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Brother Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., 17th President of Saint Vincent College

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A Message Of Hope

Dear Friends, Our beloved founder Abbot Boniface Wimmer once remarked that “the future belongs to those who bear hope.” In the inaugural address of Brother Norman Hipps, O.S.B., the 17th president of Saint Vincent College, the commitment to Wimmer’s message of hope continues—Hope for the future, hope in adversity and hope built on the inspiration of Divine Providence. That hope is reflected in our Benedictine heritage here at Saint Vincent, from Saint Benedict to Boniface Wimmer to Brother Norman and to all those who are a part of the extended Saint Vincent community. Brother Norman noted that: “Amidst the chaos of the disintegration of the Roman Empire, Saint Benedict founded communities of hope. These became seedbeds of a renewed civilization. Abbot Boniface Wimmer, with a small band of monks, founded this community of hope in the midst of an American culture strongly affected by nativism and racism. The Saint Vincent mission of education was to help new immigrants learn how to become full contributing members of their new American community, without rejecting the covenant of their Catholic community.” These seeds of hope continue to bear fruit for our community, from the five novices who embarked on their journey of spiritual discovery on July 1, to the junior monks who are engaged in many spirit-filled endeavors, and to all of the

Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. members of our community who continue to live a life of Ora et Labora, work and prayer each day. The seeds of hope are also spread by our confreres serving in our educational apostolates, here in the Seminary and College, and in Savannah, as well as in our pastoral apostolates and chaplaincies in the United States and missionary apostolates in Brazil and Taiwan and China. Prior to his appointment as President, Brother Norman served as Dean of the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computing. His leadership has been critical to 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

Saint Vincent mourns the loss of Mrs. Margaret R. Bock and Mrs. Margaret L. Soska, both members of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association and long-time friends of Saint Vincent Archabbey, College and Seminary.

students with a state-of-the-art facility for science education. The first phase of construction was completed with the opening of the core building this fall. Our monastery artisans have been exceptionally busy, working with the Heinz History Center to have some aspects of Saint Vincent featured in the traveling Vatican Arts exhibit that stopped in Pittsburgh, arranging for the “Third Juried National Catholic Arts Exhibit” at the Saint Vincent Gallery, and creating works for the annual “Artisans of the Monastery” exhibit at the Archabbey Gristmill. Father Wilfred Dumm, O.S.B., was recognized for his years of service as an Alumnus of Distinction by the Saint Vincent Alumni Association, and our Brother Elijah Joseph Cirigliano, O.S.B., was ordained a deacon in Rome. Our confreres are also working to expand opportunities for evangelization, with Father Matthew’s groundbreaking for the new faith center that will serve more than 10,000 Catholics on the campus of Penn State University. These endeavors recall the words of Boniface Wimmer, who once wrote: “I must not lose sight of my single goal— the greater glory of God—and I am confident that I will gain His protection. One must be prepared to contend with many obstacles, but through courage, perseverance, and confidence in God, one will overcome them all. How far this Benedictine foundation corresponds to those ideals, only the future can tell. Everything is dependent upon the blessing of God who can give both the inspiration and the fulfillment. Anyone who considers the meager means with which we have made the start might have misgivings about the success, but as history teaches, everything that God does begins slowly, proceeds gradually, and often succeeds contrary to human plans and expectations.” Have a blessed Christmas and may your New Year be rooted in the hope of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Sincerely, Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. Volume 21, Number 2


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Brother Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B. 17th President Of Saint Vincent College “Divine Providence has brought all of us to this time and place together,” to a “place where people grow together, a place of stability, where we share in one another’s joys and sorrows,” a place “whose history and people I dearly love.” With these words Brother Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., began his inaugural address as the 17th president of Saint Vincent College. The inauguration began with an academic procession that included students, faculty, administrators, alumni, officials and delegates of 33 colleges and universities and other visiting dignitaries. The Most Rev. Lawrence Brandt, Bishop of Greensburg, presided. A performance of the Vivaldi Gloria preceded the inaugural ceremony and featured the Saint Vincent Camerata directed by Father Stephen Concordia, O.S.B., director of music, and the Academy Chamber Orchestra Taking part in the inauguration were, from left, Archabbot Douglas R. Nowdirected by Dr. Warren Davidson, concertmaster. icki, O.S.B., Chancellor; Brother Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., and J. ChristoInstrumental accompaniment for the academic pher Donahue, Chairman, Saint Vincent College Board of Directors. procession was provided by Rick Murrell, trumSchool of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computing, pet, and Father Cyprian G. Constantine, O.S.B., and executive vice president of Saint Vincent College, prior organist. to assuming his role as president. Earlier in the day, a tree planting ceremony was hosted Brother Norman holds a bachelor of arts degree in by Student Government Association President Stephanie philosophy from Saint Vincent College (1966), and did Fitzgerald in honor of Brother Norman’s inauguration, and in graduate studies in Theology at Saint Vincent Seminary recognition of his commitment to environmental awareness and advancing Saint Vincent as a green campus. Brother Norman served as Dean of the Herbert W. Boyer

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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 Assistant Director of Archabbey Public Relations Liz Cousins

Contributors to this issue: Liz Cousins Fred Findley/ Fineline Multimedia Jordan Hainsey Annette D. Hart Sadie Stresky Saint Vincent Archabbey 300 Fraser Purchase Rd., Latrobe, PA 15650-2690 724-805-2601

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Archabbey News Father Stephen Concordia, O.S.B., of the Department of Fine Arts, gave two guest lectures at Penn State University recently. The lectures were sponsored by the PSU School of Music and consisted of two workshop presentations on Gregorian Chant Performance Practice with the PSU Chamber Singers. Father Stephen was invited to conduct the workshops by Dr. Christopher Kiver, of the Penn State Music faculty, with the Chamber Singers, an ensemble directed by Dr. Kiver. The presentations were an introduction to recent scholarship on historically-informed performance practice of Gregorian Chant, including the reading of the Medieval manuscript sources. Father Stephen received his Diploma in Gregorian Chant from the Pontifical Insti-

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Four Honored for Service Four persons were honored for completing 25 years of service to Saint Vincent College at the annual employee recognition luncheon held recently at the Fred M. Rogers Center. Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., left, and Brother Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., president, right, recognized, from left, Brother Nathan Cochran, O.S.B., instructor in fine arts, director of the Saint Vincent Gallery and artistic director of the Saint Vincent College Concert Series; Patricia Owens, executive assistant to the president; and Marsha Kush, secretary, School of Humanities and Fine Arts. Dr. James G. Barnett, professor of biology, also honored, is pictured at left. 4

A number of monks have given talks on Benedictine Spirituality as part of a montly series offered by the Oblates of Saint Benedict affiliated with the Archabbey: Brother Bruno Heisey, O.S.B., spoke on the “Historical Perspective on the Holy Rule.” Brother Bruno teaches Church history at Saint Vincent Seminary. Brother Jeremiah Lange, O.S.B., spoke on “Poverty and Asceticism in Benedictine Life.” Brother Jeremiah is the assistant director of Oblates. Brother Hugh Lester, O.S.B., presented a talk on “Hospitality in Benedictine Spirituality.” He is director of Retreats at the Archabbey. Father Wulfstan Clough, O.S.B., presented “Silence in Benedictine Spirituality.” He is professor of English at Saint Vincent College. Brother Michael Antonacci, O.S.B., spoke on “Conversion of Heart.” He is a miller at the Gristmill and a student at Saint Vincent Seminary. ***** Brother Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., assistant professor in the fine arts department at Saint Vincent College, supervised the work (Continued on Page 5) Volume 21, Number 2 Volume 21, Number 2

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Archabbey News (Continued from Page 4) of three College students who created murals at the waiting room of the Latrobe Amtrack Station welcoming visitors to the city. The project was undertaken in cooperation with the Latrobe Community Revitalization Program. Graphics were presented within the letters of the city’s name, each letter also representing something about the town. ***** Brother Nathanael Polinski, O.S.B., spoke on “Restraint of Speech” at a recent Campus Ministry Oblate program. Brother Nathanael is an adjunct faculty member in the McKenna School. ***** Father Thomas Hart, O.S.B., spoke at a recent First Friday Forum, an open discussion of topics of interest to faculty, staff and students. His topic was “Saint Vincent College: c/Catholic (small c or Capital C?).” ***** Brother Nathan Cochran, O.S.B. and Brother Gabriel Myriam Kurzawski, O.S.B., gave lectures at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh as part of center’s Act 48 Credit Hours Programs in conjunction with the exhibition “Vatican Splendors: A Journey Through Faith and Art.” The program was entitled “Teaching Art, HisVolume 21, Number 2 Volume 21, Number 2

