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Archabbot’s Message Dear Friends, The beginning of 2017 provides a time for reflection. Highlights of the past year included the presentation of Bach’s St. John Passion with Maestro Manfred Honeck, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. The world-renowned trio of Honeck, the PSO and Mendelssohn provided a moving and meaningful musical meditation on the Passion of Christ. The Grammy-nominated Maestro Honeck and the PSO will return on Saturday, April 29, for “Bruckner in the Basilica,” a presentation of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8. The symphony is thought to be the composer’s crowning musical achievement. This past year also included the national conference on “The New Evangelization and Higher Education: The Vision of Pope Francis” which featured Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington; Dr. Carolyn Woo, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Relief Services and Bishop Robert Barron, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles and founder of the award winning “Word on Fire” Catholic Ministries,

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along with six additional well-known national speakers. The conference included 300 campus ministers, educational leaders and participants from across the country. The conference talks are available on ® YouTube and Bishop Barron has also featured the Conference highlights on his Word on Fire program. On May 10, our commencement speaker at Saint Vincent College was John Degnan, chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a college alumnus. In May, Father Pio Adamonis, O.S.B., and Father Matthew Lambert, O.S.B., were ordained to the priesthood and Brother Canice McMullen, O.S.B., was ordained to the diaconate. We look forward to the priesthood ordination of Brother

Canice this coming May, as well as the ordination of two monks to the diaconate, Brother Lawrence Machia, O.S.B., and Brother Joachim Morgan, O.S.B. On October 4 the Archabbey Basilica was the site of the Memorial Service for our friend and neighbor Arnold Palmer, which was broadcast internationally on the Golf Channel. On November 3 we hosted Rabbi Abraham Skorka (Argentina) and Cardinal Donald Wuerl for a Catholic-Jewish Dialogue Day in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the ongoing dialogue between the two faiths and a tribute to our own dear friend Rabbi Jason Edelstein who has taught at Saint Vincent for 48 years. We celebrated the Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis, with many events and activities to promote a deeper embrace of mercy and compassion in our daily lives and concluded our year with Midnight Mass at the Basilica. May God’s blessings be with you as we begin 2017. Know that you are remembered in the daily prayers of our community. Sincerely in Christ,

Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B.

from the Latin “Cor ad Cor Loquitur,” or “Heart Speaks to Heart,” is the motto of Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. It refers to the Archabbot’s prayer that giving and receiving authentic love may always be the chief characteristic of the Saint Vincent monastic community. This was also the motto of John Henry Cardinal Newman.

This newsletter is published by the Benedictines of Saint Vincent Archabbey.

Director of Archabbey Public Relations/Editor Kimberley A. Metzgar

Publisher Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B.

Public Relations Associate Seth Harbaugh

Executive Director, Archabbey Apostolates and Endowments Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B. Director of Archabbey Development Shannon Jordan

Contributors to this issue:

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Alexander Byers Conception Abbey Ellen DeSimone Jordan Hainsey Seth Harbaugh Barbara McAllister Cover: Rabbi Abraham Skorka, a friend of Pope Francis for more than 25 years, and Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington, were among a panel of Catholic and Jewish theologians discussing Catholic-Jewish Dialogue at Saint Vincent on November 3.

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Benedictine Confederation Elects New Abbot Primate On Saturday, September 10, in Rome, the Congress of Abbots elected Abbot Gregory Polan O.S.B., abbot of Conception Abbey, Missouri, as the tenth abbot primate of the international Benedictine Confederation of monks. His acceptance of the election resulted in the beginning of an eight-year term as abbot primate and his representation of the International Federation of Benedictine Abbeys throughout the world. He had professed vows as a monk of Conception Abbey, August 28, 1971; the monks elected him ninth abbot of Conception, November 6, 1996. Abbot Gregory succeeds Abbot Primate Notker Wolf, O.S.B. The abbot primate is headquartered at the international Benedictine university in Rome, Sant’ Anselmo. As Abbot Primate, he is now the abbot of Sant’ Anselmo in Rome and chancellor of the Benedictine’s Pontifical Atheneum of Sant’ Anselmo and its Pontifical Liturgical Institute. Abbot Gregory has been at Saint Vincent many times and will return in May to be the speaker at commencement exercises of Saint Vincent Seminary. Abbot Gregory represents Benedictine monks at international gatherings, promotes the unity of the abbeys and priories around the world and serves as a liaison to the Vatican. The 66-year-old Scripture scholar and translator has done translations for the New American Bible and led the effort to complete a new translation of the Psalms, known as the Revised Grail Psalter, which the U.S. bishops have approved for use in the liturgy. Abbot Gregory was born in Berwyn, Illinois. He entered the Benedictine novitiate at Conception Abbey in 1970 and professed his vows a year later. He studied at Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1977. He completed his doctoral studies in Sacred Scripture at Saint Paul University in Ottawa and taught courses in Old Testament and music at Conception Abbey in Missouri. Volume 27, Number 1


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Pope Francis In Rome While Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., was in Rome for the Congress of Abbots that elected a new abbot primate in September, he had the opportunity to meet with Pope Francis and to participate in Mass celebrated by the Holy Father. Archabbot Douglas also had an audience with Pope Francis (see next page). Photos courtesy and with permission of Š L’Osservatore Romano.


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Pope Francis: “Fútbol Americano” Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., presented an autographed Pittsburgh Steelers football to Pope Francis at an audience with the Holy Father in Rome in September. The Holy Father’s immediate response was “Ah! Fútbol Americano!” He was pleased to receive the gift and extended his arm as if to throw a pass. According to the Archabbot, “his security staff all gasped, anxious that he might actually throw it.” Pope Francis immediately recognized the signature of Ambassador Dan Rooney, chairman of the Steelers organization. The football was a joint gift from the Rooney family, the Steelers, and Saint

Vincent College, where the Steelers hold their training camp each summer. The football was signed by Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney and Steelers President Art Rooney II, Coach Mike Tomlin, Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell, Darius HeywardBey, James Harrison, Ryan Shazier,

Maurkice Pouncey, Ramon Foster, David DeCastro, DeAngelo Williams, Lawrence Timmons and Alejandro Villanueva. News of the football presentation, which was first circulated on the website of the Pittsburgh Steelers, as well as on the Archabbey’s website and Facebook pages, made national news, from NBC Sports to Fox Sports to local television news statons and local, regional and national newspapers. One writer quipped, “Maybe the reason the Steelers beat the devil out of Washington last night was because they had God on their side.” Late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon, pictured in the screen capture above, flashed a photo of Archabbot Douglas presenting the football to the pope during his “Thank You Notes” segment. Photo at left is courtesy of © L’Osservatore Romano and is used with permission.

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Brother Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., was mentioned in a feature in the Tribune-Review this fall. The profile notes his lifelong interest in art, coupled with a religious vocation and also talks about his work in stained glass. He noted he has experimented with many media, including crocheting, pottery, woodcarving, drawing, painting, pastels as well as stained glass.” It’s a pretty wonderful life and I thank God for all of it,” he said.”Why doesn’t everybody want to do this?” ***** Father Jude Brady, O.S.B., gave the monastic and Oblate retreats for the Benedictine Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Rio Grande City, Texas and directed the discernment process for the Abbatial Election for Assumption Abbey in Richardton, North Dakota. These were both in the fall of 2016. ***** Father Michael Antonacci O.S.B., reports that his dissertation proposal entitled “Optimization of 129Xe Spin-Exchange Optical Pumping and Applications in UltraLow Field Magnetic Resonance” has been accepted. Upon successful completion of coursework in this past fall semester, he was designated a doctoral candidate. Over the past few months, his group in the BrancaLab has published a number of papers and he is co-author on two of them: Le Zhang, M.A. Antonacci, Alex Burant, Karl M. Koshlap and Rosa Tamara Branca. “Remote detection of hyperpolarized 129Xe 6

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Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., right, gave a talk on “Saint Joseph and the Holy Family” at Franciscan University this fall. Although Saint Joseph never speaks a word in Sacred Scripture, he nevertheless shows husbands, fathers, priests, and all Christians how to live vocations more fully. Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., is the host of We Are One Body Catholic Radio (WAOB). For more on his talk visit Father Boniface had a retreat for priests of the Steubenville Diocese in the spring and for priests of the Harrisburg Diocese this fall. He represented the US delegation at the annual international meeting of the Emperor Karl League of Prayer for the promotion of the Cause of Blessed Karl von Habsburg at Heiligenkreuz Abbey in Vienna in October. He also attended the Solemn High Mass for his feast day in Washington D.C. resonances via multiple distant dipolar field interactions with 1H,” J. Chem. Phys. 145 :17 (2016) doi: 10.1063/1.4964921; and Zhang, L., Burant, A., McCallister, A., Zhao, V., Koshlap, K. M., Degan, S., Antonacci, M.A. and Branca, R. T., “Accurate MR ther-

mometry by hyperpolarized 129Xe,” Magn. Reson. Med. published online (2016). doi:10.1002/mrm.26506. ***** (Continued on Page 8)

Father Paschal Morlino, O.S.B., pastor of Saint Benedict Parish, Baltimore, led a group to Rome and southern Italy for the Jubilee year of Mercy, visiting the major basilicas and going through the Holy Doors. A highlight of the trip was celebration of Mass in the crypt of Saint Peter’s near the tomb of Saint Peter. Following Mass the group was given a tour of the North American College by Father Kurt Belsole, O.S.B., who is on the faculty there.

