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Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., of Saint Vincent reviews a signed copy of a “Declaration of Partnership” signed by the pastor of Saint Nikolaus Parish, Thalmassing, Father Anton Schober, second from left, and Burgermeister (mayor) Alfons Keindl, fourth from left. The agreement states “we ... affirm our commitment to maintain and strengthen the ties of friendship between our communities. We call on all citizens, businesses, associations and organizations of Saint Nikolaus Parish, Thalmassing, and Saint Vincent Archabbey, to promote human, spiritual, educational and cultural relationships with each other. May this partnership grant us opportunity for mutual sharing and fellowship with respect, tolerance, and brotherly love.” Also on hand for the ceremony were, at left, Thomas Sembach, a resident of Thalmassing, who helped facilitate visits of Thalmassing pilgrims to Saint Vincent and Saint Vincent pilgrims to Thalmassing; Abbot Wolfgang Hagl of Metten Abbey, fifth from left and Richard Heindl of Thalmassing, and one of the group members who visited Saint Vincent.

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Dear Friends, Last year at this time were were preparing for the opening ceremonies of the year-long bicentennial celebration of the birth of Archabbot Boniface Wimmer. We welcomed Abbot Primate Notker Wolf, O.S.B., from Rome, for both the opening and closing ceremonies. His Eminence Justin Cardinal Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, presided at the closing ceremonies. We also welcomed a representative of the

Bavarian Royal Family, Prince Ludwig of Bavaria, a descendant of King Ludwig I, Boniface Wimmer’s contemporary and an early patron of Saint Vincent. We published a book of the letters of Boniface Wimmer, and hosted its author, Dr. Jerome Oetgen, for a Threshold lecture. We hosted a national Oblate conference, a Benedictine Pedagogy conference, and a contigent of pilgrims from Boniface Wimmer’s hometown of Thalmassing, Bavaria. In the fall, a small group of friends and alumni visited Thalmassing as part of the 200th anniversary celebration. Before we knew it, the landmark year had passed. During that time we continued to make progress here at Saint Vincent, as construction work continued on the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion, on renovations in the Basilica Crypt, and as we experienced continued growth in both

the Archabbey, Seminary and College. Looking back on the the year, I am reminded of a letter Wimmer wrote to Celestine Englbrecht, July 24, 1887, a few months before he died. He noted that “...we want to work on confidently and courageously as well as we can. Inasmuch as things have come this far only with the evident protection and grace of God, so we may not expect from ourselves success in the future, but again only from the grace and protection of God, who cannot fail us so long as we work, not for ourselves, but for Him, for His holy Church, for the Order, and for souls.” Sincerely,

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

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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. Publisher Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. Executive Director, Archabbey Apostolates and Endowments Paul R. Taylor Development Director Paul R. Whiteside Director of Archabbey Public Relations/Editor Kimberley A. Metzgar Public Relations Associate Liz Cousins Contributors to this issue: Liz Cousins Rev. Vincent Crosby, O.S.B. Fred Findley Jordan Hainsey Annette D. Hart Melissa Kaminski Rev. Warren Murrman, O.S.B. Saint Vincent Archabbey 300 Fraser Purchase Rd., Latrobe, PA 15650-2690 724-805-2601

kim.metzgar@email.stvincent.edu www.saintvincentarchabbey.org www.bonifacewimmer.org

His Eminence Cardinal Justin Rigali The homily by His Eminence Justin Cardinal Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, on the occasion of the closing of the bicentennial celebration of Archabbot Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B., November 19, 2009. It is a pleasure to join with you today in celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Archabbot Boniface Wimmer (1809-1887), the founding Archabbot of Saint Vincent Abbey, and thus, the founder of the first Benedictine monastery and school in the United States. “Forward, always forward, everywhere forward! … Man’s adversity is God’s opportunity.” These words of Archabbot Boniface Wimmer capture and express the missionary impulse and pastoral zeal that led him to be the founding Archabbot of this great and impressive Archabbey of Saint Vincent here in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. How similar his words are to the Great Commission, the words of the Lord Jesus which we heard only moments ago from the Gospel according to Saint Matthew:

“Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations, baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you” (Mt 28:19-20a). Saint Jerome, commenting on this passage of the Great Commission states: “What a marvelous sequence this is. Jesus commanded the apostles first to teach all nations and then to baptize them in the sacrament of faith and then, after faith and baptism, to teach them to observe all he has commanded. Lest we think these commandments of little consequence or few in number, he added ‘all that I have commanded you,’ so that those who were to believe and be baptized in the Trinity would observe everything they had been taught” (Saint Jerome, Commentary on Saint Matthew, 4:28, 20). The pastoral imperative of Jesus, “Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations…” has propelled countless men and women throughout the centuries to stir forth from their own comfort and to plunge into adversity to discover anew the fidelity of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We see this same direction in the life of Boniface, who had a momentum for the things of God. Boniface was ordained to the diocesan priesthood in his native Bavaria in 1831. Only two years later, in 1833, he discerned a vocation to Benedictine monastic life and professed his solemn vows at Saint Michael Abbey in Metten, Bavaria. Less than ten years later, in 1842, he began to petition the Abbot to permit him to be a missionary in America. This having been granted, Boniface Wimmer came to America and, in 1846, he founded Saint Vincent Archabbey. From diocesan priest, to monk, to missionary: all in the space of little more than a decade. His resolve to leave all things to follow Christ was not based solely in his good intentions or (Continued on Page 5)

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Boniface Wimmer: A Momentum For The Things of God The mission of Boniface was to search for God amongst those who fervent desires. His dedication arose were in adversity. As he said: “Man’s from love. The teaching of the Second adversity is God’s opportunity.” We see Vatican Council in Perfectae Caritatis, in his life a sacred succession of listenthe Decree on the Renewal of Religious ing and response. Boniface was keenly Life, states: “Under the impulse of love, aware of the instability and frailty of which the Holy Spirit pours into their our own human resources. He sought hearts (cf. Rom 5:5), [religious] live more out the reliability of the grace of God and more for Christ and for his Body, and the life of virtue. Providentially, the the Church (cf. Col 1:24). The more fer- anniversary year celebrating the birth vently, therefore, they join themselves of Boniface began in the Year of Saint to Christ by this gift of their whole life, Paul, the great missionary apostle, and the fuller does the Church’s life become it continues in the Year of the Priest. and the more vigorous and fruitful the Saint Boniface, both as priest and apostolate” (no. 1). The impulse of love missionary, witnesses to us about the prepared Boniface Wimmer to dedicate fruitfulness that is possible when, in his many gifts to God. Our actions and docility, we offer our humble actions to efforts find their place only when they the power of the Holy Spirit. Boniface emerge from the love of God. was summoned by God to a sustained intensification of the gift of self. His response was a sequence of fidelity to the call of Christ. He was faithful to the Rule of Saint Benedict. He heard with clarity the very first words of the Rule: “Listen carefully, my child…” Boniface did listen carefully. And he heard the summons of the Holy Spirit to be with those who cried out in their need. And now, today, as we gather in this beautiful Basilica, we are surrounded by the effects of Boniface’s listening and responding to the Word of God. We see Saint Vincent College, Saint Vincent Seminary, the Benedictine community, and Saint Vincent Basilica Parish, which together advance the many aposAbove, Cardinal Justin Rigali during the procession. tolates which spring At left, the entrance procession as seen from the forth from this commubalcony of the Basilica. (Continued from Page 3)

nity founded by Boniface. Consider the rich inheritance dispensed among countless believers who have prayed in this beautiful Basilica, discovered and nurtured their own vocation on these grounds, been nourished by the Sacraments, pursued holiness through the retreats, studied and meditated on the mystery of Christ, have been drawn to the beauty of the Church through the work of the artisans. All of this arose from faithfulness—faithfulness in difficult times. That which others run from and attempt to escape—adversity—Boniface was called to. He came to America during a time of great adversity. In particular, he was responding to the plight of the German immigrants. By most estimates, already in 1776 over onethird of Pennsylvania’s population consisted of German immigrants, and they continued their journey to America for decades thereafter. They fled unstable political situations and economic hardship. They came seeking religious freedom after the Napoleonic Wars. Their journey was difficult and filled with suffering and pain. Many of their friends and relatives had died during the voyage. They then met prejudice and discrimination as they sought to settle and raise their families. There was adversity at every turn. These pains do not belong merely to the past. Pope Benedict XVI, in his most recent Encyclical Letter, Caritas in Veritate, draws our attention to the burdens and sufferings associated with “large-scale migration of peoples, often provoked by some particular circumstance and then given insufficient attention” (no. 21). The Holy Father goes on to emphasize “the social, economic, political, cultural, and religious problems” raised by the phenomenon of migration, which require “bold, forward-looking policies” (no. 62). How similar the words of Pope (Continued on Page 6)

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Boniface Wimmer: A Momentum For The Things of God (Continued from Page 5) Benedict are to those of Boniface: “Forward, always forward, everywhere forward!” The words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ drew Boniface to this place: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations…” As the Letter to the Romans, proclaimed only moments ago, makes clear: “But they will not ask his help unless they believe in him, and they will not believe in him unless they have heard of him, and they will not hear of him unless they get a preacher, and they will never have a preacher unless one is sent…” (Rom 10:14-15a). One was sent. He was sent to preach so that others might hear of Jesus, and hearing, that they might believe. The Holy Spirit took hold of Boniface and led him in an adventurous search that brought him to his neighbor, to the poor and the oppressed. As his own namesake and patron Saint Boniface was sent as a missionary to Germany in the eighth century, so Boniface Wimmer served the German people of America in the nineteenth century. Such is the faithfulness and consistency of the love of God. And so, Boniface led 18 novices to Pennsylvania so that together they might evangelize, serve and teach the German immigrants, as they bore witness to the Gospel values of religious consecrated life. As they came to this spot the only structures they had were a small schoolhouse, a barn, a log cabin, and a small brick church. But they were accompanied by the spirit of their father, Saint Benedict (480-550), the Benedictine Rule, the fellowship of community, their commitment to the continual pondering of the Word of God, study of the divine mysteries, devotion to the Sacraments, and perseverance in hard work. This was the foundation of forty-one years of service and dedication to the Church in America on the part of this son of

