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Mission To Asia

International Young Adult Forum Coming To Saint Vincent Saint Vincent Archabbey and College will play host to an International Young Adult Forum on July 18 to 22 as a pilgrimage event leading up to the observance of World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto, Ontario, where Pope John Paul II will celebrate Mass on July 28. The Saint Vincent Young Adult Forum is sponsored by the Emmanuel Community of Paris, France, as a first-time event in the U.S. The Emmanuel Community has organized youth forums for many years at the pilgrimage city of the Sacred Heart, Paray-le-Monial, in France. Francis Cardinal Arinze, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and a member of the Roman Curia, the Holy Father’s direct staff, will be a special presenter at the forum held at Saint Vincent College. Campus Ministry Director, Fr. Fred Byrne, O.S.B., said that young adults from around the world are expected to come to Saint Vincent to join with young adults from around the U.S. at the forum where they will have an opportunity to pray together, sing together, share experiences from their different backgrounds throughout the world, and hear presentations from some of the Church’s outstanding teachers. His Eminence Francis Cardinal Arinze will be the principal speaker and celebrant of the Eucharist on Friday, July 19. Bishop Anthony Bosco will be the celebrant and homilist for the Eucharist on Sunday, July 21. This international event promises to be a rich experience, Fr. Fred said. Groups of American young people from various associations and dioceses have already committed themselves to coming. Young adults are expected from states such as Florida, California, Minnesota, (Continued on Page 3)

The Jendruch Family of Slovakia, a popular singing group, performed at Saint Vincent over Christmas.

Priory in Tapei, Fu Jen Among Stops

In the fall of 2001, Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., embarked on a Mission to Asia that included visits to: 1) The Benedictine Mission at Wimmer Priory in Taiwan; 2) The Archdiocese of Bangkok in Thailand; 3) The Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City and six monasteries in Vietnam; websafe colours: 4) The Archdiocese of Hong Kong; 5) The Fu Jen Alumni Association in China; blue:Beijing, #006699 6) The Benedictine Monastery of the yellow: #FFCC66 Holy Trinity in Fujimi, Japan, for a meetred: ing #FF0000 of the International Benedictine Commission on China. Archabbot Douglas met with the President of Fu Jen University in Taipei, John Ning-Yuean Lee; and three of the University’s Vice Presidents, Father Louis Gendron, S.J.; Father Joseph Wong; and Father Michael Kwo, S.V.D. Archabbot Douglas renewed his friendHis Eminence, Francis Cardinal Arinze, ship with Archbishop Ti-Kang of Taipei, will return to Saint Vincent for the Inter- presenting him with a memento from national Young Adult Forum in July. He Saint Vincent Archabbey. The Archbishop is pictured above blessing the belltowers (Continued on Page 8) in ..... of 2000.

Ash Wednesday In Rome

Two Saint Vincent Benedictines studying in Rome, Br. Cajetan Homick, O.S.B., left, and Father Edward Mazich, O.S.B., received ashes from Pope John Paul II on Ash Wednesday. 1

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Archabbot’s Message Dear Friends, Our Saint Vincent Benedictines have three key apostolates — education, pastoral work and missionary activity. This issue of Heart to Heart is a celebration of everything that is going on in all three areas. From our missionary work in Asia to the new freshman residence hall being constructed at Saint Vincent College, we continue to carry out the vision of our founder, Boniface Wimmer, to go “forward, always forward, everywhere forward.” In addition to the construction, Saint Vincent College is undergoing a major reorganization of its academic programs, which will see the programs organized under four major schools. In addition to our current progress in education, we also look at our historic

