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A Year Of Faith Dear Friends, “Knowledge of faith opens a door into the fullness of the saving mystery revealed by God. The giving of assent implies that, when we believe, we freely accept the whole mystery of faith, because the guarantor of its truth is God who reveals himself and allows us to know his mystery of love,” said Pope Benedict XVI in his Apostolic Letter of October 11, 2011, Porta Fidei. The door of faith is always open for us and provides us with the opportunity to enter into a deeper relationship with God, and invites a deeper commitment to Christ and His Church. Pope Benedict explains for us the darkness of faith in his apostolic letter: “How many believers, even in our own day, are tested by God’s silence when they would rather hear his consoling voice! The trials of life, while helping us to understand the mystery of the Cross and to participate in the sufferings of Christ (cf. Col 1:24), are a prelude to the joy and hope to which faith leads: ‘when I am weak, then I am strong’ (2 Cor 12:10). We believe with firm certitude that the Lord Jesus has conquered evil and death. With this sure confidence we entrust ourselves to him: he, present in our midst, overcomes the power of the evil one (cf. Lk 11:20); and the Church, the visible community of his mercy, abides in him as a sign of definitive reconciliation with the Father.” Pope Benedict XVI declared that a “Year of Faith” will begin on October 11, 2012 and conclude on November 24, 2013. October 11, 2012, the first day of the Year of Faith, is the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. . . (Vatican II) and also the twentieth anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. During the Year of Faith, Catholics are asked to study and reflect on the documents of Vatican II and the catechism so that they may deepen their knowledge of the faith.”

Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. At Saint Vincent, our celebration of the Year of Faith has already begun. Bishop Lawrence Brandt opened our celebration with a community Mass on October 10, and most recently we had Archbishop Wilton Gregory give a lecture for the Saint Benedict Education Foundation. In the coming weeks and months, Msgr. Raymond East, of the Office of Black Catholics, Archdiocese of Washington, will mark Martin Luther King Day with us. On January 28, we will honor firefighters and police officers in a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the historic fire of 1963 at Saint Vincent. Brother Guy J. Consolmagno, S.J., of the Vatican Observatory, will give the spring Threshold Lecture on March 11, and Bishop Lawrence Persico of the Diocese of Erie, a Seminary alumnus, will be the principal celebrant and homilist at a Mass marking the Feast of the Passing of Saint Benedict on March 21. In April His Eminence Francis Cardinal Arinze, Prefect emeritus of the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, will return to Saint Vincent to give a series of lectures on the four pillars of the Second Vatican Council. Many other activities are covered in this issue of Heart to Heart. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the newly-appointed Apostolic Nuncio to the United States recently visited Saint Vincent and toured

the campus, along with Bishop Brandt and Bishop Persico. Last year we announced plans for the Mary, Mother of Mercy Chapel and Mausoleum in Saint Vincent Cemetery. This fall construction started, with plans to complete the building project in the spring of 2014. This year was the 50th anniversary year of Benedictines from Saint Vincent serving the pastoral needs of students at Penn State University. It also marked the completion and dedication of the Suzanne Pohland Paterno Catholic Student Faith Center at Penn State, which was dedicated September 8 by Most Rev. Mark Bartchak, Bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. We also celebrated the ordination to the priesthood of two of our monks, marked the solemn profession of four Benedictines, the simple profession of three junior monks, and welcomed one new novice to our community. A blessed and happy Christmas season to you, and may the new year be filled with a deepening of knowledge of faith. Know that you are remembered in the prayers of our community. Sincerely,

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

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Cardinal Arinze To Speak: 50th Anniversary of Vatican II Francis Cardinal Arinze, Prefect emeritus of the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, will return to Saint Vincent in April as part of the Year of Faith celebration. He will give a series of lectures on the four pillars of the Second Vatican Council: the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium; the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium; the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum; and the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the World of Today, Gaudium et Spes. Cardinal Arinze dedicated the new steeples of the Archabbey Basilica in 2000, and returned in 2005 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Archabbey Basilica. He will speak about the impact of Vatican II. Cardinal Arinze served as President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, from May 27, 1985 to October 1, 2002. On May 8, 1994, he presided in the capacity of first President Delegate at the solemn closing of the Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of

Bishops at the altar of the Chair of Saint Peter’s Basilica. On October 1, 2002, he was nominated Prefect of the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. He served as President Delegate of the 11th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, “The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Life and Mission of the Church” (October 2005).

He became Prefect emeritus of the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, December 9, 2008. During Lent of 2009 he was called to preach the spiritual exercises for the Roman Curia in which Pope Benedict XVI took part. He was President Delegate of the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops, “The Church in Africa, at the Service of Reconciliation, Justice and Peace. ‘You are the salt of the earth, ... you are the light of the world’” (October 2009). He was created and proclaimed Cardinal by John Paul II in the consistory of May 25, 1985, of the Title of the Suburbicarian Church of Velletri-Segni (April 25, 2005). He has served as a member of the Congregations: for the Doctrine of the Faith; for the Oriental Churches; for the Causes of Saints; for the Evangelization of Peoples; Pontifical Councils: for the Laity; for Promoting Christian Unity; XII Ordinary Council of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops; Special Council for Africa of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.

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, O.S.B. Development Director Paul R. Whiteside

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Director of Archabbey Public Relations/Editor Kimberley A. Metzgar Associate Director of Archabbey Public Relations Liz Cousins Public Relations Associates Jordan Hainsey Simon Stuchlik Saint Vincent Archabbey 300 Fraser Purchase Rd., Latrobe, PA 15650-2690 724-805-2601

Contributors to this issue: Liz Cousins Jordan Hainsey Annette D. Hart Philip M. Kanfush, O.S.B. Kim Metzgar Jack Perry Saint Vincent College Public Relations Mary Seamans, The Catholic Accent Sadie Stresky Simon Stuchlik Bruce A. Tommaselli, The Catholic Register Paul Whiteside Cover Design: Jordan Hainsey. The first hint of smoke rises over a burning Saint Vincent campus on January 28, 1963. Below, the campus today.


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Yet All Shall Be Well is the title of a book of poetry written by Daniel J. (Brother Bruno) Heisey, O.S.B. and published by Sacred Winds Press (2012). Written over the course of ten years, and spanning America, England, and continental Europe, twenty-five poems comprise the book. Using three American and English poetic voices, the poems touch on the spiritual found in ordinary experiences of men and women. The book contains the author’s notes, explaining certain references found in the poems, providing a unique look into the ceative process behind the poems. ***** The spring 2012 issue of Westmoreland History featured a familiar photo on the cover—the Basilica builders. It accompanied the article, “Enlightening the Faithful,” on the stained glass windows of the Basilica, written by Brother Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., Brother Bruno Heisey, O.S.B., and Father Philip Kanfush, O.S.B. The magazine is the publication of the Westmoreland County Historical Society. The article featured four windows, “The Prodigal Son,” “Saint Martin of Tours,” “The Good Shepherd,” and “John the Baptist.” Made by the Stoltzenberg Company of Munich, Bavaria, the windows were installed toward the end of the Basilica’s ten-year construction period, circa 1903. The windows emphasized the heritage of 4

Gristmill To Focus More On Milling With the closing of the Gristmill Coffeehouse in late summer, the focus of the Saint Vincent Gristmill has returned to the milling operations, where monks continue to grind flour as they have since 1854. The flour is sold in bread mix and pancake mix at the Gristmill General Store, and used on campus for Saint Vincent Bread. Friendship Farms of Latrobe continues to bake bread that is sold in the General Store. While the coffeehouse had many loyal supporters, it was no longer an economically viable operation. Brother André Melli, O.S.B., director of the Basilica Gift Shop, returns to operate the General Store. Brother Michael Antonacci, O.S.B., miller, also announced that he is now milling corn for making grits. the abbey’s German founders. The article not only describes the architecture and history of the Basilica, but gives a fascinating description of how the windows were made. “Much of the more intricate design work was done on single-colored pieces of glass once it was cut and fitted for the window. Most of the detailed pieces were painted and fired in a kiln, melting powdered glass paint into the surface of the glass…The glass paints are opaque and partially removed to allow for some transparency…” The process of etching flashed glass is also described in detail. “The stained glass windows in the archabbey church of Saint Vincent were meant to serve an integral part in the building’s role of instructing people in the Christian faith,” the article stated. “The scenes from Christ’s life and the ones illustrating Jesus’ parables served to underscore the biblical texts proclaimed and explained during the liturgy. Depictions of saints such as Benedict, Scholastica, Martin, Boniface, and Vincent de Paul were reminders to the faithful about heroic virtues that could inspire them in their

own lives. The windows were intended to engage the emotions as well as the mind. This function was an essential part of the Benedictine heritage…” The magazine also contained the story of Ed Abbaticchio, baseball’s first ItalianAmerican player, written by Marjorie Wertz. Archangelo Abbatichio came to Latrobe from Italy because his sister, Pauline, was a Sister of Mercy at Saint Xavier’s Academy. He and his wife had four children, and four others were born in Latrobe, including Edward. Ed Abbaticchio went to Saint Vincent College in the 1880s, a time when few Americans even finished high school. He played sports, baseball and football, and is credited with creating the spiral punt. He played semi-pro baseball and later starred for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Pittsburgh Pirates, among other teams. He also played professional football for the Latrobe Professionals, generally known as the first professional football team in the country. He (Continued on Page 6) Volume 23, Number 1