From left, Most Rev. Lawrence E. Brandt, Bishop of Greensburg; Brother Bonaventure Curtis, O.S.B., Deacon of the Eucharist for the Mass; His Eminence Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, during the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Saint Benedict. The Rule of Benedict guided him so that his energies were not dispersed but totally devoted to the Church. The Eucharist was his constant source of sustenance as it must be ours. As Pope Benedict XVI teaches in Sacramentum Caritatis, “There is nothing authentically human—our thoughts and affections, our words and deeds— that does not find in the sacrament of the Eucharist the form it needs to be lived to the full” (no. 71). The gift of administration is clearly evident in the work of Boniface. By the time of his death on the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, December 8, 1887, there were, in the United States, as a direct result of his zeal, five Benedictine abbeys, two priories, 152 parishes, missions, and stations, together with many Benedictine schools. Underlying all his gifts and all his achievements was the impulse of divine love working within the unity of the Church. God has chosen to challenge the Archabbey of

Saint Vincent, founded on this impulse of divine love, to be, through your fidelity, a sign of that love for generations to come. The initial impulse of love led Boniface to embrace the evangelical counsels in the great Rule of Saint Benedict. Today, all around us we praise the spiritual fruitfulness of that love. And that love calls us forward, with the help of Mary, Mother of the Incarnate Word and Mother of His Church, to reach out to those in adversity and to proclaim the message of God’s Kingdom. And today, as we celebrate the twohundredth year of the birth of Boniface Wimmer, Archabbot and founder, we give thanks to the Most Blessed Trinity for his fidelity and that of his fellow monks. With humble and lasting gratitude we proclaim, in the words of the Letter to the Romans: “…their voice has gone out through all the earth, and their message to the ends of the world” (Rom: 10:18). Amen.

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His Royal Highness, Prince Ludwig of Bavaria, above, center, listens as Saint Vincent College President Jim Towey, at right, reads the citation for the Presidential Medal of Honor, presented to the prince by Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., and J. Christopher Donahue, Chairman of the Saint Vincent College Board of Directors.

Prince Ludwig Of Bavaria Honored His Royal Highness, Prince Ludwig of Bavaria, received the Presidential Medal of Honor during the closing ceremonies of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Archabbot Boniface Wimmer. Prince Ludwig arrived early that morning, had a tour of the Archabbey Basilica, then visited the Saint Vincent Gallery, where he viewed an exhibit relating to King Ludwig I of Bavaria and Boniface Wimmer, curated by Brother Nathan Cochran, O.S.B. “Boniface Wimmer: An American Abbot,” a special commemorative exhibition of artifacts owned and used by Saint Vincent founder Boniface Wimmer, included Wimmer’s prayer books, pectoral crosses, pontifical rings, crozier, and snuff boxes (including one from Tiffany and Company); his gold pen, various hand-written letters and diaries, and handwritten letters from King Ludwig I of Bavaria the great-great-great-great grandfather of the Prince. Gifts from King Ludwig were on display, as well as gifts given to Saint Vincent over the years by various members of the Royal House of Wittelsbach of Bavaria and made of fine porcelain from the Schloss Nymphenburg Porcelain

Factory. Following the guided tour of the exhibit by Brother Nathan, Prince Ludwig (Continued on Page 8)

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Prince Ludwig Of Bavaria Honored (Continued from Page 7) met with some of Brother Nathan’s art history students, and was interviewed by members of the local television, radio and print media in the gallery. At the conclusion of the anniversary Mass, Saint Vincent College President Jim Towey read the citation to Prince Ludwig, noting that “it was through the generous support of King Ludwig I of Bavaria that Saint Vincent was able to survive those difficult early years and become a center of Catholic educational and apostolic work in this country and abroad. “Archabbot Boniface, who brought the Benedictines from Bavaria to Pennsylvania one hundred and sixty-three years ago, rightly called King Ludwig ‘the founder of the first American Benedictine abbey,’” Towey said. “To this day,” he continued, “the educational, cultural and humanitarian needs

of people of the German Republic and of peoples throughout the world continue to be of highest concern to the descendants of King Ludwig I in the Royal House of Wittelsbach. Prince Ludwig, you indeed embody the great heritage of charitable works of the Bavarian Royal Family in your volunteer service through the Nymphenburger Hilfsverein, which provides immediate and unbureaucratic help to children, the elderly and the sick living in extreme poverty throughout Eastern Europe. Your commitment to human rights and to the humanitarian challenges in Central Africa reflect the deep values of your faith and Family. “In honoring Your Highness in this ceremony today, we also honor His Royal Highness Duke Franz of Bavaria and the entire Royal House of Wittelsbach.... In response to the generosity of your Family from our earliest years, and in response to the generosity of our friends who join

us today, we at Saint Vincent renew our commitment to serve with honest dedication the students in our College and Seminary, and all the people we serve in various ministries, both in this country and abroad.” “With this medal, you express your recognition toward my ancestor King Ludwig I,” Prince Ludwig remarked in response to President Towey. “And he was so lucky to be able to support Abbot Boniface Wimmer in the establishment of Saint Vincent Abbey and the Benedictine order in the United States. “That you still remember this contribution today means a lot to my family and to me.” Prince Ludwig also recalled that during the reign of King Ludwig’s father, at the time of Napoleon, many monasteries were stripped of their property. King Ludwig I tried to make up for that, recognizing the importance of the religious culture of a country. “The letters they exchanged throughout their life give testimony to the fruitful relationship these two men kept throughout their lives,” Prince Ludwig continued. “As one of the descendants of Ludwig I, I can only express my deepest admiration for Boniface Wimmer’s achievement. Saint Vincent itself gives testimony to what can be accomplished by women and men when they open themselves to God’s grace. The single seed of the monastic life that was planted here at Saint Vincent in 1846 has produced much fruit in all parts of the world, and continues to grow, especially in the new and fertile lands of Asia and Africa. “I think I can speak not just for my family, but for the whole of Bavaria when I say that we can only be proud that Bonface Wimmer was born in our country. He was an American abbot, but from the many letters he sent home, it is clear that he always kept Bavaria very close to his heart,” he said. “I am deeply honored that you have invited me today as an expression of this bond between Saint Vincent and Bavaria. I hope that you will always keep the roots of your first Abbot and founder as part of your identity. For that, I thank you very, very much.” Volume 20, Number 2

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Photos, Videos Now Online The Saint Vincent Archabbey website, http://www.saintvincentarchabbey.org, now features videos and a slideshow of Wimmerest 2009, as well as videos and photos of the yearlong celebration, from the opening vespers ceremony to the visit from the pilgrims in Thalmassing, to the closing ceremony on November 19. The homily of His Eminence Justin Cardinal Rigali, is also featured. Visitors can reach these web pages by clicking on the slideshows and videos link.

Bavarian Prince Visits Saint Vincent Gallery “Boniface Wimmer: An American Abbot,” a special commemorative exhibition of artifacts owned and used by Saint Vincent founder Boniface Wimmer, was featured by The Saint Vincent Gallery this fall in honor of the 200th anniversary of his birth. The exhibit included Wimmer’s prayer books, pectoral crosses, pontifical rings, crozier and snuff boxes (including one from Tiffany and Company); his gold pen, various hand-written letters and diaries, handwritten letters from King Ludwig I of Bavaria and even some locks of his hair. There were gifts from King Ludwig on display, as well as gifts given to Saint Vincent over the years by various members of the Royal Wittelsbach family of Bavaria and made of fine porcelain from the Schloss Nymphenburg Porcelain Factory. Prince Ludwig of Bavaria received a special tour of the gallery with Brother Nathan Cochran, O.S.B., and Brother Nathan’s art history students, during the Prince’s visit to campus on Founders’ Day. During the tour, representatives from the local print and broadcast media interviewed the Prince about his visit, and he interacted with Saint Vincent College students, answering questions about Bavaria and the Royal Family.

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Wimmerfest Above, clockwise from left, Archabbot Douglas Nowicki, O.S.B., and Prince Ludwig of Bavaria stand before the statue of Boniface Wimmer; Father Paul Taylor, O.S.B., and the prince tour the Fred Rogers Center; Father Stephen Concordia, O.S.B., directs the musicians; the Wimmerfest dinner; sisters from Saint Emma’s Monastery at Mass. Volume 20, Number 2 10


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Abbot Primate Extends Congratulations Abbot Primate Notker Wolf, O.S.B., head of the International Benedictine Confederation, congratulated the Saint Vincent Community on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Boniface Wimmer. “Saint Vincent has become a beacon of Benedictine life in this country,” he remarked, “and of Benedictine contributions to the people of this country.”

