SAINT VINCENT ARCHABBEY
Saying “Yes” to God’s Call ear Friends,
Pope Francis, in a recent homily, stated that we must “be Christians in concrete situations, witnessing to the Gospel, which is essentially love for God and for our brothers and sisters.” In the past few weeks, we have witnessed the concrete committment of our confreres to the Gospel message, as we have celebrated the various stages of response to God’s call to the monastic life. While many of our College and Seminary students were home for the summer, we welcomed thousands of visitors to Saint Vincent for religious celebrations, summer theatre programs and Steelers Training Camp. Many family members and friends came to celebrate the ordinations of two of our monks, Father Dominic Leo to the priesthood and Brother Ignatius Camello to the diaconate. Celebrated by Bishop Edward Malesic, the ordination reflected the universal nature of the Church, with guests from India, the Philippines and Canada in attendance and many people from throughout the world watching our live broadcast. Five young Benedictines, including three
from Asia, one from Louisiana and one from Pennsylvania, made their profession of solemn vows, with four novices who professed their first vows. We also celebrated the jubilees of the professions or ordinations of a number of confreres, including two classmates who celebrated 65 years as priests: Father Noel Rothrauff, O.S.B., and Father Daniel Wolfel, O.S.B., were ordained on May 22, 1954. We welcomed many visitors to the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre and the annual Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp, which began with a Mass in the Basilica celebrated by Father Paul Taylor, a long-time chaplain for the Steelers who is now the 18th President of Saint Vincent College. We thank Brother Norman Hipps, O.S.B., for his nine years of service as president, and welcome his return to the mathematics faculty of Saint Vincent College. Father Paul commenced his duties on July 1, and we will celebrate his inauguration on Friday, November 22. Others guests attended our summer retreats and our “Sunset at the Barn”event in support
of Sant’ Anselmo, the international Benedictine house of studies in Rome. Our Campus Ministry service trips included China, Taiwan and Brazil this summer. Father Edward Mazich, O.S.B., Brother David Kelly, O.S.B., and Brother Cassian Edwards, O.S.B., participated in the 53rd General Chapter of the American-Cassinese Congregation at Saint Anselm Abbey in New Hampshire. Abbot President Elias Lorenzo, O.S.B., accompanied me on a visit to our priory in Vinhedo, Brazil in July. In his recent homily, Pope Francis reminded us that Jesus brought the fire of God’s love upon earth, to overcome apathy and open our hearts to the needs of others. He noted that we must be “willing to pay the price of choices consistent with the Gospel... [and] be Christians in concrete situations, witnessing to the Gospel, which is essentially love for God and for our brothers and sisters.” This witness is reflected in the educational, pastoral and missionary works of our confreres throughout the world. 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
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Contributors to this issue: Seth Harbaugh Barbara McAllister Brother Placid Sellers, O.S.B.
Cover: The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Manfred Honeck, and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh performed at the Archabbey Basilica on Saturday, September 21. Photo by Alexander Byers.
A Night At The Symphony The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Manfred Honeck, performed Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 and Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh on September 21 at Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. The Basilica performance was completely sold out along with a standing room only crowd. Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor is the last symphony upon which Anton Bruckner worked, leaving the last movement incomplete at the time of his death in 1896; the symphony was premiered under Ferdinand Löwe in Vienna in 1903. Bruckner dedicated it “to the beloved God” (in German, dem lieben Gott). It represents an important link between late romanticism and modernity. With the Ninth, Bruckner not only opens up new soundscapes through the emancipation of dissonance that Wagner had already achieved, but also achieves a new dimension by separating individual chords from once firmly established sound connections the harmony, as it is continued, for example, by Arnold Schoenberg. On the long symphonic tracks Bruckner expands the form extremely, making it a pioneer of modernism. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has a rich history of the world’s finest conductors and musicians, and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. Past music directors have included Fritz Reiner (1938-1948), William Steinberg (1952-1976), Andre Previn (1976-1984), Lorin Maazel (1984-1996) and Mariss Jansons (19952004). This tradition of outstanding international music directors was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony. The orchestra has been at the forefront of championing new American works, and gave the first performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah” in 1944 and John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine in 1986. The Pittsburgh Symphony has a long and illustrious history in the areas of recordings and radio concerts. As early as 1936, the Pittsburgh Symphony broadcast on the airwaves coast-to-coast and in the late 1970s it made the ground breaking PBS series “Previn and the Pittsburgh.” The orchestra has received increased national attention since 1982 through network radio broadcasts on Public Radio International, produced by Classical WQED-FM 89.3, made possible by the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900-including 36 international tours to Europe, the Far East and South America-the Pittsburgh Symphony continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest orchestras. Critically acclaimed as one of the finest choruses in the country, the 110-year-old Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP) is re-inventing choral music for the 21st century. MCP singers are every-day community members from diverse backgrounds and professions who give generously of their time and talent to create powerful, unexpected, and deeply moving moments of musical discovery. Now under Music Director Matthew Mehaffey, the MCP has been celebrated for its exciting and innovating programming.
Among those attending the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestraâ€™s pre-concert benefit on September 21 were, 1) Maestro Manfred Honeck, Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, Bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg and Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. 2) Father Paul, Maestro Honeck, Bishop Malesic, Dr. Alfred and Ann Moore, and Melia P. Tourangeau, president and chief executive officer of the symphony. 3) Maestro Honeck, with Mrs. Joanne Rogers, wife of the late Fred Rogers. 4) Mrs. Lucine Marous, wife of the late John C. Marous Jr., and Maestro Honeck. 5) Maestro Honeck, Carlos Cardoso, former chief executive officer of Kennametal and his wife Magdalena, Archabbot Douglas and Ms. Tourangeau. 6) Archabbot Douglas and Senator Kim Ward. 7) Anna and Tadeusz Kozminski and Maestro Honeck. 8) Father Edward Mazich, O.S.B., with Ms. Cynthia Maleski, national president of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, and her husband Dr. Andrzej G. Groch. 9) Father Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B., president of Saint Vincent College; Dr. Roberta Schomburg, executive director of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Childrenâ€™s Media at Saint Vincent College; Maestro Honeck, Lynne Carvell and Archabbot Douglas.
Father Paul Taylor New College President Father Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B., has been named the 18th president of Saint Vincent College, the first Benedictine college in the United States. Prior to assuming the presidency on July 1, 2019, he was executive vice president, a role he served in for seven years. Under his leadership as the vice president for institutional advancement, the College launched the Forward, Always Forward, $100 million campaign in 2017 to strengthen the school’s endowment, provide additional scholarships for students and enhance faculty development and the academic and research programs. The campaign also expands the library and technology information facilities and provides advanced technology updates for classrooms in Alfred Hall and the Robert S. Carey Student Center. The student life and humanities center along with the dining services will be updated and expanded. Campaign funds also provided for the $7 million James F. Will Engineering and Biomedical Sciences Hall and the Ralph and Donna Liberatore Human Anatomy Lab, which were dedicated in November 2017. He also assisted in the previous fundraising campaigns for the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion, the Fred M. Rogers Center, Headmasters Hall and a variety of scholarship endowment funds for students at Saint Vincent College. He has expanded financial aid to students as well as services and programs for minority students. Father Paul earned a bachelor of arts
Father Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B. degree in mathematics from Saint Vincent College in 1987, a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1991, a master of arts degree in mathematics from Duke University in 1993 and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Boston College in 1998. His dissertation was entitled “Boniface Wimmer and the Beginning of American Benedictine Education.” He entered the Saint Vincent Benedictine Community on July 1, 1987, and made simple profession of monastic vows on July 10, 1988, and solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1991. He was ordained a priest June 6, 1992, at Saint
Vincent Archabbey Basilica by the Most Rev. Anthony G. Bosco, Bishop of Greensburg. He attended Sacred Heart School, St. Marys, and is a 1983 graduate of Elk County Christian High School, St. Marys. His administrative roles at Saint Vincent College include vice president of institutional advancement (2006-2019); associate vice president of institutional advancement (2003-2006), associate director (1996-97), director (1997-2001) and dean (2001-2003) of Admission and Financial Aid; and acting dean of students (1999-2000). In spring 2019 he served as a Keats Society Lecturer and visiting professor at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. In 2010, Father Paul was named to the Education Committee on Pennsylvania Governor-elect Tom Corbett’s transition team. The committee was co-chaired by Joel Greenberg of the Susquehanna International Group and Mark Nordenberg of the University of Pittsburgh. The members of each committee are tasked with reviewing the operations of the state government departments and agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction and preparing a transition report. In 1999, after an invitation to visit Saint Benedict’s Prep in Newark, New Jersey, from Father Edwin Leahy, O.S.B., Father Paul began a program of bringing Saint Vincent student mentors to inner city Newark for a week each January to encourage high school students to plan for college, a
“FATHER PAUL is the perfect pick for the presidency of Saint Vincent College. He brings a lifetime of devotion to the mission and embodies the spirit of the historic Benedictine love of learning, with its commitment to the liberal arts and sciences. He has played an instrumental role in providing educational opportunities for students from every socio-economic background.” —J. CHRISTOPHER DONAHUE, CHAIRMAN, SAINT VINCENT COLLEGE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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Father Paul Taylor, O.S.B., was named the 18th president of Saint Vincent College on June 14 at a press conference held at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh. (Alexander Byers photo) program which continues to the present day. He was named an honorary alumnus by the Saint Benedict’s Prep Alumni Association in 2010. While attending Saint Vincent Seminary he served as assistant to the Planning Committee of the Saint Vincent College Board of Directors (1988-1990) and as a dorm moderator at Saint Vincent College (1990-1992). From 1988 to 1990, he served as miller of the Saint Vincent Gristmill, then subsequently chaired the Gristmill Committee of the Archabbey, before being named director (2001-2017) and then consultant (2017-present) for the Gristmill. At Saint Vincent Archabbey, Father Paul serves as executive director of the Archabbey Apostolates and Endowments, which coordinates stewardship efforts of all of the Archabbey’s apostolates including the international Benedictine university of Sant’ Anselmo in Rome as well as the Benedictine Annual Appeal, Saint Vincent Basilica Parish; Benedictine Military School, Savannah, Georgia; Wimmer Priory, Taipei,
Taiwan and São Bento Priory, Vinhedo, Brazil. He also served as associate director of vocations (1996-2004) and has taught Saint Vincent history in the novitiate of the Archabbey since 1996. Father Paul has been active in pastoral ministry serving as a graduate student at Saint Thomas More Parish in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, while at Duke; Saint Lawrence Parish in Brookline, Massachusetts, while attending Boston College. He continues weekend ministry at Saint Louise de Marillac Parish in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has assisted with pastoral care for the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2003. Father Paul serves on the Board of Trustees of Fort Ligonier (2016-present), the Board of Directors of the Latrobe Area Hospital Charitable Foundation (2008-present), and as an advisor to the Board of Straub Brewery, Inc. (2010-present). He has been a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (2002-present), and previously served on the boards of the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau
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remember, the theme of the capital campaign is ‘Forward, Always Forward.’ We try to teach our running backs that idea all the time. But there’s one thing I know about our new president—that he believes and embodies that same motto.” —ARTHUR ROONEY II, PRESIDENT, PITTSBURGH STEELERS AND MEMBER SAINT VINCENT COLLEGE BOARD OF DIRECTORS (2005-2008), Benedictine Military School, Savannah (2004-2007), and the Board of Incorporators of the Saint Vincent College Corporation (1996-2002). A native of St. Marys, Pennsylvania, he is the son of Irene Taylor of St. Marys and the late Robert Taylor. He has two brothers, Lawrence and Robert. Lawrence graduated from Saint Vincent in 1989. saintvincentarchabbey.org
Junior Monks Profess First Vows Four junior monks professed first vows as Benedictine monks before Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., on July 10, 2019 at Saint Vincent Archabbey. They will spend three years a junior monks prior to making solemn profession of vows, or vows for life. All will begin studies at Saint Vincent Seminary this fall. SEAN COOKSEY, O.S.B. Brother Sean Cooksey is the son of Dr. Stephen Cooksey of Pittsburgh and Mary Frances Reidell of Pittsburgh. He has two brothers, Patrick of Colorado Springs and Daniel, of Seattle, and a sister, Erin Leet of Pittsburgh. He is a 2006 graduate of Serra Catholic High School. He has studied at the Community College of Allegheny County and Wheeling Jesuit University, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in history in 2011. Prior to entering the monastery, he was an Americorps volunteer working in food pantries in Chicago and Pittsburgh. He also worked in customer service for CVS Health. Following his profession he has been assigned as socius of novices and postulants, sacristan and assistant master of ceremonies and assistant tailor in the Archabbey Tailor Shop. ANGELO LICHTENSTEIN, O.S.B.
