S t. A nselm’s A bbey S chool • W ashington, D.C. • F all 2009 • V ol. 18 N o. 1
The Corbie Chronicle Fall 2009 • Volume 18, Number 1
St. Anselm’s Abbey School 4501 South Dakota Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20017 202-269-2350 www.saintanselms.org
The Corbie Chronicle is published two times a year by the Development and Alumni Offices of St. Anselm’s Abbey School. We welcome correspondence from the St. Anselm’s Abbey School community. Please direct letters, class notes and other communication to James Leathers, ’04, at the school or via email at email@example.com. Photography in this publication has been provided by the St. Anselm’s Abbey School yearbook and newspaper staffs, as well as by David W. Powell and school faculty and staff. We apologize in advance for any errors and/or omissions. Contributors: Jane Brinley, Hajnalka Enzel, Fr. Michael Hall, OSB, ’56, Kirk Otterson, Scott Salandy-DeFour, ’06, Bryan Taylor. Design and Layout: James Leathers, ’04 Proofreading: Lawrence Hamm, ’68 Production and Printing: Camera Ready Graphics, Bethesda, Md. On the Cover: The student body on the first day of the 2009-2010 school year.
A Message from the President Fr. Peter Weigand, OSB
Reflections from the Headmaster Mr. Louis Silvano
2009 Fall Scholarship Gala
St. Anselm’s Abbey: A Brief History
Above: The pirate chorus in the Priory Players’ production of The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert & Sullivan, November 20, 2009.
A Message from the President Anselm, a great spiritual leader, Doctor Magnificus, was also a brillant teacher and writer. The clarity and logical rigor of Anselm’s ideas always sought ‘to raise the mind to the contemplation of God.’ Pope Benedict XVI, Vatican City, September 23rd, 2009
Dear Alumni, Students, Past and Present Parents, and Friends: A CEO’s job is never done. I have been traveling, visiting alumni, and doing what a president should be doing: public relations, fund raising, Fr. Peter Weigand, OSB and building a stronger St. Anselm’s community. From mid-June to early August, I was visiting alumni in Portland, Seattle, Tacoma, San Diego, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Hilo, San Francisco, Chicago, and Milwaukee. Following upon my Quo Vadis journey (a Latin phrase meaning “whither goest thou”), I can report that the alumni I encountered are healthy, wealthy, and wise. Each alumni group tried to outdo the previous one, both in entertaining me and in showing me the sights and important places of their locales. With David Martin, ’86, as guide, I viewed Portland’s rose gardens, mineral collections, Mount Hood and other natural spectacles; this was followed the next day with an evening gathering at the home of Kristen and David Antezana, ’85, with seven other alumni, Paul Connolly, ’62, Raymond Hogan, ’68, Vincent Cowal, ’78, Fr. Charles Wood, ’78, Ken Costa, ’82, and Adrian Crowne, ’92. Over the years, alumni friendships are “a doctrine so held, that the contrary would be rash—doctrina ita tenenda, ut contraria sit temeraria.” Traveling north, I had brunch at the top of Seattle’s Space Needle, indulged my senses on Dale Chihuly’s glass wonders in Tacoma, and dined that evening at one of Seattle’s best restaurants, Ray’s Boathouse on Puget Sound, all with Paul Yao, ’78, as guide and host. The next day, I was praying and listening to Mendelssohn’s choral music Saul on the Road to Damascus and his Conversion of Saint Paul at St. James Cathedral. Later, I viewed Dr. Joseph Resing’s, ’82, underwater Samoan volcanoes; Then Joseph, Paul, and I had dinner at the Palace Kitchen, downtown Seattle, with two other alumni, Joe Giampietro, ’70, and David Rinn, ’82. Flying south to Los Angeles and then taking a train to Solana Beach, I had dinner that evening at the home of Katrine and Duff Pickering, ’80. The next morning, Duff and I combed the California beaches from Solana to La Jolla Cove to the Cabrillo National Monument at the end of Point Loma; that evening Duff and I dined in Del Mar with three other alumni, Doug Diamond, ’67, Pierre Mailloux, ’80, and David Walters, ’88, all happily reminiscing of things called the St. Anselm’s Experience. Once in Honolulu, things moved at a slower pace; relaxing with two days of sun on Waikiki Beach and reading some of Robert Louis Stevenson’s sea stories, and I wrote some of my journal under the same Hau tree Stevenson did. Then I had a grand tour of Oahu guided by James Potemra, ’82, and Robert Hatch, ’83, from Diamond Head all the way around the island
and then back to Honolulu with a brief stop at the University of Hawaii were James is a professor of Oceanography. That evening, the three of us had dinner with Bruce Valencia, ’86, who flew in from Alaska to dine with his friends as I could not squeeze Anchorage into my busy schedule. The next day, I had time to take a tour of Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona Memorial, and the USS Bowfin, a WW II submarine. That evening, James and Robert joined me for a second alumni dinner at the Pacific Club along with John H. (Jack) Davis III, ’58, and his wife, Rosemary, who are members of this oldest club west of the Rockies. The next day, James Potemra sent me to Hilo on a tour to study volcanoes, craters, calderas, and lava flows, and to see one of Fr. Damien’s mission churches. Back on the mainland, my next stop was San Francisco where Patrick Landers, ’91, took me, Patrick Kenny, ’91, and Frank Adamson, ’94, to a tailgate party and a Giant’s baseball game. On Sunday morning, I found a wonderful place to pray, St. Boniface Church in the Tenderloin District. The church is Romanesque in style with twelve marble columns along the side aisles. It was built in 1863 by German immigrants, and has been staffed by Franciscans for these many years. The church survived the 1868, 1906, and the 1984 earthquakes; in 2007, the building was again fortified against earthquakes to meet the latest code. Their Sunday sung Mass is mostly in Vietnamese with some English. Other Masses that day were in Spanish, English, and Tagalog; truly, this is a universal church, Catholic in both senses of the word. In the back entryway there is a plaque, which reads: “To those who will come after us may this quiet service and beauty in