Lecture Series on Aging, Spirituality Father Vernon A. Holtz, O.S.B., associate professor of psychology and clinical psychologist, and Brother Benedict Janecko, O.S.B., professor of Biblical studies, conducted a three-part lecture series entitled, “Aging and Spirituality: Psychological and Biblical Perspectives.” “Everyone wants to live long but no one wants to get old,” said Father Vernon, who coordinated the programs. “The focus of the presentations was on how we can better understand that our thoughts, emotions and attitudes are key determinants in the aging process and how the impact of spirituality plays a role. Life fails unless it is lived in terms of something beyond itself.” The topics for each of the presentations were “Meaning of Adulthood, Aging, and Spirituality,” “Personal Experiences of Aging: Regret, Loneliness, Intimacy,” and “God: Ultimate Wisdom (Faith, Hope, and Love).” tory, and Religion.” Brother Nathan’s lecture was entitled: “Historic Symbolism and Lessons Connecting History, Theology and Art.” Brother Gabriel Myriam’s lecture was: “Object-Based Learning: A Case Study of Sacred Objects.” ***** Father Philip M. Kanfush, O.S.B., successfully defended his doctoral dissertation, “Use of direct instruction to teach reading to students with significant cognitive impairments.” Following the successful defense, he was awarded the doctor of education degree from the College of Human Resources and Education at West Virginia University. *****

Father Nathan Munsch, O.S.B., sacramental minister at Saint Mary Parish in Pocahontas, welcomed AltoonaJohnstown Bishop Joseph V. Adamec for the parish’s Centennial Mass of Thanksgiving recently. ***** Brother Isidore Minerd, O.S.B., gave an evening lecture to the Computer Science Department on aspects of event-oriented programming models.


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Five Novices Enter Monastic Community Five men have entered the monastic community as novices for a year of contemplation and study designed to discern a vocation as a Benedictine monk. The novices are from Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. FATHER KILLIAN LOCH Father Killian (Richard) Loch, N.O.S.B., is the son of Frank J. Loch of Wilkes-Barre and the late Catherine Durkin Loch. He is one of five children, including Edward J. and John J. Loch of Wilkes-Barre; Alan J. Loch of Lancaster and the late Frank J. Loch, Jr. Prior to coming to Saint Vincent, his work as a priest in the Diocese of Scranton included serving for two years as a director of religious formation and five years as principal of a diocesan high school (1985-1992), working in three pastoral assignments (1992-2005); serving as regional vicar for the diocese (2005-2006); and working as vicar for priests for the diocese (2006-2010).

BROTHER CANICE MCMULLEN Brother Canice (Daniel) McMullen, O.S.B., is the son of Craig and Ruth McMullen of State College. He is one of four children, including Sara and Marc McMullen of State College and the late Jared McMullen. He attended Our Lady of Victory Elementary School and is a 2006 graduate of State College Area High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Pennsylvania State University in 2010. BROTHER JOACHIM MORGAN Brother Joachim (Joshua) Morgan is the son of Charles and Laura Morgan of White Lake, Michigan. He has one sister, Rebecca Field of White Lake. He is a 2006 graduate of Ludington High School and earned a bachelor of science degree in French from Central Michigan University in 2009. His interests include reading, weaving, and anything French.

BROTHER SILVAN WRIGHT Brother Silvan (Jeffrey) Wright is the son of Jeff and Kathy Wright of Bedford. He earned a bachelor of science degree in architecture from Pennsylvania State University in 2000 and is a member of the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards. While developing a career in sustainable design and chruch architecture, he became greatly influenced by Benedictine monasticism. BROTHER GREGORY ZIMMERMAN Brother Gregory (Joshua) Zimmerman is the son of John and Cathi Zimmerman of Elm Grove, Wisconsin. He has three brothers, Paul, Jason and Scott. He is a 1999 graduate of Brookfield East High School and studied history, philosophy and religion at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, graduating in 2010.

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Father Wilfred Dumm Alumnus of Distinction Saint Vincent College honored nine graduates with the presentation of Alumni of Distinction Awards at a reception and dinner during the annual Alumni Homecoming and Fall Family Weekend on campus. The awards were made by the Saint Vincent Alumni Association in recognition of meritorious service and commitment to Saint Vincent. Among those honored was Father Wilfred M. Dumm, O.S.B., P’37, C’42, S’45, of Saint Vincent Archabbey. Father Wilfred is a native of Ebensburg. He made solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1943 and was ordained a priest in Saint Vincent Basilica by the late Bishop Hugh C. Boyle on November 4, 1945. He pursued post graduate studies in physics and mathematics at Fordham University, University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers, University of Maryland, Temple and Penn State. Following graduate studies he served as a physics instructor at the college and math and physics instructor at Saint Vincent Prep. In 1967 he was assigned to the faculty of Benedictine Military School, Savannah, Georgia where he taught physics, math and electronics (1967-1996). After his retirement in 1996, he was assigned to serve as Director of Alumni for the school. He is now retired at Saint Vincent Archabbey. He has been a member of The United States Power Squadrons since 1968. It is an organization of sail and motor boaters dedicated to safe boating and to maritime education from seamanship to celestial navigation in a series of thir-

Saint Vincent College honored nine graduates with the presentation of Alumni of Distinction Awards at a reception and dinner on Sept. 24 during Homecoming. Those honored include, seated, left to right, James E. Lordeman, C’47, of Gaithersburg, Maryland; Father Wilfred M. Dumm, O.S.B., P’37, C’42, S’45, of Saint Vincent Archabbey; Thomas A. Greubel, M.D., C’49, of Rancho Santa Fe, California; Thomas D. Hagg, C’60, Weirton, West Virginia; standing, from left, Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., chancellor; Richard Stillwagon, president of the Alumni Association; Angelo DeMezza, M.D., C’69, of Greensburg; Richard Bienvenue, C’70, of Washington, D.C.; Julie Claybaugh Selep, C’92, of Bethel Park; Gabe Pellathy, C’95, of Wexford, Young Alumnus of Distinction; Fred J. “Chip” Funari, C’72, of Greensburg; and Brother Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., president. The awards are made by the Saint Vincent Alumni Association in recognition of meritorious service and commitment to Saint Vincent. teen courses. Father Wilfred has successfully completed all these courses and holds the grade of Navigator. In 1986 he was asked to serve as National

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Saint Vincent Gallery opened a multimedia show of religious-themed art at the Third Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Exhibition October 31, which ran through December 12 in the Robert S. Carey Student Center. Prize-winners were announced during

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Father Vincent de Paul Crosby Receives Honor

“Marian Vestment� by Rev. Vincent de Paul Crosby, O.S.B., received an honorable mention in the national juried exhibition.

Father Vincent de Paul Crosby, O.S.B., had three pieces chosen for exhibition, with one receiving an honorable mention. This is the third juried Catholic arts exhibition which seeks to foster the arts of the Western Christian tradition that the Gallery has hosted. Father Vincent de Paul has been director of Archabbey Studios since 1991 and works as an artist in the Archabbey community, specializing in the design and execution of vestments for the Liturgy. His honorable mention entry was a Marian vestment done in silk with digitally printed images. Father Vincent de Paul has studied at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, and earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1974. That was followed by a year of independent art studies in Rome. Specializing in fabric art, he earned a master of fine arts degree from The Catholic University of America in 1976.

