ichael Wurtz, CSC, just wrote me from Rome to tell me that Fr. Chrysogonus Waddell, OCSO, just died this Sunday on the Feast of Christ the King.
Those of you who knew Chrysogonus and who had the privilege to sing his astonishing compositions, like his masterpiece Rosa Mystica
, know what a loss this is. The world is a bit more dim today. The Abbey of Gethsemani
, the community in which Chrysogonus lived all these years, and which was made famous by his friend Thomas Merton
, has posted a brief obituary here
I always joked that this photograph I took, during our first "Chrysogonus Fest"
in 1997, was "the only known photograph of heaven." No joke.