the Tenderloin continue to be a source of inspiration and hope. May the next 100 years be ones of renewed service, faith, and outreach.” On Sunday afternoon, I went to the Orpheum Theatre to see the San Francisco production of Wicked, a total reimaging of the Wizard of Oz. Patrick Landers urged me to see this play since it had such outstanding reviews. Then that evening, I had dinner with Oliver Zill, ’98, and Matt Phipps, ’89. The next day, I flew to Los Angeles where Matt Dickie, ’94, guided me through the Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels, a great “sacred space” to be sure with simple stone walls and high ceilings, sloping floors, and magnificent acoustics. Below, there are many burial places, all in white marble, and a small crypt chapel. Then we walked around the Walt Disney Concert Hall with its reflective, blinding titanium facade. Afterwards we drove to the Griffith Observatory where we took in several exhibits of Space and Earth Science. After a lunch break, Matt gave me a private tour of the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, where he works. That evening, we dined in the Athenaeum Club at Caltech with four other alumni, Kevin A’Hearn, ’86, Peter Powers, ’89, Jeffrey Mattlin, ’95, and Nicholas Klank, ’97. It was
corbie chronicle 3
those who were able to attend this festive evening, Mr. Paul Quinn, our auctioneer, and all of our many benefactors and patrons, alumni, past and present parents, faculty and students. Then on October 24th, I took the train this time to Cambridge, Mass., to attend an alumni gathering hosted by Julia and Nick Kilmer, ’58. That evening, eleven alumni and four wives were able to attend, including Lawrence Hamm, ’68 (Director of Alumni Affairs), Mark Molloy, ’89, Marc Mander, ’94, Husayn Moody, ’94, P.K. Agarwalla, ’00, Liam Whitesell, ’01, Chris Dodd, ’02, Joey Cotruvo, ’02, Charles Hamm, ’04, and Andrew Hamm, ’08. Mr. Kilmer wrote to his classmates about the evening, “Following Fr. Peter’s low-key presentation (The ‘presentation’ was a very brief interruption to general friendly hobnobbing), I couldn’t resist shoving an oar in, and mentioned the feeling that has gotten stronger since we were together for our 50th—that the more the monastery itself dwindles, and the more the school loses touch with its old faculty backbone of BenedicFr. Peter and auctioneer Paul Quinn announce the winner of the $8,000 raffle at tines, the more it falls on us, the alums, to maintain a the Fall Scholarship Gala on October 17. sense of continuity.” Nick’s words sum up what many alumni expressed to me during my Quo Vadis travels fascinating to hear what each was doing in the L.A. area. this past summer. Once in the Midwest, I had a small gathering in Chicago On October 26th, Dr. Joseph Resing, ’82, came to St. with Peter Casarella, ’81, Connie Swiner, ’77, and Michael Anselm’s to give a presentation concerning his scientific work Anderson, ’93. From there, I took a train to Milwaukee stayon volcanoes, ocean trenches, and his latest studies at the West ing with Inga and Christian Barry, ’85. On my arrival, ChrisMata submarine volcano near Samoa. He gave a comparable tian took me to Quadracci Pavilion, the 2001 extension to the seminar lecture at Old Dominion University a few days before. Milwaukee Art Museum where I found Dale Chihuly’s Isola di In late June, when we met in Seattle, Dr. Resing had just reSan Ciacomo in Palude Chandelier II, 2000—another delight to turned from his second Samoan expedition as head of NOAA’s behold. That evening, the Barrys hosted a family cookout with research team, and I invited him to speak to the whole school. the George Wilkinsons, ’85, the John Kellys, ’85, and the Tim The students and faculty were most intrigued by his work and Woods, ’86. With all the children, wives, and yours truly, there grateful for his lecture. were 17 people; we ate chicken fajitas with all the trimmings The Damian Crane, ’55, Alumni Pool Tournament on washed down with margaritas or lemonade while we reminisced October 28th was a wonderful event, with some 30 alumni atabout St. Anselm’s and the passing years. tending. And our Open House for prospective students on NoFrom mid-August to early November, the normalcy of the vember 1st was a smashing success, attracting 30 percent more school year took over. The big events so far have been the Alumfamilies than last year’s event. ni Career Day on September 21st, followed by the Fall ScholarBy the time you receive this issue of the Corbie, you will ship Gala on October 17th, the Damian Crane, ’55, Alumni have been mailed the school’s Annual Fund letter. As President, Pool Tournament on October 28th, and an Open House for I must urge all our constituents to participate as your means prospective students on November 1st. might dictate; it is important to have 100% participation, no Currently, the Alumni Association is hard at work planning matter the amount. The first thing potential donor foundations its second All-Alumni Reunion Weekend this coming April 23rd, ask me is : “What percentage of your constituencies contribute 24th, and 25th, as part of the closing celebrations commemoratto your annual fund?” ing 900 years of Saint Anselm of Canterbury’s impact upon the Thank you for sharing in our mission. For a Benedictine Church and the Western world. We hope to have members from school, the sole purpose of every aspect of its program, every all of our 63 graduating classes from 1946 through 2009, and segment of its day, every activity, project, or department must the upcoming Class of 2010. be to encounter God through love of learning. We have never The honorees at this year’s Fall Scholarship Gala were the needed what Benedictine schools have to offer more than we monks of St. Anselm’s Abbey. In passing, one should note that do now. the abbey was founded 85 years ago this past September, and the school is observing its 67th year. The miracles of St. Anselm’s Pax in Sapientia, Abbey and School could not have happened without the help of generations of benefactors and friends who share in our Benedictine mission of education. With grants and gifts added to the normal silent and live auction income, raffle and ticket sales, and sponsor gifts, the Gala has grossed over $220,000 so far. Fr. Peter Weigand, OSB We welcome Gala donations until June 30th. I want to thank all President
