- Glenstall Abbey in County. Limerick plays host to Californian governor
08/06/2013 - He is the governor of the eight biggest economy in the world but still his visit to Glenstal Abbey, in Co Limerick, Ireland did not make the news.

Online PR News – 06-August-2013 – Chicago – Jerry Brown, Governor of California, lately went along to Glenstal Abbey in County Limerick during a two week holiday in Ireland and Germany.While the visit had been a personal one he did meet with Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore prior to returning to America at the weekend."We intend to return and connect the dots," Governor Brown stated to The Sacramento Bee local newspaper.His great-grandfathers came from Tipperary during the famine and Germany. It is understood he met with relatives.Mr Brown was joined by his wife Anne Gust Brown; his sister Kathleen Brown, California's former state treasurer and her husband Van Gordon Sauter - president of CBS News and Fox News for twenty years.Abbot of Glenstal, Mark Patrick Hederman said the stop by at Murroe on July 17 in fact wasn't pre-planned."It was just a gut feeling on his part and was regarding listening to Gregorian chant performed live somewhere near."The visit was first of all regarding himself and his own roots but it additionally had to do with Ireland and we'd do well to read the symbolism of his time here."One of the secrets to understanding him is his Jesuit schooling.Not only was he at school with the Jesuits but he became a Jesuit himself for 6 years prior to leaving the seminary and becoming Governor of California initially from 1975 to 1983," said Br Hederman.The gathering of four spent 4 hours inside the Benedictine monastery. They attended Mass, enjoyed lunch before visiting the library and icon chapel inside the crypt of the church.Br Hederman showed him the Orthodox icons and also the special collection from the library.The abbot claims his high powered visitor was particularly excited about the limited and numbered publication of the works of Alexander Hamilton.