Brother Angelo (Kurt) Lichtenstein is the son of Gary Lichtenstein and Maria Alampi of Sandyston, New Jersey. His sister is Emily Lichtenstein of Newton, New Jersey. He is a 2008 graduate of Kittatinny Regional High School in Newton. He earned a bachelor of science degree in physics from The Citadel in 2012. Prior to entering the monastery, he was U.S. Army Captain, having served over five years on active duty with one combat deployment to the Middle East. Between active duty and coming to the monastery, he worked as a parish music director and organist and as well as an elementary music teacher at a Catholic parochial school in Oklahoma. Following profession he was assigned as assistant to the Archabbot, assistant organist, assistant for monastery music, Sunday and feast day schola director and calendarius. XAVIER O’MARA, O.S.B. Brother Xavier (Timothy) O’Mara is the son of Barbara Helen O’Mara of Northborough, Massachusetts and the late John Cornelius O’Mara. His brothers are John O’Mara of Zurich, Switzerland and Michael O’Mara of Boston. He is a 2004 graduate of Saint John’s High School, and earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from Saint Vincent College in 2008. Following graduation and prior
to his profession, he was associate director in the Admission Office of Saint Vincent College, where he worked for nine years. Following his profession he was assigned as assistant archivist and assistant to the dean of admission at Saint Vincent College. GREGORY VISCA, O.S.B. Brother Gregory Visca is the son of Michael and Victoria Visca of Valrico, Florida. He has a sister, Brittany McMeans of Spring Hill, Tennessee. He is a 2007 graduate of Bloomingdale High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Saint John Vianney College Seminary in 2011 and has also studied theology at Saint Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Florida. Prior to entering the monastery he was a missionary with Generation Life on the U.S. travel team and later worked in a parish as coordinator of faith formation and youth ministry. Following his profession he was assigned as sacristan and assistant master of ceremonies (2019-present), assistant to the director of vocations (2019-present). Four junior monks also renewed their vows for a year, including Brother Placid Sellers, O.S.B., Brother Andrew Kim, O.S.B., Brother Anselm Zhang, O.S.B., and Father Augustine Yang, O.S.B.
From left, Brother Sean Cooksey, O.S.B., Brother Xavier O’Mara, O.S.B., Brother Angelo Lichtenstein, O.S.B., and Brother Gregory Visca, O.S.B.
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Making their solemn profession of vows on July 11 were, from left, Brother Barnabas O’Reilly, O.S.B., Brother Cassian Edwards, O.S.B., Brother Francis Jin, O.S.B., Brother Celestine Hsu, O.S.B., and Brother Luke Chien-Pang Hsu, O.S.B.
Five Profess Solemn Vows
Upon completing a year as novices and three years in temporary vows, five monks professed solemn vows, or vows for life, on July 11 at Saint Vincent Archabbey, before Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. BROTHER FRANCIS JIN, O.S.B. Brother Francis is the son of Wuxing Jin and Xuezhen Li of Xi’an, Shanghai Province, China. He graduated from Zhouzhi No. 6 High School, Xi’an, in 2005. He earned a bachelor of electrical engineering degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University in 2009. He began studies at Saint Vincent Seminary in 2016, and in 2018, he received the master of arts degree in Catholic philosophical studies. Following his first profession of vows his assignments have included assistant to the prior; assistant to the director of the college bookstore; vocation office guestmaster; socius of novices, and socius of postulants.
CELESTINE HSU, O.S.B. Brother Celestine (Michael) Hsu, O.S.B., of Shanghai, China, spent several years working in Shanghai prior to beginning studies at Saint Vincent Seminary in 2016. Following profession he was assigned as assistant to the director, Saint Vincent Gallery as well as assistant in the Basilica Gift Shop. In 2017 he was named assistant to the director of vocations and calendarius. In 2018 he was given the additional assignments of assistant director, Archabbey art collection and assistant to the director, Saint Vincent Concert Series. LUKE CHIEN-PANG HSU, O.S.B. Brother Luke Hsu, O.S.B., is the son of Shiang-Ming Hsu and Eu-Lien Liu of Miaoli, Taiwan. He has an older sister, Pey-Shien Hsu. He studied at National Chung Cheng University in Chiavi. He graduated with a
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degree in philosophy in 2006. He continued his studies at the Institute of Taiwanese Literature at National Chengchi University, receiving a master’s degree in Taiwanese Literature in 2014. At Wimmer Priory in Taiwan his duties have included student moderator, as well as sacristan and guest master. He began studies at San’t Anselmo, the international Benedictine university in Rome in 2017. BROTHER CASSIAN EDWARDS, O.S.B. Brother Cassian (Lamar) Edwards, O.S.B., is the son of Angela Gonzalez of Metairie, Louisiana and the late Walton Lamar Edwards III. He is a 2007 graduate of Archbishop Rummel High School. He graduated from Our Lady of the Holy Cross College in 2011 with a bachelor of arts degree in theology. He began studies at Saint Vincent Seminary in 2016. saintvincentarchabbey.org
vows Prior to coming to Saint Vincent, he spent a year working in Louisiana as a youth minister. He began attending weeklong seminars at the Theology of the Body Institute in Exton, Pennsylvania. He enrolled in a certification program for Saint John Paul II’s teachings and began working with missionary groups known as “Generation Life” and the “Culture Project” to spread the message of the Theology of the Body. Following profession, he was assigned as assistant to the director of Campus Ministry, Saint Vincent College and a Benedictine resident in Bonaventure Hall. BROTHER BARNABAS O’REILLY, O.S.B. Brother Barnabas (Michael) O’Reilly is the son of Lawrence and Eileen O’Reilly of Johnstown. He has two brothers, Russell and Patrick, and two sisters, Shannon and Kathleen. He is a 2008 graduate of Bishop McCort High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in biology and theology in 2012 from Saint Vincent College. He began studies at Saint Vincent Seminary in 2016. In 2018, he received the master of arts degree in Catholic philosophical studies. Prior to entering the monastery, he was employed as a laboratory technician at the University of Pittsburgh and then worked for two years with a Catholic Missionary group known as “Saint Paul’s Outreach” (SPO) at West Virginia University. Following simple profession, he was assigned as assistant to the director of Campus Ministry, Saint Vincent College, and a Benedictine resident in Gerard Hall.
Brother Barnabas O’Reilly, O.S.B., signs his vows as Father Joseph Adams, O.S.B., observes.
Above, Brother Luke Hsu presents his vows to Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B.
Left, Brother Francis Jin receives The Abbey Psalter during the vows ceremony, and at right, Brother Cassian Edwards, O.S.B., signs his vows. Heart to Heart •FALL 2019
Priests gather at the altar as Bishop Edward C. Malesic of the Diocese of Greensburg prays over Father Dominic Leo, O.S.B., during his ordination to the priesthood on Saturday, May 25, 2019.