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Apostolic Nuncio Visits Saint Vincent Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the newly-appointed Apostolic Nuncio to the United States recently visited the Benedictine community of Saint Vincent Archabbey while he was in the Diocese of Greensburg for a celebration of the Eucharist at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt, J.C.D., Ph.D., Bishop of Greensburg, and Archbishop Vigano were classmates at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, the Vatican’s school for diplomats in Rome. Both served in the Vatican diplomatic corps in 1973, with Archbishop Vigano being assigned in Iraq, Kuwait and Great Britain, and Bishop Brandt being assigned in Madagascar, Germany, Ecuador, and Algeria. Archbishop Viganò expressed his gratitude to the Saint Vincent Community for its contributions to the Church in the United States and throughout the world. He noted the work of the Benedictines at missions in Taiwan, China, and Brazil, and was pleased that there are now young vocations from these countries preparing for future ministry while completing their Seminary studies at Saint Vincent. After visiting with the monastic community, Archbishop Viganò and Bishop Brandt toured the campus. The tour included the newly completed Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion and a special demonstration in the Angelo Taiani Planetarium. The campus tour for the Apostolic Nuncio also included a tour of the Fred M. Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media. The center houses the archives of the late Fred M. Rogers, creator and host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. In the top photo are, from left, Bishop Brandt, Archbishop Viganò, Brother Matthew Lambert, O.S.B., Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., and Father Jacques de Paul Daley, O.S.B. In the middle photo Archbishop Viganò greets Prior Father Earl Henry, O.S.B., and Father Killian Loch, O.S.B., and retired

Archabbot Paul R. Maher, O.S.B., looks on. At bottom he greets Brother Michael Miller, O.S.B., with other monks including Brother Matthew Nguyen, O.S.B., Brother Basil Alexander, O.S.B., Father Filipe de Almeida, O.S.B., Brother Michael Antonacci, O.S.B., and Brother Miguel Gonzalez, O.S.B.

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(Continued from Page 4) was the first professional football player of Italian descent. His son later became Father Damian Abbaticchio, O.S.B., of Saint Vincent Archabbey. To order copies of articles, contact the historical society, 362 Sand Hill Road, Suite 1, Greensburg, PA 15601, or visit the society’s website, ***** Brother Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., president of Saint Vincent College, will serve as the chair of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC)

Heart to Heart Presidents’ Council for 2012-2013. Brother Norman, who became the 17th president of the college in 2010, has served the college in many other roles, including provost and academic dean, and as a faculty member. With Brother Norman serving as chair of the council, the other standing PAC councils will be chaired by Saint Vincent representatives. Father Myron Kirsch, O.S.B., athletic direc-

Saint Vincent Alumnus Of Distinction Saint Vincent College honored eleven graduates with the presentation of Alumni of Distinction or Recent Alumnus Achievement Awards at a reception and dinner during the annual Alumni Homecoming and Fall Family Weekend on campus. Among those honored was Very Rev. Earl J. Henry, O.S.B., P’55, C’60, S’64, prior of Saint Vincent Archabbey. Father Earl attended Saint Vincent Preparatory School, graduating in 1955. He entered the monastic community in 1957, graduated from Saint Vincent College with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy in 1960, and from Saint Vincent Seminary with a master of divinity degree in 1964. He was the associate pastor at Saint Gertrude Parish, Vandergrift. Then, he returned to Saint Vincent to hold the positions of director of food service, director of intramurals, dean of students, and director of admission and financial aid. He also studied at the International Benedictine College of Sant’Anselmo, Rome, Italy, and served as administrator of Saint Nicholas Parish, Nicktown and as rector of Penn State Catholic Center. Father Earl has served as the prior of Saint Vincent Archabbey since 1997 and as president of Wimmer Corporation since 1993. Pictured above are Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Father Earl, Brother Norman Hipps, O.S.B., and Michael Gerdich, Saint Vincent College Alumni Director. 6

tor, will serve as chair of the PAC Athletic Administrators Council, while assistant athletic director Sue Hozak will chair the PAC Senior Woman Administrators Council. Dr. Rob DePasquale, professor of accounting, will chair the PAC Faculty Athletic Representatives Association council. Founded in 1955, the conference promotes intercollegiate athletics and the pursuit of academic excellence. Members are ten private institutions in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Annually, the conference crowns champions in 19 sports, ten for men and nine for women. ***** Father Anthony Grossi, O.S.B., director of the Saint Vincent College Bookstore, was pictured and mentioned in many news accounts during Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp at Saint Vincent. The bookstore, which turns from the usual “green and gold” athletic clothing line, to “black and gold” during summer, offered a variety of items featuring the Steelers’ logo. A new Terrible Towel commemorates the 80th anniversary of the team. “We enjoy serving Steelers’ fans of all ages and becoming part of the excitement they experience when visiting training camp,” Grossi said. The store served more than 5,000 customers. “Many of them ask questions about my Benedictine habit, so it is also a nice opportunity to talk about our mission and history …” ***** Father Kurt Belsole, O.S.B., director of Liturgical Formation at the Pontifical North American College, Rome, has had an article published in a recent issue of Seminary Journal. “A Thirst for Holiness—Reflections on Seminary Formation: A Response to James Keating,” provided a response to an article in the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly by the aforementioned author. (Continued on Page 8) Volume 23, Number 1

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2013 Summer Retreats Scheduled Benedictine Spirituality Retreat Faith in the Rule of Saint Benedict: Responding to God in Family and Community Rev. Donald Raila, O.S.B. May 17-19 The Rule of Saint Benedict was written to help monks dedicate their lives totally to God and to keep growing in faith in the context of a believing Christian community. Taking place in the “Year of Faith,” this retreat will explore how the Rule can help Christians in the world believe more deeply and thus to “run on the path of God’s commandments” (Rule Prologue: 49) in the situations of ordinary life. Retreat master Father Donald Raila, O.S.B., has served as director of the Oblates of Saint Benedict since 1988. He is the author of part of a collection written over twenty years, Lessons from Benedict: Finding Joy in Daily Life. The book uses the 1500 year old Rule of Benedict and Benedictine spirituality to provide words of spiritual encouragement and guidance for persevering through the journey of daily life. Silent Retreat Growing in a Lively Faith: Listening and Responding to God in Everyday Life Rev. Donald Raila, O.S.B. May 31-June 2 The Catechism of the Catholic Church asserts, “Faith is man’s response to God, who reveals Himself and gives Himself to man” (#26). Occurring during the “Year of Faith,” this retreat will offer a broad review of the Catechism and practical reflections on how Christians can better know and profess their faith, celebrate their faith in the sacraments, live their faith in right conduct, and grow in faith through persistent and methodical prayer. Retreat master is Father Donald Raila.

Silent Retreat With Spiritual Direction Available Rev. Thomas Acklin, O.S.B. June 7-9 This retreat provides the opportunity for a quiet retreat weekend. Father Thomas Acklin, O.S.B. and others will provide spiritual direction on request. F a t h e r Thomas Acklin, O.S.B., is professor of theology at Saint Vincent Seminary, where he also served two terms as rector. He is the author of two books, The Unchanging Heart of the Priesthood and The Passion of the Lamb, and he has given many retreats, especially to priests, Benedictines, and members of contemplative religious orders. A Retreat of Charismatic Prayer, June 22-24 The New Evangelization—Calling For A New Pentecost Rev. Boniface Hicks, O.S.B. June 28-30 In his meditation for the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization given October 8, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI said, “Pentecost is the condition of the birth of the Church: only because God acted first, are the Apostles able to act with him and make what he does present. It is clear then that Pentecost is a matter of listening to God and letting Him lead so that we can be the voices through which He continues to speak (that we may act with Him and make what He does present”. In this retreat we will consider how we can put the gifts of the Holy Spirit into the service of the New Evangelization and how we can

listen to and follow the Lord as he leads us into a New Pentecost. We will consider this especially from the perspective of the Catechism of the Catholic Church as well as the documents of Vatican II as the Holy Father has instructed us in this Year of Faith. Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., was ordained to the priesthood in 2004. While completing his doctorate in computer science at Penn State University, he served as campus minister there. Since returning to Saint Vincent he has served as an adjunct faculty member at Saint Vincent College and assists with programming at WAOB Radio. Men’s Retreat The Spiritual Journey of Saint Paul: A Model for Us Today Brother Elliott Maloney, O.S.B. July 19-21 The retreat will be based on a fresh look at Saint Paul’s own spiritual journey, and how it applies to our spiritual journeys today. We shall treat the following topics: dealing with belonging to a minority community, conversion to Jesus Christ, the dignity of work, foregoing privileges for the sake of others, betrayal by those he/we serve, the meaning of suffering, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, how to pray and the meaning of the Eucharist, and joy as we await God’s final plan for the world. Retreat Master will be Brother Elliott Maloney, O.S.B. He is a member of the Catholic Biblical Association and the Society of Biblical Literature. He has written articles for The Bible Today, and book reviews for the Catholic Bible Quarterly, Theological Studies, the Review of Biblical Literature, and Chicago Studies. He has served as a translator for (Continued on Page 9)

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(Continued from Page 6) Father Kurt has, in his 25-year career, served as a faculty member, spiritual director, academic dean, acting director of spiritual formation, director of liturgical formation, and rector of Saint Vincent Seminary. Father Kurt discusses the four pillars of priestly formation and how formation is supportive of and not opposed to spirituality. In the second part of his article, he delves into the theology of Pope Benedict XVI and the centrality of the liturgy, and in the final part he writes about the role of the Sacred Liturgy and its importance in the theological method of Pope Benedict XVI. “Liturgy in both Christian life and priestly formation is important,” Father Kurt writes, “not because liturgy is about itself, but because liturgy is about the great truths of Trinity, Incarnation and Church.” ***** Father Cyprian Constantine, O.S.B., gave a Day of Recollection for the Erie diocesan chapter of the National Pastoral Musicians