Sister Wendy Beckett, a South African-born British art expert, who became a celebrity during the 1990s, presenting a series of acclaimed art history documentaries for the BBC, served as the juror for the Third Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Exhibition at Saint Vincent Gallery. digital printing, egg tempura, stained glass, digital photography, block print, ink embedded in wood, oil/tar/gold leaf, bronze, acrylic, resin, plaster, chalk and watercolor. According to Brother Nathan Cochran, O.S.B., director of The Saint Vincent Gallery, submitted artworks had to be iconographically recognizable and appropriate for liturgical use, public devotion or private devotion. Sister Wendy, the juror, is a worldacclaimed art historian, and the author of more than fifteen books, including Art and the Sacred. In 1991 Sister Wendy made her first appearance on the BBC in (Continued on Page 9) Volume 21, Number 2


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Saint Vincent Pieces And The Vatican Splendors Exhibit By Sadie Stresky Art has long been a part of Saint Vincent’s heritage. Saint Vincent founder Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B., in a letter to King Ludwig I of Bavaria, wrote in 1849 that “I have determined that our monasteries should not be simply schools for religion and learning, but should also serve as custodians of the fine arts and thus foster greater appreciation for culture, and protect our fellow countrymen from the mercenary spirit of the Americans who can think of nothing but how to make a living. It is dire need that compels them to think this, and example, we know, is contagious.” It is fitting, then, that Saint Vincent was asked to provide historic works of art for “Vatican Splendors: A Journey through Faith and Art,” the exhibit shown at the Senator John Heinz History Center in

The Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh was one of only six sites in the United States chosen for the traveling exhibit, “Vatican Splendors: A Journey Through Faith and Art,” that opened on October 2, and runs through January 9, 2011. Hundreds lined the streets to wait in line for their turn to view the exhibit, which featured such rare items as venerated relics of Saint Peter and Saint Paul to Michelangelo’s art and tools used in work on the Sistine Chapel. Featuring the works of Michelangelo, Bernini, Giotto and Guercino, the exhibit comprises one of the largest Vatican collections ever to tour North America. Many items have never before been on public view. (Photo by Jordan Hainsey) Pittsburgh. The exhibit was organized by the

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“Ecce Homo,” a work in bronze, by Ken Sullivan of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, was the first prize winner in the Third Juried Catholic Arts Exhibition at Saint Vincent Gallery. The piece stands 37 inches high.

a documentary on the National Gallery in London. This was followed by Sister Wendy’s Odyssey, six ten-minute films in which she discovered hidden art treasures around Britain. Her next series, Sister Wendy’s Grand Tour, took her throughout Europe. Along the way, Sister Wendy developed a loyal and enthusiastic following among British and European art lovers. That popularity soared to new heights in 1997 when Sister Wendy’s Story of Painting introduced the engaging art historian to a whole new audience of American art enthusiasts and won praise from both television viewers and critics.

Congregation for the Evangelization of People at Vatican City. It features Catholic art over the course of 2000 years. In addition to Pittsburgh, the exhibit travelled to five other sites in the United States. Brother Nathan Cochran, O.S.B., chair of the Saint Vincent College Fine Arts department, and Brother Gabriel Myriam Kurzawski, O.S.B., sacristan, worked with the exhibit curators throughout the memorabilia selection process. The Saint Vincent pieces were featured in a section called “Catholicism in Western Pennsylvania.” “The exhibit includes memorabilia and artwork that is important to the Pittsburgh area” said Brother Gabriel Myriam. The curators chose to feature 19th century architectural designs, artwork, and vestments. One of the designs was of the altar from the Saint Vincent Choir Chapel, created by Brother Cosmas Wolf, O.S.B. Also chosen were four wooden sculptures that originally decorated the Basilica pulpit in 1905. They were removed in 1956. Several vestments were also chosen for the display. Many of the vestments, Brother Gabriel Myriam said, are from before the Second Vatican Council and are extremely intri(Continued on Page 10)

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Archbishop Sartain Gives Lecture For Saint Benedict Education Foundation

The Saint Benedict Education Foundation recently hosted a lecture by Bishop J. Peter Sartain at the Fred M. Rogers Center on the campus of Saint Vincent College. He is Bishop of the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois. On September 16, 2010, he was named Metropolitan Archbishop of Seattle by Pope Benedict XVI. The lecture topic was “The Sacred Liturgy and the New Evangelization.” Bishop Sartain is an authority among the American Catholic Bishops on matters of liturgy and sacramental theology. Proceeds from the lecture benefit the students and programs of Sant’ Anselmo, the international Benedictine university in Rome. In the photo at right, Abbot Austin G. Murphy, O.S.B., recently elected the tenth abbot of Saint Procopius Abbey in Illinois, attended the lecture. Also pictured are Father Edward M. Mazich, O.S.B., Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., and Dr. Stephen Butler, Chairman of the Saint Benedict Education Foundation (second row, center). Dr. Butler and Dr. Martin Girling were among a contingent of foundation supporters who traveled from Florida to hear Bishop Sartain speak.

New Book Released

Miracle on High Street by Thomas McCabe is a new book on the history of Newark Abbey and school, where, for more than 150 years, Benedictines have worked and prayed. The Abbey’s Saint Benedict Preparatory School has become a successful innercity school, with 95 percent of its graduates going on to college. This book tells the story of how the monks of the abbey transformed their school to become a thriving part of the community. Newark Abbey was founded by monks of Saint Vincent in 1857 to care for German immigrants of Saint Mary’s Parish. The book was published by Fordham University Press, New York.

cate and artistic. It is possible that some of them were made by Saint Vincent monks, and a few of the vestments were from Saint Vincent Founder Boniface Wimmer’s time. The exhibit curators also displayed a collection of old photographs that featured monks celebrating mass in the Basilica. Exhibit curator Deirdre Clemente was very impressed by Saint Vincent’s vast collection of memorabilia, especially the vestments, Brother Gabriel Myriam said. He added that Saint Vincent archivists are working to obtain funding in order to help preserve and restore the historic vestments so they can be properly preserved for generations to come. Brother Nathan said he appreciates the opportunity given to Saint Vincent by the Heinz History Center. He noted that “Saint Vincent is an important part of church art in the 19th century.” Brother Gabriel Myriam noted that Saint Vincent is a center for Catholic history and music expression: “The beauty of Saint Vincent needs to be maintained and preserved. We are very privileged in what we have here, and we have to hold on to it from a faith perspective as well as an artistic perspective.” As Boniface Wimmer noted later in his letter to King Ludwig, “No craftsman can deliver a good product if he is not careful about the details of his work. This is even truer of works of art, machinery, etc. Care and precision. These are the things that make a work perfect.” More than 160 years later, that work is still being appreciated.

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Taking part in the Campus Ministry service trip to Alaska were, from left, Father Vincent Zidek, O.S.B., director of campus ministry; Michelle Pruchnik, Windber; Michael Hustava, Pittsburgh; Tiffany Pruchnik, Windber; Joshua McNutt, McSherrystown; Joshua Vigna, Johnstown; Carrie DiRisio, Olean, NY; Jocelyn Matenje, a Scarsdale, NY; and Briana Taylor of Home, Pa.

Campus Ministry Student Service Projects: China, Taiwan, Alaska Under the direction of Father Vincent Zidek, O.S.B., director of Campus Minnistry, Saint Vincent College students engage in a number of service trips each year. After the school year ended, Father Vincent and students departed for Alaska. Upon their arrival they were met by residents of Juneau at Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. After touring and visiting the shrine of Saint Therese, students took the ferry to Skagway where they visited Saint Therese Catholic Church and Sacred Heart Church in Haines. They conducted a service project in Skagway. Bishop Edward Burns of Juneau also hosted the students and helped to arrange a variety of service projects that gave students first-hand knowledge and experience. Bishop Burns is originally from the Pittsburgh diocese. In July, Father Vincent and students traveled to Taiwan and stayed near the Archabbey’s Wimmer Priory. Brother Nicholas Koss, Father David O.S.B., and Father Ho, O.S.B. David Ho, O.S.B., monks of the Archabbey, were on hand to greet them. Students explored Taipei

and worked at Cathwel Service, an orphanage for 120 children, with students from Fu Jen Catholic University serving as translators. While in Taiwan, the students gained a deeper understanding of the Gospel as they visited a remote mountain village of Wu-Cha, the hometown of Father David Ho, O.S.B.,

and worked with children and the elderly. Following their stay in Taipei, they went to Beijing, and worked with China Little Flower, an orphanage for sick, dying and handicapped babies and children. Part of their visit to Holy Family Home included working with 20 older children who live with foster parents.

Taking part in the Campus Ministry service trip to Taiwan and China were, kneeling, left to right, are Michael Hannon of Danville; Chen-Hsiu Tsai, a student translater; Father Vincent Zidek, O.S.B., director of Campus Ministry; Aaron Jones of Blairsville; and Austen Fradeneck of Hollidaysburg. Standing, from left, are Sheila O’Malley of Silver Spring, Maryland; Natalie Hozak of Mount Pleasant; Brian Dessify of Canonsburg; Anthony Lester of Penn Run; Emily Fedor of Latrobe; Echo Chen, a student translater who is also a former Saint Vincent exchange student who resides in Taiwan; and Father Jean-Luc Zadroga, O.S.B., assistant director of campus ministry.