Benedictines Ordained To Priesthood, Diaconate
Taking part in the May 25 ordination Mass were from left, Deacon Ignatius Camello, O.S.B., Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Bishop Edward C. Malesic of the Diocese of Greensburg; and Father Dominic Leo, O.S.B. Additional photos are available for viewing at https:// archabbey.smugmug.com/. Heart to Heart â€˘FALL 2019
Benedictines from Saint Vincent Archabbey were ordained to the priesthood and to the diaconate on May 25 by Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, Bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg, at Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. Father Dominic Sylvester Leo, O.S.B., the son of M. Leo Joseph and Rita Leo of Bangalore, India was ordained to the priesthood. Brother Ignatius Camello, O.S.B., of Cotabato City, the Philippines, was ordained to the diaconate. FATHER DOMINIC LEO, O.S.B. Father Dominic graduated in 1988 from Saint Aloysius Junior College in Bangalore, where he also received a bachelor of commerce degree in 1991 from Saint Josephâ€™s
ORDINATIONS College of Commerce, majoring in taxation. He earned the master of science degree in information technology in 2004 from Karnataka State Open University. Father Dominic studied at the Seminary of Christ the King Mission, British Columbia, Canada, in 2012; at Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary, Collegeville, Minnesota, in 2014 and received a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2019. He entered the Benedictine Order as a monk of Saint Peter’s Abbey, Saskatchewan, Canada on April 12, 2014 and transferred his vows to Saint Vincent Archabbey on March 21, 2017. He was ordained a deacon on September 22, 2018 by Bishop Malesic in the Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. At the Archabbey he has been assigned as socius of novices, sacristan and assistant master of ceremonies and blogger in the Vocation Office, as well as assistant manager of the Gristmill General Store and miller at Saint Vincent Gristmill. Following his ordination he was assigned as parochial vicar of Saint Gregory the Great Parish in Virginia Beach, Virginia. BROTHER IGNATIUS CAMELLO, O.S.B. Brother Ignatius Camello, O.S.B., is the son of Desideria Camello of Cotabato City, the Philippines and the late Reynaldo Camello. He has three brothers, Roland, of Northern Ireland, United Kingdom; Jose Rechie Camello and Elvin Camello of Cotabato City. He attended Notre Dame Elementary School and graduated from Notre Dame High School for Boys in 1988. Both schools are in the Philippines. He earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Notre Dame University, Cotabato City in 1992. In 2001 he began work as an intensive care unit nurse in Los Angeles, California. He began discerning a vocation and became a novice of Saint Vincent Archabbey on July 1, 2013. He professed simple vows on July 10, 2014 and is completing studies for the priesthood at Saint Vincent Seminary. He was assigned as assistant to the director, monastery infirmary and as sacristan/ assistant master of ceremonies. Following his ordination, he has been assigned to Our Lady of Grace Parish as a deacon intern.
Brother Ignatius Camello, O.S.B., and Brother Dominic Leo, O.S.B., stand before the Bishop at the start of the ordination Mass.
Bishop Edward C. Malesic of the Diocese of Greensburg anoints Father Dominic Leo, O.S.B.
Bishop Edward C. Malesic presents the book of the Gospels to Brother Ignatius Camello, O.S.B.
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Three Begin Discernment With Monastic Community Saint Vincent recently welcomed three new candidates who are discerning a call to the monastic life at Saint Vincent. Brother Francisco Whittaker graduated from Saint Vincent College in May 2019 and began the novitiate at the Archabbey in July. Father Basil Burns was a member of Saint Benedict’s Abbey, Covington, Louisiana before coming to Saint Vincent. Douglas J. Hough also graduated from Saint Vincent in May 2019 and began his postulancy on August 15, 2019.
Honor Society, American Chemical Society, and the Saint Vincent College Respect Life Club, where he served as secretary and then co-president.
Joseph Seminary in British Columbia before becoming retreat director for the Damano Renewal Center in the Diocese of Prince George, British Columbia. He began the process of transferring to Saint Vincent Archabbey on July 1, 2019. He is scheduled to teach in the Department of Philosophy at Saint Vincent College in the spring of 2020.
Father Basil Burns, O.S.B.
Brother Francisco Whittaker, N.O.S.B. BROTHER FRANCISCO WHITTAKER, N.O.S.B. Brother Francisco (Samuel James) is the son of Daniel and Kathleen Whittaker of Grove City, Pennsylvania. He has two brothers, Thomas and Nathaniel, of Grove City, and a sister, Sarah, of Arlington, Virginia. He attended Mother of Divine Grace School, graduating in 2015. He earned a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry in 2019 from Saint Vincent College, magna cum laude. While a student at Saint Vincent he was a biochemistry tutor, student leader and coordinator in Campus Ministry, and a residence hall prefect. He also was a Collaborative Learning Program facilitator of general chemistry. A dean’s list student, he was inducted into the Gamma Sigma Epsilon Honor Society, and was a member of the Pope Leo XIII Chapter of the National
FATHER BASIL BURNS, O.S.B. Father Basil (David) Burns, O.S.B., is the son of Paul J. and Deanna C. Burns of Baton Rouge. His three brothers are Eric, Kevin and Daniel Burns. Father Basil attended Saint Alphonsus Elementary School and graduated in 1988 from Redemptorist High School in Baton Rouge. He earned a bachelor of science degree in politics from Louisiana State University in 1992, and a master of arts degree from LSU in 1995 in political theory. He made simple profession of monastic vows on July 10, 1997, and solemn profession on July 11, 2000, while a monk of Saint Benedict Abbey, Louisiana. He was ordained to the diaconate on October 21, 2000 by Archbishop Gregory Aymond of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He was ordained to the priesthood on April 21, 2001 by Archbishop Alfred Hughes. He received a master of arts degree in systematic theology from Notre Dame Seminary, Louisiana, in 2001, and earned a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Dallas in 2013. Following completion of his doctorate, Father Basil taught philosophy at Saint
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Douglas J. Hough DOUGLAS HOUGH DJ Hough (Douglas John) is the son of Brian and Nicole Hough of Steubenville, Ohio. He has five brothers, Jacob, Isaac, Noah, Aiden, and Jonathan, of Steubenville, and three sisters, Nicole, Hannah, and Gianna, also of Steubenville. He attended West Shamokin Jr./Sr. High School, located in Numine, Pennsylvania, graduating in 2014. He earned a bachelor of science degree in early childhood and special education in 2018 from Saint Vincent College, summa cum laude. While a student, he was a student government executive board secretary, student leader in Campus Ministry, and a residence hall prefect. He also worked as an admissions ambassador, Bearcat B.E.S.T. job coach, and a Fred Roger’s Music Visit student co-lead. Before graduation, he selected as a finalist for the 2018 President’s Award. Upon graduation, he works at Laurel Valley Elementary, acting as a graduate fellow and head coach for the middle school volleyball team. He is in the process of obtaining his masters degree in special education at Saint Vincent College.
Congregation Holds 53rd General Chapter
The 53rd General Chapter of the American-Cassinese Congregation was held June 16 to 21 at Saint Anselm Abbey in Manchester, New Hampshire. The chapter is a forum for abbots and delegates to discuss issues affecting the congregation. Among those attending were front, from left, Abbot Cletus Meagher, O.S.B., retired abbot of Saint Bernard Abbey, Cullman, Alabama; Father Paul Weckert, O.S.B., delegate from Saint Martin’s Abbey and an alumnus of Saint Vincent Seminary; Father John-Mary Lugemwa, O.S.B., prior of Mary, Mother of the Church Abbey, Richmond, who graduated from Saint Vincent Seminary; Abbot Philip Davey, O.S.B., of Saint Bede Abbey, Illinois; Abbot-President Elias Lorenzo, O.S.B., of Saint Mary’s Abbey, Delbarton, New Jersey; Most Rev. Peter Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, New Hampshire; Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B., of Saint Anselm Abbey; Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey; Brother Leven Harton, O.S.B., delegate from Saint Benedict Abbey, Atchison, Kansas; Abbot Austin Murphy, O.S.B., Saint Procopius Abbey, Illinois; Abbot James Albers, Saint Benedict’s Abbey, Atchison, Kansas and Abbot Gary Hoover, O.S.B., of Saint Andrew Abbey, Cleveland. In the second row, Father Elias Correa-Torres, O.S.B., delegate from Belmont Abbey, North Carolina; Brother David Kelly, O.S.B., delegate from Saint Vincent Archabbey; Father Luke Edelen, O.S.B., delegate from Newark Abbey, New Jersey; Brother Damian Whalen, O.S.B., delegate from Saint Gregory’s Abbey, Oklahoma; Brother Jacob Burns, presenter from Saint John’s Abbey, Minnesota; Brother Nathaniel Grossman, O.S.B., delegate from Saint Bede Abbey, Illinois; Abbot Isaac Camacho, O.S.B., abbot of Saint Leo Abbey, Florida, and an alumnus of Saint Vincent Seminary; and Brother Pachomius Alvarado, O.S.B., translator from Saint Bernard Abbey, Cullman, Alabama. In the third row, from left, are, Brother Guy Jelinek, O.S.B., prior and delegate from Saint Procopius Abbey, Illinois; Brother Paul Diveny, O.S.B., delegate from Saint Mary’s Abbey, Delbarton, New Jersey; Abbot Neal Roth, O.S.B., of Saint Martin’s Abbey, Lacey, Washington; Father Paul Paproski, O.S.B., delegate from Saint Peter’s Abbey, Muenster, Saskatchewan, an alumnus of Saint Vincent Seminary; Abbot John Klassen, O.S.B., of Saint John’s Abbey, Minnesota; Father James Flint, O.S.B., Saint Procopius Abbey, and member of the Abbot President’s Council; Abbot Peter Novecosky, O.S.B., of Saint Peter’s Abbey, Muenster, Saskatchewan; Father Michael Taffe, prior and delegate from Assumption Abbey; Father Edward M. Mazich, O.S.B., rector of Saint Vincent Seminary; Father Manuel Cely Silva, O.S.B., prior and delegate from Monasterior de Tibati, Colombia; Father Bernardo Geraldo Búrquez, O.S.B., delegate from Abadía del Tepeyac, Mexico; and Brother Aloysius Sarasin, O.S.B., general chapter assistant from Saint Anselm Abbey, New Hampshire. In row four are, from left, Abbot Ricardo Tinto Delgado, O.S.B., abbot of Abadía del Tepeyac, Mexico; Abbot Richard Cronin, O.S.B., abbot of Saint Mary’s Abbey, Morristown, New Jersey; Brother Felix Neussendorfer, O.S.B., delegate from Abadía de San Antonio Abad, Puerto Rico; Abbot Placid Solari, O.S.B., of Belmont Abbey, North Carolina; Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen, O.S.B., of Saint Gregory’s Abbey, Shawnee, Oklahoma; Brother Andrew Thornton, O.S.B., delegate from Saint Anselm’s Abbey; Father Lew Grobe, O.S.B., delegate from Saint John’s Abbey, Minnesota; Abbot Oscar Rivera, O.S.B., abbot of Abadía de San Antonio Abad, Puerto Rico; Father Marcus Voss, O.S.B., of Saint Bernard Abbey, Cullman, Alabama, who became abbot on July 24, 2019; Brother Titus Phelan, O.S.B., general chapter assistant from Saint Anselm Abbey; Abbot Daniel Maloney, O.S.B., of Assumption Abbey, Richardton, North Dakota; Brother Apollo Rodriguez, O.S.B., delegate from Saint Leo Abbey; Brother Dunstan Enzor, O.S.B., general chapter assistant from Saint Anselm Abbey; Brother Cassian Edwards, O.S.B., of Saint Vincent Archabbey; Father Michael Calhoun, O.S.B., member of the Abbot President’s Council from Saint Bede Abbey and an alumnus of Saint Vincent Seminary; and Father Bede Kotlinski, O.S.B., delegate from Saint Andrew Abbey. Photo by Brother Francis McCarty, O.S.B., of Saint Anselm Abbey. Heart to Heart •FALL 2019
Campus Ministry Service Trip: Taiwan, China Saint Vincent College Campus Ministry recently completed its annual service trip to China and Taiwan. Led by Father Killian Loch, O.S.B., director of Campus Ministry, and Jody Marsh, coordinator of service, a contingent of eight Saint Vincent College students took part in the 12-day excursion. The group visited Taiwan in June, performing service work at Immaculate Conception Parish and teaching at Guo-Tai Elementary School alongside students from Fu Jen Catholic University. They also toured the cultural highlights of Taipei and enjoyed traditional local cuisine. The Saint Vincent contingent also visited mainland China, with stops at the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Palace of Prince Gong and the historic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Students who traveled included Grace Alverson, C’19, from Sewickley; Sarah Centore, sophomore biology major from Canonsburg; Ande Greco, C’18, from New Alexandria; Zoe Leasock, junior biochemistry major from Somerset; Anthony Rihmland, junior biology major from Canonsburg; Rachael Schiafone, sophomore biology major from Ridgway; Hannah Schilpp, junior biochemistry from Pittsburgh; and Shalyn Vukich, senior Spanish major from Beaver Falls. Brother Samuel Pinheiro, O.S.B., and John Torres, Saint Vincent Seminary student from Brazil, also traveled with the group.