4 corbie chronicle
Reflections from the Headmaster Dear Parents, Alumni and Friends of St. Anselm’s Abbey School,
gave a presentation to the students in Forms V and VI. Our We began the new school year with a special blessing of students were clearly impressed by these men and they learned our prayer labyrinth in celebration of the 900th anniversary a great deal about their various professions. I am deeply grateof the death of Saint Anselm of Canterbury. The entire school ful to these alumni for their participation. formed a circle around the labyrinth as Fr. Michael blessed this Congratulations is due to the following students from sacred space with holy water. We are grateful to Ben Moniz, the Class of 2010 who have been recognized by the National Form VI, who, assisted by his family and friends, installed the Merit Scholarship program. Our Semifinalists are Matthew labyrinth as his Eagle Scout project. A prayer labyrinth is a L. Bollinger, Robert place where one can Cobb and Benjamin quiet the mind, find J. Moniz. The Combalance, and meditate. mended Scholars are It has a single path Jonathan A. Aguilerathat winds into the Titus, Branden O. center and the same Alegbeleye, Jeremy path is used to return T. Cockerham, Jose to the entrance. The Gutierrez, James D. cruciform design of Keegan, Neil I. Sood this labyrinth is based and Liam Walsh-Melupon the labyrinth lett. found in Chartres CaOver the past 10 thedral in France. At years, as many as 61% the center, inscribed of the students of the on a stone paver, are graduating class have the following words been recognized by of Saint Anselm: Fides the National Merit Quaerens Intellectum Scholarship program. – Faith Seeking UnThis fall, the Priderstanding. I hope ory Players mounted this prayer labyrinth a memorable prowill provide support School Chaplain Fr. Michael Hall, OSB, blesses the prayer labyrinth as duction of the opfor the spiritual wellBenjamin Moniz, Form VI, looks on. eretta The Pirates of being of everyone in Penzance by Gilbert our community. and Sullivan. My congratulations go to the cast and crew We have 237 students enrolled this year, including sevon their highly entertaining performances. Kudos to Mrs. eral international students: two Italian students, two Chinese Cathy Diggle for her outstanding direction and to Dr. Charles students, one from Korea and one from Taiwan. The admisDowney for his excellent musical direction. sions season is off to a promising start under the enthusiastic Finally, at the time of writing, we are preparing for our anleadership of our Admissions Director, E.V. Downey. Peter nual Thanksgiving service and luncheon. During the month Young, ’01, our Assistant Director of Admissions, has received of November, the students and faculty have been collecting an enthusiastic response when visiting the 8th grade boys in cans for the annual Food Drive. Each of the Houses is comthe Archdiocesan Schools. We had a highly successful Open peting to bring in the most canned goods. For the ThanksgivHouse on November 1st which attracted approximately 135 ing Luncheon, the students will sit at a table family style in students and their families, a significant increase over last year their respective houses. Parents volunteer to serve the lunch when we had 90 families attend. and they provide a variety of pies for all to enjoy. In this way, I am pleased to report that Mr. Hal DeLuca is our new students, teachers, staff, and the monastic community come Director of College Counseling. As a former Headmaster together to give thanks for the many blessings we receive at of St. John’s College High School, Mr. DeLuca is an expeSt. Anselm’s Abbey School. rienced administrator who will provide strong leadership of the College Guidance program. He is assisted by Mr. Jeffrey Pax in Sapientia, Harwood, who continues as the Assistant Director of College Counseling. On September 21st a representative group of illustrious Louis Silvano alumni gathered for our annual Career Day, organized by DiHeadmaster rector of Alumni Affairs Lawrence Hamm, ’68. Each alumnus
corbie chronicle 5
AP Government Students Head to Supreme Court Thaddeus Edmonson, a simple man working for a concrete company, never imagined he would change a fundamental feature of the American legal system. But he did, as the plaintiff in a case arguing the nature of peremptory challenges before the Supreme Court. When the semester began in AP U.S. Government and Politics, many of us in the class (teacher and students alike) never imagined we would meet and talk to a Supreme Court justice. But we did, on November 10, as participants in the Annenberg Foundation’s Sunnylands seminars on the judicial branch. Joining students from a local public charter school and two other schools on the East Coast, the young men of St. Anselm’s Abbey School spent almost two hours discussing two Supreme Court cases with former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Anthony M. Kennedy. The boys were thoroughly prepared (typical!) for a Q&A with the justices on two key cases – Brown v. Board of Education and Edmonson v. Leesville Concrete
6 corbie chronicle
Co. After a brief bus ride, some photo ops outside the building, and lunch in the Supreme Court, the students were escorted to a conference room set up to facilitate a video taping of the event. The students got a briefing on the meeting and shortly thereafter the justices entered the room. Justice O’Connor began with a short introduction and soon the questions were flying from Justices Kennedy and Breyer. Abbey Boy hands shot up as the Justices probed and prodded in the Socratic style seeking answers to their questions. “What is equality under the law?” “ Why was ‘separate not equal’?” “Are peremptory challenges fair?” At one point, one of our boys was engaged in a one-on-one back and forth with Justice Kennedy! Our guys were thoughtful, confident, and articulate. It was exciting to see them engaged with the justices. But words can’t really capture the atmosphere … and so fortunately a video of the event will be released on the web in the near future. Watch for it on the Annenberg Foundation Trust’s website.