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Monk Artisans: Annual Exhibit The fourth annual exhibit of Artisans of the Monastery opened on October 21 at the Saint Vincent Gristmill Museum. The show featured the artwork of monks, including painting, stained glass, hand weaving, calligraphy and bookbinding. Among the monks whose work was exhibited were Father Thomas More Sikora, O.S.B., weavings; Brother Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., stained glass, painting and crocheting; Brother Michael Antonacci, O.S.B., weaving, calligraphy and book binding; Brother Albert Gahr, O.S.B., weaving and bookbinding; Brother Isaac Hayweiser, O.S.B., stained glass; Father Ananias Buccicone, O.S.B., iconography; Father Philip M. Kanfush, O.S.B., weaving. The opening reception included a brief performance by the Archabbey String Ensemble, under the direction

of Father Cyprian G. Constantine, O.S.B. Other members are Father Donald Raila, O.S.B., Father Thomas More and Father Paul-Alexander Shutt, O.S.B.

The Artisans of the Monastery Exhibit opened to a full house (below, left). Top, left, are baked goods prepared by Father Ananias Buccicone, O.S.B. Above right is a painting by Brother Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., and below that is a waving by Brother Albert Gahr, O.S.B.

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Four Profess First Vows Professing first vows on July 9 before Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., were, from left, Brother Romuald Duchene, O.S.B., Brother Michael Rumpf, O.S.B., Brother Isaac Paul Haywiser, O.S.B., and Brother Matthew Lambert, O.S.B. All have begun graduate studies at Saint Vincent Seminary. In addition to their studies, each junior monk has been given one or more work assignments. Brother Romuald (Joseph) Duchene of Minneapolis, was named an assistant to the director, Facilities Management Office, and assistant archivist. Brother Isaac (Paul) Haywiser of Bethel Park was named assistant to the manager, Gristmill General Store; assistant, summer retreat program; and assistant director, Archabbey guests and guest facilities. Brother Matthew Clair Lambert of Idaho was named assistant building manager, monastery maintenance and was appointed a counselor in the Academic Affairs Office, Saint Vincent College. Brother Michael Rumpf of Mars was appointed assistant to the director of the Saint Vincent College Bookstore and as an assistant in the summer retreat program.

Junior Monks Renew Vows Saint Vincent Archabbey had nine junior monks renew their vows during evening prayer and profession on July 9. With the four monks who made first vows, that brings to thirteen the number of junior monks in formation. Renewing their vows were Brother Maximilian Maxwell, O.S.B., Brother Jeremiah Lange, O.S.B., Brother Michael Antonacci, O.S.B., Brother Gabriel Myriam Kurzawski, O.SB., Brother John Paul Heiser, O.S.B., Brother Isidore Minerd, O.S.B., Brother Albert Gahr, O.S.B., Father Jean-Luc Zadroga, O.S.B., and Brother Pio Adamonis. Pictured above, left, from left are Brother Pio, Father Jean-Luc, Brother Albert, Brother Isidore, Brother John Paul, Brother Gabriel Myriam and Brother Maximilian. Below, at left, processing are Brother Romuald, Father Jean-Luc, Brother Pio, Brother John Paul, Brother Jeremiah, Brother Albert, Brother Gabriel Myriam and Brother Maximilian. Volume 21, Number 2 13

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Archabbey Basilica Crypt Restoration Completed The final element of the Basilica Crypt restoration was installed in late October, two sets of iron gates for the entryways at the front of the Crypt. Designed by Father Vincent de Paul Crosby, O.S.B., the gates were executed by Nigel Tudor, metal smith, who also fashioned the candlesticks at the main altar and the side altars. Engraved initials and dates on the gates commemorate the two restorations done on the Crypt.

Groundbreaking Held For Sue Paterno Catholic Student Faith Center At Penn State Catholic Campus Ministry at Penn State University, celebrated the groundbreaking of the Suzanne Pohland Paterno Catholic Student Faith Center, adjacent to the University Park Campus

on August 31. Campus ministry at Penn State is a shared ministry between the Benedictine community of Saint Vincent Archabbey and the Diocese of AltoonaJohnstown.

Taking part in the groundbreaking for the Suzanne Pohland Paterno Catholic Student Faith Center at Penn State University were, from left, Eddie and Susan Lauth, Campaign Chairs; Sue Paterno; Most Rev. Joseph V. Adamec, Bishop of AltoonaJohnstown; Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. and Father Matthew Laffey, O.S.B., Director of Campus Ministry.

Father Matthew Laffey, O.S.B., who has been director of Campus Ministry at Penn State since 2004, noted that Suzanne Paterno, wife of football coach Joe Paterno, has been involved in campus ministry for years, serving as a Eucharistic minister and helping raise the funds for the new faith center. Nearly $4.9 million has thus far been raised for the $6.5 million capital campaign. Joe Paterno serves as an honorary campaign co-chair. In addition to Father Matthew, Father David Griffin, O.S.B., also serves at Penn State. The new faith center will be for student programs related to the Catholic community at Penn State, Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., said. Father Matthew noted that the new center will be an extension of the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center that currently houses Campus Ministry. Administrative offices and Mass will remain there, with the new faith center being used specifically for programs related to the Catholic community, such as service projects. There are more than 10,000 Catholic students, faculty and staff members at University Park. Volume 21, Number 2


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Brother Norman W. Hipps Inaugurated (Continued from Page 3) from (1966-1969). He earned a master of arts degree in mathematics (1972) and a doctor of philosophy degree in Mathematics (1976) from Northwestern University. Stating that he was honored to serve as president, he noted that “Catholicism strives to bring the virtue of hope to bear in the midst of life’s uncertainties, a hope that can be life-changing and life-sustaining, a hope in things seen and unseen. “I think of this virtue every time I stroll through Melvin Platz on our campus. It was the virtue of hope that led our beloved Father Melvin Rupprecht to convert a spot that was virtually barren into a luscious grove of trees. He knew he would never live to see his saplings reach their full majestic beauty, but hope gave him the freedom to envision a tranquil setting for people he would never get to meet. In fact, when he was diagnosed with cancer and given six months to live, he continued to plant trees. You would have thought he might have opted to plant flowers that he might enjoy their beauty; instead he acted for us and for future generations. “In his encyclical on Hope, Pope Benedict XVI put it quite simply when he wrote: ‘The one who has hope lives differently.’” “Saint Vincent College is greater than the sum of its parts,” Brother Norman said. “The students, the staff, the faculty in our four Schools: Business, Economics and Government; Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing; Humanities and Fine arts; and Social Sciences, Communication and Education. The Benedictine monastic community, lay people, and the extended families of everyone involved, not to mention our alumni and our benefactors. The whole is greater than any one of its parts. “What holds us together is our common ‘love of learning and the desire for God.’ Love of learning, not just for its own sake, but for the

Brother Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., processes with J. Christopher Donahue, chairman of the Saint Vincent College Corporation Board of Directors, during the inauguration ceremony held on October 11. transformation of the mind and heart. A place where each person is treated with dignity and respect. A place not only for knowledge, but for wisdom, and for the peace which passes understanding. A place where people grow together, a place of stability, where we share in one another’s joys and sorrows.” “Brother Norman, a faithful Benedictine monk for 46 years, is a living embodiment of what Catholic education means in our time—an outstanding integration of faith and reason, expressed in practical service for the bettermen of our students, of our church, and of our society,” said Mr. J. Christopher Donahue, chair of the Board of Directors of Saint Vincent College Corporation. In his remarks, Brother Norman spoke of Blessed John Henry Newman and his devotion to education, noting that Newman believed, “an educated person is refined, accurate, and does not like to inflict pain. He also is tender towards the bashful, gentle towards the distant, and merciful towards the absurd; he can recollect to whom he is speaking… and is never wearisome. The educated person has no ears for slander or gossip, is scrupulous in

imputing motives to those who interfere with him, and interprets everything for the best. He is never mean or little in his disputes, never takes unfair advantage, never mistakes personalities or sharp sayings for arguments. … He addresses this courteous disposition to both the believer and the unbeliever, confident that human reason, despite all its limits, can persuade us to live a purpose-driven life. “As someone else put it, in short: ‘An educational system isn’t worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn’t teach them how to make a life.’” Brother Norman quoted Pope Benedict XVI, who said that “what the Catholic Church teaches when it is at its best, namely that we do not wish to impose anything, but to propose ceaselessly, that each of us has been made for something greater, that God has a purpose for each of us, and that we look to a kind of hope that outlasts every human disappointment.” “We hold a treasure in earthen vessels, yet the inspired words of the prophet Micah invite us to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God,” Brother Norman said. “Divine Providence has brought all of us to this