Above, top, right, Father Killian Loch, O.S.B., traverses the Great Wall during the College service trip to China; bottom, right, the Saint Vincent College Campus Ministry contingent.
Abbot Primate Receives Rotary Award Mrs. Pat Shaffer, international service representative, presented the Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Murrysville Rotary Club to Abbot Primate Gregory Polan, O.S.B., at left, during the annual Celebrate Spring dinner at Rizzo’s in Crabtree. Father Benoit Alloggia, O.S.B., president of the Saint Benedict Education Foundation, also took part in the presentation. Mrs. Shaffer supports the foundation, which provides financial aid to Benedictine nuns and monks from economically disadvantaged countries to attend Sant’ Anselmo, the international Benedictine university in Rome. Heart to Heart •FALL 2019
Jubilarian Day Numerous Benedictines participated in the annual Jubilarian Day Mass, held each year following the community’s annual retreat in June. Among those taking part and celebrating 65 years of ordination were Father Noel Rothrauff, O.S.B., and Father Daniel Wolfel, O.S.B., who were ordained on May 22, 1954. Celebrating 60 years of his ordination was Father Campion Gavaler, O.S.B., who was ordained May 23, 1959. Celebrating 40 years of ordination were Father Chad Ficorilli, O.S.B., Father Ronald Gatman, O.S.B., Father Eric Vogt, O.S.B., and Father Damian Warnock, who were ordained May 19, 1979. Father Killian Loch, O.S.B., was ordained September 1, 1979. Marking the anniversaries of their profession of vows were Brother Benedict Janecko, O.S.B., and Father Warren Murrman, O.S.B., who were professed July 2, 1959; Father Jonathan Murrman, O.S.B., who was professed September 2, 1959; Father Frank Ziemkiewicz, O.S.B., who was professed on July 10, 1979; and Father Philip Kanfush, O.S.B., who was professed on July 10, 1994. In the top photo are Brother Benedict Janecko, O.S.B., Father Philip Kanfush, O.S.B., Father Frank Ziemkiewicz, O.S.B., and Father Warren Murrman, O.S.B., who were celebrating anniversaries of their profession of vows. In the bottom photo, from left, celebrating anniversaries of their priestly ordinations, were, Father Damian Warnock, O.S.B., Father Ronald Gatman, O.S.B., Father Chad Ficorilli, O.S.B., Father Campion Gavaler, O.S.B., Father Daniel Wolfel, O.S.B. and Father Noel Rothrauff, O.S.B..
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Ornament Series The 2019 Christmas ornament features the rose window of the Basilica above the organ, executed by the Kinsella Company of Chicago. It is available in the Basilica Gift Shop and online at www.stvincentstore.com.
Heart to Heart, the magazine of Saint Vincent Archabbey, won a second place Catholic Press Association Award in 2019 for Best Magazine/Newsletter of the Year: Religious Order Magazines. This issue that garnered the judges’ attention was a special issue (spring 2018) on the dedication of the statues of Pope Saint John XXIII and Pope Saint John Paul II in the Basilica. The issue featured articles on the creation of the statues and their installation, as well as photos, quotes and articles on the accomplishments of Pope Saint John XXIII and Pope Saint John Paul II. The judges noted that “the special
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issue... is particularly well-done. It is chock full of great detail and good story telling. Significant extracted quotes from the Popes paired with stunning photos make this issue a historical keeper. For those less familiar with church history, the sidebars chronicling ecclesial documents crafted while the Popes were in office provide a visual bibliography and framework of the good work directed by these saints.” This is the sixth consecutive year the magazine has received CPA honors. Heart to Heart is edited by Kim Metzgar, director of Archabbey and Seminary Public Relations.
Preparatory School Honors Father Vernon Father Vernon Holtz, O.S.B. was honored by the Saint Vincent Preparatory School this summer with its Lifetime Achievement Award. The awards dinner took place on June 8. Father Vernon, professor emeritus at Saint Vincent College, held a variety of roles at Saint Vincent Preparatory School. From 1958 to 1972 he had an impact on hundreds of lives as a prefect, teacher, counselor, basketball and soccer coach, while also serving a six-year stint as assistant headmaster from 1962 to 1968. Father Vernon graduated from Lock Haven University with a bachelor of science degree in education and joined the Benedictine community and made simple profession of vows July 2, 1956, solemn profession of vows July 11, 1959, and was ordained a priest on June 2, 1962, in the Archabbey Basilica. He went on to earn a master of arts degree in counseling psychology from the Catholic University of America, a master of arts degree in theology from Saint Vincent and a doctorate in existential phenomenological psychology from Duquesne University. From 1971-75 he was director of the Counseling Center at Saint Vincent College, while also directing the monastic formation program for Saint Vincent Archabbey from 1971-74. From 1965 through 2018, Father Vernon was a professor of psychology at Saint Vincent College, awarded the Dean’s Faculty Award (1994), the Boniface Wimmer Faculty Award (1999) and the Thoburn Excellence in Teaching Award (2001). In 2010, he was honored by the Mental Health America Association at its annual dinner in the field of recovery counseling, while in that same year, he was instrumental in founding and implementing the popular Saint Vincent College lecture series “Aging and Spirituality,” which continues to thrive. Beginning in 1998, he was involved in ongoing research through the University of Missouri at St. Louis showing the impact spirituality has on the physical healing process while he is currently studying the relationship between psychology, spirituality and religion. In addition to the myriad teaching honors that he has received, Father Vernon received
Saint Vincent Preparatory School honored Father Vernon Holtz, O.S.B., with its Lifetime Achievement Award at the Prep’s annual reunion on June 8. Taking part in the award presentation were, from left, Shawn Gouch, director of Alumni Relations at Saint Vincent College; Brother Norman Hipps, O.S.B., president emeritus of Saint Vincent College; Father Vernon and George Martin, P’59. the Saint Vincent Preparatory School Hall of Fame Award in 2010 and was inducted into the Saint Vincent College Athletic Hall of
Fame in 2011. A native of Hastings, Father Vernon enjoys studying contemporary issues in theology, psychology and spirituality.
Brother Norman Hipps, O.S.B., who retired as President of Saint Vincent College on June 30, was presented with the Benedictine Legacy Award at the Saint Vincent Preparatory School Reunion in June. Taking part in the presentation were Jack E. Harvan, P’59, C’66; Patricia Owens, who served as Brother Norman’s administrative assistant; Brother Norman; Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., and George Martin, P’59.
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Abbot Primate Helps ‘Celebrate Spring’ Abbot Primate Gregory Polan, O.S.B., was the guest of honor at the Celebrate Spring annual dinner of the Saint Benedict Education Foundation. Prior to the dinner, he was the principal celebrant at Mass at Saint Bartholomew Parish in Crabtree, where Father Justin Matro, O.S.B., is pastor. Concelebrating the Mass were, from left, Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B., of Mount Angel Abbey, Oregon; Abbot Benedict Neenan, O.S.B., of Conception Abbey, Missouri; Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., of Saint Vincent Archabbey; Abbot Jerome Kodell, O.S.B., abbot emeritus of Subiaco Abbey, Arkansas; Abbot Gregory; Father Edward Mazich, O.S.B., of Saint Vincent Archabbey; Father Maximilian Maxwell, O.S.B., of Saint Vincent Archabbey; Father Jeremiah O’Shea, and Father Benoit Alloggia, O.S.B., president of the foundation, which helps fund scholarships for monks and nuns from economically disadvantaged monasteries who attend Sant’ Anselmo, the international Benedictine university in Rome, Sant’ Anselmo.