Our participation would not have been possible without the gracious invitation from Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. We are grateful for her thoughtfulness and look forward to participating in another Annenberg program—the Student Voices project. This program develops civic engagement among young people through a study of government, public policy, and politics in an interactive environment. And if you want to know more about Thaddeus Edmonson, peremptory challenges, and what Justice Kennedy thinks about “separate but equal,” just ask one of the eleven Abbey Boys who probably never imagined just a few weeks earlier that they’d talk to a Supreme Court justice in November. Who knows, in maybe thirty years or so, one of the eleven might be a justice asking similar questions of high school students learning about the judicial branch. Hard to imagine? I don’t think so. -Mr. Kirk Otterson
Jeopardy! Productions, Inc.
Campus Ministry NOtes During the first week of October, each Form had a special celebration of the Eucharist for their class in the Abbey church, celebrated by Fr. Michael, school Chaplain. On Monday, November 2, All Souls Day, each of the four Houses held a celebration of the Eucharist for their House to remember and pray for the faithful departed of their families and of the school and monastic communities. The Masses were held simultaneously at four locations on campus – the Abbey Church, the Reid Auditorium, the Devine Theater and the library, celebrated by Frs. Michael, Peter, Aidan and Boniface. Form retreat days were held on October 14 for Form I and October 30 for Form III at the Archdiocesan Youth Retreat Center at Our Lady of Mattaponi in Upper Marlboro. The day programs were conducted by Fr. Michael and a faculty team.
Form IV student Aidan Mehigan
Fourth Former Wins Third in Teen Jeopardy! Tournament Fourth Form student Aidan Mehigan was the second runner-up in the 2009 Jeopardy! Teen Tournament this fall, coming away with a cash prize of $15,000. Aidan was one of just 15 high school students from across the U.S. selected to compete in the 2009 tournament, which aired nationally from November 2 through November 13. The tournament was taped in August at Sony Studios in Culver City, Calif., but contestants were prohibited from saying anything about the results until after the shows aired. Aidan had to dodge countless questions from classmates and teachers wanting to know how he fared on the show, telling them they would have to watch for themselves. Those who did watch were not disappointed. Aidan advanced to the semifinal match by handily winning his first-round game, which aired Thursday, November 5. He also won his semifinal, which aired Monday, November 9, amassing over $39,000 in that game. Aidan advanced to the tournament’s final round, where he was up against two high school seniors. After a valiant effort over the two-night final, Aidan placed third overall, which entitled him to the cash prize. Jeopardy!, which has won 28 Emmy awards since its debut in 1984, is the top-rated quiz show in syndication with nearly 9 million daily viewers.
Form V will participate in the annual Kairos retreat the weekend of February 12-15, 2010 at a retreat center at Massanutten, Virginia, led by a team of faculty members and seniors who completed the retreat in 2009. On April 30 the seniors will have a pregraduation day of retreat and recollection at the Mattaponi Center. A new student organization has begun life this year in the school open to students in the upper school. The Fides Fraternity of St. Benedict, in the words of its mission statement adopted in October, exists to discuss and promote awareness if issues of faith, religion, peace, justice, equality and related areas. Through the promotion of these the Fraternity hopes to sponsor understanding throughout and beyond the student body and, as a fundamental aim, to constantly strive for peace through wisdom. Jonathan Aguilera-Titus (Form VI), Robert Gasser (Form VI) and Farrell Sheehan (Form V) were chosen as the executive leadership of the group.
1st Lt. Joe Mariani, ’02, far right, with Magistra Jane Brinley and Form V students (from left) Atticus Sawatzki, Allen Church and John Hamm.
Back from Iraq, Alumnus Speaks to Abbey Students On October 21, 1st Lt. Joe Mariani, ’02, discussed terrorism, ancient Rome, and Afghanistan with Form V students in Magistra Jane Brinley’s course entitled “Are We Rome.” Lt. Mariani has been stationed with the Marines in Western Anbar Province, Iraq, and will move to a new assignment in Afghanistan this winter. Students were particularly interested in Mariani’s assessment of possible U.S. strategies in Afghanistan and his observations on the similarities between how Rome and the U.S. work with their allies. In thanks for his time, the class presented Mariani with a copy of a book they have been reading, Empires of Trust: How Rome Built—and America is Building—a New World, by Thomas F. Madden.
corbie chronicle 7
Members of the Class of 2011 pose with Sgt. Christopher Cravens, USMC. Sgt. Cravens presented the class with a plaque in recognition of their enthusiastic participation in the Marine Corps’s annual Toys for Tots drive.
Class of 2011 Honored by U.S. Marine Corps Participating in community service projects was the objective of the St. Anselm’s Latin Club for the 2008-2009 school year. Ms. Delora Pelosi, moderator of the club and D.C. Junior Classical League State Chair, presented the idea to club members at their first meeting. Ms. Pelosi suggested that the students participate in the Toys for Tots drive sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps. The boys were most receptive to the idea, and Club Officers Abraham Secular, Nathan Dickerson, Ian Rich, Alex Jankovic and Askari Rushing (currently all members of Form V) immediately began setting an agenda for fundraisers. Sgt. Christopher Cravens, USMC, agreed to come and address the student body, speaking to them about the history of the program and the need for community support. The enthusiasm generated by and the rapport established with Sgt. Cravens was incredible, and he made
8 corbie chronicle
several trips back to St. Anselm’s to meet and have lunch with the students. The students immediately began to fill the boxes designated for toys. The class had 100 percent participation in the Latin Club/ DC JCL, and Ms. Pelosi offered a pizza party for their support. The students unanimously declined the offer, and requested that Ms. Pelosi spend the money on toys. Since the Toys for Tots boxes were already filled to capacity, additional bags were needed. Due to the generosity of the Class of 2011, the St. Anselm’s Latin Club achieved and surpassed its goal. Sgt. Cravens was overwhelmed when he came to retrieve the toys, and Ms. Pelosi informed him that the Latin Club was responsible for the impressive number of toys. Sgt. Cravens returned and presented the Class of 2011 with a plaque acknowledging their generosity and support.