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The life and important influences on Boniface Wimmer and his mission to America are reflected in this collage designed by Father Vincent de Paul Crosby, O.S.B. Boniface Wimmer was born in Thalmassing, Bavaria, on January 14, 1809. The coat of arms of Thalmassing, upper left hand corner, is superimposed on the Bavarian flag. The statue of Wimmer that stands in the town square in Thalmassing highlights the left field, with Saint Nicholas Church, where he was baptized, in the background at the center. Behind Wimmer is the Cross of Scheyern, which is also known as the Saint Vincent Mission Cross. This cross is presented to monks of Saint Vincent when they are sent to foreign missions. In 1832, Wimmer entered the Benedictine community of Saint Michael’s Abbey in Metten, at center right next to its coat of arms. Metten Abbey was restored by King Ludwig I of Bavaria, whose image is presented in the upper right corner. King Ludwig I was the primary benefactor for Boniface Wimmer’s mission to America. He was steadfast in his support and encouragement from the beginning of Wimmer’s mission until His Majesty’s death in 1868. Superimposed on the American flag in the lower half of the picture is the Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica, with the Archabbey’s coat of arms at right. Wimmer’s signature is at bottom, right, as it appeared on over 1,800 of his letters that are preserved in the Archabbey Archives. Volume 20, Number 2 11


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Bavarian Pilgrims Visit Saint Vincent To Commemorate 200th Anniversary of Native Son Saint Vincent Archabbey hosted 16 visitors from the hometown of its founder, Boniface Wimmer, from July 3 to 10. The visitors included the mayor of Thalmassing, Germany, Alfons Kiendl; the pastor of Saint Nikolaus Parish, Father Anton Schober; members of the parish, and townspeople who trace their geneaology to the Wimmer family. The pilgrims visited Carrolltown and Saint Joseph Chapel at Hart’s Sleeping Place, where Wimmer had originally intended to establish his foundation in America upon his 1846 arrival. They were welcomed by the parishioners of Saint Benedict Parish, who were on hand for the Mass at Saint Joseph Chapel celebrated in German by Pastor Schober. Father Schober noted that the pilgrims were to have a better picture of

Wimmer’s work as “he began his great mission as a Benedictine in America. We, who come from his home parish, now can see what it is he has been able to bring about through his life and work. We can only marvel that what he has begun continues to this day, and what rich fruit his work has brought us, even to this day.” “Boniface Wimmer,” Father Schober continued, “knew on this foundation he could achieve anything. We learned to believe and pray as Christians to allow this to animate our work so we might further the kingdom of God.” Members of the group included from left, Michael Stephany, a graduate of Saint Vincent College, who volunteered to assist as a translator for the week; Edeltraud Hetzenegger and Gerhard Hetzenegger from Thalmassing; Mrs.

Cheryl Stepany, who also assisted with translating during the week; Jutta Graf, leader of the day nursery, Bonifaz Wimmer Haus at Thalmassing; Xaver and Angela Englbrecht of Thalmassing; Franz-Xaver Hetzenegger of Thalmassing; Richard Heindl, great-great-greatgrandnephew of Boniface Wimmer; Burgermeister of Thalmassing Alfons Kiendl; Saint Vincent Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B.; Dean Anton Schober, pastor of Saint Nikolaus Parish; Johann Stoehr and Anna Stoehr of Thalmassing; Richard and Irmgard Reis of Thalmassing; Irmi Heindl, a member of the town parliament of Alteglofsheim and the parish council of Saint Laurentius; Rosa Meilinger, and Josef Meilinger, also a member of the parish council.

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Bavarian Pilgrims Celebrate Native Son Clockwise, from top, left: Father Anton Schober, pastor of Saint Nikolaus Parish, Thalmassing, Bavaria, celebrates Mass in German at Saint Joseph Chapel, Hart’s Sleeping Place, with concelebrants, from left, Father Patrick Cronauer, O.S.B., Father Andre Strittmatter, T.O.R., of Saint Francis Friary, Loretto, and Father Warren Murrman, O.S.B; The mayor (burgermeister) of Thalmassing, Alfons Kiendl, on a tour of the Saint Vincent Gristmill with Father Kurt Belsole, O.S.B.; Father Brian Boosel, O.S.B., displaying some Boniface Wimmer memorabilia for the visitors and the media; two of the German pilgrims tour the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh; Parishioners of Saint Benedict Parish, Carrolltown, concelebrating priests and the German pilgrims from Thalmassing posing for a group picture at Saint Joseph Chapel following Mass.

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Benedictine Pilgrimage To Bavaria A delegation from Saint Vincent visited Thalmassing, Boniface Wimmer’s hometown, in the fall to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Wimmer’s birth. Above, clockwise, from top left, are: Mass at Saint Nickolaus Parish, Thalmassing, which was Wimmer’s home parish; Archabbot Douglas Nowicki, O.S.B., and Pastor Anton Schober, celebrating Mass; participants in the pilgrimage with Abbot Wolfgang Hagl of Metten Abbey in the front at left, next to Archabbot Douglas, with Father Kurt Belsole, O.S.B., middle, right. On the opposite page are, counterclockwise, from top, children from the Boniface Wimmer kindergarten with Archabbot Douglas, during the welcome ceremony attended by many members of the Thalmassing community; some of the children from the kindergarten performing a special program; Archabbot Douglas presenting a collage of significant events in Wimmer’s life, with Father Paul Taylor, O.S.B. of Saint Vincent, Abbot Wolfgang

of Metten Abbey, Bavaria, Mayor Alfons Kiendl, Abbot Emmeran Geser, O.S.B., of Metten Abbey, Jutta Graf, leader of the day nursery, Bonifaz Wimmer Haus at Thalmassing; Pastor Anton Schober of Saint Nikolaus Parish, Archabbot Douglas and Father Kurt Belsole, O.S.B. The tapestry was designed by Father Vincent de Paul Crosby, O.S.B. A tapestry of Saint Nikolaus Parish was also presented to Archabbot Douglas fol-

lowing an evening concert in the parish. Also on that page is the statue of Boniface Wimmer, near his home parish in Thalmassing. During his visit, the Archabbot also executed a Declaration of Partnership with the pastor and mayor of Thalmassing, that noted in part, “we ... affirm our commitment to maintain and strengthen the ties of friendship between our com(Continued on Page 15) Volume 20, Number 2

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(Continued from Page 14) munities. We call on all citizens, businesses, associations and organizations of Saint Nikolaus Parish, Thalmassing, and Saint Vincent Archabbey, to promote human, spiritual, educational and cultural relationships with each other. May this partnership grant us opportunity for mutual sharing and fellowship with Volume 20, Number 2 15


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During the pilgrimage to Bavaria in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Archabbot Boniface Wimmer, a concert was arranged in Saint Nikolaus Church in honor of the occasion. The Regensburg Boys Choir (seen in the background) performed prior to a presentation by Richard Heindl of Thalmassing and the pastor of the parish, Father Anton Schober to Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B.

Guests prepare to enter Saint Nikolaus Parish Church in Thalmassing, Bavaria, for the Mass held in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Thalmassing native Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B., founder of Saint Vincent Archabbey, Seminary and College.

Duke Franz of Bavaria welcomed a group of visitors from Saint Vincent at Nymphenburg Castle in Munich. Duke Franz is head of the House of Wittelsbach, the Royal Family of Bavaria.

While in Bavaria as part of the Benedictine Heritage Tour, Archabbot Douglas met with Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, brother of Pope Benedict XVI. Monsignor Ratzinger is known for his work as the conductor of the Regensburger Domspatzen, the cathedral choir of Regensburg, Germany. The Regensburger Domspatzen performed a concert in tribute to Archabbot Boniface Wimmer in Thalmassing in conjunction with the Archabbot’s visit. Volume 20, Number 2

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Boniface Wimmer Memorabilia Boniface Wimmer: Letters of An American Abbot Boniface Wimmer and 18 companions came to America in 1846 and planted the seeds of the Benedictine Order in North America. This volume, edited by Jerome Oetgen, commemorates the 200th anniversary of Wimmer’s birth, to be celebrated in 2009. This edition consists of translations and English originals of 200 of the most important of the more than 1200 letters the Archabbot wrote between 1832, the year he entered the Benedictine monastery of Metten in Bavaria, and his death in 1887. Wimmer was a prolific letter writer who took great pains to inform his correspondents in the United States, Bavaria, and Rome of the progress of the Benedictine mission to America. In doing so, he brought into sharp focus Benedictine activities in the United States at a time when an historic surge in immigration was redefining the character of the American Catholic Church. These letters therefore contain a trove of information and insight not only about Wimmer and American Benedictine history but also about American Catholic history. Softcover, 625+ pages, $39.95

Mission to America: A History of Saint Vincent Archabbey, the first Benedictine Monastery in the United States Dr. Jerome Oetgen traces the history of the monastery, parish, seminary, college, prep school and scholasticate, from the founding of the Sportsman’s Hall parish in 1790 to rebuilding efforts after the devasting fire of January 28, 1963. The book fills a significant gap in American Benedictine history. Hardcover, 607 pages, $39.95

Forward, Always Forward: The History and Construction of the Wimmer Monument Wimmer Anniversary Commemorative Ornament This commemorative ornament features the design by Father Vincent de Paul Crosby, O.S.B., of the life of Boniface Wimmer. $15.00. Limited edition.

This book features Father Blase Strittmatter’s long-lost story of the Wimmer monument, with a description of a visit to sculptor Ferdinand Seeboeck’s Rome studio, and a series of photos showing the monument’s installation and festive dedication in 1931. Softcover, 66 pages, $11.95

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Ordination In Rome Father Benoit Alloggia, O.S.B., was ordained to the priesthood in Rome on June 22, 2009 in the Basilica of Sant’ Anselmo by Cardinal Bernard Law. He is the son of Dante Alloggia and Margueritte Rabette of Noiseau, France. He is a 1986 graduate of St. Jean Baptiste de le Salle High School in France. His siblings are Pierre of Paris, France; Rev. Samuel, a Passionist priest and missionary in Jamaica; Sebastien of Paris; Jean Baptiste of Paris, and Claire of Paris. He entered the novitiate at Saint Vincent Archabbey in July of 2001, and made his first vows on July 10, 2002. He made solemn profession of monastic vows on July 11, 2005. He was ordained to the diaconate on August 9, 2008 by Most Rev. Lawrence E. Brandt, Bishop of Greensburg, in the Archabbey Basilica. He earned a degree in philosophy from Saint Thomas Pontifical University in Rome in 1991 and a degree in nursing in 1995 from the school of nursing in Rieti, Italy. He studied at Saint Vincent Seminary from 2002 to 2003. He completed graduate studies at Middlebury College in Vermont and Florence, Italy, in 2004. He returned to Saint Thomas Pontifical University in 2006, where he earned a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree in theology in 2009. In 2002-2003 he served on the staff of the monastery infirmary and was an assistant in the Vocation Office. In 2004, he was named Socius of Novices at Saint Vincent Archabbey as well as food service liaison for monastery food services. He was appointed to the Saint Vincent College Faculty in 2004, and taught French and Italian, and resumed teaching upon his return from Rome in the fall of 2009. Above, top, Father Benoit Alloggia, O.S.B., during the ordination Mass, which took place at Sant’ Anselmo in Rome; center, Father Benoit during the Liturgy of the Eucharist; and below, Father Benoit with family and friends. 18

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Ordination In Taiwan

Father David Liang Ho, O.S.B., second from left, Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., and Bishop Martin Su of Taichung, during the Eucharistic celebration on the occasion of Father David’s ordination. Father David was ordained at Puli, Taiwan, near the mountain region where he was born and raised. Father David is a member of the Bunun tribe—one of the indigenous tribes in Taiwan, and hundreds attended his ordination, which was infused with the Bunun tribal culture and spirit.