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Nativity Set Pieces Refreshed Father Maurus Mount, O.S.B., who teaches classical and modern languages at Saint Vincent Seminary, has always had an interest in art. And since he arrived at the monastery 15 years ago, he has also assisted in setting up the Nativity display in the Basilica at Christmas. This summer, he undertook the task of refreshing the paint on the nativity set, which totals more than 20 pieces. It is his first attempt at painting. He noted the set came to Saint Vincent from the nuns at the Carmelite monastery in Latrobe. Since that time they have been part of the Archabbey’s Christmas display. As can be seen in the statue base at left, some refreshing of the paint is necessary after more than four decades at Saint Vincent. Father Maurus has completed three statues since July and estimates it will take several years to do the entire set.

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(Continued from Page 6) Father Alfred Patterson, O.S.B., pastor of Saint Mary Parish in St. Marys, is writing weekly reflections for the parish bulletin on popular topics, often encouraging readers to take action, such as voting. ***** Father James Podlesny O.S.B., joined an Interfaith panel discussion hosted by Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania. The November 15 dialogue’s topic was “Hateful Scripture,” scripture texts perceived as calling us to exclude or hate other people. Father Jim spoke on misunderstandings of Matthew 27:25, “His blood be on us and on our children,” and on the Catholic understanding of Sacred Scripture. Other participants included: Rabbi Carl Choper, Jay Deshpande from the Hindu community, Shosu Ginny Parkum from the Blue Mountain Lotus Society, and Rev. Paul Fullmer, Ph.D., Lebanon Valley College Chaplain. Father Jim is Pastor of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Palmyra. ***** Father Stephen Concordia O.S.B., reports that in mid-November the Saint Vincent Camerata performed with Pittsburgh’s renowned Early Music ensemble, Chatham Baroque. The 25-member Camerata, under the direction of Father Stephen, presented a program titled “Choruses from the Early Baroque”, including works by Cavalli, Monteverdi, Schütz, 8

Benedictine Military School (BC) Cadets returned to school October 18 for the first time since Hurricane Matthew struck the Savannah area. BC was closed from October 5 to 17. Students and faculty and staff members celebrated Mass that morning with Father Maximilian Maxwell, O.S.B., who was visiting from Saint Vincent Archabbey. Concelebrating, above, were Father Frank Ziemkiewicz, O.S.B., headmaster of BC and Father Ronald Gatman, O.S.B., who is campus minister. (Photos by BC Communications Director Noell Barnidge) Purcell, Charpentier, and Buxtehude, accompanied by the five-member instrumental ensemble of two Baroque violins, theorbo, viola da gamba, violone, and harpsichord. The concerts were held at Saint Vincent Basilica and at Word of God Parish in Swissvale. The nationally and internationally acclaimed ensemble, Chatham Baroque, was recognized as “one of Pittsburgh’s greatest treasures” (Pittsburgh PostGazette), and has been delighting audiences with their sensitive and colorful playing for over twenty-five years. Their tours and CD recordings have consistently received both popular and critical praise. This program contained exclusively sacred choral works, coming from a time when composers were incorporating lively instrumental parts within the traditional sacred styles of song. Catholic, Lutheran and Anglican traditions from Italy, France, Germany and England made up this varied and ecumenical recital. Other concerts of the Camerata included the third annual Festival of Lessons and Carols on December 10. Upcoming concerts include an a cappella program of Renaissance and American Contemporary Choruses for the Season of Lent on March 18 and 19, 2017, and a concert of works

for chorus and organ on April 22 and 23. For more information about the Camerata, please call 724-805-2579. ***** Brother Rogério Miranda de Almeida, O.S.B., has a new book, A Memória, O Esquecimento E O Desejo (Memory, Forgetfulness and Desire) and a video to accompany it. The video, in Portuguese, is available at watch?v=2oiDtMX2g0o. Brother Rogério is on the philosophy faculty at Saint Basil the Great (FASBAM), Curitiba. A description of the book is available at this link: ESQUECIMENTO_E_O_DESEJO/ok. ***** Father Cyprian Constantine, O.S.B., chair and assistant professor of organ of the Saint Vincent College Music Department and Director of Liturgical Formation of Saint Vincent Seminary, presented an organ concert this summer at Saint Paul’s Cathedral in (Continued on Page 10)

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Saint Vincent Retreat Program Announces 2017 Schedule

The Saint Vincent Summer Retreat Program has announced its schedule of six directed retreats for 2017. Details are available at

Benedictine Spirituality The Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, Hell May 19-21, 2017

Description: Saint Benedict instructs his

monks to remind themselves that they are going to die. A deep appreciation of one’s mortality and consciousness of man’s supernatural ends are central to living the Christian life to its fullness. This retreat will focus on the four last things in the Holy Rule and their mature development in the writings of Saints Robert Bellarmine and Alphonsus Liguori, and how to apply their wisdom to daily living. Retreat Master: Father Maurus Mount, O.S.B., is assistant professor of classical languages at Saint Vincent Seminary. A monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey since 2001, he earned a master of arts degree in classical languages from the University of Illinois and a doctorate from the University of Vienna in 2015.

Benedictine Spirituality Growing in the Holy Spirit through the Rule of Saint Benedict June 2 to 4, 2017

Description: The Rule of Saint Bene-

dict is inspired by the Holy Spirit and Saint Benedict identifies some specific areas in which the Holy Spirit is at work in the life of the Christian. Some examples are: in the formation of virtue, specifically humility; in the joy that comes with loving sacrifice, in discernment of God’s will, and in the life of prayer, especially extended prayer and prayer with tears. The Holy Spirit brings alive the holiness of God in us Retreat Master: Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., was ordained to the priesthood in 2004. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at Saint Vincent College and assists with programming at WAOB Radio.

Charismatic Prayer Retreat Charisms and the New Evangelization June 16 to 18, 2017


In the Constitution on the Church, the Second Vatican Council declares that the “charisms, whether they be the more outstanding or the more simple and widely diffused, are to be received with thanksgiving and consolation for they are perfectly suited to and useful for the needs of the Church.” (Lumen Gentium #12). In this retreat we will reflect on the importance of the charisms (the charismatic gifts) for the building up of the Church and the New Evangelization. Each retreatant will also have the opportunity to receive prayer for personal growth in the charisms as part of the retreat. Retreat Master: Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., (see biography above).

Silent Retreat Building a Culture of Mercy June 23 to 25, 2017

Description: In his post-Jubilee Year Apostolic Letter Misericordia et Misera, Pope Francis wrote, “We are called to build a culture of mercy...” and “It is the time of mercy...”. In doing this, he wants us to continue receiving God’s mercy and learning how to share it. In this retreat we will open ourselves more fully to an encounter with Jesus Christ in His Mercy and we will also reflect on ways that we can embody that mercy more fruitfully in our own lives. Retreat Master: Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B. (see biography above).

Men’s Retreat Walking in Faith With Saint Paul July 21 to 23, 2017

Description: This retreat will sound the depths of Saint Paul’s ardent faith and the great external challenges and internal struggles which it enabled him to overcome. The joys and sorrows of our own lives will be put in perspective and brought under the healing light of

the faith that sustained Saint Paul in his life and ministry and that abides in us as well.



Father Edward Mazich, O.S.B., is rector of Saint Vincent Seminary, where he teaches Sacred Scripture. He writes and publishes at the popular and academic levels, including a widely-distributed Sunday Homilies column, and is active in retreat ministry.

