)
  • Gönn dir Zeit. Es ist dein Leben, Herder, Freiburg im Breisgau April 2009 (ISBN 978-3-451-30187-2)
    • Make time for yourself: it's your time (English version), D.K. Printworld, New Delhi 2010 (ISBN 978-81-246-0559-2)
  • Wohin pilgern wir? Alte Wege und neue Ziele, Rowohlt-Taschenbuch-Verlag, Reinbek bei Hamburg September 2009 (ISBN 978-3-498-07366-4)
  • Mitten im Leben wird Gott geboren (with Corinna Mühlstedt), Herder, Freiburg im Breisgau September 2010 (ISBN 978-3-451-32329-4)
  • Alles Gute kommt von Oben. Kleine Wahrheiten für zwischendurch, Rowohlt-Taschenbuch-Verlag, Reinbek bei Hamburg November 2010 (ISBN 978-3-499-62702-6)
  • Die sieben Säulen des Glücks, Herder, Freiburg im Breisgau January 2011 (ISBN 978-3-451-31707-1)
  • Schmetterlinge im Bauch, Herder, Freiburg im Breisgau March 2011 (ISBN 978-3-942208-27-7)
    • Faith can give us wings: the art of letting go (English version), Paraclete Press, Brewster, MA 2013 (ISBN 978-1-61261-497-7)
  • Das kleine Buch der wahren Freiheit, Herder, Freiburg im Breisgau September 2011 (ISBN 978-3-451-31070-6)
  • Erfüllte Zeit: Ermutigungen für das Leben, St. Benno Verlag December 2011 (ISBN 978-3-7462-3064-1)
  • JETZT ist die Zeit für den Wandel. Nachhaltig leben, für eine gute Zukunft (with Alfons Kifmann), Herder, Freiburg im Breisgau April 2012 (ISBN 978-3-451-32454-3)
  • Seien Sie unbesorgt! Vorschläge für ein erfülltes Leben, Knaur TB, August 2012 (ISBN 978-3-426-78526-3)
  • Jesus: Ein Leben (with Leo G. Linder), Gütersloher Verlagshaus, August 2012 (ISBN 978-3-579-06578-6)
  • Die sieben Säulen des Glücks. Tugenden für das Leben, Herder, Freiburg im Breisgau 2012 (ISBN 978-3-451-06399-2)
  • Spiritus loci – vom Geist des Ortes. Ein spirituelles Reisebuch (with Alfons Kifmann), Schnell & Steiner, Regensburg 2014 (ISBN 978-3-7954-2905-8)
  • Das Böse. Wie unsere Welt aus den Fugen gerät (with Leo G. Linder), Gütersloher Verlagshaus, Gütersloh 2014 (ISBN 978-3-579-08512-8)
    • Evil: how our culture is going off the rails (English version), D.K. Printworld, New Delhi 2016 (ISBN 978-81-246-0872-2)
  • Altwerden beginnt im Kopf – Jungbleiben auch (with Leo G. Linder), adeo-Verlag, 2015 (ISBN 978-3-86334-037-7)
    • Aging starts in your mind: you're only as old as you feel (English version), Paraclete Press, Brewster, MA 2017 (ISBN 978-1-61261-814-2)
  • Läuft. Pessimisten stehen im Regen. Optimisten duschen unter Wolken, adeo-Verlag, 2016 (ISBN 978-3-86334-116-9)
  • Schluss mit der Angst – Deutschland schafft sich nicht ab! (with Simon Biallowons), Herder, Freiburg im Breisgau 2017 (ISBN 978-3-451-37620-7)
  • Gute Vorsätze. Beim nächsten Mal wird alles anders (with Alfons Kifmann), Gütersloher Verlagshaus, Gütersloh 2017 (ISBN 978-3-579-08545-6)
  • Das Unmögliche denken, das Mögliche wagen. Visionen für eine bessere Zukunft (with Alfons Kifmann), Gütersloher Verlagshaus, Gütersloh 2019 (ISBN 978-3-579-08548-7)
  • Leadership in the context of religious institutions: the case of Benedictine Monasteries (with Günter Müller-Stewens) editors, Springer, Cham 2019 (ISBN 978-3-030-13769-4)
  • Ich denke an Sie die Kunst, einfach da zu sein (with Simon Biallowons), Herder, Freiburg im Breisgau 2020 (ISBN 978-3-451-38530-8)
  • Warum ich an Freiheit und Verantwortung glaube, Leipzig Benno 2020 (ISBN 978-3-7462-5750-1)
  • Donne-toi le temps de vivre: conseils d'un moine globe-trotter surbooké abbé-primat émérite de l'ordre bénédictin (with Marie-Noëlle Villedieu de Torcy), Nouan-le-Fuzelier 2020 (ISBN 979-10-306-0321-7)
  • Die Sehnsucht nach dem Ursprung ist die Sehnsucht nach einem neuen Anfang (with Hans-Günther Kaufmann), Leipzig Benno 2021 (ISBN 978-3-7462-5913-0)

