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Abbot's Final Request: Burial At His Monastery

Publication Date: 
March 21, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle
Melody Gutierrez

Work by Religious Liberty Clinic students Greg Schweizer, JD ’15, and Caitlin Bradley, JD ’14, who helped draft CA SB 124, a monastery-burial measure, is mentioned in this San Francisco Chronicle article by Melody Gutierrez. 

For nearly 35 years, Abbot Theodor Micka tended to the grounds of his 9-acre monastery in Castro Valley. Now, the 75-year-old is asking state lawmakers for a rare exemption to California law that would allow him to remain at the monastery he co-founded after he dies.

"From the moment the request was made, we got on this immediately," said state Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, whose district includes the monastery. "We looked at the best way to address the request with all due haste so he knows his final request will be granted."


Scott said he envisions the abbot's final resting place to be somewhere near their chapel. After working with the Religious Liberty Clinic at Stanford University, Scott said they decided to pursue a narrowly crafted state law that allows Micka to be buried at the monastery.