Father and Son Retreat Zechariah, Father of John the Baptist: From Broken Dreamer to Generous Bestower of Blessing July 28 to 30, 2017


Whether we have raised sons or not, we ourselves are all imperfect sons in need of a truly perfect father. U nf ort unat el y, there is only one perfect Father, our Father in heaven. We will focus on the inward journey of Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, as the Lord guides him during his nine month period of silence. As he enters the profound silence, Zechariah appears to confront the painful memories of long-abandoned hopes and finds that the dawn from on high has indeed broken upon him, his family and upon all of Israel. It is this profound encounter with God that Zechariah vocalizes in the hymn of blessing he prays over his newborn son. We will gain insights on how to enter more deeply into an inward journey that leads us to a place of compassion and understanding that our good, but not yet perfect fathers, also need our support, prayers and forgiveness. Retreat Master: Father Shawn Matthew Anderson earned a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2007. He earned a doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013.He is on the faculty of Saint Vincent College.

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(Continued from Page 8) the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. The concert was part of the Cathedral’s 2016 Summer Series. He conducted members of the Saint Vincent Archabbey and Seminary scholas in the Gregorian chant portions of Gregorio Allegri’s Miserere at the Year of Mercy Concert at Saint Joseph’s Chapel at the Bishop Connare Center in October. This fall he also gave the annual lecture and workshop on liturgy for the parish community of Our Lady Queen of the Apostles, Conneaut Lake, in the Diocese of Erie. The pastor is Father Jeff Lucas. On November 15 Father Cyprian presented a lecture on Gregorian chant and performed selectionso f chant, directing members of the Saint Vincent Archabbey Schola at the Art Museum on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. In addition to Father Cyprian, members of the schola included Brother George DeFazio, O.S.B., Father Paul-Alexander Shutt, O.S.B., Father Shawn Matthew Anderson, O.S.B., and Father Isaac Haywiser, O.S.B., administrator of Saint John University Parish in Morgantown. ***** Father Killian Loch, O.S.B., was appointed by Bishop Edward Malesic as one of 10

Monk Seminarians 2016-2017 Saint Vincent Seminary students and members of the Rector’s Council gathered for a group photo recently. The group includes, front, from left, Rev. Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., director of spiritual formation; Rev. Nathan Munsch, O.S.B., director of pastoral formation; Very Rev. Edward Mazich, O.S.B., rector; Rev. John Mary Tompkins, O.S.B., vice rector and director of human formation; Rev. Emmanuel Afunugo, dean of students and assistant professor of moral theology; Rev. Cyprian Constantine, O.S.B., director of liturgical formation and assistant professor; Rev. Maurus Mount, O.S.B., language instructor. From Saint Vincent Archabbey are, row two, from left, Brother Canice McMullen, O.S.B., fourth theology; Brother Cassian Edwards, O.S.B., pre-theology II; Brother Joachim Morgan, O.S.B., third theology; Brother George DeFazio, O.S.B., second theology; Brother Martinho Zevallos, O.S.B., third theology; Brother Matthew Hershey, O.S.B., first theology. In the back row, from left, are Brother Ignatius Camello, O.S.B., first theology; Brother Barnabas O’Reilly, O.S.B., pre-theology I; Brother Giles Larsen, O.S.B., pre-theology I; Brother Lawrence Machia, O.S.B., third theology. the representatives from the Diocese of Greensburg on the Catholic Lutheran Planning Committee for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The committee

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Father Pio Guest at Day of Recollection Father Pio Adamonis, O.S.B., celebrated a special Mass for the Holy Rosary Society at Holy Family Parish in Latrobe in October. It was the annual day of recollection for the Holy Family Rosary society.

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BEST Program, College Bookstore Recognized By National Association The National Association of College Stores ( this summer recognized Father Anthony Grossi, O.S.B., and the Bearcat BEST program on the Saint Vincent campus, for a partnership that helps disabled students succeed. The BEST (Building Excellence Through Skills Training) program is a transition program that provides students with intellectual and developmental disabilities with a structured academic curriculum that features social, independent living and vocational training. The BEST program is under the direction of Father Philip Kanfush, O.S.B. Father Anthony, director of the Saint Vincent College Bookstore, has been working with the program to provide employment for some of its students. “Students with intellectual and developmental disabilities just need a hand to gain a measure of independence in their lives,” the article stated. “The Saint Vincent College Bookstore is doing its part by participating in the campuswide initiative.” “For us, it’s humbling,” said Father Anthony. “We learn from the students.” Bearcat BEST students receive academic instruction in reading and math, along with tutoring on independent living and employment so they can integrate into the community, find jobs, and understand concepts of nutrition, food preparation, and hygiene. “What we do is two days a week for

two hours each day, there is a Bearcat BEST student who comes into the bookstore and helps us with unpacking merchandise, folding, waiting on customers at the cash register, or whatever,” Grossi said. “They do have a coach, who is a student majoring in special ed, and that coach follows them around and actually teaches them what to do and supervises their progress.” Students are assigned minimumwage jobs around the Saint Vincent campus and are paid through the Bearcat BEST program. Article author Dan Angelo noted the three-year curriculum is designed to have students spend more instructional time working at the various campus jobs as they progress through the course. “Linda Petrarca, who is my assistant, and I work with the coaches and students when they first arrive so they are

both learning at the same time,” Grossi said. “They have an orientation period where we meet with them and set up a time for them to work, depending on what works the best for them. It’s pretty structured for them.” To be admitted into the program, a student must be at least 18 years old at the beginning of the semester of admission and diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability. They must also be eligible for special-education services at their home school districts, be able to move independently on campus, manage and self-administer medications if prescribed, and complete an admissions interview and screening assessment. In its first year, Bearcat BEST had 11 students from six school districts in Westmoreland County. This fall, the program has 13 students. “I think it’s a wonderful experience for the students,” Grossi said. “They get to work with customers and they are out in the real world, working and developing their skills for future employment.” Bearcat BEST students have even been able to show the store staff a thing or two. “They realized there was a shorter way to put discounts into the cash registers, so we’ve learned from them,” Grossi said. “We can see their improvement and progress. It really gives a sense of high morale to our staff because they are able to watch that progress. “And the students absolutely love working here, especially waiting on customers. They love the interaction with the customers.”

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These photos are from the ceremony to honor retired Latrobe Fire Chief the late Earl Dalton (above, left) and Greensburg Fire Chief Ed Hutchinson (third from left). Both men were presented with the Presidential Medal of Honor by Brother Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., (pictured second from right in photo at right) and Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., (at right) in 2013. The two chiefs led the effort to fight the fire at Saint Vincent January 28, 1963 that destroyed five buildings and damaged many others on campus.


Hail To The Chief!

reensburg fire chief ed hutchinson who was honored in

2013 by Saint Vincent with the Presidential Medal of Honor, received many accolades upon his recent retirement. Chief Hutchinson, who along with the late Earl Dalton, who served as Fire Chief in Latrobe, was honored for his service in fighting the Saint Vincent Fire on January 28, 1963. The Chief “was honored by the United States Congress as ‘a man who has given immeasurably to the city of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and to our nation’,” said Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. “We at Saint Vincent join hands with the Greensburg community to honor Ed Hutchinson upon his retirement as fire chief after 63 years of service. “Under his leadership, the Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department became a model for volunteer fire departments in developing a host of procedures to help people in crisis situations. The Saint Vincent College community is grateful for his skillful, courageous leadership in combating and containing the crisis of a disastrous fire on that freezing day, January 28, 1963. “After serving in combat duty as a Marine in the Pacific during World War II, Ed Hutchinson returned home to Greensburg and to its fire department. His selfless service to people extended beyond his duties as fire chief. For example, communities beyond Greensburg are grateful to Chief Hutchinson for helping to start the Mutual Aid Ambulance Service in Westmoreland County and for establishing the first 911 emergency dispatching system in the county. “Chief, in gratitude for your friendship and for all that you have done for others—in the words of a Bob Dylan song, ‘May God bless you and keep you always …Forever Young’.”


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City of Greensburg Donates Truck to Saint Vincent Fire Department The relationship between the Saint Vincent Fire Department and the City of Greensburg and its Fire Department, has been strong since Greensburg firefighters helped save the lives and buildings of the Saint Vincent campus in the fire of January 28, 1963, including the Basilica. That friendship continues to this day through recently-retired Fire Chief Ed Hutchinson and many local firefighters. Susan M. Trout, city administrator of the City of Greensburg, and John Solochier, a mechanic in the Department of Public Works, delivered a 1991 Seagrave Fire Truck to the Saint Vincent Fire Department. The truck has a two-stage fire pump, 500 gallon booster tank, a 6000 watt Onan diesel auxiliary generator, diesel engine and automatic transmission. The two-stage pump delivers 1,250 gallons of water per minute. Taking part in the presentation were, from left, Father Paul Taylor, O.S.B., executive vice president of Saint Vincent College; Susan M. Trout; Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B.; John Solochier; Father Joseph Adams, O.S.B., director of public safety and Brother Norman Hipps, O.S.B., college president.