Tour of Basilica Father Fred Byrne, O.S.B., brought a busload of students from the eighth grade of Saint Francis DeSales Central Catholic School in Morgantown, West Virginia, on a tour of the Abbey and College. Above, Father Fred talks to them about monastic prayer in the choir stalls of the Archabbey Basilica. on October 13. He has written four articles for the Pittsburgh Catholic diocesan newspaper regarding the Rite of Holy Communion: “The Invitation to Communion”; “The

Breaking of the Bread and Commingling”; “The Lamb of God (Agnus Dei)”; and “The Distribution of Holy Communion.” On October 24, he celebrated a Missa Cantata in the Extraordinary Form at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Carnegie for the Convocation on the Organ Works of Charles Tournemire sponsored by the (Continued on Page 10)

Pilgrimage To Ireland Father Thomas Curry, O.S.B., and his mother Mary Lou, participated in a ten-day Archdiocese of New York pilgrimage to Ireland featuring the opening of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in June. Above, Father Tom (right) is pictured with his mother and Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York. Father Tom’s home diocese is the Archdiocese of New York. At right, he concelebrates Mass at the Chapel of the Apparition, at the Shrine of Knock, Westport. The pilgrimage also included a visit to Ballintubber Abbey, the Cathedral in Galway, Saint Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral Armagh, and the opening of the 50th International Congress in Dublin. Also in Dublin the group visited the Newman University Church, and Trinity College, the oldest University in Ireland. 8

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2013 Summer Retreats Scheduled (Continued from Page 7) the New American Bible (revised New Testament, 1986), and has written two video scripts for Paulist Press. In 2004, Continuum Books published his work, Jesus’ Urgent Message for Today: The Kingdom of God in Mark’s Gospel, which won a second place award for “Best Book on Scripture” of the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada in 2005 and now has been translated into Portuguese in Brazil. Father Son Retreat A Father’s Love Father Jeffrey Nyardy, O.S.B. July 26-28 No matter if we are young or old, male or female, saints or sinners—we are God’s children and can confidently address him as our Father. This retreat will explore the privileged relationship that we enjoy with our Father in heaven who calls each one of us into an intimate and loving relationship. Retreat master will be Father Jeffrey Nyardy, O.S.B., a monk of the Archabbey for more than twenty years. He served as a member of the faculty and staff of Benedictine Priory and Benedictine Military High School, Savannah, Georgia from 1992 to 2011.

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Adelphoi Groundbreaking Held On Monday, November 5, Adelphoi USA held a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of its Latrobe Campus. The campus expansion will include construction of a 19,710-square-foot school facility adjacent to the current Scatena Center, which operates as a charter school. The new construction will include six classrooms, conference rooms, and a cafetorium, expanding Adelphoi’s provision of educational services on campus to include an additional 100 youths annually and providing 21 new jobs. The innovative facility will connect to Scatena Center via a walkway, and will replace modular trailers currently on campus. Creation of new educational space will also provide for expansion of Adelphoi’s PRIDE vocational education program. Other new construction includes the addition of a secure facility for youths. The 7,550-square-foot facility, which would become the third secure group home on campus, will accommodate 15 youths and will be located behind the Scalise Multipurpose Recreational Facility. Completion of these projects is slated for August 2013. Taking part in the ceremonial groundbreaking were Father Paschal Morlino, O.S.B., founder; Linda McKenna Boxx, and Zan Rich from the Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation; Dr. Blair Kucinski, President/CEO Adelphoi USA; Ralph Liberatore, President of Adelphoi USA Board of Directors, and Congressman Tim Murphy.

Threshold Lecture March 11 Brother Guy Consolmagno S.J., of the Vatican Observatory, will speak at Saint Vincent at 7:30 p.m. March 11 as part of the Threshold Lecture Series. He has coauthored five astronomy books, the latest being God’s Mechanics (JosseyBass, 2007). He also edited The Heavens Proclaim (Vatican Observatory Publications, 2009). Brother Consolmagno is curator of the Vatican meteorite collection— one of the largest in the world—in Castel Gandolfo. His research explores the connections between meteorites and asteroids, and the origin and evolution of small bodies in the solar system. Admission is free; however, reservations are required. Reserve tickets by emailing

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(Continued from Page 8) Duquesne University School of Music. Father Cyprian also participated as an organist and conductor in the Saint Vincent College performance of selections from Handel’s Messiah on December 8 and 9. ***** Father Tom Hart, O.S.B., had an article, “The Gospel of Luke: Year of Faith, Year of Mercy,” published in the November 2012 issue of The Bible Today. ***** The Saint Vincent Camerata Scholars, under the direction of Father Stephen Concordia, O.S.B., presented “The Choir Invisible” on the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls at Saint Paul Cathedral, Pittsburgh, and at the Archabbey Basilica. ***** Brother Benedict Janecko, O.S.B., will have his recollections of Vatican II published in an upcoming edition of The Review, Saint Vincent campus newspaper. He was a student in Rome from 1962 to 1969 during the second Vatican council. ***** Father Thomas Acklin, O.S.B., preached the Eucharistic Forty Hours devotion for the opening of the school year at Mount Saint Mary’s Semi10

Benedictine Opens House Session Father James F. Podlesny, O.S.B., was invited recently to give the invocation prayer to open a session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the Main Capitol Building in Harrisburg. Pictured with Father James, center, are Pennsylvania Speaker of the House of Representatives Samuel H. Smith, and Representative Mauree Gingrich. Father Jim is pastor of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Palmyra, Pennsylvania, and serves as the Catholic Ecumenist-Theologian for the Pennsylvania Conference on Interchurch Cooperation, the ecumenical agency of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and the Pennsylvania Council of Churches. nary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He has also preached a number of retreats at Saint Emma Retreat House in Greensburg where he is chaplain. ***** Father Ronald Gatman, O.S.B., campus minister at Benedictine Military School in Savannah, reports that “a few years ago the Campus Ministry program at Benedictine Military School formed a team of Student Campus Ministers. These young men help with the Masses that are celebrated for the school, with the penance services, daily prayers, etc. Last year we received a request from the director of religious education at Holy Family Church on Hilton Head Island, S.C. to give their eighth grade students a confirmation retreat in preparation for their reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation. We responded that we would do it. Some of our student campus ministers prepared talks about what the sacrament was all

about and the effects that it had upon the persons who received it. Mass was celebrated for those to be confirmed and their parents. “The religious education people at Holy Family were so impressed with the retreat that they immediately signed us up to give one again this year which we did on October 13. Last year they said that the retreat that we gave was the best that they had ever had. They were duly impressed again this year and have asked us to come back again next year. “The Benedictine students that helped this year were, Sean Kelley, Eric Bailey, and Chris Devane. By giving this retreat at Holy Family we not only render service to the Church but also present a positive image of our school to the public. It also helps the student campus ministers to grow in the knowledge of the teachings of the Church, thus strengthening their faith.” ***** Brother Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., received Honorable Mention for his colored pencil drawing, “Column and Gate,” at a recent show at the Greensburg Art Center. He has (Continued on Page 11) Volume 23, Number 1

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Heinz Hall Performance Father Stephen Concordia, O.S.B., and members of the Saint Vincent Schola Gregoriana performed at Heinz Hall with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra October 12-14. The principal conductor of the orchestra, Manfred Honeck, invited Saint Vincent for the second time to provide a Gregorian chant schola to sing as part of Honeck’s reading of the Requiem Mass of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Entitled by Maestro Honeck “Requiem Mass for Mozart,” the performances included the Requiem in its entirety, together with other sacred music of Mozart, and incorporated Scriptural readings, biographical readings from the letters of Mozart, and a Gregorian chant schola. The Saint Vincent Schola Gregoriana is composed of 21 singers and includes Saint Vincent Benedictine monks and area residents. Monks in the schola included Father Killian Loch, O.S.B.; Brother Rafael dos Santos, O.S.B., Mosteiro de São Bento de São Paulo; Brother Martinho Zevallos, O.S.B., Brother Simeon Spitz, O.S.B., of Saint Gregory’s Abbey; Brother Thomas Sanders, Saint Andrew Abbey, Cleveland; and Brother Oliveto Gerardin, O.S.B., Notre Dame de Maylis Abbey, France. In November, the camerata scholars performed concerts in choral music at Saint Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh and at Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. The program was entitled “The Choir Invisible,” a concert of Renaissance works celebrating the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls. In December the camerata performed an All-Bach program celebrating the first Sunday of Advent. The concert featured the Cantata BWV 140 “Sleepers, Awake!” (Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme) and Arias and Choruses from Advent Cantatas and the Christmas Oratorio. The Academy Chamber Orchestra, Dr. Warren Davidson, concertmaster and violin soloist, performed with the group. Those performances were at Sacred Heart Parish, Shadyside, and at Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica.

archabbey news (Continued from Page 10) also been invited to select the final pictures for the 2013 Greensburg Garden Center calendar. ***** Father Rene Kollar, O.S.B., attended Reform and Renewal: Vatican II after Fifty Years at the Catholic University of America recently. He has also edited a book, History and Relevance by Howard Mumford Jones, the 22nd lecture of the Wimmer Memorial Lecture Series. Father Rene had an Volume 23, Number 1

article, “ ‘Punch’ and the Nuns: Anti-Catholicism and Satire in Mid-Nineteenth Century England” accepted for publication in The Downside Review, and a book review of Octavia, Daughter of God: The Story of a Female Messiah and Her Followers by Jane Shaw published in The Historian. ***** Brother Elliott Maloney, O.S.B., completed the first draft of his book St. Paul, Master of the Spiritual Life “in Christ. He contributed a paper to the Pauline

Seminar at the Catholic Biblical Association annual meeting at Notre Dame University, “Paul’s Description of God in Chapters 1 and 2 of 1 Corinthians” He published an article in The Bible Today, “50 (2013), “Christ the Image of God and Head of the Church: The Christological Hymn of Colossians 1:15-20.” Other publications include: Flos Carmeli (Nigerian Carmelite Publication), “St. Paul on the Ministry of Reconciliation”; a review of ‘“Who Is This Son of Man?’ The Latest Scholarship on a Puzzling Expression of the Historical Jesus” for Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 75 (2013); and a review of Review of Gerd Theissen, “The New Testament: A Literary History” for The Downside Review, (2013). 11

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William Beaver, O.S.B.

