Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


A monk of 19 years dies

Published July 4, 2013

CONYERS–Brother Eutropius Bollinger, 66, a monk of the Cistercian (Trappist) Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers died peacefully on Wednesday, June 19, after a brief illness.

Brother Eutropius was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Aug. 1, 1946. He entered the monastery on April 1, 1994, and professed solemn vows as a Cistercian on Oct. 10, 1999. He enjoyed religious life as a monk for 19 years.

Abbot Francis Michael, in his eulogy, said his fellow monk was “greatly loved and cherished.” People easily talk about his “many good works, acts of kindness, acts of patience and love,” he said.

Brother Eutropius is survived by his parents, John and Margaret Bollinger, of Jacksonville, Fla., his daughter, Amy, and three sisters, Peggy, Melissa and Beth.

In addition to daily manual work, Brother Eutropius served the community as a master plumber and caring for the needs of visiting families of monks.