Nationally-Ranked It’s Academic Team Starts Off Strong On October 25, the St. Anselm’s Richmond, Va., to compete in the Fall While the novices competed, Matt It’s Academic team qualified for the Novice Tournament at Maggie Walker Bollinger took part in the University National Scholastics Championship High School. With an 11-0 record, of Pennsylvania College Tournament, on June 5, 2010 at George Mason they won first place. playing on the unofficial Penn house University in Fairfax, Va., one of the At the Fall Novice Tournament team. Later, Matt, Aidan and Jacob premiere national high school quizat Walt Whitman High School in once more ventured off to Richmond bowl tournaments. The team earned Bethesda, two teams from St. Anselm’s to compete in the ACF-Fall College this invitation by participating in three competed. Our A-team of Brendan Tournament, where they earned an 8-5 accredited tournaments. The first was Ziebarth, Diego Jones (Form IV) and record and fifth place. Richard Montgomery High School’s Jamie Anderson (Form III) finished in The boys also competed in their “Rumble on the Pike,” where we fifth place with a 4-6 record, while our first-round television match of It’s achieved a 10-2 record and finished in B-team of Andrew Houghton (Form Academic, hosted by Mac MacGarry second place overall. IV), Alex Atienza (Form III) and Geri on NBC4. St. Anselm’s defeated Northwest High and School Without The second tournament was the Dunellari (Form III) finished eighth University of Maryland Fall Tournament. with a 5-5 record. Walls by an unprecedented score of Playing undermanned, we 735-300-320 to qualify for the next round to be taped on nonetheless made it to the February 20, 2010. playoffs and with a 7-4 record Additionally, the St. won fourth place. At the Anselm’s “It’s Academic” team Thomas Jefferson Invitational has achieved national ranking Academic Tournament, we won third place, posting a 10this year in the poll conducted 1 record. by HSQuizBowl.org. At the The Varsity team, made up beginning of the year we were of captain Matthew Bollinger ranked 19th. Since then we (Form VI), Aidan Mehigan have answered 80% of the questions accurately which is (Form IV), Jacob Wasserman a pretty astonishing success (Form IV) and Brendan rate. The new rankings come Ziebarth (Form V), competed out at Christmas—stay tuned. in other tournaments as well. The It’s Academic TV team: From left, Aidan Mehigan (Form IV), -Mrs. Hajnalka Enzel Aidan and Jacob traveled to Matt Bollinger (Form VI) and Jacob Wasserman (Form IV).
Holocaust Survivor Shares Her Inspiring Story with Students
Mrs. Alice Masters with Form III students
On September 15 in the Devine Theater, the student body and faculty welcomed Holocaust survivor Mrs. Alice Masters, who spoke about her experiences growing up in Czechoslovakia and her subsequent escape from the Nazi-occupied country under the protection of the British humanitarian Sir Nicholas Winton. Nicholas Winton, now 100, rescued an estimated 669 mostly Jewish children during the Holocaust, arranging for their safe passage to Britain. After showing excerpts from the Emmy-winning documentary The Power of Good, Mrs. Masters recounted her rescue and the experience of leaving her home and family behind. Students and faculty received a copy of Matej Minac’s inspiring book Nicholas Winton: The Lottery of Life, courtesy of the Czech Embassy in Washington.
corbie chronicle 9
The Priory Players Present The Pirates of Penzance The Priory Players staged their fall musical the weekend of November 19 in the Devine Theater. This year, the show was Gilbert and Sullivanâ€™s classic operetta The Pirates of Penzance. Ms. Catherine Diggle served as director, while Dr. Charles Downey directed the music. The Priory Players last staged Pirates in 1986 under the direction of then-Headmaster Fr. Michael Hall, OSB.
Clockwise from above: The gang of Upper School pirates; Matt Bond (Form VI) as MajorGeneral Stanley; Liam Walsh-Mellett (Form VI) as the Pirate King with Robert Cobb (Form VI) as Frederic; the policemenâ€™s chorus; and Robert Cobb as Frederic.
10 corbie chronicle
Faculty Notes On July 3, 2009, math and science teacher and running coach Bryan Taylor and his friend Kerry O’Brien arrived on the summit of the Grand Teton. The climb took two days, and the weather was not ideal. They encountered ice, snow and dense fog on the way up. By the time they reached the summit the clouds lifted, but this was only half the battle! The climb down was just as scary and physically demanding. All arrived safely back at the trail head having climbed one of the iconic peaks of the West.
Kerry O’Brien and Bryan Taylor atop the Grand Teton in July.
Fr. James Wiseman, OSB, lectured at St. Elizabeth Parish in Rockville on the evening of November 4. His topic was Centering Prayer, a method of contemplative prayer that originated at St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts, in the 1970s as a way of retrieving the wisdom of the Christian contemplative tradition at a time when many young people were literally heading east, to India and Japan, in search of spiritual practices that they were not finding in the Christian churches of the United States. Fr. James’s talk focused especially on the life and work of Fr. Thomas Keating, who was the abbot at St. Joseph’s during that period. On Saturday, November 14, Fr. James spoke on a very different topic, giving a 20-minute reflection at a theology school in Takoma Park on points raised in an address by Dr. Robert Ulanowicz, professor emeritus of ecology from the University of Maryland. The program was sponsored by the science-and-religion discussion group of the Washington Theological Consortium. The main topic of this November workshop was ways of understanding the natural world beyond the paradigms associated with the work of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.
