Anno Schoenen

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Anno Schoenen OSB (* July 1, 1925 in Essen as Heribert Schoenen ; † March 21, 2016 ) was a German Roman Catholic religious . He was abbot of the Benedictine Abbey of Maria Laach (1990–2002) and abbot praeses of the Beuron congregation (1995–2008).


Heribert Schoenen, the youngest child of a merchant family in Essen, was initially obliged to serve in the Reich Labor Service after graduating from high school in 1943 and shortly afterwards was deployed as a soldier on the Eastern Front. He came back badly wounded from the Soviet Union and studied philosophy and Catholic theology in Bonn after the end of the war , especially with Friedrich Nötscher and Heinrich Joseph Vogels . In 1946 he joined the Congregation of the Benedictines of the Abbey Maria Laach under Abbot Ildefons Herwegen for and received the religious name Anno . On August 24, 1948, he made the first monastic profession . After further studies in biblical studies in Maria Laach, with Johannes Schildenberger OSB in Beuron and with Joseph Ziegler and Karl Staab in Würzburg , he was ordained priest in 1952 . He was first assistant to Abbot Basilius Ebel in the training of novices . From 1957 to 1989 Schoenen was the spiritual director of the Benedictine nuns of Herstelle Abbey , where he and Abbess Beatrix Kolck OSB were committed to the biblical, liturgical and pastoral orientation of the community.

On November 4, 1990 he was elected as the successor to Adalbert kurzja OSB (* 1920) as the 48th abbot of the Benedictine Abbey of Maria Laach. The abbot was given on the day of remembrance of St. Anno by the Trier bishop Hermann Josef Spital in Laacher Münster. His motto was Honore invicem praeveniant - In awe for one another ( Rom 12,10  EU ). In 2002 he resigned as abbot for reasons of age. He was also President of the Beuron Congregation from 1995 to 2008 and thus the highest-ranking dignitary of the Congregation and higher order superior in terms of canon law .

Schoenen was strongly influenced by his Essen religious teacher and pastoral liturgist Rudolf Tippmann, by E. Nüßlein and his admiration for the theologian and priest Max Josef Metzger (Br. Paulus) who had been murdered by the Nazis .


  • Mary in the church. Father's word and praise to God. Pustet, Regensburg 1955, together with Emmanuel von Severus OSB.
  • The family God's work and human toil. Publishing house Ars Liturgica, Maria Laach 1958.
  • Today when you hear his voice. Volume 1: Advent to Pentecost. Pustet, Regensburg 1966.
  • Today when you hear his voice. Volume 2: Sundays and holidays after Pentecost. Pustet, Regensburg 1967.
  • Today when you hear his voice. Short sermons for the church year. Pustet, Regensburg 1968.
  • The Christmas message. 38 sermons. Pustet, Regensburg 1969, together with Karl Lehmann and Ambrosius Karl Ruf.
  • Appearance of the Lord. Düsseldorf 1993.

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Individual evidence

  1. a b c “Maria Laach: Ex-Abbot Heribert Schoenen died at the age of 91” , Rhein-Zeitung , March 21, 2016 (paid service).
  2. a b “To the change in Maria Laach” , Ahrweiler district , accessed on March 21, 2016.
predecessor Office successor
Adalbert kurzja Abbot of Maria Laach
Benedikt Müntnich
Laurentius Hoheisel Abbot praeses of the Beuron Benedictine Congregation
Albert Schmidt