Above, Abbot Primate Gregory Polan, O.S.B., center, and Father Benoit Alloggia, O.S.B., present the medal of Saint Anselm to Mrs. Orlie Ferretti, a supporter of the work of the Saint Benedict Education Foundation, as well as Saint Vincent Archabbey and Seminary. Mrs. Ferretti is the widow of the late Mario J. Ferretti, who taught at Saint Vincent College, and was a life-long friend of the Benedictines. At top, left, during the Mass, Abbot Gregory, and at bottom left, Father Justin Matro, O.S.B., pastor of Saint Bartholomew Parish, Crabtree. Heart to Heart •FALL 2019
2019 Sunset At The Barn The Saint Benedict Education Foundation held its annual Sunset at the Barn at the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve at Saint Vincent College recently. Pictured are, from left, Bill McGarrity, Vince and Louise Esposito, Father Benoit Alloggia, O.S.B., Rosemary McGarrity, Gloria Witowski, and Frances Milie, and back, Phil and Dorothy Petrulli. In the bottom left photo are Stephen and Rita Peters of Florida and Dr. Carey McMonagle. At bottom right, are Sandy Luttner, with Father Benoit and Janeen Moffa and Chris Campbell.
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2019 Monastic Retreat Father Luke Macnamara, O.S.B., a monk of Glenstal Abbey, Ireland, and a lecturer in Sacred Scripture at Saint Patrickâ€™s College, Maynooth, Ireland, was the retreat master for the annual monastic retreat at Saint Vincent Archabbey in June.
Ribbon Cutting at Adelphoi Brother Norman Hipps, O.S.B., president of Saint Vincent College, at left, Father Paschal Morlino, O.S.B., second from left, and Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., right, joined Bibiana Boerio, a member of the Adelphoi Board, and Nancy Kukovich, center, chief executive officer of Adelphoi, at the dedication of the new Family Center Building at Adelphoi in Latrobe on May 16. The center provides families a reception area to visit with their children. The new space has rooms for art and music therapy, a coffee bar, and lounge area. Father Paschal founded Adelphoi in 1971 as a single home for troubled boys, and it now meets the needs of more than 50,000 children and families throughout the state. Heart to Heart â€˘FALL 2019
Tree of Life Responder to Speak at October Blue Mass A Saint Vincent College graduate and Pittsburgh Bureau of Police officer who was among the first to respond to the tragic Tree of Life Synagogue shooting on October 27, 2018, will speak at the annual Blue Mass, to be held at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, October 13 at the Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. The Blue Mass honors local and state police officers, firefighters and emergency medical service personnel for their service, as well as those who have died in the line of duty. Jacob Maxwell Noonan is a Zone 5 police officer for the City of Pittsburgh. He graduated from Saint Vincent College with a degree in criminology, law and society in 2016, where he also played football and ran track. While at Saint Vincent he was a member of the addiction study research team led by Dr. Eric Kocian. He helped conduct interviews, code and analyze data on addiction and recovery and gave numerous presentations to local, state and federal agencies. After Saint Vincent, he entered the Pittsburgh Police Academy and graduated with the Leadership Award for his platoon. He is a 2012 graduate of Cumberland Valley High School, where he also played football and was a member of the track team.
2019 Steelers Training Camp Faces old and new were among those at the 2019 Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp at Saint Vincent College. Clockwise, from top, Ben Roethlisberger and Ryan Switzer, Coach Mike Tomlin, rookie Bennie Snell, wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and cornerback Artie Burns, Tackle Alejandro Villanueva during a blocking drill and running back James Connor. Photos by Brother Placid Sellers, O.S.B., Seth Harbaugh and Kim Metzgar. Heart to Heart â€˘FALL 2019
Steelers Opening Mass Father Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B., at right, president of Saint Vincent College, celebrated a special Mass marking the opening of Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp at Saint Vincent College. While members of the Benedictine and Saint Vincent communities have remembered the Steelers in their prayers for many years, a number of years ago the late Ambassador Daniel Rooney, requested a Mass at the beginning of the training camp in order to pray with fans, coaches, owners, staff members and athletes, as well as with members of Steeler Nation and the Benedictine community in the Archabbey Basilica. Taking part in the Mass were, top, from left, Arthur Rooney II, president of the Pittsburgh Steelers organization, and member of the Saint Vincent College Board of Directors; Kevin Colbert, general manager of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Mark Bruener, a member of the team’s scouting staff and former tight end with the Steelers. Mrs. Patricia Rooney, wife of the late Ambassador Rooney, attended the Mass along with members of the Rooney family. Two weeks following the Mass, on Sunday, August 11, Darryl Drake, the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers coach since 2018, died unexpectedly at the age of 62. The Steelers are dedicating their season to Coach Drake and are wearing his initials, DD, on the backs of their helmets. The Saint Vincent community has been keeping Coach Drake’s wife, Sheila, his three daughters, grandchildren, and everyone in the Steelers organization in their prayers. Steelers President Art Rooney II recalled him as a “passionate coach and had a tremendous spirit toward life, his family, his faith, and the game of football.” Below, left, is Coach Drake. At right, Ben Roethlisberger comforts wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster following the tragedy. Photos courtesy of Pittsburgh Steelers / Karl Roser.
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Memorial Day Services A service honoring men and women who died while serving their country, as well as all veterans of the United States Armed Forces, living and deceased, was held May 27 at the Mary Mother of Mercy Mausoleum Chapel at Saint Vincent Cemetery. Although Memorial Day is generally reserved for honoring those who died while serving their country, Cemetery Manager Dennis Garman, himself a U.S. Army veteran, wanted to ensure that all veterans and their families know their service is appreciated. Thus volunteers place approximately 1,100 flags on the graves of veterans at the Saint Vincent Cemetery and the mausoleum just prior to Memorial Day, which remain in place through Veterans Day in November, the day which honors all veterans. These flags also honor many of the monks who have served. The flags and flag holders are donated by the Thomas B. Anderson American Legion Post of Latrobe. The son of Mrs. Caroline Kollar, Robbie Kollar, became interested in documenting the graves of veterans four years ago, and has devoted nearly 150 hours of his time recording information on them, starting in the summer of 2015. He entered the information into a database. Caroline and Robbie Kollar, as well as Robbieâ€™s brother Alex, helped Dennis Garman and cemetery secretary Lisa Sisak place the hundreds of flags on the gravesites this year. A service is also held for Veterans Day, in conjunction with All Souls Day. The date for this yearâ€™s service is November 2, 2019. Heart to Heart â€˘FALL 2019
Above, Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., and Brother Ignatius Camello, O.S.B., during the Memorial Day service at the Mary Mother of Mercy Mausoleum Chapel at Saint Vincent Cemetery. In the photo at bottom, Caroline Kollar and her sons Robbie and Alex help place flags designating the graves of veterans prior to Memorial Day at Saint Vincent Cemetery.
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THRESHOLD LECTURE & ANN KINZER CLARK LECTURE DR. CORNEL WEST
THE MCCARL GALLERY HISTORY DINNER THEATER CELEBRATE PENNSYLVANIA! A HISTORY IN STORY AND SONG
8 p.m. Thursday, October 17 Fred Rogers Center
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SAINT VINCENT CONCERT SERIES JEANNE COTTER, PIANIST, COMPOSER, STORYTELLER
SAINT VINCENT CAMERATA SIXTH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LESSONS AND CAROLS
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6 p.m. Friday, October 25, 2019 Fred Rogers Center SAINT VINCENT PLAYERS ANY NUMBER CAN DIE
7:30 p.m. Friday, October 25; Saturday, October 26; 2 p.m. Sunday, October 27 Robert S. Carey Performing Arts Center DR. PHILIP JENKINS POPE BENEDICT XVI LECTURE
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2019 | NOVEMBER SAINT VINCENT CAMERATA WITH NEIL STAHURSKI, ORGANIST BEEN IN THE STORM SO LONG: A CHORAL PRAYER IN TROUBLED TIMES
Featuring organ improvisation, Gregorian chant, Palestrina, E. Esenvalds, S. Paulus, J.L. Ames, H. Howells, H. Sumsion, F. Poulenc 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 9 Saint Vincent Basilica SAINT VINCENT CONCERT SERIES BENJAMIN BAKER, VIOLIN DANIEL LEBHART, PIANO
7 p.m. Saturday, November 9 Robert S. Carey Performing Arts Center
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7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 5 Saint Vincent Basilica HANDEL’S MESSIAH
Thomas Octave, conductor Saint Vincent College Singers and Festival Choir 7 p.m. Saturday, December 7 Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica SAINT VINCENT FAMILY CHRISTMAS CONCERT
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archabbey news apostolates Father Thomas Acklin, O.S.B., offered retreats to the Franciscan Friars of the Eternal Word in Hanceville, Alabama, to the Benedictine monks of Newark Abbey, and for the Sister Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Portage, Pennsylvania. He offered a day of recollection to the priests of the Erie Diocese on the present crisis in the church and her renewal. Father Thomas also, together with Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., offered workshops on Spiritual Direction for the Congregation of Major Superiors of Women Religious at Malvern, Pennsylvania, to the Institute for Religious Life at Mundelein, Illinois, for the Institute for Ministry Formation at Saint Vincent Seminary and for the monks, Oblates and retreatants at Mount Angel Abbey in Mount Angel, Oregon. ***** Father Edward Mazich, O.S.B., presented the Benedictine community retreat at Saint Anselm Abbey in Manchester, New Hampshire, May 20 to 24; the Benedictine community retreat at Belmont Abbey, Belmont, North Carolina, May 27 to 31; and the women’s retreat sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Ann, Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, August 9 to 11. ***** Brother Benedict Janecko, O.S.B., and his class celebrated the 60th anniversary of vows this July 2. In addition he celebrated the 55th anniversary of ordination to the diaconate, which took place at Einsiedeln, Switzerland in 1964 on July 4. Brother Benedict notes that he may be one of the first “permanent” deacons reinstalled by Vatican II. *****
Father Paschal Attends Blessing Father Paschal Morlino, O.S.B., represented Saint Vincent Archabbey at the Blessing of Abbess Hildegard Dubnick, O.S.B., on February 23, 2019. Mother Hildegard is an American and was a nun at the daughter foundation of Saint Walburga Abbey, Eichstätt, Bavaria, which is also called Saint Walburga Abbey. It is in Virginia Dale, Colorado. She succeeds Mother Franziska Kloos, O.S.B. who had served as Abbess of Eichstätt for 34 years and retired from office on December 27, 2018. Abbess Hildegard received the abbatial blessing from Bishop Gregor Maria Hanke, O.S.B. of Eichstätt. Father Pio Adamonis, O.S.B., was retreat master for Silent Lenten Retreat at Saint Emma’s entitled: The Way of The Cross: Faith, Hope, and Love. ***** Father Paul Taylor, O.S.B., I was visiting professor at UVA School of Medicine, Department or Radiology as the Theodore E. Keats Endowed Lecturer, May 2019. ***** Father Martinho Zevallos Chávez, O.S.B., was ordained to the priesthood on August 25, 2018. The ordaining bishop was Most Rev. Dom Henrique Soares da Costa. He is the Bishop of the Diocese of Palmares. Father