News from Around The Archabbey F a t h e r Vernon Holtz, O . S . B . , received the annual Thoburn Excellence in Teaching Award at the annual Founders’ Day Vespers and Honors Convocation held recently in the Archabbey Basilica. The award recognizes outstanding faculty members. It was established by Tom and Tina Thoburn of Ligonier. ***** Saint Vincent Archabbey Benedictine Father Leon Hont, who is pastor of Queen of the World Parish, St. Marys, was named the Natural Family Planning Volunteer of the Year in the Diocese of Erie. The award is presented by the diocesan Natural Family 2

involvement in that field with the centennial celebration of the Benedictine Military School in Savannah, Georgia. In March I visited the Savannah campus to take part in activities marking our involvement in this mission. In April I will visit our mission in Brazil and see the progress our confreres have made in our service to the people of Vinhedo and the surrounding area. This summer our campus will host over 1,000 young people from all over the world for a spiritual retreat prior to the World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto, Canada. Father Fred Byrne, O.S.B., the Saint Vincent College campus minister, and other volunteers are working closely with the Paris-based Emmanuel Planning Office of Catholic Charities. A Volunteer Appreciation Celebration was held to announce the award. Father Leon devoted the month of October to promote Natural Family Planning, which conforms with Catholic teaching. He was assisted by Father Matthew Laffey, O.S.B., parochial vicar at Queen of the World. “We have a Benedictine model that says, ‘All for the glory and honor of God,’ and that summarizes it,” Father Leon told the Lake Shore Visitor’s writer Jason Kisielewski. “I was surprised and it was a delightful honor.” He plans to do the promotion once again in October of 2002. ***** Brother Benedict Janecko, O.S.B., has an article in the January 2002 issue of The Bible Today, entitled “Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Genesis.”

Community to host this Young Adult Forum in July. The highlight of our Young Adult Forum will be a visit by Francis Cardinal Arinze. Cardinal Arinze, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and a member of the Roman Curia, will once again visit our campus. He was here in April of 2000 to conduct a Eucharistic Retreat. A book based on the retreat was recently published by Our Sunday Visitor (see page 3). Finally, we congratulate our confrere, Father Flavian Yelinko, O.S.B., after he became the longest-lived monk in the history of Saint Vincent. He notes in an article featured in this issue that he has attended funerals for all of the archabbots of Saint Vincent except for Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B., who died in 1887. Sincerely in Christ,

Archabbot of Saint Vincent The article looks at sibling rivalries in Genesis along with opportunities for forgiveness and reconciliation. The article has implications for reconciliation among families, nations and religions today. In the same issue, there was also an article by Father Demetrius Dumm, O.S.B., entitled “Jerusalem: Political Idol or Sacred Place?” ***** Father Mark Gruber, O.S.B., has authored an essay which has been accepted as a chapter in the second volume of a Greenwood press publication, The Anthropology of Religion: A Handbook. The essay chapter is provisionally titled, “The Bio-linkage of Bipedality and the Formation of Spatial Templates Associated with Religious Consciousness.” The book is expected to be out in the spring of 2002. Father Mark has also received a contract from Orbis Press for the fall 2002 publication of his book, My Journey Back to Eden, a journal of his yearlong (Continued on Page 4) Volume 13, Numbers 1-2

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Heart to Heart,

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 Cardinal John Newman. This newsletter is published by the Benedictines of Saint Vincent Archabbey. Publisher Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. Development Director William P. Malloy Writer/Editor Kimberley A. Metzgar Contributors to this issue: Director of Public Relations Donald A. Orlando Public Relations Associate Theresa Schwab Alumni Director Rev. Gilbert J. Burke, O.S.B. Rev. Omer U. Kline, O.S.B.

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International Young Adult Forum (Continued from Page 1) New York, Georgia and Nevada. Different groups are expected to come from a variety of countries around the world, including Ireland, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, Philippines, Japan and the Caribbean. The idea for Saint Vincent to be the host site for a pilgrimage event for young adults began with Fr. Fred who had attended a similar Emmanuel Community Forum held in 2000 in France in preparation for the World Youth Day event in Rome. Fr. Fred, then a member of the Penn State University Campus Ministry, took some Penn State students to the event. “At one point during the Forum, as part of the Holy Year observance, hundreds of young people from Europe, Africa, Asia and South America streamed through the portals of the 900-year-old basilica built by the Benedictine monks of Cluny,” he recalls. So impressed was Fr. Fred by the experience that he wanted Saint Vincent to host a similar pilgrimage event as a spiritually-affirming “gift” to young adults from around the world. “Let’s have Paray-leMonial in the U.S.A.,” he suggested to the leaders of the Emmanuel Community. The forum at Saint Vincent will run from Thursday, July 18, to Sunday, July 21. Those attending will then depart on the morning of Monday, July 22, en route to Toronto, with a stop at Niagara Falls. The World Youth Day activities in Toronto will continue from Tuesday, July 23, to Sunday, July 28. The Holy Father will say Mass on July 28. More than a million young adults, ages 18 to 35, from more than 150 countries are expected to attend this 17th World Youth Day in Toronto to celebrate and learn about their faith, to encounter the Church and to engage in various missionary and service activities. The Youth Forum Steering Committee for the event at Saint Vincent includes, in addition to Fr. Fred, the following mem-