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Clockwise, from top, left: Delegates from 33 college of Brother Norman Hipps, O.S.B., as seventeenth presid Donahue, Chairman of the Saint Vincent College Board Norman Hipps’ inauguration as President of Saint Vinc Bishop of Greensburg, prays during the vespers cerem with members of the Student Government Associatio inauguration; Brother Norman meets with students dur Concordia, O.S.B., directs the orchestra during the ves Brother Norman reads his inaugural speech, and at rig Saint Vincent College, took part in the inauguration, alo Board of Directors.

es and universities attended the inauguration dent of Saint Vincent College; J. Christopher d of Directors, reads the citation for Brother cent College; Most Rev. Lawrence E. Brandt, mony; a tree planting was held in Melvin Platz on and Archabbot Douglas in honor of the ring an event in the cafeteria; Father Stephen spers ceremony; the recessional. Above, left, ght James F. Will, the fifteenth President of ong with Mr. James Murdy, a member of the

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Two New Ornaments For 2010 Archabbey Publications has produced Christmas ornaments featuring aspects of the Archabbey Basilica for more than a decade. Continuing in the series for 2010 are two new ornaments, Jesus Blessing the Children and The Resurrection windows. The thirteenth and fourteenth ornaments in the series are available in the Basilica Gift Shop, the College Bookstore and online at The 2010 ornaments are replicas of the Basilica’s stained glass windows.

New, Expanded Web Store The Archabbey Publications web store has been updated and the online giftgiving options expanded. The new website is the work of Brother Isidore Minerd, O.S.B., the technical consultant for Archabbey websites; Jordan Hainsey, a senior graphic design major working in the Public Relations Office, and other staff members. For more details visit The site launched in November.

New Publications Catalogue For 2010-2011

The new Archabbey Publications catalogue for 2010-2011 is now available. For a free copy, email archpub@ email.stvincent. edu.

Visitors To Rogers Center Former U.S. Attorney General and Pennsylvania Governor Richard Thornburgh (second from right) and his wife Ginny (third from right) visited the Fred Rogers Center recently. On hand for their tour were, from left, Saint Vincent College President Brother Norman Hipps, O.S.B., Mrs. Joann C. Rogers; Rita Catalano, Executive Director; Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., and Maxwell King, Senior Fellow. The Thornburghs had been lifelong friends with Fred Rogers. Mrs. Ginny Thornburgh serves at the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) as Director of the AAPD Interfaith Initiative and was Director of the Religion and Disability Program of the National Organization on Disability. Volume 21, Number 2


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Cardinal Kasper Ordained Brother Elijah Joseph To Diaconate Brother Elijah Joseph Cirigliano, O.S.B., was ordained to the diaconate on June 13, the Feast of Saint Anthony, at the Church of Sant’ Anselmo in Rome. He was ordained by Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Brother Elijah Joseph began graduate studies at Santa Croce University in Rome in 2009, and is residing at the International Benedictine University in Rome, Sant’ Anselmo. He is the son of Caesar and Patricia Cirigliano of Waccabuc, New York. 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 studied at Saint Vincent

Seminary from 2006 to 2009. He entered the novitiate of Saint Vincent Archabbey in 2005. He made first profession of monastic vows on July 10, 2006 and solemn profession of vows on July 11, 2009. He served on the

faculty of Saint Vincent College from 2006-2008, and was a liturgical musician for campus ministry from 2006 to 2009. In 2006 he was named assistant organist and assistant choirmaster/ schola director for the Archabbey.

Saint Vincent ‘Perfect Camp’ Once Again Saint Vincent College was declared “the perfect training-camp setting” in once again by columnist Peter King of Sports Illustrated. “If you’ve read my postcards in the past few years from here, you know I love the place,” Mr. King wrote. “It’s the perfect training-camp setting, looking out over the rolling hills of the Laurel Highlands in west-central Pennsylvania, an hour east of Pittsburgh. On a misty or foggy morning, standing atop the hill at the college, you feel like you’re in Scotland. The Arnold Palmer Regional Airport is across the state highway from the school. Classic, wonderful slice of Americana. If you can visit one training camp, this is the one to see.” King has been delivering favorable comments about Saint Vincent for years, naming it “the best training camp in the NFL,” “the most picturesque camp” and “the most fan-friendly” in previous years. In his Postcard from Camp feature, King observed that “Two Benedictine monks from Saint Vincent Archabbey watched

Father Paul Taylor, O.S.B., gives a brief interview to the media during Steeler Training Camp. practice this afternoon. Common sight here, always, the monks in their long, flowing robes, despite the heat, with sandals. They walk over to the practice fields from the monastery or the beautiful Basilica. To me, walking around this place is one of the great traditions of the NFL camp tour.”

This summer marked the 45th consecutive year the Pittsburgh Steelers have held pre-season training at Saint Vincent. Read Peter King’s entire postcard from camp at: http://sportsillustrated.cnn. com/2010/writers/peter_king/08/20/ steelers.postcard/.

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Annual Training Camp Includes Visit From Commissioner Saint Vincent has been hosting the annual summer training camp for the Pittsburgh Steelers since 1966. This summer, Saint Vincent was visited not only by the Steelers, but by the National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell, who traveled to a number of camps with former Oakland Raider coach and football broadcaster John Madden. In the photo at right, from top to bottom, are team owners Art Rooney II and Dan Rooney, along with Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Commissioner Goodell and Coach Madden at the Fred Rogers Center; Commissioner Goodell autographing some footballs as Father Paul Taylor, O.S.B. watches; Brother Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., College President with Coach Madden; Art Rooney II introducing Coach Madden and Commissioner Goodell for a question and answer session with a group of Steeler fans. In the photo at center, Carlos Cardoso, chief executive officer of Kennametal, Inc., who was a visitor at training camp, greeted Commissioner Goodell, while Archabbot Douglas presented him with a number of books written by Fred Rogers.

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Mission To Brazil

In the photo above, Father Prior Paulo Panza meets with Oblates of Saint Benedict at São Bento Priory in Vinhedo, Brazil.

Pictured above are members of the monastic community of São Bento Priory in Vinhedo, Brazil, with Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. In the front, from left, are Father Filipe de Almeida, O.S.B., Prior Paulo Panza, O.S.B., Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Abbot Joaquim de Arruda Zamith, O.S.B., Brother Rogério Miranda de Almeida, O.S.B. In the second row, from left are Postulant Josenaldo Pereira da Silva, Brother João Batista de Araújo Santos, O.S.B., Brother Agostinho Silva, O.S.B., Brother Juan Yuri Zevallos Chávez, N.O.S.B., Brother José Matias, O.S.B. In the third row, from left, are Brother André Melli, O.S.B., Brother Osvaldo Cássio Batista, O.S.B., Postulant Leandro Daniel Vicencetti, Brother Elias Pinheiro da Silva, O.S.B., Brother Pedro Fonseca, O.S.B.

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Pictured above are, from left, Sister Rita Maria José de Freitas, Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Miss Carolina Burigatto, Mrs. Maria Aparecida de Souza Castro, Mr. Jorge Luiz de Castro, and Sister Arlete Antonia da Silva.

Pictured above are, from left, Prior Paulo Panza, O.S.B., Postulant Josenaldo Pereira da Silva, Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Father Leo Rothrauff, O.S.B., Brother Elias Pinheiro da Silva, O.S.B., Father Filipe de Almeida, O.S.B., Brother Osvaldo Cássio Batista, O.S.B., Brother José Matias, O.S.B., Postulant Leandro Vicencetti, Brother Juan Yuri Zevallos Chávez, N.O.S.B., and Brother Agostinho Silva, O.S.B.

The late Father Leo Rothrauff, O.S.B., who spent 36 years of his monastic life in Brazil, visited with the community of monks at São Bento Priory, the Archabbey’s foundation in Vinhedo, Brazil, for the last time this summer. Father Leo died on September 19, 2010. He is seen with Father Prior Paulo Panza, O.S.B., and Brother Juan Yuri Zevallos Chávez, N.O.S.B.

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Pictured above are, from left, Brother Juan Yuri Zevallos Chávez, N.O.S.B., Postulant Leandro D. Vicencetti, Brother Agostinho Silva, O.S.B., and Postulant Josenaldo Pereria da Silva.