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Martinho writes that “almost four months before my ordination, Bishop Dom Airton Jose was moved from the Diocese of Campinas to the Diocese of Mariana. Then, we asked Bishop Dom Henrique to ordain me and he joyfully accepted.” ***** Father Jude Brady, O.S.B., recently conducted a private retreat for the Sisters of the Good Shepherd and the Oblate Community, Diocese of Brownsville, Texas in August. He was appointed the First Counselor for the Monastic Chapter of Mary Mother of the Church Abbey, Richmond, Virginia, a term to
archabbey news apostolates last from May of 2019 to May of 2022. He will serve as a communication consultant for Saint Procopius Abbey, Lisle, Illinois, from September of 2019 to May of 2020. ***** Father Killian Loch, O.S.B., director of Campus Ministry, spoke this spring as part of the Series on Aging and Spirituality at Saint Vincent College. Father Killian discussed “Discovering the Resurrection within Ourselves.” ***** Father Warren Murrman, O.S.B., had an article published in the March 2019 edition of The American Benedictine Review. It was entitled “The Trappist Connections of Abbot Boniface Wimmer.”. ***** Brother Gilbert Heater, O.S.B., and Brother Barnabas O’Reilly, O.S.B., were in Munich this summer studying German at the Goethe Institute and living at Sankt Bonifaz Abbey in Munich. Brother Gilbert, a junior monk, renewed his vows before Abbot Wolfgang Hagl, abbot of Saint Vincent’s mother abbey, Metten. Brother Barnabas professed solemn vows at Saint Vincent on July 11 prior to leaving for Germany. ***** Father Thomas Hart, O.S.B., conducted a three day faculty seminar on “Our Benedictine Heritage,” an immersion into Benedictine history, the Rule, the
spiritual life and higher education. “While most faculty members have attended our seminar on The Catholic Intellectual Tradition,” said Father Thomas, “the time seemed right to have a seminar which amplifies Benedictine history and its role in education and culture through the centuries, down to our present task of preparing young men and women for a successful and happy life.” The twenty-two attendees were given a reading packet and several books to guide their conversation, while they were also treated to presentations by Dr. Jerome Oetgen, as well as Father Cyprian Constantine, O.S.B., Brother Bruno Heisey, O.S.B., and others. The faculty seminar was hosted by The Saint Vincent Center for Catholic Thought and Culture, with Dr. Jerome C. Foss its director, and associate professor of politics. On July 20, Father Thomas gave the Day of Recollection for Benedictine Oblates of Glastonbury Abbey in Massachusetts, entitled “A Positive, Joyful Asceticism.” He provided the following points for consideration: “The three main pillars of Christian spirituality are laid out in the Sermon on the Mount, namely: prayer, fasting, and works of mercy (Matthew chapter 6). We talk a lot about the first and the third, but not so much anymore about the second, yet Saint Benedict, in his Tools for Good Works exhorts his readers ‘to love fasting’ (RB 4:13). Hindus fast, Buddhists fast, Muslims fast, Orthodox Christians fast, Health enthusiasts fast; what happened to Catholics? We will take a look to see how a Vatican II-informed spirituality can reappropriate ancient forms of spirituality allowing us to speak of a positive and joyful asceticism. ‘There are three things, my brethren... Prayer, mercy and fasting: these three are one, and they give life to each other. Fasting is the soul of prayer, mercy is the lifeblood of fasting. Let no one try to separate them; they cannot be separated. If you have only one of them or not all together, you have noth-
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ing.’” (Saint Peter Chrysologus, Bishop and “Doctor of Homilies,” ca. A.D. 400). ***** Father Matthew Lambert, O.S.B., has begun doctoral studies at the University of Notre Dame. He is enrolled in the theology department in the concentration called Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity. He will focus both on the Old Testament and the New Testament. He is living with the seminarians for the Congregation of the Holy Cross, a religious order that founded and still runs Notre Dame. He recently completed studies at The Biblicum in Rome. ***** Father Nathanael Polinski, O.S.B., and Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., will offer Saint Vincent Seminary’s first online spiritual formation courses in the fall 2019 semester. These courses will be taught with spiritual direction students specifically in mind and make up a part of the Spiritual Direction formation curriculum that may potentially result in a certificate upon completion. Two courses will be taught: Principles of Prayer and Catholic Spirituality by Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., and Sacred Scripture in Catholic Prayer and Spirituality, taught by Father Nathanael Polinski, O.S.B.. ***** Father Bonaventure Curtis, O.S.B., taught summer school in Chendu, China, at the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE). More than 1700 international students and nearly
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Benedictine Opening Mass Benedictine Military School administrators and staff members welcomed back faculty members from their summer vacations and celebrated Mass in the Priory Chapel. Headmaster FatherFrank Ziemkiewicz, O.S.B., was the celebrant/homilist. Concelebrating the Mass were, from left, Father John Paul Heiser, O.S.B., Father Jean Luc Zadroga, O.S.B., Father David Klecker, O.S.B., and Father Ronald Gatman, O.S.B. Afterward, it was on to faculty pre-planning meetings. (Photos by BC Communications Director Noell Barnidge)
Father Thomas Curry, O.S.B., pastor of Saint Vincent Basilica Parish, completed the Pittsburgh Marathon this spring.
30,000 regular Chinese students attended the two week summer school programs at SWUFE. The participants invited to teach courses by the university included professors from universities around the world, like Cambridge, Oxford, Glasgow, UC Berkley and USC, Stanford, Princeton, and Saint Vincent College. The experiences shared between students and faculty provided a unique and first-hand understanding of the subjects considered in the courses, in the midst of the context of the nearly 3,000-year Chinese culture of Chengdu in the central Szechuan Province of China. The Discover SWUFE International Summer School is a two-week-long, creditconferring, English-taught summer program focusing on Business Learning and Cultural Experience in China—a diverse program combining study, travel, and visiting local businesses in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, and China in general. The lectures are delivered in English. Courses include diverse areas, including Chinese calligraphy, martial
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arts, cooking and traditional music, as well as business law, accounting, finance and economics. Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) is under the direct administration of the Ministry of Education and its business school is ranked among the top 3 universities in China, having a strong faculty and a good reputation. Since December 2014, SWUFE’s School of Business Administration (SBA) became the first business school accredited by the European Quality Improvement System, in line with the same accreditation of Harvard University Business School in the United States. The SWUFE president introduced Saint Vincent College as “one of the oldest universities in the USA, older than Wharton School, revered for their business school and physical sciences.” Father Bonaventure’s five days of lectures included the final topic on intellectual property and the benefit of observing personal and ethical principles in building and operating a business in China and internationally. He enjoyed the evaluations of the students following the course. ***** Father Martin Bartel, O.S.B., recently conducted a retreat for the Norbertine canons of Daylesford Abbey in Paoli, Pennsylvania. Very Rev. David Driesch, O.Praem., S’82 is the prior of the community. ***** Brother Rogério Miranda de Almeida, O.S.B. has a philosophy podcast in Portuguese, based out of Saint Basil the Great College in Curitiba, Brazil. In one podcast, he addressed the theme of eternal return from preSocratic philosophy, through medieval and modern thoughts, to contemporary times. The link is https://www. youtube.com/watch?v=J_Jc8kqfBCE.
archabbey news apostolates ***** The longstanding tradition of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Festival, held for 108 years at Saint Bartholomew Parish, Crabtree, was featured in a recent TribuneReview article. Father Justin Matro, O.S.B., pastor, noted that his great-grandfather, Nick Matro, was among the founders. The festival is based on those in Italy, where many residents’ ancestors hailed from, and includes Mass, a procession in honor of the Virgin Mary, and fireworks. The event has now become part of a four-day parish festival, which includes games, live music, a car show, vendors, amusement rides, and more. More than 10,000 people visit Crabtree each year to attend the festival and related events. ***** Father Philip Kanfush, O.S.B., has had a number of papers accepted for publication and given several presentations recently: • “ B e a r c a t
Retreat Given for Prayer Group Father Nathanael Polinski, O.S.B., led a retreat in June at the Ark and the Dove in Gibsonia, for a women’s lectio group from the Diocese of Greensburg. The group’s name is, Women at the Well: A Lectio Divina Prayer Group. It meets Thursday evenings at Saint Agnes Parish and does a shared lectio format on the upcoming Sunday gospel reading. The group formed in March of 2010 and has been meeting weekly since that time. Members are from all around the area. For information contact Sandy Monier, SMonier@dioceseofgreensburg.org. BEST—Building Excellence through Skills Training,” invited presenter at the National Autism Conference, State Col-
Ministry of Lector Benedictines from Saint Vincent Archabbey instituted into the Ministry of Lector at Saint Vincent Seminary by Most Rev. Mark Bartchak, Bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, this spring were Brother Barnabas O’Reilly, O.S.B., at left, and Brother Francis Jin, O.S.B., at right. Joining Bishop Bartchak, center, at the institution were Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., second from left, and Father John Mary Tompkins, O.S.B., vice rector of Saint Vincent Seminary. Heart to Heart •FALL 2019
lege, August 5, 2019. (Alaina D’Aloiso, M.S., Co-presenter). • “Outcomes of a post-secondary transition program” at the 2019 Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on International Special Education and Services, Montego Bay, Jamaica, June 28, 2019. • Harty K., Kanfush P., & Riordan, M. (2019). “Improving oral reading fluency and comprehension using grade-level fiction: A study of systematic reading remediation with urban youth at risk for school failure,” in Reading Improvement, 56(2), pp 59-66. • Kanfush, P. & Jaffe, J. (2019). “Using Video Modeling to Teach a Meal Preparation Task to Individuals with a Moderate Intellectual Disability,” in Education Research International, 2019. doi: 10.1155/2019/1726719. Additionally, he spearheaded two grant request proposals for the Bearcat BEST program at Saint Vincent. The total of both written grant proposals was nearly $110,000.