Above, and in the center photo, Bishop Martin Su of Taichung, during the ordination Mass of Father David Liang Ho, a monk of the Archabbey who is from Taiwan.

In a festive year when the Catholic Church in Taiwan is celebrating its 150th anniversary as a very small minority in a country with a Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist majority, Wimmer Priory in Taiwan had even more occasion to celebrate this summer, when Father David Wan Liang Ho, O.S.B., was ordained to the priesthood. Father David had been ordained to the diaconate on November 1, 2008, at Fu Jen University in Taipei, Taiwan. On July 18, 2009, in the presence of Archabbot Douglas Nowicki, O.S.B., Prior Nicholas Koss, O.S.B., his family and hundreds of relatives, friends and neighbors, Father David was ordained by the Most Reverend Martin Yao-wen Su, Bishop of Taichung. Father David is the first native Taiwanese from Saint Vincent to be ordained to the priesthood since the monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey began their mission to China, and later to Taiwan. Father David is the son of Jin Li Ho and Ayin Ma of Taipei. He made solemn profession of monastic vows on July 11, 2000 before Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., at the Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. He has served as assistant master of ceremonies and sacristan and is now assisting at Saint Benedict’s Parish, Baltimore.

Father David Ho, O.S.B., with his parents, Mrs. Ma A-Ying and Mr. Ho Jin-Li, during his ordination Mass in Puli, Taiwan, on July 18, 2009.

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Archabbey News Father Matthias Martinez, O.S.B., gave the Oblate Day of Recollection on Saturday, October 17. He gave two c o n f e re n c e s on the Holy Rule chapter 72, verse 11: “Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and may he bring us all together to everlasting life.” He gave a third conference on “Joy in Christian life.” ***** Three Benedictine monks were honored at the Saint Vincent Prep Reunion, held recently. Alumni of the Prep school have a reunion every three years, and a committee determines the Hall of Fame Awardees, who are honored at a banquet held at the reunion. Father Vernon A. Holtz, O.S.B., Brother Benedict Janecko, O.S.B. and Father Rene Kollar, O.S.B. were among those honored. Father Vernon is an associate professor of psychology at Saint Vincent College. He made simple profession of vows on July 2, 1956 and solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1959. He was ordained a priest on June 2, 1962. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Lock Haven University, a master of arts degree from Catholic University and a doctorate from Duquesne University. He served the Prep School as a prefect, teacher, counselor, basketball and soccer coach from 1958 to 1971. Father Vernon was assistant headmaster at Saint Vincent Preparatory School from 1968 to 1970. Brother Benedict is a 1956 gradu-

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ate of Saint Vincent Prep School, a 1961 graduate of Saint Vincent College and also earned the STL in theology at Sant’ Anselmo and the SSL in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute. He entered the Benedictine Monastic community at Saint Vincent Archabbey in 1958, made simple profession of vows on July 2, 1959, and solemn profession of vows on July 2, 1962. He was ordained a deacon on July 4, 1964 in Einsiedeln, Switzerland. He is a professor of theology at Saint Vincent College. Father Rene, a 1965 alumnus of Saint Vincent Preparatory School, is dean of the Saint Vincent College School of Humanities and Fine Arts, professor of history at Saint Vincent College and professor of church history at Saint Vincent Seminary. He holds a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary, and master of arts degree and doctorate from the University of Maryland. He has written for many publications dealing with modern English and ecclesiastical history including five books, one edited book, a documentary film for Scan Films, and more than 160 articles, book chapters and book reviews. ***** WQED television in Pittsburgh ran a feature on the Extra Mile Education Foundation. Mentioned in the story as founders of the organization were Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., and Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl. There was also an interview segment after the story with one of the graduates from Extra Mile program. ***** Father Paschal A. Morlino, O.S.B.,

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Pastor, Saint Benedict Church, Baltimore, celebrated 25 years as Pastor on July 12, 2009. He arrived in Baltimore on July 13, 1984, to a parish on the verge of closing. Saint Benedict Church and parish facilities had begun to show signs of deterioration and many parishioners had relocated to county churches; a once thriving inner-city parish now counted only 180 families on its rolls. Following the Benedictine mantra “Ora et Labora,” (pray and work), Father Paschal has prayed and worked for 25 years while restoring Saint Benedict Church and Parish to create a place of solace and peace for the neighborhood and parishioners. With Father Paschal’s leadership the Church, its facilities and Parish, and the Mill Hill neighborhood are stronger and more beautiful than ever. Today, Saint Benedict Church is home to over 1200 parishioners. Father Paschal has dedicated himself to the spiritual and physical well-being of his parishioners and neighbors. He is a leader in the Mill Hill neighborhood and throughout Southwest Baltimore bringing together public and private community leaders. He has been president of eight neighborhood community associations within the Parish boundaries and has hosted monthly police community meetings as well as mayoral “town hall” meetings. As the stabilizing foundation in an ever-changing community, Saint Benedict Church and Parish provides ongoing activities that include a head start program, Girl Scouts, Alcoholics Anonymous, religious education, visits to the homebound, and a monthly food pantry, feeding hundreds of neighborhood families and individuals. These outreach activities, spearheaded by Father Paschal, bring (Continued on Page 23) Volume 20, Number 2


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Solemn Profession In Brazil On July 11, 2009, Brother José (Roberto) Matias, O.S.B., made his solemn profession of vows at the Church of Our Lady in Exile at São Bento Monastery in Vinhedo, Brazil, in the presence of Prior Paulo Panza, O.S.B., the monastic community and many relatives and friends. Brother José was born in Santos, São Paulo, on December 25, 1974, and came to know the Benedictine Community in Vinhedo through the ministry of the Benedictines in the impoverished neighborhood of São Bento Hill, in Santos. In addition to studying philosophy at the Pontifical Catholic University in Campinas, Brother José serves the community in Vinhedo as porter, assistant librarian and assistant sacristan.

Archabbey News (Continued from Page 22) dedicated volunteers to the doorsteps of those in the greatest need for physical and spiritual assistance. After 25 years of leadership, Father Paschal is not slowing down. He is currently working with community leaders to demolish abandoned houses and begin construction of 85 apartment units for senior citizens. Father Paschal’s commitment to Saint Benedict Church has revitalized a Parish and his leadership in Mill Hill has given hope and rebirth to a neighborhood. The city has named the 2600 block of Wilkens Avenue Paschal’s Way. ***** Brother Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., assistant professor of fine arts, signed limited edition collector plates at the Latrobe Art Center recently. His winter landscape drawing was selected for the first edition of this collector plate Volume 20, Number 2

series. The plates are available for purchase at the Latrobe Art Center. For more information, contact the Latrobe Art Center at 724-537-7011. ***** Father James Loew, O.S.B., spoke to the student Oblate chapter on “Daily Manual Labor” recently. Father Sebastian Samay, O.S.B., talked to the group in the fall, as did Father Thomas Hart, O.S.B., who spoke on “Poverty and Simplicity in Benedictine Spirituality.” ***** Father Robert Roche, O.S.B., provided a series of talks on Advent during a “Lunch with the Lord” program at Saint Vincent Parish. Father Robert has worked at Wimmer Priory and Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan (1969-1985), Sacred Heart Parish, then Saint Mary’s Parish, both in St. Marys (1985-1989), and Saint George Parish, Patton (1989-2009).

Haiti Project Featured In Book Father Fred Byrne’s work in developing Project Haiti while a campus minister at Penn State University has garnered the monk and Saint Vincent Archabbey mention in a chapter of a new book. Children of the Light by Bob Violino offers 17 inspiring stories of Christians living the faith and changing the world. While working in a parish, Father Fred’s life was changed by a pilgrimage to Medjugorje and he became inspired to have the lives of young people changed by working with the poor in Third World countries. “God’s presence in the poor transforms these young people’s lives,” Father Fred noted. “... This is what God is calling them to do, and it can be so hard to hear that call today. So many young people have discovered their calling” through Project Haiti. Father Fred is currently the vocation director for Saint Vincent Archabbey. The book is available online through iUniverse.com as well on amazon. com.