225th Anniversary Medallion A special medallion in honor of the 225th parish anniversary was developed by Thomas Uram, President of the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists, and Don Everhart, Sculptor/Engraver, to celebrate the anniversary of Saint Vincent Basilica Parish in 2015. $25.00. It is available on and in the Basilica Gift Shop. Volume 27, Number 1


Blue Mass Honors Police Officers, Firefighters and EMS The Blue Mass, which honors police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical service personnel, was celebrated on October 2, in Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. The Mass was followed by the blessing of the Saint Vincent fire truck, along with other fire trucks and emergency vehicles. A luncheon followed the service, which featured former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett as speaker. Mayor Robert Bell of Greensburg participated in the Mass and luncheon and spoke at the blessing and dedication of the Saint Vincent fire truck. Father Joseph Adams, O.S.B., director of public safety at Saint Vincent, was the principal celebrant and homilist. The Blue Mass was first celebrated in 1934 at Saint Patrick’s Church in Washington, D.C. Since then, it has become a tradition in which local communities gather to celebrate and thank those who serve the public as police officers, firefighters and emergency medical service personnel along with their families. The Blue Mass also honors those who have died in the line of duty. Following his ordination in 2009, Father Joseph served as chaplain at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia. In 2011, he was deployed to Afghanistan. Upon his return, he served at Fort Benning, Georgia, and Fort Eustis, Virginia, until 2015 when he was deployed to serve in both Iraq and Jordan. He previously served as fire chief of the Saint Vincent Fire Department and as director of Public Safety has oversight of the department. Concelebrating the Mass was Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Archabbot of Saint Vincent Archabbey; Father Justin Nolan, O.S.B., of the Archabbey; Father Thomas Curry, O.S.B., pastor of Saint Vincent Basilica Parish and Rev. Robert Byrnes of the Diocese of Greensburg, who serves as a police chaplain within the diocese.

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Campus Ministry Project Makes ‘Jared Boxes’ Father Killian Loch, O.S.B., left, director of campus ministry at Saint Vincent College, displays the lengthy receipt from a shopping trip with student volunteers Meg Birmingham (center) and Cheyenne Dunbar (right) for toys and other gifts they chose as part of the Saint Vincent College Jared Box Project. Sixty-six gift boxes, funded by donations, were prepared by 30 students on the project committee for delivery to children at a local hospital. The goal of the Jared Box Project is to lift the spirits of children who are hospitalized by providing well wishes, hope and love with an unexpected opportunity for play with a box filled with small gifts, toys, games and fun activities. More than 200,000 boxes have been delivered across the United States since 2001 by charitable organizations.

The national project was started by children at Our Lady of Victory School in State College to honor their classmate and friend, Jared McMullen, a cancer patient and coincidentally the younger brother of Brother Canice McMullen, O.S.B., a monk of

Saint Vincent Archabbey. Campus ministry hosted a Mass, at which Brother Canice served as deacon and preacher, for students on November 12 to mark the 16th anniversary of Jared’s passing on Nov. 12, 2000 at the age of 6.

Diocesan Day of Mercy at Saint Vincent Parish Saint Vincent Basilica Parish, one of the parishes of the Diocese of Greensburg designated by Bishop Edward Malesic as a pilgrimage site for the Year of Mercy, hosted other parishes that took part in the Diocesan Day of Mercy. Bishop Malesic celebrated Mass and gave the homily and attended a dinner for those participating in the celebration. It was the third special Day of Mercy in the Diocese of Greensburg where 170 people volunteered to do various corporal and spiritual works of mercy. This was in response to the Holy Father’s call to the faithful to give witness to God’s mercy in the world. From left are Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Deacon Brother David Klecker, O.S.B., Bishop Malesic, Father Tyler Bandura, parochial vicar Father Daniel O’Keefe, O.S.B., and pastor Father Thomas Curry, O.S.B. 16

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50th Anniversary In Taiwan A dinner was held recently to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the arrival of Nicholas Koss, O.S.B., in Taiwan. The dinner was sponsored by Tony Kao, who is a retired professor from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at National Taiwan University. Above, from left, are Professor Koss, Yuan Heh Hsiang, professor of comparative literature at Soochow University in Taipei; Francis So, a retired professor from National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung and most recently president of Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, a Catholic university in Kaohsiung; Lin Shudan, wife of Francis So and head of the Japanese Department at Wenzao; Denise Wang, a medievalist who teaches in National Chong Cheng University in Chiayi and Bi-wan Kao; row two, from left, Chen Yen-chiang, wife of Yuan Heh Hsiang, and head of the English department at Shih-hsin University in Taipei; Lee Yu-cheng, a scholar at the Academia Sinica, the leading research institute in Taiwan; Tony Kao and Shan Te-hsing, also a scholar at the Academia sinica, the leading research institute in Taiwan.

Father Boniface Covers USCCB Assembly For WAOB

Bishop Malesic Addresses Oblates On November 20, Bishop Edward Malesic of the Diocese of Greensburg addressed the Benedictine Oblates on the application of the Rule of Saint Benedict to the spiritual life of lay men and women. He noted that we are all called to a Christcentered life.

Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., recently covered the USCCB Fall Assembly in Baltimore and had exclusive interviews for broadcast on WAOB with Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland, Oregon; Archbishop Michael Byrnes of Detroit; Bishop Felipe EstĂŠvez of St. Augustine, Florida; Bishop Kurt Burnette of the Byzantine Eparchy of Passaic, New Jersey; and Bishop A. Elias Zaidan, of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles. Topics included politics, the New Evangelization, the Cenacolo community, the Byzantine Church and the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, respectively.

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Participating in the Catholic-Jewish Dialogue were, from left, Father Campion Gavaler, O.S.B., Professor Emeritus of Saint Vincent College; Rabbi Alvin Berkun, Rabbi Emeritus of the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, and member of the International Jewish Committee on Multi-Faith Consultation; Rabbi Jason Edelstein, a Saint Vincent College and Seminary faculty member; Rabbi Abraham Skorka, rector and professor at the Seminario Rabinico Latinamericano in Buenos Aires, and long-time friend of Pope Francis; Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington; Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B.; Rabbi Walter Jacob, Rabbi Emeritus of the Rodef Shalom Congregation in Pittsburgh, and co-founder of the Rabbinic Seminary in Berlin/Potsdam and Sister Mary Boys, Ph.D., Dean of Academic Affairs and professor of theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

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On November 3, 2016, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate and the recent establishment of the Rabbi Edelstein Chair in Catholic-Jewish Dialogue, Saint Vincent College hosted a Catholic-Jewish Dialogue, which featured a panel discussion by Rabbi Abraham Skorka, rector and professor at the Seminario Rabinico Latinamericano in Buenos Aires; Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington; Father Campion Gavaler, O.S.B., Professor Emeritus of Saint Vincent College; Rabbi Alvin Berkun, Rabbi Emeritus of the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, and member of the International Jewish Committee on Multi-Faith Consultation; Rabbi Jason Edelstein, Saint Vincent College and Seminary faculty member, and facilitator of the November 3 Dialogue; Rabbi Walter Jacob, Rabbi Emeritus of the Rodef Shalom Congregation in Pittsburgh, and co-founder of the Rabbinic

Seminary in Berlin/Potsdam and Sister Mary Boys, Ph.D., Dean of Academic Affairs and professor of theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. The dialogue centered on the importance of a crucial question for our time, the relevance of the Biblical teaching that humans are created in the image of God. , the dialogue centered on the importance of this image, a crucial question for our time. In 2015, Saint Vincent College established the Rabbi Edelstein Chair in Catholic-Jewish Dialogue in tribute to Rabbi Edelstein’s 48 years of teaching at Saint Vincent and to mark the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking document Nostra Aetate of the Second Vatican Council. The purpose of that chair is to assure the continuance of Catholic-Jewish dialogue in the academic curriculum, and to extend the experience of dialogue beyond the classroom.