Oratório São Bento Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., and Abbot President Elias Lorenzo, O.S.B., traveled to São Bento Priory in Vinhedo, Brazil, this summer for the archabbot’s annual visitation of the monastic community. While there, Abbot Elias and Archabbot Douglas helped with the dedication of Oratório São Bento, a new health center for children living in the region. Two Brazilian Benedictines assist at the center, Brother Plácido (Gustavo) Aliberti de Vasconcelos, O.S.B., and Brother Joao Cassiano (Mauricio) da Silva.
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Benedictine Community in Brazil Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., and Abbot President Elias Lorenzo, O.S.B., visited São Bento Priory in Brazil this summer. Pictured are front, from left, Brother Pedro (Nicanor) Fonseca, O.S.B., Father Martinho (Juan Yury) Zevallos Chávez, O.S.B., Prior Father Paulo Sérgio Panza, O.S.B., Abbot President Elias, Archabbot Douglas, Father Bruno (Luis Carlos) da Silva, OS.B., Brother Osvaldo Cassio Batista, O.S.B., Brother Agostinho (Robson Pela’gio) Silva, O.S.B. In the middle row, from left, are Novice Brother Emmanuel (Anderson Nicolau) Dantas dos Santos, N.O.S.B., Postulant Fernando Pereira de Andrade, Brother Joao Batista (Luís Henrique) de Araújo Santos, O.S.B., Brother Jose (Roberto) Matias, O.S.B., Brother Elias (Jorge) Pinheiro Silva, O.S.B., Brother Pio (Angelico Gabriel) de Souza da Silva Lopes, O.S.B., and Postulant Vitor Barreto Luiz. In the back row, from left are Postulant Father Cristiano Holtz Peixoto, Postulant Renan Franciscon Marques, Brother Bento (Omar) Costa, O.S.B., Brother Beda (Charles) Barbosa de Albuquerque, O.S.B., Brother Plácido (Gustavo) Aliberti de Vasconcelos, O.S.B., Brother Gabriel (Edson) Pereira Lopes, O.S.B., and Brother Joao Cassiano (Mauricio) da Silva.
An Artist’s View of São Bento Artist Marisa Solimeo of Vinhedo shared this image of an oil painting she created of the monastic community at São Bento Priory in Vinhedo, Brazil. The artist shares a close bond with the community there.
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Health Issue Gives Priest New Perspective on Holy Week By Father Peter Augustine Pierjok, O.S.B. On Palm Sunday Eve I was challenged with some digestive issues which left me severely dehydrated for the Palm Sunday three morning processions and Masses at Saint Mary’s Church in St. Marys. After two visits to the Emergency Room to rehydrate me and restore the proper potassium levels to my blood stream, I was able to celebrate the rest of the Holy Week and Easter liturgies. Beginning Holy Week in that way would have been enough to make this a very holy and grace-filled Easter Triduum. But there was more. The acute potassium depletion caused my heart to beat irregularly, which led to some other diagnostic testing, including a CT-scan of my chest. That scan discovered a very large aneurism near my heart, which I was told by the cardiologist, would require open-heart surgery “sooner rather than later,” because it had ballooned to more than twice the size it should be. This “Holy Week surprise” gave me a personal glimpse into the hurried sequence of events JESUS experienced: His abrupt arrest on Holy Thursday evening after establishing the Holy Eucharist and Priesthood,
His being evaluated by Pontius Pilate and forced to carry His cross on Good Friday, culminating in His Crucifixion, Death, and Resurrection on Easter Sunday morning. It never had dawned on me before how quickly all of these things happened to JESUS. For me it was only two weeks later that I was notifed to report in five days to Cleveland Clinic for the first of several days of preoperative testing. This is also when I would meet with the surgeon, Dr. Lars Svensson. Surgery was set for May 13th. At the end of
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the first day of testing, I returned to the hotel and at 6 p.m. I received a phone call telling me the Echocardiogram I had just received indicated I needed to go immediately to the Emergency Department because the aneurism of my ascending aorta was dissecting. After four very frantic hours of emergency surgery prep and a CT-scan, it was determined that the Echocardiogram was a false read—the aneurism was not dissecting. I was released from emergency treatment to go back to the hotel for rest before the next two days of testing. On the 13th, I reported for surgery checkin at 6:15 a.m. Surgery went off without a hitch. The post-operative pain stopped abruptly after five days and the pain medication with it. I spent three and a half days in Intensive care, then five and a half days in step-down, and was released to return to Saint Vincent Archabbey to convalesce. On June 20th, just thirty-eight days after the open-heart surgery, I was able to return to Saint Marys to begin working my way back to full strength—a new man, but the same priest, ready to shepherd GOD’s people. This was a miraculously orchestrated sequence of events: from the “Holy Week surprise” of discovering this life threatening condition, to the scheduling of medical treatment at Cleveland Clinic, to the actual surgery itself, to the speedy recovery/healing that has taken place and continues to take place. GOD’s grace has abounded, coupled with the prayerful get well wishes contained in a stack 18 inches high of greeting cards, plus countless emails and text messages. May GOD continue to bless Father Pio Adamonis, O.S.B., Father Brian Boosel, O.S.B., and Father Canice McMullen, O.S.B., who handled my pastoral responsibilities at Saint Mary’s Parish when I couldn’t, as well as Brother Anthony Kirsch, O.S.B., Father Prior Earl Henry, O.S.B., and Father Mario Fulgenzi, O.S.B., who spent time with me in Cleveland before, during, and after the surgery. Also may GOD bless Archabbot Douglas Nowicki, O.S.B. and others known and unknown who made the connection for me to receive the needed medical treatment at the Cleveland Clinic.
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hree years ago we introduced you to Brother Ignatius Camello, O.S.B. If you recall, he was living in Los Angeles working as an intensive care nurse. It was a chance encounter on a trip to the east coast with a friend that led him to Saint Vincent. A simple detour off Route 30 changed his life. Remarkable. We all know the courage, wisdom, and support that led to that day were shaped in him over years and through many people that loved him. Formation is similar. It’s a highly focused process that draws out the specific talents and good in each seminarian and challenges their limitations. It’s an honest, supportive, and caring process to discern the truth about their calling. Three years later, Brother Ignatius has grown. He is now a deacon. What he once identified as a sense of unworthiness about his call is now a peaceful gratitude for the gift of his vocation. What once gave him pause about his age has become a freedom from the constraints of secular life that allows him to tune in to God’s purpose for him. The power of God is alive and is amplified through those who pray, love, and support men in formation like Brother Ignatius. Next year, God willing, Brother Ignatius will be ordained to the priesthood. Through his vocation, so many will experience Christ in him and through his service. Thank you for all you do to help Brother Ignatius and all of our Benedictines in formation.
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Brother Leo Monahan, O.S.B. Brother Leo J. Monahan, O.S.B., 92, died peacefully Thursday, July 4, 2019, at the monastery infirmary. Brother Leo was born November 7, 1926 in Pitcairn, Pennsylvania. He is the son of the late Raymond Monahan and Ethel Feeney Monahan. He was one of five children. Surviving are his brother Robert J. Monahan, of Stillwater, Minnesota, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters, Mary Ann Manovich, Helena Jane Monahan, and one brother, Charles R. Monahan. He attended Pitcairn Elementary School. He graduated from Pitcairn High School in 1944. He made simple profession of vows as a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey on July 2, 1957, and professed perpetual vows on July 2, 1960, before Archabbot Denis Strittmatter, O.S.B. In 2017, Brother Leo celebrated his 60th jubilee as a monk at a ceremony in the Archabbey Basilica. At Saint Vincent, Brother Leo served as an electrician in the Facilties Management Office from 1955 to 1967. From 1967 through 1992 he served as coordinator of facility services for the Archabbot’s Office and Chapel as well as the monastic community spaces. He resided in the monastery infirmary following his retirement. In recent years he was limited in his mobility and lived in the assisted care wing of the monastic infirmary. Over the years Brother Leo developed a strong interest in classical music, especially opera, and became a well-known opera buff within the community. He regularly attended performances of the Pittsburgh Opera and knew the founder of the Pittsburgh Opera Company, Dr. Richard Karp, who also taught at Saint Vincent College. He was a regular listener to the Saturday afternoon performances broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera in New York and was well-versed in the backgrounds of the great operatic performers of the past including Maria Callas, Enrico Caruso and Elizabeth Schwartzkopf and many others. He
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knew the history of opera along with the personal histories of the great performers and enjoyed responding to the questions of the opera quiz held each week during the intermission of the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts. In his senior years Brother Leo took great comfort listening to opera when he was no longer able to attend the performances because of declining health. Memorial contributions may be made to the Benedictine Health and Welfare Fund, Saint Vincent Archabbey, 300 Fraser Purchase Rd., Latrobe, PA 15650.
the Army Air Section in Trieste, Italy during the Korean Conflict. While in Italy he saw Pope Pius XII twice, once when the pontiff received American soldiers, and also when the pope canonized Saint Maria Goretti in 1950. Following his discharge from the Army, he pursued a monastic vocation with the Trappists at Our Lady of Guadalupe in New Mexico. He came to Saint Vincent Archabbey in 1954 and made profession of monastic vows on November 17, 1956. At Saint Vincent Archabbey he worked in the machine shop since 1954, becoming head of the department in 1981. He joined the Saint Vincent Fire Department in 1963. He served as the assistant fire chief (19672001), with his friend and fellow monk, Brother Patrick Lacey, who was fire chief. One of his roles with the Fire Department was monitoring fire alarms on campus, which he performed faithfully for many years. He was a member of the Westmoreland County Fire Chiefs Association, chairing its education program; the Westmoreland County Firemen’s Association; the Firemen’s Association of the State of Pennsylvania and the Western Pennsylvania Firemen’s Association. Brother Stephen assisted the Fire Chief, Brother Patrick, in hosting the Annual Westmoreland County Fire School for many years, where he also served as an instructor in firefighting. Memorial contributions may be made to the Benedictine Health and Welfare Fund, Saint Vincent Archabbey, 300 Fraser Purchase Rd., Latrobe, PA 15650.