Art teacher Elizabeth Peak was recently included in a book entitled 60 Years of North American Prints, 19472007 by David Acton. The volume was published by the Boston Printmakers earlier this year.
Choral director Michael Lodico
Choral director Michael Lodico was appointed Associate Choirmaster and Organist of St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square, in Northwest Washington adjacent to the White House. He continues to direct and teach at St. Anselm’s.
Keep in Touch! Alumni: Reconnect with old friends, post class notes and keep your contact information up-to-date on the alumni website at saintanselms.org/alumni. Parents: If this issue is addressed to a son whose permanent address is no longer at your home, please let us know! Contact Lawrence Hamm, ’68, in the Alumni Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-281-1657.
corbie chronicle 11
Panther Sports Another Banner Year for Cross Country The St. Anselm’s Varsity cross country team defended their PVAC title with a guts performance in the championship meet on October 29 at Covenant Life School. With many other schools making a hard charge, our top seven guys held them off. Senior Ben Moniz fought through sickness to finish a solid third overall. Seniors Matt Bollinger and Andres Acevedo toughed out tired legs to finish in the top ten. These were just a few of the Abbey boys who earned allPVAC honors this season. In the Middle School race, Form II students Jared Allen and Michael Laskowski took first and second, respectively. With this strong performance and solid runs by the rest of the team, the Middle School squad finished second. Overall we had a tremendously successful season and look forward an exciting 2010 season. Thanks also to all of the parents for their support all year. We couldn’t have done it without you! -Coach Bryan Taylor
The Middle School cross country team with coaches Bryan Taylor (back center) and Janine Dunne (far right). The Middle School runners had an exciting season, finishing second in the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference.
Third Former Hits the Gridiron in D.C.’s Pop Warner League
Ben Moniz (Form VI) was the Varsity team’s top runner this season, finishing third in the PVAC championship meet.
12 corbie chronicle
On Sunday, November 8, the North Michigan Park Indians played for the Pop Warner D.C. City Title on the football field at Anacostia High School. Francis McCarthy of Form III was a member of the team. Francis was captain of the offensive line and a stalwart special teams player. The Indians represented Ward 5 very well this season, compiling a 6-1-1 overall record. The D.C. Pop Warner Football League is always ranked among the most competitive in the country, and this year was no different. Unfortunately, the Banneker team (Wards 1-2) won a squeaker in the title game; nonetheless, Francis and the Indians were thrilled at having defeated such powerhouses as Kenilworth, Barry Farm and the Soldiers of Benning Terrace. Pop Warner is the only national youth sports organization that requires its participants to maintain academic standards in order to participate. During the 2009 season, the D.C. Pop Warner Football League had over 100 teams with over 3,400 youth athletes, ages 5 to 15 years old.
Varsity Soccer Left: the 2009 Varsity Panthers with Coach Barry Hillocks. Below: Michael Carpenter (Form VI) won all-PVAC honors this season.
The Varsity soccer team completed the 2009 season with a record of 8-8-1 under head coach Barry Hillocks, finishing third in the PVAC. Among several players who turned in stellar performances this season was senior Mikey Carpenter, who earned all-PVAC honors. One highlight of the year was an exciting game against Don Bosco Cristo Rey on Homecoming, with the Panthers prevailing 1-0.
Middle School Soccer
The 2009 J.V. soccer team made tremendous improvements over last year. With the help of assistant coach Michael Edelin, ’06, a former Catholic University soccer player, the team finished with four wins, five losses and two ties, missing the team’s preseason goal of 5-5-1 by just one win. We saw the gap between St. Anselm’s and bigger schools such as Woodrow Wilson (the D.C. Public School champion) narrow tremendously; while our goal differential against Wilson in 2008 was -10, this year it was -2. With many players making improvements, we look forward to their contributions at the Varsity level next year. -Coach Scott Salandy-DeFour, ’06
Under head coach Friday Johnson, the Middle School Panthers compiled a record of 7-4-1 in PVAC and nonleague play. One highlight of the season was a spectacular 9-0 victory over the Avalon School on Homecoming, Saturday, October 10. The season also included shutout wins over Covenant Life, Edmund Burke and Grace Brethren behind solid defense and consistent play from goalkeeper Caleb Gilbride (Form II). The Panthers’ season ended in the PVAC quarterfinals with a 1-0 loss to Covenant Life.
corbie chronicle 13
Gala Saturday, October 17
he evening of Saturday, October 17, more than 350 guests gathered in the school’s Athletic/Performing Arts Complex to raise money for financial aid at St. Anselm’s and pay tribute to the Benedictine monks of St. Anselm’s Abbey for their continued vision and dedication to the young men of our school. Following a silent auction and cocktail hour in the Commons, guests moved into the Athletic Center. Our live auction was highly successful, raising over $20,000 under the skillful direction of our auctioneer, Mr. Paul Quinn. Many generous alumni, parents, faculty and friends also raised their paddles to make outright donations to the scholarship fund. In the space of about an hour, $50,000 was raised to assist deserving young men who would otherwise be unable to attend St. Anselm’s Abbey School. The other focus of the evening were the monks of St. Anselm’s Abbey, who this year are celebrating 85 years of Benedictine life in Washington, D.C. Fr. Michael Hall, OSB, a member of the school’s Class of 1956, a former Headmaster and the current Chaplain of the school, spoke about the history of the school, the monastery and the relationship between the two. To date, this year’s Gala has grossed more than $220,000 for financial aid. Thank you to everyone who has lent their support to this important fundraiser! This page, clockwise from below: Headmaster Louis Silvano greets the guests prior to the live auction; guests peruse the silent auction during the cocktail hour; Auctioneer Paul Quinn gets bidders fired up during the live auction, raising more than $20,000 for scholarships.