Discography edit

  • Notker Wolf with "Feedback": Rock My Soul, (Rock-Audio-CD) Point Music, April 2003
  • Notker Wolf with "Inka Stampfl": Weiherserenade. Französische Kammermusik aus drei Jahrhunderten, (Audio-CD) EOS-Verlag, St. Ottilien 2008
  • Notker Wolf with "Carlo Günther": Notker Wolf liest "Wohin pilgern wir?" Alte Wege und neue Ziele, (Audio-CD) Hörbuch Hamburg, Hamburg 2010
  • Notker Wolf: Notker Wolf plays Bach, (Audio-CD) Herder, Freiburg im Breisgau June 2011
  • Notker Wolf with "Feedback": No Lies, (Rock-Audio-CD) Transformer (Membran), April 2012

Gallery edit

See also edit

  • Paolo Rumiz: Der unendliche Faden. Reise zu den Benediktinern, den Erbauern Europas, Aus dem Ital. von Karin Fleischanderl, Folio Verlag, Wien/Bozen 2020 (ISBN 978-3-85256-805-8)
  • Marlis Prinzing: Notker Wolf. 'Die Gnade des Gehorsams hat mir die Welt geöffnet' , In: Meine Wut rettet mich Kösel, München 2012 (ISBN 978-3-466-37036-8)
  • Vera Krause: Abtprimas Notker Wolf. Grenzgänger zwischen Himmel und Erde. – Die Biografie, Verlag Vier Türme, Münsterschwarzach 2010 (ISBN 978-3-89680-471-6)
  • Petra Altmann: Die 101 wichtigsten Fragen – Orden und Klosterleben. Mit Antworten von Abtprimas Notker Wolf, Beck, München 2011 (ISBN 978-3-406-61381-4)

References edit

  1. ^ Just, Barbara (21 June 2015). "Unterwegs im Namen des Herrn: Benediktiner-Abtprimas Notker Wolf wird 75 Jahre alt". Katholisch.de (in German). Bonn. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  2. ^ Engelbert, Pius (2015). Sant'Anselmo in Rome. Collegeville: Liturgical Press. p. 372. ISBN 978-0-8146-3713-5.
  3. ^ Barthold, Hans-Martin (15 August 2017). "Notker Wolf – Vom Weg eines Berufenen". Berufsreport (in German). Wolfsburg. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Notker Wolf". www.orden-online.de (in German). Orden Online. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  5. ^ Hwa-young, Theresa Kim (23 August 2005). "Catholic hospital opens in North Korea". Asianews.it. Milan. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  6. ^ John Paul II, Pope (8 September 2000). "Address of the Holy Father John Paul II to the Benedictine Abbots, Priors, Abesses, and Administrators of the Order of Saint Benedict". www.vatican.va. Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  7. ^ "Benedictines elect Abbot Primate". Catholic San Francisco. San Francisco. 20 September 2000. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  8. ^ Glidden, Aelred (2013). "Abbot Primate". In Johnston, William (ed.). Encyclopedia of Monasticism. Taylor & Francis. pp. 10–11. ISBN 978-1-136-78715-7.
  9. ^ "Benediktiner-Abtprimas Wolf legt Amt nieder – Gregory Polan tritt Amt an". Katholisches Medienzentrum (in German). Zürich. 10 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  10. ^ Glatz, Carol (9 September 2016). "Abbot who plays in rock band says monastic life fires creativity". Crux Now. Scottsdale, AZ. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  11. ^ Beaudoin, Tom (9 February 2011). "In Praise of Abbot Primate Notker Wolf (and His Guitar)". America: The Jesuit Review. New York. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  12. ^ Norbert Haberger (Buch und Regie) (2004). Notker Wolf – Ein rockender Benediktiner (Film) (in German). Bayerischer Rundfunk.
  13. ^ Angelo Bonfadini (2019). Il tempo è vita: L'incontro con Padre Notker Wolf, emerito Abate Primate dei Benedettini, nel monastero di St. Otillien vicino a Monaco di Baviera (Documentario) (in Italian). Congrega della Carita Apostolica e la Cooperativa Il Calabrone.
  14. ^ Just, Barbara (21 June 2020). "Der "rockende" Benediktiner: Früherer Abtprimas Notker Wolf wird 80". Katholisch.de (in German). Bonn. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  15. ^ Rumiz, Paolo (5 August 2018). "L'abate rock che insegna come vincere la paura". La Republica (in Italian). Rome. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  16. ^ "Publications by or about Notker Wolf". www.dnb.de (in German). KATALOG DER DEUTSCHEN NATIONALBIBLIOTHEK. Retrieved 19 September 2021.

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Leaders of the Missionary Benedictines
Preceded by Archabbot of St. Ottilien Archabbey
1977-2000
Succeeded by
Preceded by Abbot President of the Benedictine Congregation of Saint Ottilien
1977-2000
Succeeded by