Timothy Brown, O.S.B.

Ronald Gatman, O.S.B.

More Monks in the military After the spring/summer 2012 issue of Heart to Heart appeared, we have discovered additional monks who have served in the military: Father William Beaver, O.S.B. When he graduated from Carrick High School in 1947, the draft was still on, so he enlisted in the Air Force, which was the Army Air Force at that time. He was sent to Lackland Air Base for basic training. He served as a typist on the base, then, after a few months became the Catholic chaplain’s assistant. He spent three years in that position. “We transferred to Shepherd Air Force in a very desert-like atmosphere,” he said. “There I met a fine Redemptorist priest, Father Leroy Burke. I was in awe at his reverence at celebrating Mass, so I transferred to be his chaplain’s assistant. During this period I began to discern the possibility of being a priest.” He explored the Redemptorists but also remembered a “fellow I met on the way to basic training: John McDevitt, who had been a novice at Saint Vincent. He was a fine fellow. I then applied to be accepted at Saint Vincent. I was accepted, spent a year here, then still not sure I left. In 1980 I came ‘home’ and 30

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years later I am happily ‘at home’.” Brother Timothy Brown, O.S.B. Brother Timothy Brown, O.S.B., enlisted in the United State Navy Reserve when he was a senior in high school in 1963. In January of 1964, he completed basic training at the Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Illinois. After completing two years of college, he went on active duty. Brother Timothy attended hospital corps school, Great Lakes, Illinois, in 1967. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the medical department of the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga, CVA-60, which was serving in the Mediterranean Sea. After the ship returned to the United States in 1968, Brother Timothy was assigned to the U.S. Navy Base, San Diego, California. There he completed training, which prepared him for being a member of the commissioning crew of the destroyer tender, USS Puget Sound, AD-38, which had been constructed at the Naval shipyard in Bremerton, Washington. While on board, he was put in charge of the medical records office and assisted in other parts of the medical department. Eventually, the USS Puget Sound made its way to its home port of Newport, Rhode Island. It was there that Brother Timothy resumed his inactive duty status in 1969. In 1970, while a student at the State University of New York at Albany, he was honorably discharged from service.

Father Ronald Gatman, O.S.B. Following some graduate work at the University of Kentucky in 1966 and 1967, Father Ronald Gatman enlisted in the United States Navy and entered boot camp in June of 1967. He was on active duty in the United States Navy from 1967 until January of 1971, when he was released from active duty and went to reserve status. During his stint in the United States Navy, Father Ronald attended language school in California and communications school in Texas. He served for a year in Scotland at the Naval Base in Edzell, and following that, he served for nine months in Sinop, Turkey from where he was released from active duty. Father Ralph Tajak, O.S.B. Before entering the monastery, Father Ralph Tajak, O.S.B., was a civilian employee of the U.S. Army in logistics management. He also worked at the Picatinny Arsenal in Dover, New Jersey. Brother Jeremiah Lange, O.S.B. Brother Jeremiah Lange, O.S.B., was a Navy Corpsman (medic) with the Third Battalion, 3rd Marines, USMC from 1980 to 1986.

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2012 christmas ornament, new artwork Twenty collectible ornaments have been produced featuring various aspects of Saint Vincent, primarily the Saint Vincent Basilica. That includes the four triptych windows, as well as many of the interior windows of the church. This year’s ornament is the Pentecost window. The window portrays a scene fifty days after the Resurrection, when the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples gathered in the upper room. The ornaments are limited edition collectibles, and also include several of the Gristmill, and one marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Boniface Wimmer, founder of Saint Vincent. Also new this year from Archabbey Publications are some limited edition stained glass crosses from Brother Mark Floreanini, O.S.B. Made from 100-yearold glass from the windows in the hallways leading from the Basilica to the rest of campus, these crosses are available on a first-ordered, first-served basis.

Additional Christmas items include A Blessed Day Has Dawned, Sacred Choral Music: Pasestrina, Laude, Gregorian Chant, a CD of sacred choral music from the early Renaissance period The ornaments are available in the Basilica Gift Shop, on the first floor of the

Parish Center, adjacent to the Basilica; in the college bookstore; and online, at To obtain a mailed copy of the Archabbey Publications catalogue, write to Archabbey Publications, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650.

a good rule in golf as well. Brother Pio said he enjoys working with the studentathletes on both Saint Vincent teams. The Saint Vincent women’s golf team finished

in fourth place in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Fall Championships, held at the Oak Tree Country Club in West Middlesex.

Brother Pio Serves As assistant golf coach Brother Pio Adamonis, O.S.B., started playing golf more than 15 years ago, and has been self-taught in the sport. A basketball player in his youth, he says that his background in that sport helped to lead him to golf as an adult. He is in his second year as an assistant coach with both the men’s and the women’s golf teams at Saint Vincent College. He sees his monastic life as being similar to his motto for golf: “Balance, Tempo, Rhythm.” He says that the three elements are essential in monastic life and make for Volume 23, Number 1 13

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Archbishop Gregory Gives Lecture Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of the Archdiocese of Atlanta gave the fourth annual lecture of the Saint Benedict Education Foundation at Saint Vincent College on November 27, at the Fred M. Rogers Center. The Saint Benedict Education Foundation was created in the United States to support the academic programs of Sant’ Anselmo, the international Benedictine University in Rome. Archbishop Gregory is an alumnus of Sant’ Anselmo. He attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary South, Niles College (now Saint Joseph’s College Seminary) of Loyola University and Saint Mary of the Lake Seminary. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago on May 9, 1973. Three years after his ordination he began graduate studies at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute of Sant’ Anselmo in Rome where he earned his doctorate in sacred liturgy in 1980. After having served as an associate pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Glenview, Ill., as a member of the faculty of Saint Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein and as a master of ceremonies to Cardinals John Cody and Joseph Bernardin, he was ordained an auxiliary bishop of Chicago on December 13, 1983. On February 10, 1994, he was installed as the seventh bishop of the Diocese of Belleville, Ill., where he served for the next eleven years. On December 9, 2004, Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Gregory as the sixth archbishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. He was installed on January 17, 2005.

Archbishop Gregory has also contributed a leading role in the U.S. church. In November of 2001, he was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops following three years as vice president under Bishop Joseph Fiorenza of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston. During his tenure in office, the crisis of sex abuse by Catholic clergy escalated, and under his leadership, the bishops implemented the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.” He served on the NCCB Executive and Administrative Committees, the Administrative Board, the Committee on Doctrine and the

U.S. Catholic Conference Committee on International Policy. He previously served as the chairman of the Bishops’ Committees on Personnel and the Third Millennium/Jubilee Year 2000 from 1998-2001, and Liturgy from 1991-93. Archbishop Gregory has written extensively on church issues, including pastoral statements on the death penalty and euthanasia/physician-assisted suicide, and has published numerous articles on the subject of liturgy, particularly in the African-American community. He has also been awarded seven honorary doctoral degrees.

New Novice Enters Monastery Brother Lawrence (Shawn) Machia, N.O.S.B., became a novice of Saint Vincent Archabbey in July. He will spend a year of study and contemplation discerning a vocation as a Benedictine monk. He is the son of Keith and Louise Machia of Swanton, Vermont. He is a 2004 graduate of Missisquoi Valley Union High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in theology in 2008 from Eastern University. In 2011 he came to Saint Vincent, where he served as campus minister for social outreach, assisting the campus ministry team for spiritual and service programs.

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A limited number of niches are available around the Pietà that is located at the center of the atrium in the Mary, Mother of Mercy Chapel and Mausoleum. An elegant Cararra marble replica of Michaelanglo’s marble Pietà statue at the Vatican, with the Crucified Jesus, taken down from the cross, and cradled in the arms of his Blessed Mother, Mary.


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The Chapel also includes several designated areas for cremains. Areas for enthronement of cremains are located in the choir area of the Chapel and in the exterior wall of the sanctuary. Cremains may also be enthroned in the area of the Pietà atrium.