Celebrating Mass were, from left, the late Father Leo Rothrauff, O.S.B., Father Prior Paulo Panza, O.S.B., Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Abbot Joaquim Zamith, O.S.B., and Brother Cassiano de Souza, O.S.B., who is a deacon currently studying at Saint Vincent Seminary.

Pictured above, from left are Brother Cassiano M. de Souza, O.S.B., Father Prior Paulo Panza, O.S.B., Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Abbot Mathias Tolentino Braga, O.S.B., Abbot of São Bento Abbey in São Paulo, Brother Rafael Arcánjo dos Santos, O.S.B., and Brother Alexandre G. de Andrade Silva, O.S.B.

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Loe China Studies Center Sponsors Wuhan University Arts Troupe The Arts Troupe from Wuhan University in China visited Saint Vincent recently, in a program sponsored by the Loe China Studies Center at Saint Vincent. The troupe, which gave a performance on the stage of the Robert S. Carey Student Center Auditorium, is well known for its Chinese dancing and martial arts performances. It was the troupe’s first visit to the United States. The program included dances, songs and a Kung Fu performance. In the photo at top, Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki and Brother Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., greet the performers following the show.

Projects Support Troops, Victims Saint Vincent College Student Government Association sponsored Operation Gratitude recently, to collect letters, care packages, and donations to send to individuals deployed in the various branches of the U.S. Military. The nonprofit, volunteer based corporation is funded entirely by private donations. All materials were provided by the student government. Last semester, Anna Fiano of the association organized a similar project called Operation PAL: Prayers and Letters to Injured Marines. Saint Vincent also participated in the recent 40 for 40 program, where 40 former Pittsburgh Steelers held a fund raising tribute for the 40 victims of Flight 93. Volume 21, Number 2 24

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Dr. Neil Tyson Pays Tribute To The Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion

“The new science pavilion at Saint Vincent College is more than just a building. It’s a symbol of the school’s commitment to science education. I am particularly impressed by the facility’s innovative design elements—inspired by science and math themes—alongside its multi-use labs where different sciences can crosspollinate their methods, tools, and ideas toward a greater understanding of the physical world. The country needs this right now. —Neil deGrasse Tyson Astrophysicist, American Museum of Natural History Director, Hayden Planetarium in New York City 63rd Speaker in the Saint Vincent College Threshold Series, “The Sky Is Not the Limit,” October 7, 2010 Volume 21, Number 2 25

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Brother Patrick R. Lacey, O.S.B. Brother Patrick R. Lacey, O.S.B., a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, died Saturday, August 14, 2010. He was the son of the late Ligouri and Mary Lacey of Carrolltown. He was born December 20, 1930 in Carrolltown. He was one of nine children, including Jean Lantzy, Carrolltown; Sally Skirsky, Carrolltown; Thomas J. Lacey, Hedgesville, West Vir-

ginia; and the late James, Donald and Bridget Lacey, Mary Louise Gray, and Caroline Vescovi. He entered the novitiate at the Saint Vincent Archabbey on July 2, 1948 after attending Saint Benedict Grade School and Carrolltown High School. He professed his monastic vows on July 2, 1949. Brother Pat, as the students affectionately called him, served Saint Vincent Archabbey and College as its fire chief from 1963 until his retirement in 2001. He has been active in a number of state, regional and local firemens’ associations. He served as a Pennsylvania state instructor in firefighting from 1963 until 1998, when he was named emeritus state instructor. He was past president and chaplain of the Westmoreland County Chiefs Association. He was a member of the Keystone Chiefs Association, the International Fire Chiefs Association, member and chaplain of the Westmoreland Firemens Association, member and director of the Westmoreland County Fire School, member of the Fire Prevention Committee of Southwestern Pennsylvania, member

Ladder trucks bridge the entrance to Saint Vincent at the funeral service for Brother Patrick R. Lacey, O.S.B.

of the Firemens Association of Pennsylvania and member and chaplain of the Mohawk Association of Westmoreland County. Following his retirement as fire chief he was named chaplain and fire chief emeritus of the Saint Vincent Fire Department. He also served as head of the sheet metal and plumbing shop at Saint Vincent from 1948 to 2001. Brother Pat was bowling coach at Saint Vincent College from 1970 to 1981. In 1973 and 1978 he was named NAIA National District Coach of the Year, and in 1978 he led the Saint Vincent Bowling Team to the NAIA National Championship. The team was the ACUI Regional Four Bowling Champion in 1973. He was honored by the Bearcat Athletic Club with a special award presented on August 7,1998, in recognition of many years of outstanding service to the Saint Vincent and area communities. Brother Pat was a lifelong friend of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He became the unofficial groundskeeper, accepting responsibility for upkeep of the football fields for the Steelers’ summer training camps, which have been held at Saint Vincent for 45 years. An avid football fan, he remained a lifelong friend of the Steelers and the Rooney family. Brother Pat received the American Legion Citizenship Award in 1981 and was the grand marshal of the Fourth of July Parade in Latrobe in 1996. In 1973 he was awarded the Second Annual Fire Service Award at the annual Westmoreland County Firemen’s Convention. He also served as president of the Greater Latrobe Church Softball League. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Thursday, August 19 in the Basilica. Interment followed in the Saint Vincent Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brother Patrick Lacey Student Firefighter Scholarship Fund, Saint Vincent College, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, Pennsylvania 15650.

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Obituaries Father Leo P. Rothrauff, O.S.B., Father Leo P. Rothrauff, O.S.B., a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, died Sunday, September 19, 2010. He was born September 6, 1928 in Turtle Creek, a son of the late Harry W. Rothrauff and Mary Reagan Rothrauff. Surviving are his brother, Father Noel H. Rothrauff, O.S.B., also a monk of the Archabbey, and his sister, Jane Rothrauff Downing, North Versailles. He was a 1947 graduate of Saint Vincent Preparatory School. He received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Saint Vincent College in 1952. He earned a master of business administration degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana in 1958. He entered the novitiate of Saint Vincent Archabbey in 1949, professed first vows on July 2, 1950; solemn vows on July 11, 1953 and was ordained to the priesthood by the late Bishop Hugh Lamb on May 27, 1956. He served as a prefect in the College from 1954 to 1957, was instructor of accounting at Saint Vincent College (1956-1957); and assistant professor of finances, statistics and management at Saint Vincent (1961-1964). He was also a prefect of students in Bonaventure Hall. In October of 1964 Father Leo was named the first Prior of São Bento Priory, the Archabbey’s foundation in Vinhedo, Brazil, serving in that capacity until 1975 and again from 1988 to 1991. He served as subprior, procurator and master of novices at various times throughout his 36 years in the Brazil mission. In 1972, while Prior, the community in Vinhedo built a new monastery, and in 1975, a new retreat house, Siloe Retreat Center, where he preached retreats for youth, religious and married couples. He received the title of “Citizen of Vinhedo” on February 26, 1998, from the Municipal Council of Vinhedo in recognition of his contributions to the broader community. Father Leo was one of the founders of

From left, Father Leo P. Rothrauff, O.S.B., and Father Paulo Panza, O.S.B., in Brazil this past summer. Father Leo became the first Prior of São Bento Priory in Brazil, and served in Brazil from 1964 until 2000, when he retired to the Archabbey. Father Paulo is the current Prior. the Brazilian Conference of Benedictine men and women in 1967 and later President for six years. He helped to organize Latin American meetings of Benedictines from Mexico, Central and South America. During this time he gave retreats in most of the monasteries in Brazil. He returned to Saint Vincent Archabbey in 2000, and was appointed senior priest at Saint Gertrude Parish, Vandergrift, serving there until his retirement to the Archabbey in 2008. Father Leo continued to assist in the pastoral work of the Archab-

bey through weekend pastoral ministry in dioceses served by the Benedictines of Saint Vincent. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday, September 23, by Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., in the Archabbey Basilica. Interment followed in the Saint Vincent Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rev. Leo P. Rothrauff, O.S.B., Scholarship Fund at Saint Vincent College, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, Pennsylvania 15650.