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Archabbey News (Continued from Page 23) ***** Campus Ministry hosted a Coffee with Benedict in the Gristmill Coffee House. A presentation was given by Brother Gabriel Myriam Kurzawski, O.S.B. ***** Father Fred Byrne, O.S.B., was mentioned in the September 29 edition of the Charleston Daily Mail, in an article on a religious vocations event, “The Reemergence of Religious Vocations in the Church Today.” The article, by Charlotte Ferrell Smith, talked about a recent increase in vocations. “We are dedicated to Jesus Christ as a family of Brothers,” Father Fred said in the article. “Being a monk is ... discerning what God is asking you to do with your life. I did not choose. I was called.” The title of his talk was “Downloading God’s Podcast.” ***** Brother Jeremiah L a n g e , O.S.B., gave a talk on humility at the annual Oblate Day, held recently. ***** Father Brian Boosel, O.S.B., gave a talk on the Benedictine medal to Oblates of Saint Benedict, Saint Gregory the Great Deanery. At recent meetings, Father Wulfstan Clough, O.S.B., spoke on the Divine Office; Father Donald Raila, O.S.B., talked about Saint Benedict and his Rule and Father Andrew Campbell, O.S.B., spoke on lectio divina. Brother Nathanael Polinski, O.S.B., gave a presen-

Saint Vincent Monks At Seminary Saint Vincent monks currently studying at the Seminary are pictured with members of the Seminary faculty and administration in the front row, from left, Father Patrick Cronauer, O.S.B.; Father Matthias Martinez, O.S.B., Dean of Students; Father Justin Matro, O.S.B., Rector; Dr. Michel Therrien, Academic Dean; Father Edward Mazich, O.S.B. The monks at the Seminary include, second row, from left, Brother Michael Antonacci, O.S.B., pre-theology II; Brother Isidore Minerd, O.S.B., pre-theology II. In the third row, from left, are Brother Albert Gahr, O.S.B.; Brother Jeremiah Lange, O.S.B., first theology; Brother Maximilian Maxwell, O.S.B., first theology; Brother John Paul Heiser, O.S.B., pre-theology II; Brother Cassiano de Souza, O.S.B., third theology. In the fourth row, from left, are Brother Nathanael Polinski, O.S.B., second theology; Brother Gabriel Myriam Kurzawski, O.S.B., second theology; Brother Pio Adamonis, O.S.B., pre-theology I; Brother Bonaventure Curtis, O.S.B., fourth theology and Brother Francis Ehnat, O.S.B., second theology. tation about “Obedience in Benedictine Spirituality,” and Father Thomas More Sikora, O.S.B., spoke on “Work in Benedictine Spirituality.” ***** So We Do Not Lose Heart: Biblical Wisdom for All Our Days, the most recent book by Father Demetrius Dumm, O.S.B., has entered its second printing. The book is available online at http://www.stvincentstore.com. This book contains eighty-two short reflections on passages of Scripture which address, from various perspectives, the perennial human problem of mortality. Other books by Father Demetrius are: Flowers in the Desert: A Spirituality of the Bible, Cherish Christ Above All: The Bible in the Rule of Benedict, A Mystical Portrait of Jesus: New Perspectives on John’s

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Gospel, and Praying the Scriptures. ***** Father Philip M. Kanfush, O.S.B., provided in-service training to the faculty of the Saint Vincent Seminary on January 8. Father Philip addressed the faculty on the topic of “Academic Accommodations for students with Learning Challenges.” His presentation included issues related to teaching seminarians for whom English is a second language as well as supporting seminarians with learning disabilities. Father Philip is a member of the faculty in the Education Department at Saint Vincent College where he teaches courses in Special Education, ESL and Literacy Instruction. Additionally, he teaches English diction and pronunciation to international seminarians attending Saint Vincent Seminary. Volume 20, Number 2


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Crypt Restoration Restoration work continues on the Basilica Crypt, including a new arrangement for the altar, removal of the old ramp and installation of a lift, as well as heating, ventilation and air conditioning controls. The work is expected to be completed in the spring of 2010.

Taiwan Service Mission

Eight Saint Vincent College students went to Taiwan this summer on a service mission sponsored by Campus Ministry. Father Vincent Zidek, O.S.B., director of Campus Ministry, arranged the trip through Brother Nichola Koss, O.S.B., prior of Wimmer Priory in Taiwan. The group also attended the ordination of Father David Ho, O.S.B., in Taiwan. Volume 20, Number 2

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Simple Vows Ceremony Making simple profession of monastic vows on July 10 before Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., were, from left, Brother Pio Adamonis, O.S.B., Brother Albert Gahr, O.S.B., Brother John Paul Heiser, O.S.B., Brother Isidore Minerd, O.S.B., and Father Jean Luc Zadroga, O.S.B.

Five Monks Profess First Vows Five men who spent a year as novices made simple profession of monastic vows on Friday, July 10, in the Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica before Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. BROTHER PIO ADAMONIS III, O.S.B. Brother Pio (Peter Paul) Adamonis, III, is the son of Peter P. and Catherine Adamonis of Upland. He is a 1986 graduate of Saint James High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in marketing from Penn State University in 1990. He is an assistant in audio and video production for Archabbey Public Relations and the Fred Rogers Center, as well as assistant

archivist in the archives. BROTHER ALBERT GAHR, O.S.B. Brother Albert (Scott) Gahr is the son of Raymond and Diana Gahr of Kersey. He is a 1991 graduate of Elk County Christian High School, St. Marys. He earned a bachelor of science degree in biology in 1995 from Saint Vincent College and a doctorate in genetics and developmental biology from West Virginia University in 2002. He is socius of novices for the Archabbey and a teaching assistant in the Biology Department at Saint Vincent College. BROTHER JOHN PAUL HEISER, O.S.B. Brother John Paul (Ryan) Heiser is

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Five Monks Profess First Vows (Continued from Page 26) Archabbey. BROTHER ISIDORE KENNETH MINERD, O.S.B. Brother Isidore Kenneth (Matthew) Minerd is the son of Timothy and Laura Lee Szepesi of Connellsville. He is a 2002 graduate of Connellsville Area High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in computing and information science from Saint Vincent College in May 2006 and a bachelor of arts in Catholic theology from Saint Vincent in December 2006. He is assistant organist, assistant choirmaster and schola director, a technical consultant for Archabbey websites and a teaching

assistant in the Computing and Information Science Department at Saint Vincent College. FATHER JEAN-LUC ZADROGA, O.S.B. Father Jean-Luc (Clinton Paul) Zadroga is the son of Pamela (Faulk) Bassett of Elizabeth Township and the late Paul A. Zadroga. He is a 1992 graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy in 1997 from Duquesne University, and a master of divinity degree and a master of arts degree in theology from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2001. He was ordained a deacon in 2000 and a priest in May 2001 in the Diocese of Pittsburgh by Bishop Donald Wuerl.

From 2001-2002 he served as parochial vicar of Saint Margaret of Scotland, Green Tree. He served as secretary and master of ceremonies to Bishop Wuerl from 2002-2003, then as parochial vicar of Saint Sebastian Parish, Ross Township from 2003-2005. In December of 2005 he was named parochial vicar of Saint James Parish, Sewickley, where he served until July 2008, when he entered the novitiate at Saint Vincent. He is associate master of ceremonies/ assistant director of sacristies, assistant director of Campus Ministry at Saint Vincent College, and assistant in the college Student Affairs Office and director and manager of the Basilica Gift Shop.

Four Junior Monks Renew Vows Four junior monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey renewed their vows on July 10 in the Archabbey Basilica. After spending a year in the novitiate, monks profess simple vows, then renew their vows twice before professing solemn vows after four years of prayer and contemplation. Those monks renewing vows all entered the novitiate in 2007. They are Brother Michael Antonacci, O.S.B., of Jeannette; Brother Gabriel Myriam Kurzawski, O.S.B., of Carnegie; Brother Jeremiah Lange, O.S.B., of Kissimmee, Florida and Brother Maximilian Maxwell, O.S.B., of Philadelphia. Brother Michael is assistant miller for the Saint Vincent Gristmill and a teaching assistant for the Saint Vincent College Physics Department. Brother Gabriel Myriam is a sacristan, assistant to the master of ceremonies, assistant to the director of vocations and an assistant in the summer retreat program. Brother Jeremiah is assistant director of the Oblate program, an assistant food service liaison and a research and teaching assistant on the faculty of the Education Department at Saint Vincent College. Brother Maximilian is currently assistant director of Archabbey guests and facilities and an assistant to the archabbot. Pictured above, from left, are Brother Maximilian, Brother Jeremiah, Brother Michael and Brother Gabriel Myriam. Volume 20, Number 2

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Two Profess Solemn Vows On July 11 Brother Nathanael Polinski and Brother Elijah Joseph Cirigliano made solemn profession of vows July 11 before Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., of Saint Vincent Archabbey. BROTHER NATHANAEL POLINSKI O.S.B. Brother Nathanael Edward Polinski, O.S.B., is the son of Mary Ann Polinski of Duquesne and the late Raymond E. Polinski. He has two brothers, Raymond J. of New Kensington and Richard V. of Bethel Park. He is a 1983 graduate of Serra Catholic High School and earned a bachelor of science degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1987. He received a master of business administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1993. He entered the novitiate of Saint Vincent Archabbey in 2005, and made simple profession of monastic vows on July 10, 2006. He began studies at Saint Vincent Seminary in 2006. He was appointed socius of novices and assistant to the director of Archabbey Finances and Investments in 2006, and serves on the faculty of Saint Vincent College. BROTHER ELIJAH JOSEPH CIRIGLIANO, O.S.B. Brother Elijah Joseph Cirigliano,

Solemn Vows Ceremony Brother Elijah Joseph Cirigliano, O.S.B., and Brother Nathanael Polinski, O.S.B., professed solemn vows on July 11 before Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. Pictured at top are, from left, Brother Nathanael, Brother Bonaventure Curtis, O.S.B., who served as deacon, Archabbot Douglas and Brother Elijah Joseph. O.S.B., is the son of Caesar and Patricia Cirigliano of Waccabuc, New York. His sister is Patricia Cirigliano Kohn of Weston, Connecticut. His brother, Caesar, is from Nashville, Tennessee. He is a 1990 graduate of John Jay High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Duke University in 1993. He entered the novitiate of Saint Vincent Archabbey in 2005. He made first profession of monastic vows on July 10, 2006. He served on the faculty of Saint

Vincent College until 2008, and has been a liturgical musician for campus ministry since 2006. In 2006 he was named assistant organist and assistant choirmaster/schola director for the Archabbey. In 2007 he began serving as a Benedictine resident in Wimmer Hall. In 2008 he was named assistant to Archabbey and Seminary Development. He produced and composed The Way of the Cross, a musical depicting the Stations of the Cross. He began studies in Rome in the fall of 2009.