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Mission to Asia 2001 ................ 1, 10-13 Young Adult Forum ....................... 1, 24 Ash Wednesday in Rome.................... 1 Archabbot’s Message ......................... 2 Archabbey News .......................... 2, 4-6 Nature Reserve .................................... 3 Cardinal Arinze Book .......................... 3 Book Review ........................................ 5 New Cookbook..................................... 5 Father Flavian Yelinko......................... 6 Gristmill Products, Video.................... 7 Savannah Benedictines ................... 8-9 2002 Retreats ................................ 14-18

bers: the Rt. Rev. Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Archabbot and Chancellor of Saint Vincent; James Bendel; Richard Bonfiglio; Santos Hernandez; Al Novak; Sally Anne Novak; Richard Strom; Karen Strom; and Therese M. Telepak, Director of Youth Ministry, Diocese of Greensburg. For more information about the International Youth Day Forum at Saint Vincent and Pilgrimage to World Youth Day, consult the web site at where a registration packet is available. Those interested in only attending the Forum at Saint Vincent may contact the Saint Vincent College Office of Event and Conference Services at 724-532-5030 or e-mail

Cardinal Arinze: The Holy Eucharist Saint Vincent Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., wrote the introduction to The Holy Eucharist, a book written by His Eminence Francis Cardinal Arinze, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in Rome. The book is based on a Eucharistic Retreat given by Cardinal Arinze when he visited Saint Vincent Archabbey in 2000. The retreat series was held to help prepare the Catholic faithful to grow in a deeper awareness of the great gift of the Eucharist. The book is part of Our Sunday Visitor’s spring/summer list of book releases. For further information refer to the website: http;/ / Retail price is $9.95 plus $5.95 shipping from Our Sunday Visitor by calling 1-800-348-2440. Jubilarians ......................................... 15 Diaconate Ordination ........................ 15 Vocation Booklet ............................... 15 Tribute Gifts .................................. 16-17 Oblates ............................................... 17 Environmental Center ....................... 18 Archabbey Publications ................... 18 Planned Giving .................................. 19 Breakfast With Benedict ................... 20 Aerial View ......................................... 20 International Students....................... 21 Gristmill Featured.............................. 21 New Construction.............................. 21 Obituaries...................................... 22-23


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News from Around The Archabbey (Continued from Page 2) field work in the desert monasteries of Egypt. The book, edited by Sr. Michele Ransil, C.D.P., has already been very favorably reviewed by the respected theologian of Notre Dame, Lawrence Cunningham, who ranks as one of the leading commentators on the works of Thomas Merton. Father Mark spent a year in Egypt from September 1986 to August 1987, while completing his doctoral studies in anthropology. Father Mark recently attended the 100th anniversary meeting of the American Anthropology Association in Washington D.C. He consulted with the Anthropology of Religion Section of AAA, of which he was active in its formation over the past few years. He was joined by seven students belonging to the Saint Vincent College Anthropology Club. The students attended several sessions of the meetings, observed primate behavior at the D.C. Zoo, and visited the Natural History Museum, the American History Museum and the Washington Museum of Art. Father Mark also spoke at the “Springtime of Faith Conference 2001” in Akron, Ohio. Father Mark’s talk was entitled, “The Lord’s Day and the Vocation of Constant Prayer.” Also, Father Mark was cited in the acknowledgements of an article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. The article, edited by Robert Sokol of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, was printed in the October 16, 2001, issue. The article was entitled “Genetic Characterization of the Body Attributed to the Evangelist Luke.” One of the authors, Guido Barbujani, thanked Father Mark for providing historical information and references for the project. It made international headlines 4