14 corbie chronicle
Top: Fr. Michael Hall, OSB, â€™56, speaks to the crowd after dinner about the history of St. Anselmâ€™s Abbey and School. Middle right: The Silver Strings Youth Quartet plays as guests arrive during the silent auction. Middle left: Guests mingle and bid on auction items in the Commons prior to dinner. Right: More than 350 guests gathered in the Athletic Complex to honor the monastic community. Fr. Michael stands on the stage at right.
corbie chronicle 15
St. Anselm’s Abbey: A Brief History The Benedictine community celebrated 85 years of monastic life in Washington this fall. Fr. Michael Hall, OSB, ’56, the Abbey’s subprior and archivist, composed the following history on the occasion of this year’s Fall Scholarship Gala. In 1922, Fr. Thomas Verner Moore, a member of the Paulist Congregation and professor of psychology at the Catholic University of America, gathered a group of diocesan priests, all teachers or graduate students at the University, who were interested in his vision of a Benedictine monastic community in Washington. This community was to be closely associated with Catholic University, practicing a traditional Benedictine life of prayer and engaging in the work of research and scholarship in a variety of fields, from theology to the pure and social sciences. The group applied to the English Benedictine Congregation, whose history, liturgical and scholarly traditions they admired, for adoption and sponsorship. One of the abbots of the Congregation, Abbot Joseph MacDonald of the Abbey of Fort Augustus in Scotland, became interested in the project and agreed to welcome the group of Americans into his novitiate at his monastery on the shores of Loch Ness. In the early summer of 1923 the group of five Americans, led by Fr. Moore, arrived in Scotland to begin their training as Benedictine monks. Fr. Benedict Brosnahan, an American monk of Downside Abbey in England, was allowed by his abbot to associate himself with the Washington project and arrived in Washington to begin making the material arrangements for a new monastery while the others were in Scotland. With some financial help from friends, he purchased a tract of farm land on Sargent Road NE, not far from Catholic University, and began the work of adapting the frame farm house and out-buildings for monastic use. In September 1924 four members of the original group completed their novitiate, Frs. Thomas Moore, Augustine Walsh, Hugh Diman and Albert Haldi, made their profession of vows and returned to Washington with a Scottish superior, Fr. Wulstan Knowles, and a small group of junior monks and brothers from Fort Augustus to begin life at the new St. Anselm’s Priory, the Divine Office was begun in the small chapel in the original Priory
16 corbie chronicle
on September 8, 1924. The work of the monks in the early years was varied but centered on teaching at Catholic University and Trinity College, pastoral assistance and retreat work. The community grew slowly, and in 1930 it was able to erect a permanent monastery and church on an adjacent tract on the hill above South Dakota Avenue NE. In 1964, the modern monastery wing, designed by architect Philip Johnson, was built. In 1949 St. Anselm’s was made an independent (or conventual) priory, separated from its mother-abbey of Fort Augustus, and in 1961 was raised by the Holy See to the rank of abbey, electing Father Alban Boultwood as first abbot. The decision was made by the monks in 1942 to open a small fouryear high school for boys—The Priory School—in light of the educational work of the monastery and of the English Congregation, the needs of the new Archdiocese of Washington, and the talents of the majority of the community. The school was originally housed in the former novitiate wing of the monastery. In 1946, a gymnasium
building was built (now incorporated into the Devine Theater) and in 1955 the main academic building was built and occupied. In that year the school’s program was expanded to include grades 7 and 8, and the terminology of “Forms” was introduced. The classroom building received additions in 1974 and 1985. In 1991 the sixth grade was added, and a separate middle school program was introduced. The new gymnasium and performing arts complex was completed in 2001-2003. In the last 40 years the school (which became St. Anselm’s Abbey School in 1961) has continued to be a major apostolate of the monastic community, supported by a growing lay faculty to meet its developing programs. In 2008 the school was incorporated as a subsidiary corporation of the Benedictine Foundation of Washington D.C., with its own Board of Trustees to promote its continued development and financial stability as it moves into the future. Its close spiritual and institutional links to the Benedictine community of St. Anselm’s Abbey continue to be a vital part if its life and mission.
The monastery’s “old wing” was built in 1930, six years after St. Anselm’s Priory was founded.
Class Notes 1946
John Jay Daly, the first student to enroll at the Priory School and winner of the first Abbot Alban Boultwood, OSB, Alumni Award earlier this year, died August 27 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. We offer our sincere condolences to his wife, Dana, and his eight children, including St. Anselm’s alumni Sean, ’73, Brendan, ’80, Matthew, ’80, and Corbett, ’89.
Thanks to Nick Kilmer for hosting a reception for Boston-area alumni on October 24. Twelve alumni joined school President Fr. Peter Weigand, OSB, for the gathering at Nick’s home in Cambridge, Mass.
James Boland joined the school’s Board of Trustees in October. Jim is currently a partner at the Sundquist Group, a public policy consulting firm in Washington.
A team led by Stephen Driscoll, professor of historical archaeology at the University of Glasgow, made headlines this summer when it discovered a rare Early Bronze Age grave near Forteviot, Scotland. The burial chamber was estimated to be more than 4,000 years old.
on his scientific work with volcanoes, ocean trenches, and his latest studies at the West Mata submarine volcano near Samoa. See the Message from the President on page 4 for details.
Tim May took first place at the annual Damian Crane, ’55, Alumni Pool Tournament on October 28. Over 30 alumni attended this year’s event at Buffalo Billiards near Dupont Circle.