Gristmill Blessing Archabbot Douglas conducts the annual Blessing of the Harvest at the Saint Vincent Gristmill. The blessing occurs when new grain is brought to the Gristmill following the harvest. That grain is then used throughout the new year to produce various products used on campus and sold in the Gristmill General Store.

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Ministry of Acolyte

Since the renovation of the Archabbey Basilica in 1996, the crucifix over the main altar has been without an image on the reverse side. This fall, a painted image of the Crucified Lord was installed. The Blessed Virgin and Saint John are shown at his hands. The cross was designed by Father Vincent de Paul Crosby, O.S.B., and painted by New Guild Studios in Braddock. While the crucifix resembles a typical painted crucifix of the Romanesque period, it is also unique. The background is a vine growing and flowering behind the crucified Jesus, as a reminder that the cross is always a sign of contradiction. The tree of defeat has become the tree of victory, the cross becoming a fruitful tree in the Resurrection of the Lord. The painted cross was a gift from the late John and Annette Brownfield.

Three Saint Vincent Benedictines were installed to the Ministry of Acolyte on Monday, November 30, in the Saint Vincent Basilica, by the Most Rev. George V. Murry, S.J., Bishop of Youngstown. Pictured are, from left, Father Lester Knoll, O.F.M. Cap, Director of Spiritual Life, Saint Vincent Seminary; Brother Francis Ehnat, O.S.B., who was installed; Bishop Murry; Brother Gabriel Myriam Kurzawski, O.S.B., who was installed; Brother Nathanael Polinski, O.S.B., who was installed and Rector Father Justin Matro, O.S.B.

Scouts Give Award Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., received a Distinguished Citizen Award from the Westmoreland/Fayette Council, Boy Scouts of America, recently during a banquet held at the Fred Rogers Center on campus. Pictured with the archabbot are, left, Bill Kemerer, Laurel Hills District Chairman and Tim Dingman, Senior District Executive of Westmoreland/Fayette Council, right.

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Jubilarian Day 2009 Monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey who celebrated jubilees in 2009 have provided a total of 745 years of service. In the photo at left, Father Omer U. Kline, O.S.B., marked the 60th anniversary of his ordination. Behind him are Father Sebastian Samay, O.S.B., 50 years ordination; Father Cristiano Brito, O.S.B., Father Justin Matro, O.S.B., Father Luke Policicchio, O.S.B., Father Thomas Hart, O.S.B., and Father Job Foote, O.S.B., 25 years profession. Pictured below are the jubilarians during the Mass celebrated by Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B.

Artisans Exhibit Held At Gristmill Saint Vincent Gristmill Museum hosted an exhibit, “Artisans of the Monastery,� October 22 through November 6. The show featured multimedia art by monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey. The opening reception included various breads and sweets baked by Father Ananias Buccione, O.S.B. The exhibit featured a variety of artwork including painting, stained glass, hand weaving, fabric art, calligraphy, and bookbinding. Among those participating were Father Philip Kanfush, O.S.B., Father Sebastian Samay, O.S.B, Father Thomas More Sikora, O.S.B., Brother Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., Father Michael Gabler, O.S.B., Brother Michael Antonacci, O.S.B., and Brother Albert Gahr, O.S.B. The artisans website is http://www.stvincentartisans.com. 30

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Kevin Passarello, Esq. was the keynote speaker at the forty-second annual Red Mass, which is sponsored by the Diocese of Greensburg and Saint Vincent Archabbey, College and Seminary. Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt of Greensburg and Archabbot Douglas Nowicki, O.S.B, of Saint Vincent celebrated the Red Mass at the Archabbey Basilica recently. Passarello, a Saint Vincent College graduate, received a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. As an executive and lawyer, he has an extensive background in business development and operations. He is a co-founder of Bedford Falls Capital, a private equity management and advisory firm in Middleburg, Va. From 1999 to 2005, Passarello served as vice president, general counsel and chief operating officer at TRADOS Incorporated, a software company with nine worldwide offices on three continents. He is also a member of the Board of Directors at Saint Vincent College and chairs its Academic Affairs Committee. He also chairs the Advisory Board for the School of Humanities and Fine Arts. He serves as a director on various corporate boards and charitable enterprises such as The Windy Hill Foundation, which provides affordable housing for 130 lowincome persons in Loudoun County, Va. Passarello resides in Middleburg with his wife, Carla, and three children. As a co-chair on the finance committee at St. Stephen, the Martyr Catholic Church, Passarello and his family are active members of the church.

Schola Joins Pittsburgh Symphony The Saint Vincent Schola Gregoriana joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Manfred Honeck and The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh for three performances of the “Requiem Mass For Mozart,” December 4-6, at Heinz Hall. Twelve college students, parishioners from Saint Vincent Basilica Parish, other members of the community, and seminarians from Saint Vincent Seminary joined monks of the Archabbey in the performance. The event was part of Maestro Honeck’s unique reading of the “Requiem Mass.” The performances included the entire Requiem, along with other sacred music of Mozart, Scriptural readings, biographical readings from the letters of Mozart and four chants from the Schola Gregoriana. Father Stephen Concordia, O.S.B., is the Archabbey choirmaster. Other monks who chanted in the schola included Brother Maximilian Maxwell, O.S.B., Brother Isidore Minerd, O.S.B., Brother Cassiano de Souza, O.S.B., Father Jean-Luc Zadroga, O.S.B., Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., and Father Aaron Buzzelli, O.S.B.

NPR Story Features Gristmill On Sunday, August 2, 2009, Weekend Edition host Liane Hansen of National Public Radio profiled the Saint Vincent Archabbey and Gristmill. The segment is available online on the National Public Radio website at this link: http:// www.npr.org/templates/story/story. php?storyId=111473689. The feature noted that In the mid 1800s, when Boniface Wimmer came to this country to serve German immigrants, he built a church, seminary and college on land in Latrobe. The monastery and campus were to be selfsustaining. The brothers had livestock, a vegetable farm, and fields of grain. A gristmill was also built to grind that grain into flour, which provided bread

for the monks. The Gristmill is now on the National Register of Historic Places and is still in operation, providing flour for the Benedictines’ daily bread.

Receives Award The Mental Health Assocation of Westmoreland County will honor Father Vernon A. Holtz, O.S.B., on April 29, 2010 at the Four Points Sheraton at its annual recognition and fund raising event, Innovations. Father Vernon will be honored in the area of recovery services. An associate professor of psychology at Saint Vincent College, he has received the Dean’s Faculty Award, the Boniface Wimmer Faculty Award and the Thoburn Excellence in Teaching Award at Saint Vincent.

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Oblate Meeting at Saint Vincent The North American Association of Benedictine Oblate Directors (NAABOD) held its annual meeting on the Saint Vincent campus from June 26 to July 1. The theme was “60 Years and Growing: Formation for the Benedictine Way of Life.” Presenters included Sister Cecilia Dwyer, O.S.B. prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia; Father Brian Boosel, O.S.B., of Saint Vincent Archabbey, and Mother Mary Anne Noll, O.S.B., of Saint Emma’s Monastery in Greensburg. Also in attendance from Saint Vincent were Father Donald Raila, O.S.B., Director of Oblates and Father Paschal Morlino, O.S.B.

2010 Retreat Dates Announced Brother Hugh Lester, O.S.B., Archabbey Retreat Director, has announced the 2010 retreat schedule. Father Nathan Munsch, O.S.B., will direct the retreat for married couples, scheduled for May 21-23. Father Edward Mazich, O.S.B., will conduct the retreat on Benedictine spirituality, scheduled for May 28-30. The silent retreat, from June 4-6, will be directed by Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B. Father John Mary Tompkins, O.S.B., will conduct the charismatic prayer retreat from June 25-27. The men’s retreat, July 22-25, will be given by Brother Elliott Maloney, O.S.B. Father Fred Byrne, O.S.B., will direct the father and son retreat, scheduled for July 30-August 1. Above, at left, is Father Fred, and at right, Brother Hugh, with participants from the 2009 father-son retreat.

Savannah Contingent Visits Abbey Several alumni and officials from Benedictine Military School in Savannah visited Saint Vincent Archabbey this summer during the monastic community meetings. They included Mrs. Deborah Antosca, Principal; Harry Haslam, C.P.A., a graduate of the school; Father Frank Ziemkiewicz, O.S.B., headmaster; Bill Schmitt, President of the Board; and Bill Shearouse, Esq., a member of the board and a graduate of Benedictine. 32

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Arnie’s 80th Birthday Latrobe golfing legend Arnold Palmer turned 80 on September 10. Numerous celebrations were held throughout the region to mark the occasion. On September 8, Palmer threw out the first pitch at PNC Park when the Pittsburgh Pirates played the Chicago Cubs. There was also a golf outing at Laurel Valley Golf Club, with emcee Jim Nantz. In the bottom photo are family and friends at Bay Hill in Florida, with several top golfers attending, including Peter Jacobsen, Brad Faxon, Jay Haas, John Cook, D.A. Weibring, Craig Stadler, Parker McLachlin and John Harris, Champions Tour player, and Johnny Harris of Quail Hollow in Charlotte. Palmer received a phone call from President George H.W. Bush as well. In the top photo, Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., talks with the golfing great during a break in the festivities.