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Bishop Persico To Celebrate Saint Benedict’s Day Mass Bishop Lawrence T. Persico, a 1976 graduate of Saint Vincent Seminary, will be the principal celebrant and homlist at the Saint Benedict’s Day Mass on March 21, 2013. He was ordained and installed as bishop for the Diocese of Erie on October 1. A Monessen native, he attended Saint Cajetan Elementary School in Monessen and Saint Joseph Hall, the diocesan high school seminary in Greensburg, graduating in 1969. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 1973 from Saint Pius X in Erlanger in the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky, and graduated from Saint Vincent Seminary

in 1975 with a Master of Divinity degree. Bishop Persico was ordained a deacon on June 8, 1976, and served as deacon at Holy Family Parish in Latrobe. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Greensburg on April 30, 1977, by Bishop William G. Connare at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg. Following ordination to the priesthood, Bishop Persico was appointed parochial vicar of Immaculate Conception Parish in Irwin. In June of 1980, he was released from parish ministry to study canon law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC where he received

Why Does Saint Benedict Have Two Feast Days? Saint Benedict is celebrated on both March 21 and July 11. March 21 is the anniversary of his death in 547 , which is the more traditional way of celebrating saint’s feast days, as the “anniversary of their birth into heaven,” Father Warren Murrman, O.S.B. said. July 11 is the day celebrated for Saint Benedict as the patriarch of Western monasticism. With the reform of the Vatican calendar in 1969, one of the guidelines was to move saints’ feast days to a date outside of the Lenten season. July 11 is the feast day of Saint Benedict recognized by the Roman Missal; a feast of Benedict was observed on this date in France as early as the eighth century. Some Benedictine congregations, including the American Cassinese—of which Saint Vincent Archabbey is a member—retain the tradition of according greater prominence to the March 21 date, with the rank of solemnity, while celebrating Saint Benedict also on July 11, but at the lower liturgical rank of feast.

the licentiate degree in 1982. On January 20, 1983, he was appointed assistant chancellor, pro-synodal judge of the Tribunal and chaplain of Assumption Hall, the retirement home of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, Greensburg. He was named vice chancellor of the Diocese of Greensburg on October 2, 1984, and on February 11, 1988, was appointed chaplain of the Benedictine Sisters Monastery of Saint Emma, in Greensburg. The new bishop was appointed chancellor of the Diocese of Greensburg by Bishop Anthony G. Bosco on September 18, 1989. On January 27, 1998, he was appointed pastor of Saint James Parish in New Alexandria while remaining as chancellor. He has served as the bishop’s representative to the administrative board of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference since November 25, 1998. Bishop Persico was named a monsignor with the title of Prelate of Honor to his Holiness by Pope John Paul II on February 28, 2005. On August 4, 2005, Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt appointed him as vicar general, moderator of the curia, acting chancellor, and the bishop’s delegate for clergy sexual abuse, while continuing as pastor of Saint James Parish. Five months later, he was elected vice president of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference for two, threeyear terms, which concluded in 2011. He was invested as a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jersusalem on October 2, 2010, and on June 1, 2012, he was reappointed as judge, defender of the bond, and advocate of the Diocesan Tribunal by Bishop Brandt, while continuing in his roles as vicar general, moderator of the curia, acting chancellor, the bishop’s delegate for clergy sexual abuse, and pastor of Saint James Parish. Bishop Persico has been a member of the Canon Law Society of America since 1983 and is a member-at-large of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, Order Sons of Italy in America.

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Monk’s research studies Nicotine and anxiety “Low Dose Nicotine and Antagonism of β2 Subunit Containing Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors Have Similar Effects on Affective Behavior in Mice,” is the title of an article published by Father S h a w n Matthew Anderson, O.S.B., in the online journal PLOS ONE, His coauthor is Darlene H. Brunzell. Father Shawn Matthew is completing doctoral studies in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, Virginia. In the study, researchers observed that low doses of nicotine and a nicotinic receptor blocker had similar effects to reduce anxiety-like behavior in an animal model. They found that inactivation of beta2 subunit, a specific sub-class of nicotinic receptors that bind nicotine, appears to reduce anxiety. This is different from the mechanism that regulates nicotine reward and likely occurs in a separate brain area. “This work is unique because it suggests that nicotine may be acting through inactivation, rather than activation, of the high affinity nicotinic receptors,” said Darlene Brunzell, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology in the VCU School of Medicine. “Nicotine acts like a key that unlocks nicotine receptors in the brain. Usually that key opens the receptor, but at other times nicotine is like a key that has gotten broken inside of the lock. Our findings suggest that low-dose nicotine may block a specific subtype of receptor from opening that is important for regulating anxiety behavior,” she said, adding that anxiety is a major reason why people relapse to smoking.

Caring For Monks’ Grave Markers

Under the direction of Edward McCormick and the Saint Vincent Alumni Council, a group of volunteers including Karen Kehoe, professor in history, spent a day sprucing up the grave markers of the Benedictines buried in Saint Vincent Cemetery. Brunzell and colleagues are conducting ongoing studies that they hope will help to identify which brain areas regulate the anxiolytic effects of nicotine. Using genetic strategies, they are attempting to determine the specific molecular make-up of the nicotinic

receptors that regulate anxiety. “Understanding what other subunits combine with beta2 to form the critical receptors that regulate anxiety could lead to selective therapeutics with fewer side effects,” she said.

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Saint Vincent to Commemorate Anniversary of Massive Fire “Take care, don’t worry. A bigger and better Saint Vincent is in the making.”

—Earl Dalton, Latrobe Fire Chief, January 28, 1963


Above, during interviews for the documentary on the Saint Vincent Fire, are (top) retired Latrobe Fire Chief Earl Dalton, and (bottom) Greensburg Fire Chief Ed Hutchinson with Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B.

aint Vincent will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic fire of Monday, January 28, 1963, a day of adverse, freezing weather. Representatives from the 35 fire departments that responded to the fire have been invited to the commemoration, which will include presenting Earl Dalton, Latrobe’s fire chief in 1963, and Ed Hutchinson, Greensburg’s fire chief then and presently, with the Saint Vincent College Presidential Medal. The anniversary observance is a tribute to all firefighters who helped us on that day as well as firefighters, the Pennsylvania State Police and members of the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross who serve the community today. “Observing the anniversary of the fire that permanently altered the Saint Vincent campus gives us an opportunity to honor the men and women of the present day who, in various emergency service capacities, risk their own lives to help their neighbors and their communities in times of disaster,” said Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., chancellor of Saint Vincent College. “These men and women are a great source of help for the entire community and a model of selfless service for all of us.” The 1963 fire caused major damage to the campus, including destruction of the old student chapel, the monastic choir chapel, and most of Maur Hall. Several other buildings were severely damaged, including North and South Benedict Halls, which were razed due to the extensive damage. At the time of the blaze, Latrobe Fire Chief Ed Dalton, then Latrobe’s fire chief, offered the following words of comfort to an anxious young monk: “Take care, don’t worry. A bigger and better Saint Vincent is in the making.” —Liz Cousins

Available In January

Commemorative Book on the Saint Vincent Fire of 1963 A commemorative book telling the story of the Saint Vincent Fire and subsequent rebuilding of Saint Vincent will be available in late January from Archabbey Publications. Please refer to the Archabbey website, www. or www. for details as the anniversary approaches.

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Four Monks Profess Solemn Vows Four monks made solemn profession of monastic vows, or vows for life, on Monday, July 11, at Saint Vincent Archabbey: Brother John Paul Heiser, O.S.B.; Brother Albert Gahr, O.S.B.; Father Jean-Luc Zadroga, O.S.B. and Brother Pio Adamonis, O.S.B. In the photo at top, Brother John Paul makes his profession, while his confreres look on, from left, Brother Pio, Father Jean-Luc, and Brother Albert. Following professions, Brother John Paul and Brother Pio continue studies at Saint Vincent Seminary. Brother John Paul and Brother Pio serve as sacristan and assistant master of ceremonies, while Brother John Paul is also assistant to the director of vocations and Brother Pio works in audio and video production with Archabbey Public Relations. He is also an assistant golf coach at Saint Vincent College. Brother Albert, who obtained a master of arts degree from Saint Vincent Seminary, and who has a doctorate in genetics and developmental biology from West Virginia University, is an adjunct professor in the Biology Department of Saint Vincent College, while continuing

to serve as socius of novices for the Archabbey. Father Jean-Luc continues to serve as associate master of ceremonies and assistant director of sacristies, assis-

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Simple Vows Professed Professing first vows on July 10 at Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica were Brother Basil Alexander, O.S.B. (top photo), Brother Miguel Gonzรกlez, O.S.B. (middle photo), and Brother Rafael Quesada, O.S.B. All three monks are now studying at Saint Vincent Seminary, while serving in various roles at the Archabbey. Brother Miguel is a sacristan and assistant master of ceremonies, as well as assistant to the director of vocations. Brother Basil is an assistant in the summer retreat program, assistant to the manager of the Gristmill General Store, and assistant to the manager of the physical fitness center. Brother Rafael is an assistant in the Public Relations Office, working as a technical consultant with the Archabbey websites, as well as an assistant director of Archabbey guests and guest facilities. Junior monks renewing their vows included, bottom photo, from left, Brother Romuald Duchene, O.S.B.; Brother Matthew Lambert, O.S.B.; Brother Isaac Haywiser, O.S.B.; Brother Canice McMullen, O.S.B.; Brother Joachim Morgan, O.S.B., and Father Killian Loch, O.S.B.

