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Case of vanishing monk still remains unsolved

October 9, 2018 | Comment icon 5 comments



Pluscarden Abbey was founded in 1230. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 John Wright
A British filmmaker is hoping to solve the mysterious disappearance of Father Maurus Deegan in 2005.
Father Deegan had been a resident at Pluscarden Abbey near Elgin, Scotland for most of his life and was the last surviving member of the 'Pluscarden Pioneers' who reformed the monastery in 1948.

He was well known for taking daily walks through the neighboring countryside, even well in to his 90s.

On May 12th 2005, however, he went out as usual for his walk and never returned. Despite an extensive search of the surrounding area, no trace of him was ever found.

Some have speculated that he may have taken ill and collapsed, while others believe that he had deliberately sought out a secluded spot with the intention of peacefully dying in solitude.

Neither possibility however explains why his remains have never been found, especially given how well the other monks knew the local area.
It also seems unlikely that Father Deegan - being 93 - would have been able to get very far on foot.

Now in a renewed effort to get to the bottom of the mystery, filmmaker Christopher Court is making a documentary in an attempt to refresh people's memories about what happened the day he vanished.

"When I started I never thought I would actually find out what happened to Father Maurus but by tiptoeing around trying to work out all the theories I really got to explore the monks' monastic faith in a different way," he said.

"It's a light-hearted film, although it's a serious subject, because I think I would be doing the monks a disservice if I did it otherwise given how they spoke about Father Maurus and their views on the world. I really wanted to show that different side to them."

The film is set to be screened later on this year.

Source: Press and Journal | Comments (5)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Still Waters 4 years ago
I remember this from when it was in the news. It caused quite a stir at the time the way he just vanished. I've been to†Pluscarden Abbey and have a soft spot for the place, it's nice there and the monks were really pleasant. I'll be looking out for this film when it comes out, I'm very interested in watching it. Father Deegan would have had to†walk about 5 miles to reach the sea.†
Comment icon #2 Posted by Iilaa'mpuul'xem 4 years ago
I loved the†80 and 70 Shillings... didn't they do a 90 shillings also? I really looked forward to them when going on holiday..†
Comment icon #3 Posted by MissJatti 4 years ago
I do hope they get to the bottom of the disappearance of Father Maurus Deegan
Comment icon #4 Posted by TripGun 4 years ago
Fell into the Blackburn river and was carried out to the Bryron sound, poor fellow.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Podo 4 years ago
Flat sasquatches snatched him.


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