Cardinal Wuerl noted that Nostra Aetate has set the frame of reference for Catholic-Jewish dialogue over the last half century. Last December, he said, Jews and Catholics came together in Rome to reflect on the progress that has been made in these five decades. He said one of the great accomplishments that comes to mind “is seeing the fruit of the dialogue in the young people who are a part of our community. They have been educated in a way that says dialogue with our brothers and sisters, respect for our brothers and sisters, working with our brothers and sisters is a normal part of life today. We would not have been able to say that 50 years ago.” Rabbi Skorka noted that he experienced the impact of Catholic-Jewish Dialogue through his friendship with Pope Francis. “God put us together, Jorge Mario Bergoglio with me, and we began working. And He blessed our work.” Volume 27, Number 1

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The book they authored together, Rabbi own image who can say ‘you don’t exist,’ the fact that when a human being mints Skorka said, had a great impact because ‘I can do it on my own,’ and all that crazy a coin, each one is exactly like the other, the whole world wanted to know ‘who is stuff. But when you think about it, if we but when God creates human beings, are the image of God that would mean I each one is unique and special. And I the new pope?’.” Sister Mary Boys cited a set of texts in would contract myself so that you could think that is a lesson that is not learned.” the Old Testament stating that ‘Remem- be more.... I think in the deepest sense “When you think of the ability of all of ber you were a stranger. Remember you it’s to help to be a partner with God in us simply to talk to one another respectwere a slave in Egypt.’ And this notion helping another person be, which means ing the dignity of the other made in the that everyone of us is image and likeness of ialogue is born from a respectful attitude obliged to treat the other God, respecting the digwith this memory that nity of each other person toward the other person, from a convicyes we have been, we in the dialogue,” Cardinal tion that the other person has something have felt the experience Wuerl said, “and as Rabbi good to say. It supposes that we can make room in as strangers, we have felt Berkun said, even when our heart for their point of view, t heir opinion and the experience as slaves there are areas we don’t their proposals. Dialogue entails a warm reception and so we must go out agree on, we recognize and not a preemptive condemnation. To dialogue, one in acts of hospitality. And the fact that out of that must know how to lower the defenses, to open the it seems to me that in our dialogue will come somenation right now, there’s thing greater than the both doors of one’s home and to offer warmth.” such a failure for us to of us together and that is —Pope Francis on Heaven and Earth remember that we were the truth.” strangers. And also to recognize what a I have to contract myself.” “God created the human being in his Rabbi Berkun has been involved in dia- image,” said Rabbi Skorka. “But an challenge this is.” Rabbi Jacob noted that at this juncture logue for decades. A former Navy chap- image of something is not exactly the in American history, “we still can move lain, he recalled “at one point we used to thing.... When we look in a mirror we can have a service in a room where the Torah see our image but the image formed in ahead and find something positive.” Father Campion referred to a Hebrew was in an ark on a lazy Susan, and when the mirror is not me. It’s just an image. word, tzim tzum. “I ran across it in an arti- I finished my service I just turned the lazy The idea that we were created in the cle by a Jewish scientist, and he’s saying Susan and there was the cross, because image of God obliges each one of us that ‘God in creating contracts himself.’ ... the priest and the minister were coming when I am looking on my fellow man, I I thought oh ‘God contracts himself to in right after me. So that sort of sets you must discover in my fellow man, God. make room for someone else.’ This is up for ecumenical dialogue.” He shared a (Continued on page 21) remarkable. To create free persons in his Midrash, a rabbinical commentary, about


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Rabbi Emeritus Walter Jacob, Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Cardinal Donald Wuerl.

Nostra Aetate: 50th Anniversary Reflection His Eminence Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, reflected upon the wisdom of Nostra Aetate as the guidepost for Catholic-Jewish Dialogue during the past 50 years. Nostra Aetate is also the Church’s charter for dialogue with other religions. Cardinal Wuerl noted that it was gratifying that Rabbi Abraham Skorka of Argentina, a lifelong dialogue partner of Pope Francis, was participating in this Catholic-Jewish Dialogue “to deepen our mutual understanding.” “What makes dialogue possible between religions?” the Cardinal asked. “Surely, all dialogue begins with the dialogue partners’ belief in each other’s dignity and sincerity. Without this, there can be no honest exchange or progress towards friendship. The Vatican Council’s Nostra Aetate is especially clear that in dialogue with our Jewish brothers and sisters, there must be no prejudice, no bias to offend against this dignity. The Council fathers wrote that, ‘In her rejection of every persecution against anyone, the Church, mindful of the patrimony she shares with the Jews and moved not by political reasons but by the Gospel’s spiritual love, decries hatred, persecutions, displays of anti-Semitism, directed against Jews at any time and by anyone’ (Nostra Aetate, 4). To start a dialogue is before all else to

believe in a dialogue partner. “From the first moment of their creation, Adam and Eve enjoyed faceto-face conversation with God (Gen. 1.27-30; 2.16-17). In this we see the guarantee of their being made in His image and likeness. For throughout the Bible, God chose to engage, love, prod, instruct and lift up men and women first and foremost through dialogue with them. In God’s call to Abraham to leave his homeland (Gen. 12.1-9), in his invitation to Moses to approach holy ground (Ex. 3. 1-6) and in his messages through the prophets (cf. Jer. i.1-11), God taught us friendship in dialogue. It is among the first of his gifts to mankind—one that shows clearly how great are his expectations for us. “In the intriguing question that Rabbi Edelstein has set before us in today’s program—’What will become of us now, after Eden?’—he has raised the issue of what we lost since Adam and Eve left that first garden (cf. Gen. 3.8-22). Clearly our most devastating loss is that of face-to-face conversation with God into whose presence no sinner may enter (cf. Is. 59.2). When we consider, then, how being face-to-face is so closely linked with dialogue, and how, in turn, dialogue can be so easily destroyed by a lack of trust, we can see how crucial the events


of the last fifty years have been in restoring any possibility of dialogue between Jews and Catholics. “Basic to our discourse is the belief that the truth itself is strong enough to win the day. Within our conversations and discussions, each person must ensure that the dialogue proceeds in a manner that not only achieves the desired end but also recognizes everyone’s dignity. Saint Paul challenges us to speak the truth in love, ‘Love is patient and kind, love is not jealous or boastful’ (1 Cor. 13:4-8). “For since the Holocaust, the Catholic Church has over and again begun a dialogue of conversion or teshuvah with her Jewish brothers and sisters. One of Saint John Paul II’s great contributions to that dialogue was to make sure that it was grounded in terms that our ‘elder brothers and sisters’ in the faith could accept: that Christians have understood their wrongdoing, ask for forgiveness of the people of the Covenant, and now hope for a renewal of dialogue with them, face-to-face (cf. John Paul II, Prayer at the Western Wall, 26 March 2000). Who could forget the picture of his deeply moving attempt to cross the open floor at Yad Vashem in 2000, where a line of Holocaust survivors waited to be greeted by him, one-by-one? The whole world watched while the pope whom Israel Volume 27, Number 1

Heart to Heart loved struggled through his Parkinson’s to honor the dignity of these Jews so viciously dehumanized in the Holocaust. Each of his hard-fought steps was an effort at teshuvah. In fact, his very walk became a ‘dialogue in motion.’ “Given the intensity of Pope John Paul II’s commitment to the Jewish/Christian dialogue, we should not be surprised that the code name designated by the government for his visit to Israel, was ‘Operation Old Friend.’ “Over the last fifty years, a series of documents has helped to flesh out the Church’s intention not only to dialogue with her Jewish friends, but also to increase her own depth of understanding as she does so. These have included the 1974 the Guidelines and Suggestions for Implementing the Conciliar Declaration, Nostra Aetate from the Commission for Religious Relations with Jews, and the 1985 Notes on the Correct Way to Present the Jews and Judaism in Preaching and Catechesis in the Roman Catholic Church. Perhaps most famously, however, was the 1998 document, We Remember: Reflections on the Shoah, issued with the full blessing of Pope John Paul II. Of course, the most practical of our documents in laying out Catholic understanding of the relationship between our communities is The United States Catholic Catechism for Adults of 2009. “But since December of 2015, Jews

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Rabbi Jason Edelstein and Father Campion Gavaler, O.S.B. and Catholics have shared a new statement from the Holy See’s Commission, entitled, The Gift and Calling of God are Irrevocable, a fifty-year reflection on the best of what enables Catholic-Jewish dialogue to continue and deepen. What The Gift and Calling proposes is how our ‘face-to-face’ capacity for dialogue is really a common spiritual heritage (nos. 11, 14, 29, 44). And while Christians and Jews will see parts of this great mystery differently, a brief look at this fresh approach will help us to end on the same note as we began: understanding how we are made in the image and likeness of God both for the sake of building up this world and reaching for the world to come. “What The Gift and Calling reminds us is that both Jews and Christians believe that ‘God revealed himself in his Word, so that it may be understood by humanity in actual historical situations’ (no. 24)—

both in the past and the future. As Pope Francis has stated, Christians ‘find their unity in Christ; Judaism finds its unity in the Torah. Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the Word of God made flesh in the world; for Jews the Word of God is present above all in the Torah. Both faith traditions find their foundation in the One God, the God of the Covenant, who reveals himself through his Word’ (Address to members of the International Council of Christians and Jews, 3 June 2015). For both of us, then, it is the Word of God that binds us together, making our encounters possible, enabling us to see the image of God on each other’s faces. In the end, our vision expands as God’s Word enlightens us: we look for the day of his coming, while we hope together for his justice even now. “But perhaps our greatest gift is to see each other anew in every dialogue. For, as mentioned above, Saint Pope John Paul II remarked, that when it comes to Jews, ‘we [Catholics] have a relationship that we do not have with any other religion. You are our dearly beloved brothers and, in a certain way, it could be said that you are our elder brothers’ (Address at the Great Synagogue of Rome, 13 April 1986). Lifted up by God’s word, moving ahead in trust, let us begin, then, to see each other as nothing less than who we are: brothers and sisters, eager to build up God’s kingdom now and to reach for it still in the day of our redemption.”

