Our Leadership

The Order is governed by Superiors, and a Consistory comprised of both laity and clergy. During the Annual Retreat, the gathering convenes as a synod to address issues of mission, organization, and finance.


The Rev. Dr. Robert Gross, OCC

Waukesha, Wisconsin

The Abbot serves as the Spiritual Leader and Chief Shepherd for the Order, responsible for the vision and mission of the Order and the well being of the community. Br. Bob was first elected Abbot in 2012  and was re-elected Abbot during the Order’s 2017 retreat in Wernersville, Pennsylvania.

Past Abbots and Priors*

Abbot Richard H. Price 1999-2012

Prior Jeffrey Hammonds 1996-1999

Prior James H. Gold 1993-1996

Prior E. Stanley Knavel 1990-1993

Prior Harry Royer 1987-1990

*Before 1999 the leader of the order was called a Prior


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Sister Karen Lovelace, OCC

Timonium, Maryland

The Prior serves as the Counselor to the Abbot and is responsible for much of the spiritual and liturgical education and resources for the Order and the spiritual formation of Novices. Sr. Karen was installed as Prior at the Order's 2017 retreat in Wernersville, Pennsylvania. 

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Brother Brian Smith, OCC

Cleveland, Ohio

The Steward is the keeper of the Order's finances and fiscal records, fiscal advisor to the Abbot, and scribe of meetings and gatherings of the Order. Br. Brian was installed as Steward during the Order's 2018 retreat in Racine, Wisconsin. 


Consistory: The Consistory, along with the Abbot, Prior, and Steward, comprise our governing body.

Current Consistory Members:

Brother Ron Grubb

Brother Brian Burke

Sister Nikki Smith

Sister Selena Blackwell

Sister Jennifer Fair

Brother Mark Lukens