Website Features Homilies Recently, the website jknirp.com (National Institute for the Renewal of the Priesthood) added homilies from Saint Vincent Archabbey to its website. Father Eugene Hemrick, director, noted that the homilies “contain wonderful insights into the Sunday gospel for both priests and parishioners. To boot, they are short and right to the point. I might add that I have become closely connected with the Archabbey, and thanks to it I now cherish the wisdom of Saint Benedict more than ever. Take a look at the book reviews we have posted on Benedict and his application of the Rule to everyday life.” In analyzing the data for his website, Father Hemrick noted that visitors have come from 38 countries. “We call ourselves a national institute, but after seeing all these additional countries, we now feel we are international. Ah globalization and the ability to touch lives on the other side of the world!” Father Hemrick is the author of the newly-released Habits of a Priestly Heart, which took two years to write.

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Pittsburgh Steeler Training Camp 2009 Saint Vincent College

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Brother Norman Hipps, O.S.B., Named New College President Brother Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., a monk, administrator and mathematics professor who has been associated with Saint Vincent College for nearly 50 years, has been named the 17th president of Saint Vincent College, effective July 1. The announcement was made January 27 by Mr. J. Christopher Donahue, chairman of the board of directors, who was joined by H. James Towey, president, and Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., chancellor. Brother Norman is currently executive vice president of the college, dean of the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computing, and associate professor of mathematics. “For more than a century and a half, Saint Vincent College has served the region and the nation by offering an education that not only teaches students how to make a living but how to live,” said Brother Norman. “This philosophy of education combines the practical wisdom necessary for success in one’s profession with the creative, life-affirming values of the Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts tradition. I look forward to building on the strong academic programs that we have and to strengthening the bonds of service and mutual support within the community.” As dean, Brother Norman has had a leadership role in the largest construction project in the college’s history with the renovation and construction of the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion, a $39 million project that will provide Saint Vincent students with a state-ofthe-art facility for science education. The first phase of construction will be completed with the opening of the central building this fall. Brother Norman is a 1961 graduate of Saint Vincent Preparatory School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy in 1966 and did graduate studies in theology at Saint Vincent Seminary from 1966 to 1969. He earned a master of arts degree in mathematics in 1972 and a doctorate in mathematics in 1976, both from Northwestern University. A member of the faculty since Volume 20, Number 2

Taking part in the press conference for the new Saint Vincent College President were, from left, J. Christopher Donahue, Chairman, Board of Directors; Brother Norman Hipps, O.S.B., incoming president; Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Chancellor; H. James Towey, president, who will leave office June 30, 2010. 1972, he has also served in many administrative roles at the college including provost (1987-2002), academic dean (1980-1987), director of the Opportunity Program (1978-1980), campus minister (1975-1978) and director of Project Headway (1972-1974). He made simple profession of monastic vows on July 2, 1963, and solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1966. A native of Carrolltown, he is the son of the late Blanche Lieb Hipps and George Russell Hipps. His brother is

George, of Williamsburg, Va. In the selection of Brother Norman, Archabbot Douglas said, “I believe that the college will have an outstanding president.” During Mr. Towey’s presidency, the college has enhanced its national profile and expanded its service learning, study abroad and campus ministry programs while making impressive progress in enrollment growth, fund raising and campus development. 35


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Tribute, Memorial Gifts 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 Mr. Paul R. Whiteside, Archabbey Development Office, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, Pa., 15650-2690, 724-532-6740. Donors from June 1, 2009 to Dcember 14, 2009, include:

IN HONOR OF:

MS. EVA D. ALTIERI Fran and Al Sheffler ALPHONSE AND SARAH BON Ms. Celine M. Schlimm BR. ELIJAH C. CIRIGLIANO, O.S.B. Mrs. Mary Ann E. Polinski BR. BONAVENTURE J. CURTIS, O.S.B. Israel and Frieda Barken Mr. Steven A. Brennan REV. JACQUES D. DALEY, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Artuso THE DICRISTOFARO FAMILY Dr. Dean and JoAnn DiCristofaro and Alysa DAVID PATRICK GRACE Mr. Joshua D. Karabinos MR. PATRICK HOBART Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. Hobart, Jr. MRS. KASLE Mr. and Mrs. Patrick A. Mulich REV. PASCHAL N. KNEIP, O.S.B. Mrs. Barbara Sauter JOHN A. KRAVEC, WWII R.A.F. PILOT Mr. Emerick A. Kravec BR. PATRICK R. LACEY, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. Hobart, Jr. MAJOR THOMAS MARTIN Mr. and Mrs. Louis Memmi ROSEMARIE AND BILL MCGARRITY Colleen and Mark Makela REV. NATHAN J. MUNSCH, O.S.B. Mrs. Orma S. McKeon MR. AND MRS. ANTHONY PACIENZA Anonymous REV. JOHN J. PECK, O.S.B. John and Carol Meridionale BR. NATHANAEL R. POLINSKI, O.S.B. Mrs. Mary Ann E. Polinski Mr. Joseph Seman JEROME AND JANE RUPPRECHT Ms. Celine M. Schlimm REV. FLAVIAN G. YELINKO, O.S.B. Dr. and Mrs. Ferdinand L. Soisson REV. FRANK E. ZIEMKIEWICZ, O.S.B. Mrs. Orma S. McKeon

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+AGNES ANKER Mr. Brian D. Urik +REV. REGINALD G. BENDER, O.S.B. Mrs. Mary Lorden

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+BR. LAMBERT G. BERENS, O.S.B. Mrs. Alma J. Demyan Mr. Melvin J. Matty Chuck and Patti Rebrick Julie Revitsky +REV. ALBERT C. BICKERSTAFF, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. William W. Shearouse, Jr. +REV. JOSEPH P. BRONDER, O.S.B. Mr. Joseph E. Epplen +GENE AND MARY BURKE Rev. Gilbert J. Burke, O.S.B. +MARK E. BURKE Rev. Gilbert J. Burke, O.S.B. Kate, Matt and Sue Carroll Mr. and Mrs. James Curtis Mr. and Mrs. William D. Foski Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Iezzi Ed and Eleanor Nemanic Mrs. Judy Panebianco +J. EDWIN DAVIES, JR. Mrs. Christine E. Ritchey +HELEN JEAN DESTEFANO Mrs. Anna Golofski +REV. LOUIS E. DUNN Mr. Edward J. Dunn, III +MRS. MARY FOLBY Mr. Samuel A. Folby +REV. ALFRED L. GROTZINGER, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond L. Snedecor +MICHAEL AND MARGARET HANCHIN FAMILY Rev. Deacon and Mrs. John M. Hanchin +HARRY HASLAM, SR. Mr. and Mrs. William W. Shearouse, Jr. +MAGDALEN HERTNEKY Mrs. Alma J. Demyan and Gerard Mr. and Mrs. Benedict L. Fajt Ms. Helen R. Fajt Mrs. Josephine A. Pavlock +JOHN W. HOLTZ Mr. Germain J. Holtz +ISADORE AND CATHERINE HOLTZ +John W. Holtz +F. JAMES KLARIC Mrs. Helen K. Barnett +SIMON C. KRALIK Mrs. Theresa J. Kralik +BARRY LEKAVICH Ms. Mary Ann Wuyscik +REV. GERMAIN L. LIEB, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. William J. McGarrity +MR. NICHOLAS P. MATRO Al and Sally Novak +REV. RAYMOND A. MATULENAS, O.S.B. Mr. Tim Matulenas +SHIRLEY PAVLOCK Jo Pavlock +JOHN AND HELEN POGOREL FAMILY Rev. Deacon and Mrs. John M. Hanchin

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+REV. ROLAND R. RIPOLI, O.S.B. Barbara Baroni Robin and Larry Bieranoski Richard and Leona Bodnar Mr. and Mrs. Richard Coldren and Son Marilyn Cupec and Children Mrs. Della M. Fair Carl and Dorothy Fontana Joseph and Theresa Fontana Leveo and Mary Fontana Francis and Catherine Gallo Mrs. Frances Genta Vanessa and William Holmes and Family Mr. and Mrs. William E. Holmes, Sr. Holy Family Church Christian Ladies Guild Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hooper Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jack Mary Kengor Irene Kepics Ms. Jenny Locorotondo Fran Magee Mr. Melvin J. Matty Lucy McCain Theresa Morabito Gina and Randy Morgan Judy Morrow The Mosser Family Mr. and Mrs. Edward G. Nemanic, Sr. Al and Sally Novak Ms. Mary Anne Odendahl Bill Palko Mr. Charles Perrino Bruno Ripoli Dominick and Deb Ripoli Matt and Kelly Ripoli Anna Stone Jared and Joe Susa Valerie Susa Joe and Dorothy Trentin Cindy and Anthony Trozzi +REV. KIERAN J. RODGERS, O.S.B. Mrs. Helen Bolgar +JACK SALERNO Syma and Patrick Mulich +REV. LOUIS S. SEDLACKO, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Benedict L. Fajt +WILLIAM W. SHEAROUSE, SR. Mr. and Mrs. William W. Shearouse, Jr. +PAUL, MARY AND DIANA SOFRANKO Roberta Henry and Olga Mika +WILLIAM STRAUB Mrs. Anna Golofski +ARTHUR SUDDABY Mr. and Mrs. Pete Berletic +CPT. SCOTT SULLIVAN Mrs. Sylvia F. Sullivan (Continued on Page 39) Volume 20, Number 2


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Development Corner A New Year’s Resolution: Review Your Estate Plans Now that the New Year is here, perhaps it is time to consider the status of your estate plans. Here are some questions to ponder: • When was the last time that you reviewed your estate plans? • Have you enlisted the help of a professional (tax or estate planning expert) in this regard? • Are you in the category, along with millions of other Americans who have not yet prepared a will? • Will your family members be taken care of if something should happen to you? • Have you considered your favorite charities in your estate plans, particularly those perhaps to which you have donated much of your time and treasure? If you are like many Americans, your estate plans likely need to be reviewed (or created) with the help of an expert in the field. If you do not know where to begin, or how to go about a thorough review of your plans, we can help you. The combined Development offices of Saint Vincent College, Seminary and Archabbey have worked closely with experts in estate planning, tax law and life insurance. These experts have