Abbot President Timothy Kelly: 1934-2010 Abbot Timothy Kelly O.S.B., a monk of Saint John’s Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota, ninth abbot of Saint John’s Abbey (1992-2000) and president of the American-Cassinese Congregation of Benedictine men for nine years (2001-2010), died October 7, 2010, at Collegeville, Minnesota. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin he entered the novitiate at Saint John’s Abbey on July 10, 1954, receiving the religious name of Timothy. He made his profession as a Benedictine monk on July 11, 1955, completed his B.A. degree in philosophy from Saint John’s University in 1957, and continued with his theological studies. On June 3, 1961, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop

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Abbot President Timothy Kelly: 1934-2010 Peter W. Bartholome at Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Saint Cloud. He spent his early years in teaching and pastoral work at Saint John’s and its missions. From 1978-80, he attended the Monastic Institute at Sant’ Anselmo in Rome when he was appointed master of novices at Saint John’s Abbey in July 1980. While novice master, he was the director of the Institute for Religion and Human Development at Saint John’s University (1980-85) and also taught theology for graduate and undergraduate students from 1980-88. In the fall of 1986, Timothy was one of six American monastics selected by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to visit Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in India as part of the dialogue sponsored by the North American Board of East/West Dialogue. During the middle and late 1980s, Timothy served as an advisory board member and adjunct faculty member of the Academy for Spiritual Formation of the United Methodist Church (UMC). He was associated with The Upper Room, the publishing agency of UMC located in Nashville, Tennessee. He is especially remembered for his presentations on New Testament spirituality with a focus on lectio divina, the prayerful reading of the bible that he consistently highlighted. On January 7, 1989, he was appointed Administrator of Mary Help of Christians Abbey in Belmont, North Carolina. Returning to Saint John’s Abbey in June 1992, Timothy was appointed rector of Saint John’s Seminary. In November 1992, the monks of Saint John’s Abbey elected Timothy, then 58, to succeed Abbot Jerome Theisen O.S.B. as their ninth abbot. Abbot Jerome Theisen OSB (1930-95) had been elected in September 1992 as Abbot Primate, titular head of the worldwide Benedictine Order. When Abbot Timothy was elected there were 235 Benedictine monks at Saint John’s Abbey engaged in its varied apostolates across Minnesota, and with missions in the Bahamas and Japan. During his eight years in office, he

was involved in the countries and culture of the Pacific Rim, in present monastic communities in Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Australia, and China. Timothy encouraged the Saint John’s sponsored community of Saint Anselm’s Priory in Tokyo to move from its metropolitan site to the less urban setting at Fujimi, Japan, completed in 1999. In 1996 Timothy cooperated in the establishment of the Benedictine Commission for China, which seeks to listen, study, plan, and be ready to act when opportunities present themselves to promote Christianity to the 1.2 billion people of China. He encouraged the further education of Chinese clergy, laypeople, and religious by offering them Saint John’s as a place for advanced study in Scripture, liturgy, and pastoral ministry. In 1993, Abbot Timothy, along with former Saint John’s University president Brother Dietrich Reinhart, initiated the Interfaith Sexual Trauma Institute (ISTI), which was created to establish a forum for open dialogue between both victims and previous perpetrators of clergy sexual abuse. The institute published books and a newsletter, as well as sponsoring regional and national workshops related to sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. Abbot Timothy served on some 22 committees of Saint John’s University, Saint John’s Preparatory School, the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Culture Research, and the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library. One of his favorite projects was carrying forward the dream of his predecessor Abbot Jerome Theisen, O.S.B., in building an abbey guesthouse. He laid the groundwork for the initial planning stages before his term as abbot expired. Abbot Timothy was elected Abbot President of the American-Cassinese Congregation for a six-year term in June of 2001 and again in 2007. As Abbot President for nine years, he moderated all abbatial elections in the congregation and also attended numerous visitations at the 20 Benedictine communities in the Cassinese Congregation.

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 May 28, 2010 to November 6, 2010, include:


REV. THOMAS P. ACKLIN, O.S.B. Mr. Kevin R. Powers REV. MARTIN R. BARTEL, O.S.B. Sr. Frances M. Kriley REV. WILLIAM A. BEAVER, O.S.B. Sr. Frances M. Kriley REV. PATRICK T. CRONAUER, O.S.B. Mrs. Marion Cronauer REV. BONAVENTURE J. CURTIS, O.S.B. Ms. Mary Anne Odendahl REV. WILFRED M. DUMM, O.S.B. Ms. Carolyn M. O’Hayer REV. DAVID R. GRIFFIN, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Fennell, Sr. BR. NORMAN W. HIPPS, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. Hobart, Jr. REV. PASCHAL N. KNEIP, O.S.B. William and Mary Hoffken BR. MATTHEW LAMBERT, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Marvin D. Glover REV. STANLEY T. MARKIEWICZ, O.S.B. Mrs. Kathleen Yanity SALVATORE AND CAROL MUSSO Patrick and Syma Mulich RT. REVEREND DOUGLAS R. NOWICKI, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Louis F. Bowden Mr. DENNIS THIMONS Mr. John R. Kramer MR. ALBERTO UY Patrick and Syma Mulich


+BR. LAMBERT G. BERENS, O.S.B. Mrs. Christina McFeaters +REV. ALBERT C. BICKERSTAFF, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. William W. Shearouse, Jr. +MRS. MARGARET R. BOCK Carolyn and Veronica Bazik Richard and Cathy Bremmer Jim and Sandy Dravillas Ms. Irene J. Drotleff Mrs. Anna Golofski Donna J. Pato Gary and Patty Stockey Western PA Slovak Radio Hour +REV. JOSEPH P. BRONDER, O.S.B. Mr. Francis A. Dlugonski +JOSEPHINE G. BRYANT Ms. Barbara A. Kroot +GENE AND MARY BURKE Rev. Gilbert J. Burke, O.S.B.

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Heart to Heart +ANNE K. BYRNE Mrs. Helen K. Barnett Ms. Mary Ann Wuyscik +NELLIE CAHILL Judy and Dave Perry +REV. J. DAVID CROWLEY Kelly Hudson Ms. Linda Matias +ROBERT E. CUNNINGHAM Mrs. Frances S. Cunningham +VINCENZA DECOSI Mr. Paul A. Trovato +REV. ALVIN T. DOWNEY, O.S.B. Mrs. Orlie Ferretti +REV. CONAN E. FEIGH, O.S.B. Ms. Karen Barrett Benedictine Military School, Class of 1981 Mr. and Mrs. Joe Bradley Mrs. Beverly Bresnahan Mr. and Mrs. Carl D. Burlas Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Cox Otto and Suzanne Cronan Mr. and Mrs. Timothy S. Dilling Jim and Vivian Dillon Diocese of Savannah Mr. and Mrs. John G. Emerick Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Fennell, Sr. Mrs. Orlie Ferretti Mr. Samuel A. Folby Mr. and Mrs. William D. Foski Mrs. Ida Gobris Mr. Michael R. Halligan Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Havranek Holy Cross Church Contemporary Choir of Dover, Delaware Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Kelly Col. and Mrs. John W. Kennedy Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Kissell Mr. Martin Klanchar Eugene and Cecilia Knapp Koncul Family Mr. Paul Lonergan Charles and Anita Manoli Mr. and Mrs. Peter S. McCoy Mr. and Mrs. R. Robert McCoy Mr. and Mrs. Ron McGowan Mr. and Mrs. Jim Melnyk Charles and Cheryl Mikula Charles Mikula and Family Mr. and Mrs. William J. Miller, Jr. Roland and Florein Mueller Mr. and Mrs. Harry T. Murtha, Sr. Tom and Vicki Neylon Ms. Carolyn M. O’Hayer Ms. Mary Lou Sadler Mr. and Mrs. Frank Scappino Ms. Sandra Lee Scheiding Mr. and Mrs. William W. Shearouse, Jr. John Sclesky and Family Kevin Sclesky and Family Mrs. Josephine M. Smart Michael and Karen Soja Ms. Sharon M. Stump