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Priesthood Ordination Mass Bishop Donald Trautman of the Diocese of Erie ordained Father Francis Ehnat, O.S.B., and Father Nathanael R. Polinski, O.S.B., to the priesthood on May 19 in the Archabbey Basilica. In these photos from the event, at top, are, from left, Father Francis; Brother Maximilian Maxwell, O.S.B., deacon; Father Athanasius Cherry, O.S.B., master of ceremonies; Bishop Trautman; Father Nathanael; Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., and Brother Jeremiah Lange, O.S.B., deacon. In the second from top photo, Archabbot Douglas, Father Nathanael, Father Francis, and Bishop Trautman, following the Mass of Ordination. At right, Bishop Trautman anoints the hands of Father Francis with holy oil, symbolizing his dedication to the service of God. At bottom, Bishop Trautman presents Father Nathanael with the host, signifying bestowal of the power to offer Mass. Both photos were taken by Father Philip M. Kanfush, O.S.B. Father Francis Ehnat, O.S.B., is most recently from Savannah, and Father Nathanael Polinski, O.S.B., is from the Duquesne area of Pittsburgh. Father Nathanael has begun graduate studies at the Catholic University of America. Father Francis continues with assignments at the Archabbey. Volume 23, Number 1 22

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Jubilarian Day 2012 Saint Vincent Archabbey celebrated Jubilarian Day in June. Jubilarians were Father Noel Rothrauff, O.S.B., 65 years of religious profession; Father Demetrius R. Dumm, O.S.B., 65 years of ordination; Father Mario Fulgenzi, O.S.B., Father Athanasius Cherry, O.S.B., and Father Lucas Torrell de Almeida Costa, O.S.B., 50 years of profession; Father Robert Roche, O.S.B., Father Gilbert Burke, O.S.B., Father Vernon Holtz, O.S.B., Father Cornelius Chang, O.S.B., 50 years of ordination; and Father Dominic Petroy, O.S.B., 25 years of ordination. Pictured, top photo, are Father Anthanasius, Father Mario, and Father Noel. In the bottom, from left, are Father Dominic, Father Cornelius, Father Vernon, Father Gilbert, and Father Robert.

Auxiliary Bishop Waltersheid Homilist At Priest Day Mass Auxiliary Bishop William J. Waltersheid of the Diocese of Pittsburgh was the principal celebrant and homilist at the annual Priest Day Mass held at Saint Vincent this past summer. Every year Saint Vincent hosts the annual Mass for alumni priests and priests who serve in neighboring dioceses. Mass is followed by a social and picnic.

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Mission To Brazil 2012

Benedictine monks of São Bento Priory, Brazil, are, front, from left, Abbot Joaquim de Arruda Zamith, O.S.B.; Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B.; Prior Father Paulo Panza, O.S.B.; and Brother Agostinho Silva, O.S.B.; second row, from left, Brother Emanuel do Prado, N.O.S.B.; Postulant Mauro Lopes; Postulant Angelico Gabriel; Brother Martinho Zevallos Chavez, O.S.B.; Brother Pedro Fonseca, O.S.B.; Brother Samuel Pinheiro, N.O.S.B.; Brother Elias Pinheiro Silva, O.S.B.; Brother Osvaldo Cássio Batista, O.S.B.; Brother Rogério Miranda de Almeida, O.S.B.; Brother Jose Matias, O.S.B., and Brother João Batista de Araújo Santos, O.S.B.

Pictured, from left are Father Alexandre Missio, Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Archbishop Airton José dos Santos of Campinas, Father Alexandre Moura, and Prior Paulo Panza, O.S.B. during the Archabbot’s visitation of São Bento Priory in Vinhedo, Brazil, in July 2012. Father Missio and Father Moura were also prepared for priestly ministry at Saint Vincent Seminary, with the financial support of the Benedictine Community of Saint Vincent Archabbey.

While in Brazil, Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., met with Archbishop Airton José dos Santos, the new Archbishop of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil. Archbishop dos Santos was appointed to the new position in February by His Holiness Pope John Paul II. The Office of Archbishop had been vacant since the death of Archbishop Bruno Gamberini in August 2011. Archbishop dos Santos had served as Bishop of Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil since 2004, and prior to that he was Auxiliary Bishop of Santo André. He was ordained a priest in 1985. Volume 23, Number 1


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Campus Ministry Service Trip To China

Pictured from left, are Brother Isaac Haywiser, O.S.B., Father Killian Loch, O.S.B., Sister Zita Huang, S.J. Father David Ho, O.S.B., Brother Canice McMullen, O.S.B., and Jin-Li Ho, father of Father David.

From left, are Father Paul Shi Hui Min, a 1999 graduate of Saint Vincent Seminary who is now stationed in China; Brother Isaac Haywiser, O.S.B., Father Killian Loch, O.S.B., Brother Nicholas Koss, Brother Canice McMullen, O.S.B., and Paul Han Wen Sheng, rector of Beijing Regional Seminary.

Three Benedictines from Saint Vincent Archabbey accompanied a Saint Vincent College Campus Ministry group to Asia, meeting up with members of the community serving at Wimmer Priory in Taipei. The monks were Father Killian Loch, O.S.B., director of Campus Ministry; Brother Isaac Haywiser, O.S.B., and Brother Canice McMullen, O.S.B. They met Father David Ho, O.S.B., and Brother Nicholas Koss. The group’s service trip included working at Jonah House, CathWel Services, and the orphanage there. The group then went to Nan-Tou and worked in the mountain villages. Father Killian celebrated Mass for children in the Catechism camp at a parish, then one group cleaned the home of an elderly parishioner and the other cleaned the church. Then students played games with the children. The group also visited with the Missionaries of the Holy Family, Jilin, China, and toured Ave Maria Seminary, the Catholic Seminary of Jilin Province. They met with Paul Shi Hui Min, a 1999 graduate of Saint Vincent Seminary. Then the group toured Fu Jen Catholic University, founded by monks of Saint Vincent.

Brother Isaac Haywiser, O.S.B., Brother Canice McMullen, O.S.B., Professor Nicholas Koss, O.S.B., and Father Killian Loch, O.S.B., at the alumni association onf the old Fu Jen University in Beijing. Volume 23, Number 1 25

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Catholic Art Exhibit Features Image Of Monk The Saint Vincent Gallery opened a multimedia show of religious-themed art at the Fourth Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Exhibition on November 2. Noted art historian, author, and lecturer John Thomas Spike was the juror for the exhibition and delivered the 67th lecture in the Saint Vincent College Threshold Series. The exhibition is open

through December 9. One hundred and forty-six entries were submitted. A total of 38 works by artists from nine states are included in the unique show of mixed media ranging from painting in various media, film and digital photography, linocuts, leaded stained glass, stainless steel and bronze, cast stone, mosaic, and plaster.

Artist Jordan Hainsey of Hollidaysburg, who works for Saint Vincent Archabbey, used junior monk Brother Miguel Gonzalez, O.S.B., in his work, “Viva Cristo Rey! Blessed Miguel Pro,” a digital photo, pictured above. First prize went to Christopher Ruane, Murrysville, “The Good Samaritan,” digital photo.

An exhibit of German Baroque artists recently held at Saint Vincent Gallery dated to the days of Boniface Wimmer. That exhibit and a smaller, adjacent exhibit featuring the personal possessions of Saint Vincent founder Archabbot Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B., honor his life and legacy on the 125th anniversary of his death (December 8). While the

Baroque exhibit has ended, others are planned. The smaller exhibition honoring Wimmer, curated by Jordan Hainsey, continues through December 9. The 42 drawings in the Baroque exhibit date from the late 16th to early 18th centuries and were collected by Wimmer, most probably for use in art classes. In storage for decades, they had never been publicly exhibited. The artists are still in the process of being identified, said Brother

Nathan Cochran, O.S.B., (above, left) gallery director and exhibit curator. The National Gallery of Art, in Washington, D.C., has expressed interest in sending a curator to look at the drawings, he said. The show was reviewed by art critic Mary Thomas of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She also did a feature on Brother Nathan that appeared in the November 11 edition of the newspaper, tracing his roots at the abbey to establishment of the gallery. Volume 23, Number 1


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Steelers Training Camp 2012 Clockwise, from top, left: Pittsburgh Steelers 80th anniversary banner with Basilica steeple in background; Brett Keisel talks with Steelers’ owner and U.S. Ambassador Dan Rooney; Head Coach Mike Tomlin watches the action on the field; receiving drills; punter Drew Butler; receivers Antonio Brown and Jerricho Cotchery next to guard David DeCastro.

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Sue Paterno Catholic Student Faith Center Dedicated This year was the 50th anniversary year of Benedictines from Saint Vincent serving the pastoral needs of students at Penn State University. It also marked the completion and dedication of the Suzanne Pohland Paterno Catholic Student Faith Center at Penn State, which was dedicated September 8 by Most Rev. Mark Bartchak, Bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Father Matthew Laffey, O.S.B., serves as director of Catholic campus ministry at Penn State, and is assisted by Father David Griffin, O.S.B. Father Vincent de Paul Crosby, O.S.B., served as artistic and liturgical consultant for the new Catholic chapel, working on design aspects of the project for more than two years. On the Feast of the Nativity of