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helped many of our friends and benefactors to ensure that their wishes are properly carried out upon their passing. At Saint Vincent, we feel strongly that your family should be considered first and foremost in your estate plans. After your family needs are covered, we would ask that you consider the naming of one or more charitable organizations as secondary beneficiaries in your estate. As a Charitable institution providing a variety of valuable services to God’s people, we rely on donations such as estate gifts so that we are able to continue our primary

services of education, mission work and parish ministry. Some of the most generous benefactors to Saint Vincent are those who leave their mark by naming our institution as a beneficiary in their estate. Estate gifts may take on many different forms including the naming of a scholarship for needy Benedictine monks and/ or seminarians, the naming of a building project, or smaller gifts that could be used as operational funds or programmatic enhancements to our multitude of educational and missionary services. All of these (and many others) are beautiful ways to leave a legacy in the name of your family, so that through your generosity and the ongoing works at Saint Vincent, many others may benefit for many years into the future. As we enter the year of our Lord, 2010, please know that all of us at Saint Vincent wish you and your family the very best in health and happiness, and that you receive the many blessings of our Lord and Savior this year and for many years to come. Please know that you are remembered daily in our prayers and in the prayers of all of the monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey. For further information about Planned Giving, you may contact Paul Whiteside at paul.whiteside@stvincent.edu or by calling (724) 532-6740.

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Mr. Paul R. Whiteside, Director of Development Saint Vincent Archabbey 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650-2690, Phone: 724-532-6740 E-mail: paul.whiteside@email.stvincent.edu

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Rev.Roland R. Ripoli, O.S.B. Father Roland R. Ripoli, O.S.B., died at 7:45 p.m. Friday, July 10, 2009, on the vigil of the Feast of Saint Benedict, patron of a happy death. A number of his Benedictine brothers were with him, one of whom sang an Italian song which brought a smile to Father Roland’s face as he fell asleep in the Lord.

Father Roland will be remembered as a priest who was able to touch the lives of many of the poor and destitute, in a sense the outcasts of society, said Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. Father Roland was born April 21, 1937 in Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, a son of the late Leonard Ripoli and Catherine (Zappavigna) Ripoli. He was one of six children, including Bruno Ripoli of Homer City, Pennsylvania; Clara Wasyluk of West Leechburg, Pennsylvania, and Dominic Ripoli, Faye (Ophelia) Pirone and Rose Vereb, of Vandergrift. He attended Vandergrift Public Grade School and was a 1955 graduate of Vandergrift Public High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Saint Vincent College in 1960 and a master of science degree in library science from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., in 1966. He earned a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1964. He made simple profession of monastic vows on July 2, 1958 and solemn profession of vows on July

11, 1961. He was ordained a priest on June 6, 1964 by the late Bishop William G. Connare of Greensburg. He served as an assistant in the Saint Vincent Library (1966-1967), dormitory moderator at Saint Vincent College (1976-1980), associate pastor of Saint Benedict Parish, Canton, Ohio (1967-1968), and assistant at the Saint Vincent Post Office (1968-1988). In 1982 he was named to the staff of the Saint Vincent Campus Ministry, and in 1988 he was named an associate director of Campus Ministry. He served weekend missions since 1984 at a number of regional parishes, including Holy Family, Creighton; Saint Matthias, Natrona; Saint Cajetan and Holy Name, Monessen and Saint Philip Neri, Donora. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, July 14, followed by interment in the Saint Vincent Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Benedictine Health and Welfare Fund, Saint Vincent Archabbey, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, Pennsylvania 15650-2690.

Enclosed is my tax-deductible gift of: $50 $100 $500 $1000 Other __________ My company will match my gift.

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A Life of Service The Benedictine Community of Saint Vincent has more than 150 monks who devote their lives to serving the needs of people through a wide variety of pastoral, educational, and missionary works, both at Saint Vincent and throughout the world. While the older monks remain active well past retirement age, they face the same financial hardships that other retirees do — rising health care costs and increasing living expenses. The Monastery Health and Welfare Fund provides older priests and brothers the care they need after their many years of service to the people of God. 38

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Obituaries Br. Lambert G. Berens, O.S.B. Brother Lambert G. Berens, O.S.B., died Thursday, October 29, 2009. He was the son of the late Peter and Sophia (Randerath) Berens, and was born in Lieck (now Heinsberg–Lieck), Germany, on July 4, 1913. He was one of ten children. His brothers and sisters are: Hubert Berens of Heinsberg–Lieck, Anna Zimmermann, of Heinsberg, Peter of Heinsberg, and Barbara Hennen of Heinsberg–Unterbruch. Three of his brothers: Brother Othmar Edmund Berens, O.S.B., Joseph, and Heinrich, and two sisters, Gertrude Lisges and Maria Dombrowe, are deceased. He received his education in Kirchoven. He made simple profession of monastic vows on February 11, 1932 at the Benedictine monastery in Ilbenstadt, Germany. In May, 1939, the Gestapo ordered the Ilbenstadt monastery suppressed, or closed. The monks were told to leave. Brother Lambert was sent to the Benedictine Monastery Kornelimünster in Aachen. In 1939, he was forced to leave his monastery and serve in the German Army. He was first sent marching to Paris, but when the city capitulated his outfit was marched to the south of France and then marched back to Germany in 1940. Later, when Germany invaded Russia in June of 1941, his troop was sent near Leningrad, where he was wounded. He was wounded a second time during a battle near Shisdra, Russia, in 1942, and a few months later was wounded yet a third time near Leningrad. Finally, in 1943, he was sent back to France, where his outfit executed maneuvers but engaged in no active battles. On the third day of the Allied invasions in June of 1944, Brother Lambert was taken prisoner and sent to the P.O.W. camp at Ortley, England, and then later to the P.O.W. camp at Fort DuPont, Delaware City, Delaware, where he remained for a year before he

was shipped back to a transfer camp in Attichy, France in 1945. He became a free man in January 1946 when he was returned to Bonn, Germany. Brother Lambert returned to a post– war Germany that was confusing. He returned to his hometown and found his family all well, but his original monastery Ilbenstadt, shut down in 1939, was not reopened. So he returned to the Kornelimünster monastery in 1946. In 1956 he transferred his stability to Saint Vincent Archabbey. He became an American citizen in 1959. At Saint Vincent, Brother Lambert was in charge of the greenhouse and truck garden (1952–64, and 1965–69). He also worked at Saint Benedict Priory, the Archabbey's missionary apostolate in Brazil (1964–65). From 1969 to 2001 he worked in Saint Vincent Library processing and repairing books, and in his spare time helped maintain the grounds of the Archabbey. In the fall of 2001 he began assisting in the Saint Vincent Archabbey Development Office and continued throughout the last months of his life. At the library, Brother Lambert prepared books to be added to the collection, prepared items for binding and checked returned items. He examined the collection to identify Saint Vincent authors, alumni authors, Benedictine authors and Saint Vincent imprints, among other duties. He also conducted

an inventory of the entire collection every four to five years and was the only known person to have handled every book in the library. Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., said “Brother Lambert was a great inspiration to the entire Saint Vincent community—young and old—his faithful perseverance in prayer and his steadfast commitment to his assigned responsibilities provided a wonderful example of what it means to be a faithful servant.” In the fall of 1999 Brother Lambert received the Presidential Medal of Honor as part of the Saint Vincent Founders’ Day celebration. College President Father Martin R. Bartel, O.S.B., praised Brother Lambert for his many years of devoted service to Saint Vincent, noting that “throughout his life he quietly served as a model of humble devoutness. His hard meticulous work and dedication to whatever task is assigned him, provide an example to be emulated by both Benedictine and lay colleagues alike. To those that knew him well and/or worked with him, he is the personification of the Benedictine motto, Ora et Labora (prayer and work).” A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, November 2 in the Archabbey Basilica. Interment followed in the Saint Vincent Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Benedictine Health and Welfare Fund, Saint Vincent Archabbey, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, Pennsylvania 15650-2690.

Tribute Gifts (Continued from Page 36) +REV. BRINSTAN G. TAKACH, O.S.B. Mrs. Stella Papson +MRS. AGNES E. URIK Mr. Brian D. Urik +REV. REMIGIUS B. VEROSTKO, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Donald S. Pawlak +EDITH G. WADE Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. Hobart, Jr. +REV. BENJAMIN R. WALKER, O.S.B. Mr. Thaddeus Konefal +REV. CANICE T. WELSH, O.S.B. Ms. Barbara A. Bensaia Mr. and Mrs. Raymond L. Snedecor +MAE WYNN Larry and Sue Bucher

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Assistance For Victims Of Earthquake In Haiti

Saint Vincent Archabbey asks that you help the people of Haiti with your support of Catholic Relief Services as the humanitarian effort continues to respond in the aftermath of the massive earthquake. CRS is responding to the growing need for food, water, shelter and health supplies. The organization’s website is http://www.crs.org. Dr. Jerome Oetgen, editor of Boniface Wimmer: Letters of An American Abbot, is a Saint Vincent College alumnus serving as counselor of public affairs with the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and members of his family were safe following the earthquake. Father Vincent Zidek, O.S.B., director of Campus Ministry, is currently a member of a Committee of Saint Vincent College to help support the relief effort. Kerry Tittinger, a Saint Vincent College freshman who was in Haiti on a mission trip with her church, was safely evacuated. The committee will donate all proceeds of the collective effort to Catholic Relief Services and the Missionaries of Charity.

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