Switzerland, Swiss history, European history
A number of factors in the mid-nineteenth century led the Benedictine monks of Einsiedeln, situated in the Swiss pre-alpine region south of Lake Zurich, to establish a daughter house faraway in the United States. The repeated urging from Catholic bishops plus the eagerness to evangelize new areas, the great need for priests to serve German-speaking Catholic immigrants, and perhaps also a certain search for adventure, all were additional reasons.
Fassler, Fr. Thomas OSB
"Of Mothers, Daughters, and Growing Up The Changing Ties between the Monastery Einsiedeln and St. Meinrad Since 1850,"
Swiss American Historical Society Review: Vol. 52
, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/sahs_review/vol52/iss3/2