CHAPTER 21 - The Deans of the Monastery

Anyone selected as a dean should be the kind of person with whom the prioress/abbot can confidently share the burden of her/his office. They are chosen for virtuous living and wise teaching, not for their rank. RB 21:3-4

Benedict calls for people to share in leadership roles. Age, experience, privilege and expertise are not first on his list of qualities. Benedict looks for prayerful people that are committed to living a Gospel Life. He speaks of virtues that all of us strive for: living a Christian life, being spiritual people trustworthy in word and deed.