Our Lady, the chapel was dedicated and placed under the patronage of the Holy Family. A window in the chapel is of the Holy Family because Holy Family Parish in Latrobe was Suzanne Paterno’s parish when she was growing up. Mass concelebrants included Most Rev. Joseph V. Adamec, bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown; Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey; Father Matthew and Father David; Father Neil Dadey, dean of the Northern Deanery; and Deacon Laszlo Ivanits of Penn State Catholic Campus Ministry. “The faith and understanding of Sue and others have made this Catholic Student Faith Center possible,” said Bishop Bartchak. “Our Lord encourages us by saying that we are not to be overwhelmed by darkness, and challenges us to walk in the light of the Catholic Faith that is a gift to us from the Son of God. “Joe (Paterno) and Sue were at the forefront of the effort to make this student center a reality,” said Father Matthew. He added that Sue Paterno has been ministering to the students since she came to State College 50 years ago. “The Catholic faith is of great importance to her. She’s been a Eucharistic minister for many of those years. She’s personally tutored the students, and for the good of the faith and the students, she’ll do anything she’s asked. “This is going to be a tremendous addition to the spiritual lives of the stu-

dents,” Father Matthew said. “This is a place where they can find like-minded people, and at certain times, be with people who share their beliefs.” “It was very moving to see the things I had designed blessed and put into use for the first time,” said Father Vincent. The building includes a chapel in which weekday Masses will be celebrated, a reconciliation room, gathering, meeting, and recreational areas, and a library. The center provides residence space for the Benedictines who staff Catholic Campus Ministry, which is a shared effort between the Diocese and the Benedictine community. There are more than 10,000 Catholic students, administrators, faculty, and staff members being served at the university. Weekend Masses will continue to be held at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center to accommodate the large number of students. Father Vincent and Father Matthew worked with Fernsler Architects on the project. To acknowledge the 50th anniversary of the Benedictines at Penn State, the dates were carved into the back side of the Tabernacle. Servant of God Demetrius Gallitzen is on one side, because he brought the faith to the diocese, and a monk is on the other side, as the Benedictines have continued what Gallitzen started in the diocese. This article based on articles appearing in The Catholic Register, Sepetember 24, by Bruce A. Tomaselli, who also contributed photos of the dedication. Volume 23, Number 1


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Pictured at the dedication Mass were, from left, Father Matthew Laffey, O.S.B.; Deacon Laszlo Ivantis; Bishop emeritus Joseph V. Adamec, Diocese of AltoonaJohnstown; Bishop Mark L. Bartchak, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown; Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. and Father Neil Dadey.

Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Suzanne Pohland Paterno, Elaine Hoehn, and Don Fleming attended the dedication.

Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., greets Mrs. Suzanne Pohland Paterno during the procession. More than 40 members of the Paterno family attended the dedication. Volume 23, Number 1 29

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Parish Anniversary

Saint Michael the Archangel Parish in West Salisbury celebrated a recent renovation of the church and the 125th anniversary of the parish on November 18. Taking part in the celebration were, from left, Father Benoit Alloggia, O.S.B.; Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B.; Most Rev. Mark Bartchak, Bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown; and Father Nathan Munsch, O.S.B., pastor. Structural renovations, new carpeting, a new front facade, and other improvements were part of the project. The church building itself is more than a century old. Deacon for the parish is Rev. Mr. William Underhill.

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The second phase of a major renovation and addition to Saint Margaret Mary Parish, Lower Burrell, was completed on October 6. Father Vincent de Paul Crosby, O.S.B., was involved with design of some of the liturgical artwork. The new crucifix was modeled after the crucifix from the former church, and the tabernacle and Saint Mary and Joseph statues were refurbished for the new church. The central window is designed to complement the Crucifix which depicts serene and victorious Christ. The window suggests the love of Christ, poured out as water and blood flowing from His side. The smaller windows on either side portray the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist, through which the faithful share in the unfathomable love of Christ. The round Saint Margaret Mary Rose Window depicts Saint Margaret Mary’s vision of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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A New Year’s Resolution Now that the New Year is upon us, 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 among the 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 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,

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and life insurance. These experts have 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 benefac-


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Rev. Gilbert J. Burke, O.S.B. Father Gilbert J. Burke, O.S.B., a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, died Sunday, June 17, 2012. He was born March 30, 1935 in Central City, Pennsylvania, to the late Mark E. and the late Mary A. (Riley) Burke. He is survived by a sister, Mary Barbara D’Alessandro, of California and nieces and nephews. His brothers, Thomas and Mark Burke, are deceased. He attended Saint John the Baptist Parochial School, Central City, and graduated from Saint Vincent Preparatory School in 1953. He received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Saint Vincent College in 1958, and a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1962. Father Gilbert entered the Saint Vincent monastic community in 1955 from Blessed Sacrament Cathedral Parish in Greensburg. He made his simple profession of vows on July 2, 1956 and his solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1959 at Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. He was ordained a priest at Saint Vincent Basilica by the late Bishop William G. Connare of Greensburg on June 2, 1962. He was appointed to serve in the Saint Vincent Public Relations Office in 1960. He was guest master of the Archabbey

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(1963-1966), college moderator (19641965), and chaplain of Carmel of the Assumption Monastery, Latrobe (19651966). Between 1962 and 1966, he served as temporary assistant at Sacred Heart and Ascension Parishes, Jeannette, Pennsylvania, and Saint Benedict Parish, Covington, Kentucky. He was assistant pastor at Saint Vincent Parish (1966-1969), director of public relations for Saint Vincent Archabbey, College, and Seminary (1969-1974), director of public relations and publicity for Saint Vincent Archabbey (1974-1982), Archabbey foreign mission procurator (19741982), and moderator for the Saint Vincent Women’s Auxiliary (1974-1982). Father Gilbert was associate pastor at Saint Bruno Parish, South Greensburg (1976-1982), pastor of Saint Bruno (1982-1987), and concurrent with his pastorate there, planned construction of the Gilbert Straub Plaza, a high-rise residence for the elderly, adjacent to the church. He served as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Jeannette (1987-1991), and as pastor of Saint Vincent Parish (19911996). He served as a weekend assistant at Our Lady of Joy Parish, Holiday Park, from 1996 to 2001 Father Gilbert was director of alumni at Saint Vincent College. In 2001, he was named assistant to the president. He served as director of alumni for Saint Vincent Seminary from 1996 to 2008, and then consultant for alumni affairs (20082012). He served as pastor of Saint Vincent Basilica Parish (2003-2004) until being named senior priest in 2004. From 2004 to 2006, he was assistant to the archabbot at Saint Vincent Archabbey. He was the director of the Saint Vincent Development Club from 2006 to 2012. He was a member of the Kiwanis Clubs of Latrobe and Jeannette, the South Greensburg and Jeannette Ministerial Association, and of the board of directors of the Westmoreland County Choral Society. He was a member (1984-2012)

and past president (1984-2011) of the board of directors of the Gilbert Straub Plaza, the Council of Seniors at Saint Vincent Archabbey (1992-1998), and the board of directors of the Saint Vincent College Corporation (1993-2012). He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 1222, Jeannette; was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus, Assembly #918 Latrobe/Jeannette; a member of the Ancient Order of Hiberians; the Latrobe Ministerium; and the Latrobe Rotary Board of Directors. He was president of the Rotary Club from 2010 to 2011. From his first appointment at Saint Vincent in the Office of Public Relations in 1960, Father Gilbert became the “public face” of Saint Vincent to the local community and beyond. Over the years, he touched the lives of thousands of people. He baptized more infants, witnessed more weddings, presided over more funerals, heard more confessions, and anointed more sick persons than any other Benedictine in recent years. His gentle manner and friendly smile along with a phenomenal memory for names, including middle initials, endeared him to students, alumni, parishioners, and people from every walk of life. On the occasion of his 50th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood in June of 2012, more than 700 family members and friends gathered in the Saint Vincent Basilica to celebrate his life, his service to the church, and to society. On April 29, 2012, Father Gilbert was presented with the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal, a papal honor, by the Most Rev. Lawrence E. Brandt of the Diocese of Greensburg. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday, June 22, in the Archabbey Basilica. Memorial contributions may be made to the Basilica Organ Campaign, Saint Vincent Archabbey, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650. Volume 23, Number 1


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Father Gilbert Dedicates Final Days To Complete The Campaign For a New Organ For the past several years, Father Gilbert Burke worked hard to complete the campaign for the new Basilica gallery organ. Father Gilbert volunteered to co-chair the committee at Saint Vincent Basilica Parish where he served as pastor for many years. Together with co-chair Mrs. Orlie Ferretti (pictured with Father Gilbert and Mr. Paul Whiteside, director of development), Father Gilbert and committee members spent more than two years raising funds for the campaign. Following Father Gilbert’s passing in June, ongoing fund raising efforts and a bequest have moved the project forward. Despite struggling with cancer, Father Gilbert spent his final days working to bring the organ project to completion. The fund still needs several hundred thousand dollars. A gift in any amount would help to complete the campaign goal. The Basilica Gallery Organ, to be built by Buzard Pipe Organ Builders of Champaign, Illinois, will replace the former

Möller gallery pipe organ that had deteriorated to an unplayable condition. John-Paul Buzard, president of Buzard Pipe Organ Builders, has completed visual designs and engineering for the new gallery organ. Father Cyprian G. Constantine, O.S.B., is coordinator of the project. Father Vincent de Paul Crosby, O.S.B., is the design consultant. “The sheer volume of the building, and its sumptuous acoustical environment, necessitates an organ be in equally good proportion to it,” Buzard, a master organ builder, stated. “Saint Vincent has some of the finest acoustics of any church or cathedral in the United States.” The three-manual apse console is located in the apse area of the monastic choir and will also control the Gallery Organ once it is installed. According to Father Cyprian, the Gallery Organ will be a three-manual and pedal organ of 50 stops and 70 ranks of pipes.