This summer, Joseph Bedessem took up a yearlong post as Senior Human Resources Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. His wife and sons will remain in Cairo during his time there.
Chris Buie was elected Secretary of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors in October.
Nine St. Anselm’s alumni gathered in Tucson, Ariz., on May 30, 2009, for the wedding of Joe McMahon to Bridget Kennedy of Spring, Tex. Present were Paul Ulep, Lars Hydle, Falan Yinug, Silvino Da Luz, Jim Ryan and Simon Kim; Kevin McMahon, ’94, Joe’s brother and best man; and Scott Galloway, ’93.
Clarence D. Long IV was elected Vice President of the Alumni Association in October.
Erin Ersenkal and his wife Elizabeth welcomed their son Oben on July 27, 2009. The family resides in Long Island City, N.Y.
Awenate Cobbina was elected President of the Alumni Association in October. Later this fall, he passed the New York State bar exam.
Christopher Keary graduated from medical school at the University of Pittsburgh in May. Continuing his interest in theater and drama, fostered at St. Anselm’s, he was heavily involved in writing and performing in the med students’ original musical show, performed during graduation weekend. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Boston to begin a four-year residency in psychiatry at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital.
Roland Foss writes: “I returned to the United States after nearly four years on active duty with the U.S. Army in Mannheim, Germany. I’m still serving
Stephen Kinnaird joined the school’s Board of Trustees in October. Steve is currently a partner and co-chair of the appellate practice at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP in Washington.
Dr. Joseph Resing visited the school on October 26 and gave a presentation
Left to right: Paul Ulep, Lars Hydle, Falan Yinug, Silvino Da Luz, Jr. (all ’92); Bridget Kennedy and Joe McMahon, ’92; Kevin McMahon, ’94; Scott Galloway, ’93; Jim Ryan, and Simon Kim (both ’92).
corbie chronicle 17
part-time in the Army Reserves as I study for an MBA at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. I recently met up with James McHale, ’01, who is also just starting his studies up here, though he is at the Cornell Law School.”
Historical Society in Manhattan, using his art history major from Oberlin. In his spare time he is pursuing his music, composing and performing in a rock group, Miniboone, which performs regularly in New York City and recently toured New England.
Joe Mariani returned from a tour of duty in Iraq with the Marine Corps earlier this fall. On October 21, he visited the school to discuss his experience with Upper Division students; see page 7 for details. James Keary is living in Brooklyn, having recently taken over classmate Zach Zill’s apartment there. James continues work in the Museum Education department at the New York
Peter Kjeldgaard joined the St. Anselm’s faculty this fall, teaching A.P. United States History to students in Forms V and VI.
Kevin Hudson joined the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors in October. He continues his work as a Legal Assistant in a Washington law firm and is an assistant coach for the St. Anselm’s Varsity basketball team.
Will Snider graduated from Columbia University in May and is now working with the microfinancing organization One Acre Fund in Bungoma, Kenya. Follow Will’s blog at http://willsnider. wordpress.com. Andrew McCabe is back on campus this winter as an assistant coach for the JV and Varsity basketball teams. Andrew graduated from Villanova University earlier this year. Peter Stamm is in formation with the Franciscans of the Primitive Observance. He resides in Lawrence, Mass.
Johnny Carpenter is a freshman at the University of Virginia, where he is a manager for the men’s basketball team.
We Extend Our Deepest Sympathy to the Families of Those in Our Community Who Have Died Mr. John Jay Daly Class of 1946
Dr. J. Stephen Latimer Father of Jack, ’09
Mrs. Mary Shea Mother of Gerard, ’58, and Richard, ’59
Mr. R. Neil Dickman Former Board Member; Father of Eric, ’91
Mr. Richard A. McCutchen Father of Michael, Form V
Dr. James McNeill Stancill Grandfather of James Leathers, ’04, and John Leathers, ’06
Mrs. Mary R. Edwards Mother of John, ’59
Mrs. Tina Malluzzo Grandmother of Craig Mauro, ’91
Mr. John T. Elson Class of 1949
Mr. George Meiburger Father of Damien, ’74, John, ’77, and James, ’77
Mr. Joseph Fennell Father of William, ’66
Mrs. Mahlon Myers Mother of Fr. Gabriel Myers, OSB
Mr. Christian R. Hansen Father of Albert, ’72, John, ’78, and Kurt, ’83; Grandfather of Thomas, Form V, and Peter, Form II
Mr. Gerald R. Neilsen Grandfather of Devin Taylor, Form III
Mr. Dennis Healy Father of Daniel, ’07 Mr. Tony Landreau Class of 1948
18 corbie chronicle
Mr. Donald K. Palmer Father of Jeffrey, ’73, and Winthrop, ’76 Mrs. Elizabeth J. Palmer Mother of Jeffrey, ’73, and Winthrop, ’76
Mr. Connie Swiner Father of Connie III, ’77 Rev. David Turner Former Board Member Mr. Frederick White Former Board Member; Father of Jason, ’97 Dr. Frank B. Whitesell, III Class of 1970 Ms. Terri Williams Mother of school guard Corey Doyle Mr. Samuel A. “Buddy” Young Class of 1947
The St. Anselmâ€™s Experience Needs Your Support! Demand for scholarship aid has never been higher. Make your tax-deductible gift to the Annual Fund today and show your support for our top-notch students and faculty! Learn more and donate securely online at saintanselms.org/support. corbie chronicle 19
Washington, DC Permit No. 8626
4501 South Dakota Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20017-2753 address service requested
Mark Your Calendars for the Second Annual
All-Alumni Reunion Weekend April 23-25, 2010 + More Information: www.saintanselms.org/reunion
Fall 2009 issue of the Corbie Chronicle, a magazine published by St. Anselm's Abbey School in Washington, DC.