Catholic-Jewish Dialogue At Saint Vincent (Continued from page 19) “And this is a very, very deep thought,” he said. “In the history of human, of Jewish faith.... In Jewish faith, we are a generation of prophets, who, the generation of Isaiah, Micah, Hosea, and Amos, who emphasized in a very special way that to respect God, to pray to God, means from one side, not to pray to idols, to put aside money, status, power, idols, and from the other side, to respect the other, social justice. And when I as a Jew analyze the Gospels, I can see especially in the Synoptic Gospels that there are a lot of references to Isaiah. And in my reading and understanding of the words of Jesus, I relate him with the theology of

that generation. To pray to God means first and foremost to respect the other, in a great way, with all your words and with all your attitudes regarding the other. But to respect, really means at the same time to build up a bridge with the other, because there is an element which is affection. The other needs form your affection, form your love, as you need from the love from the other. So in order to construct a bridge with the other, you must know the other, you must begin a dialogue. “What I am convinced after 25 years of being with Pope Franciscus is that this is his theology: social rights, the respect for the other, to take care of the poor people, to take care of the world,

because this is the light motif that you can discover in his encyclicals, in his words.... His model is Jesus.’ And when I understand Jesus, I see in him the ‘theology’ of those prophets especially because for him it is very important to pray, the tradition, the Mass, everything, but this without dialogue, without a real love to your neighbor is nothing. In the world of today, it’s very evident that there are many people ‘praying,’ but not fulfilling the second part of respect, of taking care, of really trying to build up a bridge of peace with the other. Pope Francis, by the way, is doing this.” He noted that the word Pontifex, meaning pope, “is to build up, to build a bridge. And he is fulfilling this.”

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Henry H. Wingate, Pietà Drawing,1st Prize

Father Robert Keffer, Medjugorje Musings, Honorable Mention

Jerome Rochon, Parasceve, Honorable Mention

Benedictines’ Work Featured In Sixth Catholic Art Exhibit Mary Kay Laplante, Holy Icon, Hodegitria of the Divine Ascent, 3rd Prize

Two Benedictine monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey had works featured in the Sixth Annual Juried Catholic Arts Competition at Saint Vincent Gallery. The exhibit opened on October 30 and closed on December 4. Rev. Robert Keffer, O.S.B., whose work, “Medjugorje Musings,” appears above, received an honorable mention award in the nationwide exhibit. Rev. Vincent de Paul Crosby, O.S.B., who is known for his fabric art, had an icon set of The Paschal Mystery on exhibition, which featured the Crucifixion, Resurrection and Exaltation, as well as a cope and mitre in the show. The first prize of $1,000, The Brother Nathan Cochran Award in Sacred Arts, was awarded to Henry H. Wingate of Front Royal, Virginia, for his red chalk on paper, “Pieta Drawing.” Denis R. McNamara, Ph.D., of Chicago, served as juror for this year’s competition and Brother Norman Hipps, O.S.B., president of Saint Vin-

Rev. Robert Keffer, O.S.B., displays his honorable mention award. cent College, announced the award recipients.

Neilson Carlin, The New Eve, Honorable Mention

Rev. Vincent de Paul Crosby, O.S.B., with the vestment accepted for show in the Sixth Annual Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Competition at Saint Vincent Gallery. His icons are pictured below. Second prize of $750 was awarded to Bernadette Carstensen of Circleville, Ohio, for her group portrait, “Dominican Saints,” done in gouache on board. Mary Kay Laplante, of State College received third prize of $500 for “Holy Icon, Hodegitria of the Divine Ascent,” in egg tempera and gold leaf. Four honorable mentions of $250 each were awarded to Neilson Carlin of Kennett Square for his oil on canvas, “The New Eve;” Matthew James Collins of Oak Park, Illinois, for “Saint John the Baptist,” in pastel on paper mounted on linen; Rev. Robert Keffer, O.S.B., of Saint Vincent Archabbey, for his oil on canvas “Medjugorje Musings;” and Jerome Rochon

of Eastpointe, Michigan for “Parasceve,” an oil on canvas. Father Robert’s work depicts the Virgin Mary in a surrealistic swirl of color and imagery. It is based on the story of Our Lady of Medjugorje, a title given to her by those who believe that she appeared in 1981 to six Herzegovinian children in the town of Medjugorje. Father Robert, who has given several presentations on Salvador Dali, the Spanish surrealist painter whose work is often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters, was inspired by Dali’s period of Scientific Religiosity in his work. He depicts the Virgin Mary among a swirl of molecular activity, as if she is materializing in the valley of Medjugorje. “I wanted a strong version of Our Lady,” Father Robert said in a Tribune-Review interview. “I didn’t want it to be saccharine, but at the same time I wanted it to be beautiful.”

Bernadette Carsensen, Dominican Saints, 2nd Prize

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Brother Mark’s Work Included In Recent Faculty Art Exhibit

Brother Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., associate professor of visual arts, talks with Ben Schachter, professor of visual arts and chair of the department of fine arts during the opening exhibit of the Faculty Art Show.


Brother Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., was among the Saint Vincent College faculty members whose work was featured in a recent exhibit at Saint Vincent Gallery. The show highlighted the diverse work of faculty members in the departments of fine arts and communication. Brother Mark, associate professor of visual arts, has been on the faculty since 2006. He received an associate degree in fine art from Sinclair Community College in 1987. He earned a bachelor’s degree in studio art from Saint Vincent College in 2001, a master of arts degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2004, and a master of fine arts degree from the Savannah College of Arts and Design in 2005. Below, he is at work in his studio, where he is working on projects in a variety of media, including weaving, as well as experimenting with a large mosaic, a portion of which is pictured at left. At bottom left is one of the pieces that was exhibited in the faculty art show.

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Father Bonaventure To Teach Franchising Course Father Bonaventure Curtis, O.S.B., assistant professor of business administration in the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government at Saint Vincent, is teaching a new course on “Franchising” in the spring 2017 semester. Part lecture, part lab, the course involves detailed lectures and discussions on relevant problems and opportunities within the franchise industry. Students will research and make a presentation to the class about an existing franchisor and design a unique franchise for a particular business, in order to apply the practical principles of effective franchising, said Father Bonaventure. “Franchising is a unique American business model with international ramifications,” he said, “yet the nuts and bolts of franchising receives little or no attention by business departments in American colleges and universities. Currently there are more than 780,000 franchise establishments in the U.S., supporting nine million direct jobs, $890 billion of economic output for the U.S.economy and three percent of the gross domestic product.” He cites the International Franchise Association for those statistics. “Accounting, marketing and legal professionals are not well-trained intheir education these days to meet the unique needs of such businesses.”

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Annual Red Mass for Members of the Bench, Bar Each year the Diocese of Greensburg and Saint Vincent Archabbey, College and Seminary hold the Red Mass for members of the Bench and Bar. This year’s Red Mass was held at The Bishop Connare Center, Greensburg. Keynote speaker was Louis E. Wagner, Jr., Esq., executive director of SpiritLife, Inc. (right). Bishop Edward C. Malesic was the principal celebrant at Mass. Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., concelebrated the Mass along with priests of the diocese. Above, at left, Bishop Malesic is pictured with Rev. Timothy Kruthaupt, who graduated from Saint Vincent Seminary. At top, from left, are Monsignor Lawrence Kulick, Vicar General of the Diocese of Greensburg and an alumnus of Saint Vincent College and Seminary; Bishop Malesic; Father Kruthaupt; Monsignor Raymond Riffle; Archabbot Douglas; Rev. Rick Kocisko and Rev. Alan Polczynski, also a Seminary alumnus.