“Visually, it will complement the Basilica’s architecture,” Father Vincent said. Other committee members included Father Tom Curry, O.S.B., Ralph and Donna Liberatore, Ann Miles, and John Szalewicz. To help complete the Basilica Gallery Organ Campaign, please send your gift or contact: Mr. Paul R. Whiteside, Director of Development Saint Vincent Archabbey 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650-2690 Phone: 724-532-6740

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To give a tribute or memorial gift, please make a donation to Saint Vincent Archabbey in honor of or in memory of a friend, colleague or family member. Mail to Mr. Paul R. Whiteside, Archabbey Development Office, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, Pa., 15650-2690, 724-5326740. Donors from April 10, 2012 to November 13, 2012, include:

REV. THOMAS P. ACKLIN, O.S.B. Mr. Kevin R. Powers REV. WILLIAM A. BEAVER, O.S.B. Erin Alexander REV. PATRICK T. CRONAUER, O.S.B. Mrs. Marion G. Cronauer REV. FRANCIS D. EHNAT, O.S.B. Raymond and Darlene Polinski REV. BONIFACE P. HICKS, O.S.B. Ms. Lydia A. Gleba REV. VERNON A. HOLTZ, O.S.B. Ms. Kimberly F. Baker BR. MIGUEL GONZALEZ, O.S.B. Margie and Dick Brown REV. NATHANAEL R. POLINSKI, O.S.B. Joan M. Conklin Raymond and Darlene Polinski ALL SEMINARIANS, ESPECIALLY THOSE FROM SLOVAKIA Mr. Emerick A. Kravec REV. ROBERT F. SHARMAN Rev. Aaron Buzzelli, O.S.B.

+RONALD S. BERARDI, M.D. Dr. Primo Bautista Dr. Charles Choi DeBlasio & DeBlasio Associates Mr. and Mrs. John P. Deegan Wayne and Denise Douglas Employees of the Lab at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital Excela Health Medical Staff Dr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Gessner The Girt Family Marciel and Frank Graham Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Kasperik Mr. and Mrs. Tom McCarthy Mr. and Mrs. Seward Prosser Mellon

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Dr. Elias Memari Dr. C. Dennis Miller Mrs. Jo Ellen Miller Mrs. Rosemarie Piper Dr. James Pisano Dr. and Mrs. William O. Scheeren Dr. Maged Shenouda Unity Pathology Associates Dr. Robert Yakulis Dr. Ruo-dan Zhang The Lab at Waynesboro Hospital The Waynesboro Hospital Medical Staff +JAMES BRADY Mrs. Christa Gannon Alexander Mrs. Ursula Gannon Appel Mr. John Gannon Mrs. Amanda Brady King +MICHAEL BRADY Mr. and Mrs. Daniel W. Kelly Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Lieb +REV. GABRIEL BRIESTENSKY, O.S.B. Kathleen Brestensky +REV. GILBERT J. BURKE, O.S.B. Jim and Louise Ashbaugh Barbara L. Bacha Ms. Kathleen A. Bacha Mr. and Mrs. James D. Bendel Chris and Bill Bierbower Joe and Elise Bizup Mr. John W. Boyle Rev. Michael M. Camara Rev. Msgr. William G. Charnoki Mrs. Marion G. Cronauer Dr. and Mrs. Francis L. DeFabo Mrs. Gloria A. DeFabo Mrs. Alma J. Demyan and Gerard Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Dropik Mrs. Loretta M. Durishan Mr. and Mrs. Carl L. Eckels Dr. Thomas R. Eckenrode and Mrs. Diane Ruby Mrs. Mary Ann Facetti Mr. Gene Forish Friends of Father Gilbert Ms. Frances M. Gigliotti Dr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Govi Jim and Rita Gyurke Rev. Deacon and Mrs. John M. Hanchin Dr. and Mrs. Robert J. Hartsock

John and Evelyn Hauser Ms. Patricia L. Hess Martin and Susan Hickey Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. Hobart, Jr. Beth Iezzi-Alwine Family Rev. John J. Keane Tom and Helen Kissell Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth R. Komlos Michael and Marie Kostelnik Mr. and Mrs. Robert Krempasky Mrs. Kathleen Krieghbaum Mr. and Mrs. Zoltan J. Kristof Ms. Theresa Lieb Joe and Joan Mangarella Dr. Philip X. Masciantonio Ms. Loretta I. McBroom Gene and Mary Jo McDonald Frank C. McLaughlin, Jr., Esquire Mr. and Mrs. Edward G. Nemanic Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert D. Pastor Mr. Jack Perry Rudolph and Janet Puchan Rev. Msgr. William R. Rathgeb Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Rebrick Mr. and Mrs. Randy L. Rossi Mrs. Edith Sarneso Ralph and Donna Scalise Ms. Theresa Seese St. Mary’s Ladies Guild Mrs. Celine Steinmiller Sr. Edie Strong Dr. Gerard D. Sweeney Mr. and Mrs. James J. Valvano Mrs. Winifred Yanity Ms. Mary Etta Yeckley Maxine and Denis Zuzik +REV. ANTHONY J. BURLAS, O.S.B. Mr. Charles M. Seamens +ROBERT P. CIESLUK Patrick and Syma Mulich +STANLEY COHEN Syma and Patrick Mulich +HAROLD T. CRONAUER, SR. Mrs. Marion G. Cronauer +JAMES CUTIA Ms. Joy Kronenberger +REV. WILFRED M. DUMM, O.S.B. Mrs. Imogene Reidy (Continued on Page 35)

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Bishop Opens Year of Faith at Saint Vincent Saint Vincent Archabbey and Seminary marked the vigil of the opening of the Year of Faith with a Mass October 10, in the Archabbey Basilica celebrated by Most Rev. Lawrence E. Brandt, J.C.D., Ph.D., Bishop of Greensburg, pictured below. Pope Benedict XVI declared that a “Year of Faith” will begin on October 11, 2012 and conclude on November 24, 2013. The first day of the Year of Faith is the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. . . (Vatican II) and also the twentieth anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. During the Year of Faith, Catholics are asked to study and reflect on the documents of Vatican II and the catechism so that they may deepen their knowledge of the faith.” Please refer to the back page of this newsletter for dates of some of the forthcoming events. Details will be posted on the Archabbey website,

John and Mary Strittmatter +REV JOACHIM R. FATORA, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Gervase Gumbita +MARY E. FOLBY Mr. Sam Folby +KATHY GRIMM Mr. John J. Amrhein +ELISABETH GUTTENDORF Ms. Jeanette O’Blenness +MICHAEL AND MARGARET HANCHIN Rev. Deacon and Mrs. John M. Hanchin HARRER AND DIETRICH FAMILY Suzanne F. Harrer +DR. JOSEPH F. HEISEL AND +MRS. HENNY HEISEL Mr. and Mrs. James D. Bendel +MR. STEVE M. HONEYGOSKY Leo M. Bacha Funeral Home, Inc. +CONNIE HUBER Mr. Paul J. Huber +RITA JOHNSTON Ben and Barbara Troy +CLEMENT A. JURICA Mrs. Anna Golofski +JOSEPH KENGOR Mrs. Mary Kengor +REV. OMER U. KLINE, O.S.B.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lantzy +SIMON C. KRALIK Mrs. Theresa J. Kralik +WILLIAM L. KUBIC Mrs. J. Roberta Kubic +MICHAEL MAZERO Dr. and Mrs. John R. Mazero +WILMA MCKENNA Tom and Kathy Herald +REV. ALLEN N. MEYER, O.S.B. Mr. Eric Brugger +JOHN AND HELEN POGORELEC Rev. Deacon and Mrs. John M. Hanchin +STANLEY T. POCRATSKY Mrs. Irene B. Pocratsky +JOHN AND KATIE REBI Mrs. Irene B. Pocratsky +JOHN REIDY, JR. Mrs. Imogene Reidy +DR. GEORGE E. SWEENEY Dr. Gerard D. Sweeney +MRS. CLARA SWEENEY Dr. Gerard D. Sweeney +MARY LOU TOTH Mrs. Judith L. Shaffer +ROBERT B. TROY Ben and Barbara Troy +REGINA ULISHNEY Anonymous Ms. Renee Bogdan

Mrs. Jolene Bolinger Mr. Mike Goodwin Greensburg District Mining Office Ms. Thelma Heide Virginia and John Kabala Mr. Stephen Lipko Rick and Cindy Love Anna Bell and Roseanne Olenick Mrs. Jeraldine E. Mason Art and Sharon Metz Dan and Linda Porembka Jerry and Kay Shick Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tyson Douglas Ulishney JoAnn A. Ulishney Anita and Tom Ulishney Regina Ulishney’s Family +ROBERT J. UNITES Mrs. Imelda M. Unites +REV. REMIGIUS B. VEROSTKO, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Donald S. Pawlak +REV. FLAVIAN G. YELINKO, O.S.B. Ralph and Annette Garvelli +ROBERT F. ZIDEK Mrs. Anna Golofski +ARTHUR ZITTERBART, JR. Jane Zitterbart and Family +ARTHUR ZITTERBART, SR. Jane Zitterbart and Family

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Upcoming Events DECEMBER 2 The Saint Vincent Camerata directed by Father Stephen Concordia and the Academy Chamber Orchestra concert DECEMBER 8-9 Handel’s “Messiah” Saint Vincent College and Local Choirs JANUARY 21 Martin Luther King Day, Msgr. Raymond East Office of Black Catholics, Archdiocese of Washington JANUARY 28 50th Anniversary, Saint Vincent Fire, honor firefighters and police officers MARCH 11 Threshold Series, Brother Guy J. Consolmagno, S.J. Vatican Observatory MARCH 21 Feast of the Passing of Saint Benedict Bishop Lawrence Persico APRIL 11 Saint Vincent Seminary Scholarship Dinner APRIL 17-20 Francis Cardinal Arinze, Vatican II Lecture MAY 10 Seminary Commencement MAY 11 College Commencement JULY 11 Feast of Saint Benedict


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Saint Vincent will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the fire of January 28, 1963, and the cover of this issue and center spread reflect t...

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Saint Vincent will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the fire of January 28, 1963, and the cover of this issue and center spread reflect t...