Fall/Winter 2010 Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Weiland Mr. Timothy A. Zadai Mrs. Katherine Young +ARTHUR J. FRITZ Mrs. Mary A. Fritz +MRS. RITA GANNON Mr. Charles J. Koren +JOYCE E. GROSS Mr. Clement F. Gross, III Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. Hobart, Jr. +MICHAEL AND MARGARET HANCHIN Deacon John and Ruth Ann Hanchin +JOSEPHINE HOFFMAN Rev. Chrysostom V. Schlimm, O.S.B. +JANE E. HUDOCK Mr. John J. Hudock +SIMON C. KRALIK Mrs. Theresa J. Kralik +MRS. MARGARET JANECKO Mr. M. Brian Biggins Mr. and Mrs. George Cubic Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Ferguson Mr. George A. Firment James and Bernadette Fox Margie and Luther Horrell Ms. Joanne Kornides Dr. and Mrs. Gene F. Leonard Mr. and Mrs. Romano Mascetti, III Sister Gertrude Paris Ms. Maxine A. Pellis Saint Vincent College, Theology Department Marlene and Albert Snyder Mr. and Mrs. Ted Soltys Sister Germaine Staron Mr. Ray Straka Ms. Anna Ulishney Mr. Chris Zavadowski Mr. and Mrs. Richard Zavadowski Ms. Mary E. Zuber +BR. PATRICK R. LACEY, O.S.B. Mrs. Alma J. Demyan Mr. and Mrs. John G. Emerick Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Fajt Mr. and Mrs. William D. Foski Mrs. Anna C. Hall Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. Hobart, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Kissell Mr. and Mrs. Zoltan J. Kristof Mr. Gregory Kuhar Mr. and Mrs. William Kuhar Mr. Thomas J. Lacey Mr. and Mrs. M. Alfred Lantzy Dr. Ronald J. Lieb Ms. Theresa Lieb Mr. Bill Palko Mrs. Josephine M. Smart Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Yahner +REV. JOHN F. MURTHA, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Fallecker Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Fennell, Sr. Jim and Mary Forbes Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Guskiewicz Mr. J. Harry Haslam, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Kissell Koncul Family Mr. Eugene W. Knapp, Jr. Mr. Francis P. Murrman, Jr. Mr. Joseph P. Murtha Ms. Carolyn M. O’Hayer Ms. Carol G. Pollock +MRS. ANNE C. NEWELL City of Aiken, SC +JOHN C. ONUFER, JR. Mrs. Joan F. Kessler +JOHN AND HELEN POGORELEC Deacon John and Ruth Ann Hanchin +VINCENT QUIGLEY Ms. Helen M. Quigley +REV. ROLAND R. RIPOLI, O.S.B. Ms. Julia Ripoli Guy and Ann Sturiale +REV. LEO P. ROTHRAUFF, O.S.B. Eleanor Baenig Mr. and Mrs. Oland Canterna Mr. and Mrs. Charles Smith +MOST REVEREND ROBERT D. ROWLEY Chris Beall McCormick & Co., Inc. +SECOSKY FAMILY Mrs. Mary L. Keto +MRS. MARGARET SEABOL Adelphoi Village, Inc. Ms. Patricia S. Bush Joanne and Lou Congelio Ms. Marie Corns Mrs. Orlie Ferretti Wayne and Karen Freed Ms. Mary Griffin Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey A. Jones Mr. and Mrs. William Krinock Mr. and Mrs. Eusebio S. Lavin, Jr. Charles and Anita Manoli Jason and Gloria McDevitt Jim, Gabby and Sean McDonald Roland and Florein Mueller Three Rivers Shetland Sheepdog Club of Greater Pittsburgh, Inc. Rickey and Kathy and Lucy and Ricki Vallana +MR. AND MRS. WILLIAM SHEAROUSE, SR. Mr. and Mrs. William W. Shearouse, Jr. +STEPHEN F. SMETANA, ESQ. Mr. and Mrs. William J. Rager Mr. Jason E. Strcula Ms. Elizabeth Wiley +TROVATO SMITH Mr. Paul A. Trovato +DOROTHY SOISSON Mrs. Jean Hammer Dr. Ferdinand L. Soisson +ROBERT L. TAYLOR Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Fajt Mr. and Mrs. Roger Wilson +REV. REMIGIUS B. VEROSTKO, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Donald S. Pawlak +LORETTA NOGA WALMSLEY Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. Hobart, Jr.

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College President Honored Brother Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., second from left, president of Saint Vincent College, was honored at a preconcert reception at Heinz Hall recently. Maestro Manfred Honeck, fourth from left, music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, directed a performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3. The event was hosted by Mr. and Mrs. J. Christopher Donahue, right. Among the more than 100 guests attending were Joanne Rogers, third from left and Archabbot Douglas. Maestro Honeck received an honorary doctorate from Saint Vincent College in May, 2010.

Vocations V-Team Ready To Respond The Archabbey Vocation Office “V-Team” is ready to respond to inquiries from men who are discerning a call to the monastic life. Team members, from left, Father Bonaventure Curtis, O.S.B., Brother John Paul Heiser, O.S.B., Brother Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., and Brother Gabriel Myriam Kurzawski, O.S.B., welcome visitors to the newly-redesigned Vocation Office website, All of the members of the “V-Team” are working together in new ways to facilitate everybody working together to bring vocations to the archabbey. Each member has his own specific areas of expertise and tasks to accomplish, as well as common goals, such as hosting “come and see” trips, and coordinating a “Footsteps of Saint Benedict Pilgrimage” to Rome for young men interested in exploring a religious vocation. Brother Mark noted that the office will be undertaking a new advertising strategy inspired by the “V-Team” theme. He said that “we are trying to show the types of things our monks have done before choosing the monastic life to show people that anyone can give their life to God, to make the ads relatable.” Brother Bonaventure, himself a second career vocation, enjoys the work in the vocations office and has represented Saint Vincent at vocations fairs. He is currently serving as acting director of vocations.

Father Joseph Adams In Feature Story The vocation story of Father Joseph Adams, O.S.B., is told in the October 2010 edition of Savannah Serra Club’s newsletter. “From Blue Collar to Roman Collar,” the article traces the story of Father Joseph, who was ordained in May of 2009 and his path to Saint Vincent. He is currently serving as a chaplain for Our Lady of Peace Church at Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia. In January of 2011 he will be deployed to serve as a chaplain in Afghanistan.

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Development Corner The Gift Of Music The legendary composer and musician Johann Sebastian Bach was once quoted: “The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” While Bach was not Catholic, he was a devout Christian and practiced in Paul R. Whiteside the Lutheran faith. Several Director of Development of Bach’s first posts as a professional musician were as a Church organist, beginning at age 18 at Saint Boniface Church in Arnstadt, Germany. After just one year at Saint Boniface, Bach was offered a much more lucrative position at Saint Blasius Church in Muhlhausen. As part of his contract, both the church and the local government agreed to fund a very expensive renovation of the organ in the church, and in return, Bach composed a very festive and elabaorate “cantata” entitled Gott ist mein König, BWV 71 for the inauguration of the new government council in 1708. The council was so delighted with the piece that they paid handsomely for its publication, and twice in later years had the composer return to conduct it. Bach’s devout, personal relationship God and the high demand for religious music of his times inevitably placed sacred music at the center of his repertoire. Bach’s deep knowledge of and interest in the liturgy led to his developing intricate relationships between music and linguistic text. Today, beautiful liturgical music is used in Catholic Churches worldwide to enhance our celebration of the Eucha-

rist and other liturgical events. Many of our readers have participated in such services at the magnificently restored Saint Vincent Basilica Church here at the heart of our campus. This year, as we announced in the prior issue of this publication, the Archabbey is committed to raising funds to replace the Gallery Organ in the Basilica as the prior instrument has been inoperable for several years. Please consider an end-of-year tax-deductable gift to the Basilica Organ Campaign for 2010. You may memorialize a loved one with your gift, and for large gifts, you may spread payments over a three year period. We have a lot of work ahead of us to meet the goal, but the result of our joint work and sacrifice will be a magnificent instrument housed in one of the most beautiful worship spaces in the United States, the Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. Thank you and may God bless you. For more information contact Paul R. Whiteside, Director of Development,, 724-532-6740, or Rev. Paul Taylor, Executive Director, Archabbey Apostolates and Endowments, paul.taylor@email., 724-805-2901.

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Congratulations Cardinal Wuerl! US newly appointed Cardinal Donald Willam Wuerl gets his biretta, the square red hat symbolizing the blood of the martyrs, from Pope Benedict XVI on November 20, during a consistory at Saint Peter’s Basilica at The Vatican. Cardinal Wuerl is the Archbishop of Washington, D.C., and former Bishop of Pittsburgh. He has been a long-time member of the Saint Vincent Seminary Board of Regents and a long-time friend of Saint Vincent. (Photo © Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images. Reprinted with permission.)

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Heart to Heart Fall/Winter 2010  

The inauguration of Brother Norman Hipps, O.S.B., as Saint Vincent College president is the cover story. Father Wilfred Dumm, O.S.B., was na...

Heart to Heart Fall/Winter 2010  

The inauguration of Brother Norman Hipps, O.S.B., as Saint Vincent College president is the cover story. Father Wilfred Dumm, O.S.B., was na...