Heart to Heart Winter/Spring 2002 because its findings confirm that the ethnicity, age, sex, and historical origins of the relics correspond with the received traditions about them. ***** Brother Thomas Curry, O.S.B., was among several members of the Saint Vincent community who took part in the 15K Memorial Race in Shanksville, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, site of the September 11 crash of Flight 93. The 15K was held on November 11. Other participants included administrators, students and faculty members from Saint Vincent College. ***** Brother Elliott Maloney, O.S.B., gave a presentation of his work on “The Gospels in a Latin American Perspective” at the Sonrise Church near Latrobe in December. He participated in their ministry of song and then was introduced by the pastor, the Rev. Don Walczak, an alumnus of Saint Vincent College and Saint Vincent Seminary. ***** Father Thomas Hart, O.S.B., and Gouled Miganeh, a junior math and economics major at Saint Vincent College, were at WQED Studios in Pittsburgh on January 10 to attend a panel session on “Islam and the West: Conflict or Coexistence?” The event was sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, the Conflict Resolution Center International and WQED Pittsburgh. They also gave a presentation on the topic in the “Hot Wings/Hot Topics” lecture series sponsored by Saint Vincent College Campus Ministry on February 20. Additionally, he offered a workshop on the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles for catechists in the Diocese of Little Rock, Arkansas, the weekend of February 1-3. “Catholics represent only about two percent of the Arkansas population and are generally besieged by fundamentalists,” Father Thomas said. “My workshop was designed to help religious educators

read the Gospels according to the principles of Catholic biblical hermeneutics. Because Catholics are so much in the minority there, they tend to be more confident about their faith in public settings.” Father Thomas also has written a short article for the Lenten edition of Share the Word, a publication of the Paulist National Catholic Evangelization Association ( It is entitled “Living the Joy of Lent.” ***** The Freedom Project, administered by the Atlas Economic Research Foundation and supported by the John Templeton Foundation, has awarded grants to 16 colleges in 2001 to teach students the virtues and challenges of human liberty. The 32 winning professors received a total of $47,000 in fellowship prizes. At Saint Vincent, the grant supports the class, The Idea of Freedom: Politics, Philosophy, Economics, and Theology, team-taught by Dr. Andrew Herr, Father Rene Kollar, O.S.B., and Dr. Bradley C.S. Watson. The Freedom Project asserts that freedom is a vital, complex subject that deserves better public understanding. It contends that today’s students will become more responsible citizens of a free society if they engage in intensive, interdisciplinary study of freedom in its many dimensions. Each year the project awards grants to universities in support of interdisciplinary courses that explore the moral and material impact of freedom, free societies and free enterprise. This year’s 16 winning courses were selected from 75 proposals. The project is administered by the Atlas Economic Research Foundation and supported by the John Templeton Foundation. ***** Father Wulfstan Clough, O.S.B., spoke to Saint Vincent College students during the first of a new lecture series sponsored by Campus Ministry on January 30. The initial “Hot Wings/ Hot Topics” session was on The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, which was the recent focus of a movie based on the book. Tolkien was a devout Catholic and many of his personal experiences turn up in his books, Father Wulfstan said. He noted the series “has a very Catholic ethos because he (Tolkien) gives us a world that’s in danger and characVolume 13, Numbers 1-2

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Book on Saint Vincent History Reviewed in Society’s Magazine

New Cookbook

Recipes from salads to desserts, with all the good main courses in between, are featured in a cookbook recently published by the Bible study class of Father Stanley Markiewicz, O.S.B., parochial vicar at Saint Vincent Parish. Parishioners and parish staff members contributed to the cookbook, which is available at the Basilica Gift Shop and the Gristmill General Store.