Ministry of Reader Eight seminarians from Saint Vincent Seminary were instituted to the Ministry of Acolyte on October 5 by Most Rev. Paul Bootkoski, bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Vincent Benedictine Brother George DeFazio, a second year theologian, was among the group. He is pictured with Bishop Bootkoski and Very Rev. Edward Mazich, O.S.B., rector of Saint Vincent Seminary. The acolyte is instituted to serve at the altar and assist the priest and deacon. 26

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Services For All Souls Day, Veterans Day At Mausoleum Chapel Parishioners and friends gathered with the Benedictine community to remember those who have died in the past year during an All Souls Day service at the Mary, Mother of Mercy Mausoleum Chapel. The All Souls Memorial Service included prayers for departed loved ones. On Veterans Day weekend a service was held for Veterans who have served or who are serving the nation in the Armed Forces.

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Benefit For Saint Benedict Education Foundation

The Sunset at the Barn, held at the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve at Saint Vincent each August, is a benefit for the Saint Benedict Education Foundation. The foundation supports scholarships for Benedictine men and women studying at the international Benedictine university of Sant’ Anselmo in Rome. Supporters of the foundation and their guests are treated to an evening of live jazz and a dinner on the outdoor patio at the nature reserve’s barn, while raising money for the foundation. For additional information visit the foundation’s website,, or call 724-805-2607. Upcoming events include a dinner at Rizzo’s in Crabtree, scheduled for April 1, and next year’s barn event, scheduled for August 19. 28

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Priesthood Ordination Set For May 20 Brother Canice McMullen, O.S.B., will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, May 20 by Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, Bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg, in the Archabbey Basilica. He is the son of Craig and Ruth McMullen of State College, and is one of four children, including Sara and Marc McMullen of State College and the late Jared McMullen. He attended Our Lady of Victory Elementary School and is a 2006 graduate of State College Area High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Pennsylvania State University in 2010. While at Penn State he was a member of the Newman Club, led the Bread of Life Prayer Group and participated in Helping Across the Community, a

Brother Canice McMullen, O.S.B. volunteer club. He began studies at Saint Vincent Seminary in 2011 and

is scheduled to graduate on May 12, 2017. He entered the novitiate at Saint Vincent Archabbey in 2010 and made simple profession of vows in 2011. He was ordained to the diaconate on May 28, 2016 by Bishop Malesic. Brother Canice served as assistant to the Business Office (2011-2012) and the Archabbey Investment Committee (2011-present). He was named assistant to the director of Archabbey Finances and Investments in 2012 and sacristan in 2012, and has served as assistant to the master of ceremonies for the Saint Vincent Archabbey (2011-present), and assistant to the director of vocations. He was named associate director of vocations in 2014.

Diaconate Ordination Set For May 27 Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic will ordain two Benedictines to the diaconate on Saturday, May 27 in the Archabbey Basilica. They are Brother Joachim Morgan, O.S.B., son of Charles and Laura Morgan of White Lake, Michigan, and Brother Lawrence Machia, O.S.B., son of Keith and Louise Machia of Swanton, Vermont. Brother Joachim is a 2006 graduate of Ludington High School and earned a bachelor of science degree in French from Central Michigan University in 2009. He enrolled at Saint Vincent Seminary in 2011. He entered the novitiate in 2010, and made simple profession of vows in 2011. He professed solemn vows on July 11, 2014. He has served as the assistant to the manager at the Saint Vincent Gristmill General Store (2011-2013) and assistant for the summer retreat program (2011-present). In 2013 he was named assistant to the director of the Oblate Program. In 2014 he was named assistant director, Archabbey Guests and Guest Facilities. In 2015 he was appointed sacristan and assistant master of ceremonies as well as assis-

Brother Joachim Morgan, O.S.B.

Brother Lawrence Machia, O.S.B.

tant to the director of the Saint Vincent College Bookstore. He has one sister, Rebecca Field of White Lake. Brother Lawrence is a 2004 graduate of Missisquoi Valley Union High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in theology in 2008 from Eastern University. In 2011, he came to Saint Vincent, where he served as campus minister for social outreach, assisting the campus ministry team for spiritual and service programs.

He entered the notiviate in 2012 and made his simple vows on July 10, 2013. He professed solemn vows on July 11, 2016. He began studies at Saint Vincent Seminary in 2013. He has served as assistant food service liaison (2013-2014) as well as assistant to the director of vocations (2013-present) and assistant, summer retreat program (2013-2014). He was appointed as a lab assistant in the astronomy program at Saint Vincent College (2013-present).

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Y FIRST THOUGHTS about the possibility of being called to the monastic life and priesthood were confusing, terrifying, and exciting all at the same time. It seemed that this call from God not only interfered with my plans to graduate from Penn State and become a CPA, but in so many ways, I felt unable and unworthy of living up to such a calling. In prayer, I tried to beg God to find somebody else, somebody who is more qualified and holy. Although I struggled with these feelings for quite some time, by the time I graduated from college, I realized that if God was truly calling me to the monastic life and priesthood, my limitations would never be too great for Him to overcome. In the work of building up God’s Kingdom here on earth, I feel that God has given me a special role as a monk and future priest. More than anything, I know that God’s mercy and love can’t be earned. If we accept it for any calling, it’s natural to feel unworthy of it and even confused by it. No matter what we “give up” we are always getting more in return than we ever imagine or deserve. I learn something about myself and my relationship to God and His people every day in the Seminary. I am eternally grateful for all the men and women who have contributed to my seminary education, equipping me with the skills and knowledge to build up God’s Kingdom in each person I encounter. I am also grateful to you. The welcome, permanence, and comfort I’ve experienced that gives me the foundation to follow Christ’s path for me, reaches far beyond my fellow monks and the Seminary. It also comes from you in your prayers and support. This support allows me the space and time to concentrate on the biggest challenge and gift I’ve ever been given, my vocation. On behalf of my fellow seminarians and my brother monks, thank you. Your prayers and financial support renew and strengthen us every day. Whether you are known to any of us personally, we know we are all connected as one community of faith and friends. It’s real and it’s powerful. For this I say on behalf of my classmates and fellow monks, thank you. You are in our prayers and in our hearts daily.

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Troop Plants Trees Along Walking Path


eople plant trees although they are certain that the fruit will benefit only the next generation. Should we think only of today and tomorrow? The Lord has provided for our needs so wonderfully and so quickly, should we not confide in Him still more? Must we measure everything with the yardstick and constantly have the rules of arithmetic before our eyes?” —Archabbot Boniface WimmerSaint Vincent Founder Boy Scout Troop 311, chartered by Saint Vincent Basilica Parish, took Boniface Wimmer’s quotation to heart recently when they, their scoutmaster, and a few parents planted 26 trees along the Saint Vincent walking path. Volume 27, Number 1


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Father Jeremy bolha, O.S.B.

Father Jeremy J. Bolha, O.S.B., a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, died September 1, 2016. A native of Wilpen, Pennsylvania, he was born December 14, 1932. He is the son of the late Valentine Bolha and Eleanor (Kochis) Bolha. He is survived by his sister, Geraldine (Mrs. Leonard) Hoffer of Ligonier RD 1 and was preceded in death by his brother Valetine Bolha. Father Jeremy attended Holy Trinity Roman Catholic School and Ligonier High School. He graduated from Saint Vincent Preparatory School in 1950 and received a bachelor of arts degree from Saint Vincent College in 1955. He graduated from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1959. He made simple profession of vows on July 2, 1953 and solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1956. He was ordained by Bishop Hugh Lamb in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg on May 23, 1959. Father Jeremy served as socius of novices at Saint Vincent Archabbey for two years, and as a prefect in the preparatory school for two years. He was assistant pastor at Ascension Parish, Jeannette (1954-1964), director of maintenance

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Obituaries at Saint Vincent (1964), and assistant pastor at Saint Mary’s Parish, Pittsburgh (1964-1970). He was associate pastor of Saint Bruno Parish, South Greensburg (1970-1972), and served as pastor of that parish (1972-1981). He was pastor of Queen of the World Church, St. Marys (1981-1985), pastor at Saint Vincent Parish (1985-1991), and pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Jeannette (1991-1995), before becoming associate pastor of Queen of the World Parish, St. Marys in (1995-2000). In 2000 He was appointed parochial vicar at Saint Benedict Parish, Carrolltown (2000-2001), parochial vicar at Saint Cecilia Parish in Whitney and Sacred Heart Parish in Youngstown (2001-2003), and senior priest at Sacred Heart Parish, St. Marys (2003-2008). He retired to the Archabbey in 2008. Father Jeremy was well-loved in all of his pastoral assignments. He was known for his annual visits to schools and senior citizen centers on the feast day of Saint Nicholas. For many years Father Jeremy

also ministered to his parishioners on his motorcycle with the license “PADRE.” A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Father Prior Earl Henry, O.S.B. on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica followed by the Rite of Committal at Saint Vincent Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Benedictine Health and Welfare Fund, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, Pennsylvania 15650 or online via