Brother Stephen Nazaruk, O.S.B. Brother Stephen Nazaruk, O.S.B., 92, died peacefully in the monastic infirmary on Thursday, July 25, 2019. He was born February 9, 1927 in West Leechburg, Pennsylvania, a son of the late Thomas Nazaruk and Tekla (Giworonik) Nazaruk. His parents were from the Ukraine and nearly everyone from their village there came to the United States and settled in West Leechburg. He was predeceased by his siblings, including Annie Zanotti, Metro, John, Michael and Mary Nazaruk. Surviving are four nieces. He attended West Leechburg Elementary School and was a 1945 graduate of Leechburg High School. He was a veteran of the United State Army, serving from 1950 to 1952. He served as an aircraft mechanic in
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Father Daniel Wolfel, O.S.B.
Father Daniel Wolfel, O.S.B.
has also served at Saint Vincent College and Archabbey. He was socius of novices at Saint Vincent, assistant curator at Saint Vincent Museum and a religious instructor at Saint Vincent Preparatory School from 19531954, and was named assistant treasurer of Saint Vincent Archabbey in 1966. He served as assistant pastor at Ascension Parish, Jeannette (1954-1958); Saint Gertrude Parish, Vandergrift (1958-1964); Saint Boniface Parish, Pittsburgh (19641965). He assisted in weekend ministry at the Greene County parishes of Nemacolin, Crucible and Rices Landing (1966-1970); and was associate pastor of Saint Boniface Parish, Pittsburgh (1970-1972); Saint Benedict Parish, Canton, Ohio (1972-1973); Saint Gertrude Parish, Vandergrift (1973-
74); Saint Bruno Parish, South Greensburg (1974-1976) and Sacred Heart Parish, Jeannette (1976-1977). Father Daniel was appointed pastor at Saint Benedict Parish, Canton, (19771980); Saint Bernard Parish, Hastings (1980-1987); Saint Bruno Parish (19871988) and Saint Nicholas Parish, Nicktown (1988-1992). In 1992 he was named the administrator of the clustered parishes of Saint John the Baptist, Summerhill, and Immaculate Conception, New Germany, and then in 1993, he was named pastor of these parishes, serving there until 1998. He served as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, St. Marys (1998-2002) and as pastor of Saint Mary Parish, Forbes Road and admin(Continued on page 34)
Father Daniel C. Wolfel, O.S.B., 91, a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, and a native of St. Marys, died Thursday, September 12, 2019 in the monastic infirmary. He was born October 1, 1927, the son of the late Edward Wolfel, Sr. and the late Amanda (Wolfe) Wolfel. He was one of seven children, including the late Martha (Mrs. Vincent) Wold; Edna (Mrs. Gerald) Brennen; Marie (Mrs. Paul) Schaut; Robert, James and Edward Wolfel, Jr. Father Daniel attended Saint Maryâ€™s Parochial and Central Catholic High School in St. Marys, and graduated from Saint Vincent Preparatory School in 1946. He received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Saint Vincent College in 1950, and attended Saint Vincent Seminary from 1950 to 1954 from which he received a master of divinity degree. He also studied college business management at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Father Daniel made simple profession of monastic vows on July 2, 1948, and solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1951. He was ordained a priest on May 22, 1954, by the late Bishop Hugh L. Lamb at Saint Vincent Archabbey. Father Daniel has served in the parish apostolates in the dioceses of Greensburg, Pittsburgh, Altoona-Johnstown, and Erie in Pennsylvania; and Youngstown, Ohio, and Heart to Heart â€˘FALL 2019
Obituaries (Continued from Page 33) istrator of Saint Bede Parish, Bovard (20022003). From 2003 until his retirement in the fall of 2016, he served as senior priest at Queen of the World Parish, St. Marys and Saint Mary Parish, St. Marys. Father Daniel was involved with Knights of Columbus Councils and Assemblies since 1954. He has been active with the senior citizens, and Boy and Girl Scouts of America. He has been a member of the Missionary Union of the Clergy in the U.S.A. since 1961. Memorial contributions may be made to the Benedictine Health and Welfare Fund, Saint Vincent Archabbey, 300 Fraser Purchase Rd., Latrobe, PA 15650.
Vincent. He was a 1951 graduate of Canton South High School. He was influenced to become a monk after graduation by his pastor. Father Regis McCoy, O.S.B., and his late brother Martin, who was alreadying studying for the priesthood at Saint Vincent. He made simple profession of monastic vows on May 17, 1953 and perpetual profession on November 17, 1956. He made solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1967. Following his arrival at Saint Vincent, he became involved with the Saint Vincent College Bookstore, of which he became manager in 1967. He noted in an interview that he became involved with the bookstore because of his love of books. Because of his involvement with the bookstore he met and interacted with virtually every student who attended Saint Vincent for the 48 years of his tenure. He saw the bookstore through many changes, from the 1950s, when the cash and change was kept in a cigar box, to a cash register and, in the 1990s, to a computerization.
While working in the bookstore, he also worked in the College Post Office for approximately 15 years. He served as manager of the bookstore until his reassignment in 1999, when he became a pastoral associate at Saint Gregory the Great Parish in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He served in the bookkeeping department of Saint Gregory the Great School for three years. In recent years, Brother Mark served as manager of the thrift store and food pantry, as well as guestmaster at Saint Gregory the Great. Brother Mark was a Notary Public for 25 years and was the Minority Inspector of the voting polls for Beatty District in Unity Township for 30 years. He was also a former member of the Saint Vincent Fire Department. His hobbies included deer and turkey hunting, and upon moving to Virginia Beach, he enjoyed fishing. Memorial contributions may be made to the Benedictine Health and Welfare Fund, Saint Vincent Archabbey, 300 Fraser Purchase Rd., Latrobe, PA 15650.
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Brother Mark Evans, O.S.B. Brother Mark John Evans, O.S.B., was born February 22, 1933, in Canton, Ohio. He was a son of the late Robert Andrew Evans of Canton and Julia Cecilia (Halter) Evans. He was one of seven children, including David E. Evans, St. Paul, Indiana; Clare Y. Evans, Elizabeth M. Evans of Canton and the late Father Martin Gene Evans, O.S.B., James A. Evans and Mary Ann Villard. He attended Saint Benedict Parochial School, Canton, which was founded and adaministered by the monks of Saint
Terry Deglau Friend of Saint Vincent Archabbey Terry Deglau, a world-renowned photographer, died September 14, 2019 at Redstone Senior Care Center in Greensburg. Originally from Derry, he operated Deglau Studio in Latrobe before going on to work for Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, New York. He traveled the world, teaching photographers and taking pictures, including creating a group photo of world leaders at the United Nations and photographing four U.S. presidents. Terry is survived by former wife Gretchen of Elmira, NY; son James with his wife Janet, and granddaughter Sophie of Larkspur, CA; and daughter Sydney with her husband Matt, and grandsons Alex and Ethan of Buford, GA. In 2015-2016 Saint Vincent Gallery hosted “Striking Images: Lifetime Work of Terry Deglau,” and he also photographed the interior of the Basilica at that time.
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To give a tribute or memorial gift, please make a donation to Saint Vincent Archabbey in honor of or in memory of a friend, colleague or family member. Mail to Shannon Jordan, Archabbey Development Office, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, Pa., 15650-2690, 724532-6740. Donors from February 1, 2019 to August 31, 2019 include:
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Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Dudzinsky
+ ANTHONY G. CINQUE Mr. Douglas Dean
+ FRANK W. CLINTON Mrs. Doris A. Clinton
REV. THOMAS P. ACKLIN, O.S.B. Mr. Thomas L. Murray
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REV. MARTIN D. BARTEL, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Stanley C. Dobies
BR. IGNATIUS CAMELLO, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Hershey
BR. EDWARD V. GRINDER, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. Hobart, Jr.
VERY REV. EARL J. HENRY, O.S.B.
+ BRUCE R. CLINTON Mrs. Doris A. Clinton
+ VICTORIA, AGNES & FRANK DECARLO Mr. Donald G. DeCarlo
+ REV. WILLIAM P. DONAHUE Mr. James R. Wurzell
+ REV. MARION J. EMLING, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. John F. Donlon
+ ROBERT D. FOSCHIA Ms. Christine L. Foschia
+ REV. CLAIR F. GANNON, O.S.B. Ms. Margaret M. Gannon
Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. Hobart, Jr. Mr. Walter J. Samul, Jr.
+ MARGARET R. HALL
REV. BONIFACE P. HICKS, O.S.B.
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Mr. William L. Hicks
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The Honorable and Mrs. William H. Baughman, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. Hobart, Jr.
Mr. George L. Hall
RT. REV. DOUGLAS R. NOWICKI, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Chris A. Adams Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. Hobart, Jr. Mrs. Gina W. Varrone
REV. DONALD S. RAILA, O.S.B. Dr. Louis Berger
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Mrs. Marla A. Reiter-Goltz Dr. and Mrs. John J. Danek Mrs. Anna Catherine Hall Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Hall Mr. and Mrs. Nathan A. Harig Mr. Gregory A. Kuhar
+ BERNARD J. PETERSON Mr. James R. Wurzell
+ STANLEY T. POCRATSKY Mrs. Irene B. Pocratsky
Heart to Heart •FALL 2019
Saint Vincent Archabbey 2019 Calendar
2020 calendar Get a copy of the 2020 Archabbey Calendar and keep a daily reminder of Saint Vincent Archabbey in your life! The 2020 calendars, designed by Seth Harbaugh, will be available to order online at www. stvincentstore.com. The 2020 calendar features images of Saint Vincent Benedictines and scenes from around campus by Archabbey Public Relations staff members.
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UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS
MARK SCHULTZ CONCERT
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 21 Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica Telephone 724-805-2177 | Tickets: $20 | Non-SVC students $10 with ID | www.saintvincentarts.org As a new contemporary Christian artist Mark Schultz sold more than a million albums. In the past two decades he has created ten more albums and had more than ten top singles. Schultz has landed the top spot on Billboard’s Christian Adult Contemporary Songwriter list and has been featured on 48 Hours, CNN and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. In 2011, he released his first instrumental album, Renaissance and his first novella, Letters From War, based on his hit song.
The fall 2019 Newsletter of Saint Vincent Archabbey features the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh's rec...
Published on Nov 7, 2019
The fall 2019 Newsletter of Saint Vincent Archabbey features the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh's rec...