Alkuin Volker Schachenmayr

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Alkuin Volker Schachenmayr OCist (born Volker Schachenmayr on December 30, 1969 in Böblingen ) is a priest monk of the Cistercian monastery of Heiligenkreuz and a church historian .


Volker Schachenmayr grew up in Lake Placid , NY (USA). He graduated from high school in New York State (USA) in 1987 . He then studied at Swarthmore College to graduate with a BA in 1991. He then studied at Stanford University , where he received his doctorate in theater studies in 1996. His dissertation was entitled Connection among Classical Statuary, the Grand Tour, and Stage Performance in the Age of Goethe .

In 1998 he entered the Cistercian Order, the clothing took place in the Heiligenkreuz Abbey . He took the religious name of Blessed Alcuin , who was one of the most important scholars and advisers of Charlemagne . In 2002 he was solemnly professed and in 2004 he was ordained a priest . He completed his doctorate in church history as a Doctor Theologiae at the University of Vienna in 2005. From 2007 to 2009 he was the director of the cross-diocesan seminary Leopoldinum in Heiligenkreuz. In 2010 he was accepted as a member of the Institute for Austrian Historical Research . In 2016, he received his habilitation in the subject of church history in the Middle Ages and modern times at the Catholic-Theological Faculty of Würzburg .

He also had teaching positions at Stanford University , the University of California in San Diego, the Philosophical-Theological College Benedict XVI. Heiligenkreuz and research assignments at the Institute for Carmelite Studies in Washington, DC.

Schachenmayr is professor of church history in the Middle Ages and modern times, pen archivist , head of the EUCist research institute and, since 2008, editor of the Analecta Cisterciensia . He looks after the Heiligenkreuzer Debattierclub and is a member of the ÖCV association Sanctottensis.

Publications (in selection)

  • Formative professors in the development of theological teaching in the Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz 1802–2002. Bernardus-Verlag Langwaden, Grevenbroich 2004, ISBN 3-937634-08-8 .
  • Abbot Karl Braunstorfer (1895–1978). Abbot of Heiligenkreuz and Abbot Preses of the Austrian Cistercian Congregation (= studies on the history, art and culture of the Cistercians. 24). Lukas Verlag, Berlin 2005, ISBN 3-936872-64-3 (Also: Vienna, University, dissertation, 2005).
  • as editor: Current ways of researching the Cistercians. Research reports of the working conference of the European Institute for Cistercian History, Spirituality, Art and Liturgy at the Papal Phil.-Theol. Benedict XVI University Heiligenkreuz from 28./29. November 2007 (= EUCist studies. 1). Be & Be, Heiligenkreuz im Wienerwald 2008, ISBN 978-3-9519898-2-2 .
  • Chrysostom Hanthaler's letters to the Pez brothers. (Vienna, University, Master's thesis, 2010; full text ).
  • Dying, death and remembrance in the Austrian prelate monasteries of the early modern period. Bookstore edition. Be & Be, Heiligenkreuz im Wienerwald 2016, ISBN 978-3-903118-16-4 (Würzburg, Julius-Maximilians-Universität, habilitation thesis, 2016).

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. EUCist - Research Institute
  2. Founding history