In Memoriam: Mrs. Ann Lopatich A Lifelong Friend and Neighbor Saint Vincent Archabbey was saddened to learn of the loss of a lifelong friend and neighbor, Mrs. Ann Lopatich, the wife of the late John J. Lopatich, co-founders of the Lopatich Funeral Home in Latrobe on October 11, 1958 where they provided loving care for the bereaved for many years. Mrs. Ann (Sopko) Lopatich, 90, passed away Thursday, January 12, 2017, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Born October 11, 1926, in Loyalhanna, she was a daughter of the late Steve N. Sopko and Eva (Polinsky) Sopko. She was a member of Holy Family Church, Latrobe. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John J. Lopatich, Sept. 27, 2008; one sister, Mary Lou Karasack; and one brother, Stephen M. Sopko. She is survived by two sons, John S. Lopatich and his wife, Charlene, of Unity


To w n s h i p , and Joseph P. Lopatich, and Betsy, of Latrobe; two daughters, Mary M. Piecyk and her husband, Thomas, of Philadelphia, and Anita A. Cox and her husband, Mark, of Latrobe; five grandchildren, Meghan Holland and her husband, Todd, Aaron Lopatich, Rachel Piecyk and twins, Matthew Cox and Christopher Cox; one great-grandson, Max Holland; a sister-in-law, LaVerne Sopko, of Latrobe; a very special cousin, Mary Ann Liberoni and her husband, Tony, and family; and she is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Volume 27, Number 1

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Lengwin, Father Kris Stubna and Helene Paharik of the Diocese of Pittsburgh; Pastor Don Green, Pastor Jennifer McCurry and Pastor Kimberly Rapczak of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod; Father Tom Federline, Marsha Kable and Father Killian, Diocese of Greensburg; Cynthia Corbett, Father Thomas Schaefer and Father Christiaan Kappes, from the Byzantine Archeparchy. The three major events the commimttee is planning are a repentance service on Tuesday, March 14 at the Byzantine Cathedral; a summer evening of testimonial and thanksgiving at 7 p.m. June 29 at Saint Kilian Catholic Church, Mars and a fall Commemoration of Hope event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent, followed by prayer at Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica at 3 p.m. on October 28. ***** Father Rene Kollar, O.S.B., published a book review of The Antagonist Principle: John Henry Newman and the Paradox of Personality by Lawrence Poston in Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture. He also attended the Nortah American Conference on British Studies in Washington, D.C. ***** Father Thomas Hart, O.S.B., attended the Society of Biblical Literature Convention in San Antonio, Texas, recently. ***** 34


On Christmas Day, Brother Anthony (Michael) Rumpf (SVC ’08, philosophy with minors in theology and anthropology) made solemn profession for the Camaldolese Hermits of Montecorona at Holy Family Hermitage in Bloomingdale, Ohio. Brother Anthony spent two years at Saint Vincent Archabbey where he gradually discerned a call for silence and contemplative prayer. With the direction of Archabbot Douglas, he turned to the Camaldolese Order to test his call to the anchoritic way of life, praised highly by Saint Benedict in his Holy Rule (1:2-5). After a two-year novitiate, and three years in simple profession of vows, Brother Anthony professed vows for life. He is pictured with Father Thomas Hart, O.S.B., a mentor and friend from Saint Vincent Archabbey. Father Stephen Honeygosky, O.S.B., traveled to Washington, D.C., for course development research on the Psalms. ***** Father Robert Keffer, O.S.B., along with his duties as student chaplain at Seton Hill University and hospital chaplain at Latrobe Excela Health, has been giving art talks and presentations at various local venues. Recently he has spoken at Seton Hill on Israeli Art, “Tradition, Terror and Jubilation: the Art of 20th Century Israel,” and at the Westmoreland Museum of Art, “Pop Goes Dali: Salvador Dali’s Influence on American Pop Culture.” Father Robert plans three more talks for winter and spring of 2017, including “Edward Hopper and the Theology of Loneliness.” He noted he finds it enjoyable and challenging to present artists who are not traditionally religious, and to bring forth the spiritual message that these artists might inspire.

He attended the Yad Vashem Center for Holocaust Studies in Jerusalem last summer. He is now in the process of putting together a written thesis/visual art presentation, “Despair, Horror and Liberation: The Musleman as Post Holocaust Image.” This project will focus on post Holocaust concentration camp photography and art, and how the images of victims have changed society’s view of disease, death and the acceptability of visual popularization. This talk will be presented in 2018 at Seton Hill University as part of the Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Educational Conference. “By exploring the physical and psychological ravages of hunger, trauma, disease and torture in its visual form,” Father Robert said, “we enter the world of disbelief; but a world that we must believe is true.” ***** Brother Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., presented a three-day intensive beginner’s spinning workshop and a three-day intensive beginner’s weaving workshop at the McCarl Coverlet Gallery recently. He also judged the Oil Heritage Festival Art Show in Oil City. Volume 27 Number 1

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Oblates Announce 2017 Calendar Of Speakers Father Donald Raila, O.S.B., director of the Oblate program at Saint Vincent Archabbey, has announced the 2017 calendar of Benedictine Spirituality talks to be given on campus. The talks take place in the Brownfield Center as part of the regular schedule of Oblate meetings at 3 p.m. Following the talks, Oblates are invited to pray Sunday vespers with the Benedictines. Brother Cassian Edwards, O.S.B., will speak on February 12 on “Poverty and Simplicity in Benedictine Spirituality.” Brother Ignatius Camello, O.S.B., will

speak on “Conversatio morum” on March 12. The April 9 presenter will be Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., on “Hospitality in Benedictine Spirituality.” “Liturgy of the Hours” will be the topic of Father John-Mary Tompkins, O.S.B., on May 7. Dr. Matthew Fisher, who is on the faculty of Saint Vincent College, will talk about “Spirituality of Camaldolese Benedictines” on June 11. The July 16 presenter will be Brother (soon-to-be Father) Canice McMullen, O.S.B., on “Lectio Divina.”

Father Wulfstan Clough, O.S.B., will speak on “The Eucharist in Benedictine Spirituality” on August 20. On September 17, Brother Martinho Zevallos, O.S.B., will discuss “Stability in Benedictine Spirituality.” Father Edward Mazich, O.S.B., rector of Saint Vincent Seminary, will present on “Silence in Benedictine Spirituality” on October 22. Other Oblate meeting dates are November 19 and December 17. In January, Father Thomas Acklin, O.S.B., spoke “On Holiness and Humility and Benedictine Spirituality.”


“An Exhibition of Jim Miller” Saint Vincent Gallery


“My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord” Saint Vincent Camerata, 7 p.m. Saturday Archabbey Basilica


Feast of Saint Benedict 4 p.m. Tuesday Archabbey Basilica


Chrystal Williams, mezzo Saint Vincent Concert Series 7 p.m. Saturday Carey Performing Arts Center


Holy Thursday 7 p.m. Thursday Archabbey Basilica


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Good Friday Commemoration of the Passion, 1:30 p.m. Friday Tenebrae, 8 p.m. Archabbey Basilica

Priesthood Ordination Brother Canice McMullen, O.S.B. 10 a.m. Saturday Archabbey Basilica


Deacon Ordination Brother Lawrence Machia, O.S.B. Brother Joachim Morgan, O.S.B. 10 a.m. Saturday Archabbey Basilica

Easter Vigil 8 p.m. Saturday Archabbey Basilica


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Easter Sunday Masses 7:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. Archabbey Basilica

Jubliarian Day 4:30 p.m. Thursday Archabbey Basilica



“A New Song” Saint Vincent Camerata, 7 p.m. Saturday Archabbey Basilica

Simple Vows 4 p.m. Monday Archabbey Basilica

Bruckner 8th Symphony Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Manfred Honeck, Conductor

Solemn Vows 10 a.m. Tuesday Archabbey Basilica



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BRUCKNER’S SYMPHONY NO.8 Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony return to Saint Vincent Basilica with Bruckner’s majestic Symphony No. 8. The Eighth Symphony rises from a hushed, mystical opening to a noble third movement and triumphant finale, and features some of the most ecstatic music that the composer has ever created. Deep and rich in its sonority and exquisitely detailed in its architecture, the Eighth Symphony is thought by many to be Bruckner’s crowning musical achievement. Hear the Grammynominated combination of Manfred Honeck, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and Bruckner fill the Basilica with triumphant brass and thunderous timpani.

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