Archabbey News (Continued from Page 4) ters that are Christ figures in how some are tempted and some sacrifice themselves for others.” ***** Father Ananias Buccicone, O.S.B., parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Parish, St. Marys, was pictured with a parishioner in the Lake Shore Visitor, Erie Diocesan paper, helping prepare for a pie sale to raise money for victims of the terrorist attacks. Parishioners sold 939 pies to raise $3,500 for the Catholic Charities Victims’ Relief Fund. ***** Computing Day 2002, organized by the Computing and Information Science Department of Saint Vincent College, was held February 25. About 100 students from several surrounding schools visited the campus for the event, sponsored by Timken Latrobe Steel. Brother David Carlson, O.S.B., chairperson, and Br. Boniface Hicks, Volume 13, Numbers 1-2

Tom White, Project Archivist for the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, reviewed Jerome Oetgen’s book on the history of Saint Vincent, Mission to America, in the Fall 2001 edition of the society’s magazine, Western Pennsylvania History. “In Mission to America, Jerome Oetgen skillfully reconstructs the story of Wimmer’s mission, the growth of the community and the creation of new monastic communities around the country. “Oetgen approaches this institutional history in a direct way, focusing on the growth of Saint Vincent Archabbey and the conflicts that threatened it. His engaging writing style and focus on individuals draws the reader into the history and conveys a greater understanding of the day-to-day problems that the monks faced, such as their struggle to balance strict monastic life and observances with their active role in the community and their attempt to maintain their German identity. At the same time, Oetgen manages to show the larger mission of the Benedictines and their place in society by emphasizing their role as missionaries, teachers, and priests. The book manages to walk the fine line between

scholarly and popular writing, making the book accessible to both audiences.” “... Led by [Boniface] Wimmer, the monks of Saint Vincent overcame many difficulties in the early years. Oetgen emphasizes Wimmer’s determination to make the monastery successful and selfsufficient. ... Until his death in 1887, Boniface Wimmer maintained stability at Saint Vincent and sent out missionaries to establish new monastic communities around the country, many of which eventually became independent Benedictine abbeys....” White writes that “Jerome Oetgen has successfully captured the long and complex history of Saint Vincent Archabbey in a very readable yet thorough form. There are a few sections dealing with the missions and the recent history where there are probably more details than necessary, but it does not detract from the flow of the book. The extensive appendices and bibliography reflect Oetgen’s level of archival research on both sides of the Atlantic. He has illuminated one of Western Pennsylvania’s oldest religious institutions. Mission to America is a valuable contribution to the study of religion in America.”

O.S.B., were among the department faculty members who discussed careers in computing. The event was also designed to help students understand what college computing majors learn to do. ***** P. Günther Mayer, SDS, of Rome, Italy, is compiling a catalogue of works of Austrian sculptor, Professor Ferdinand Seeboeck, who lived and worked in Rome, on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of Seeboeck’s death. The sculptor left a series of works, including two busts of Saint Pius X. Professor Seeboeck is known to the Saint Vincent community for the bronze Boniface Wimmer sculpture located in front of the Archabbey Basilica. He also sculpted four statues inside the Basilica, those of Saint Benedict, Saint Scholastica, Saint Maurus and Saint Placid. The Archabbey archives was able to provide the above photograph of Professor Seeboeck at work in his studio, shown at right, in addition to photos of the sculptures for the catalogue. 5

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Father Flavian Yelinko, O.S.B., Becomes Longest-Lived Monk In Saint Vincent History In 1846 Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B., came to America from Bavaria with 18 followers to found the first Benedictine monastery in the United States, a Seminary for training men for the priesthood, and a school that was later to become Saint Vincent College. In the 206 years since he arrived, Saint Vincent College has developed into an institution with a nationwide reputation for academic excellence, and thousands of its graduates have gone on to successful careers in many different fields. Saint Vincent Seminary has prepared over 2,400 men for the priesthood. Saint Vincent Archabbey has had hundreds of men become Benedictine monks and serve at dozens of parishes and missions in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, Brazil and Taiwan. There have been ten archabbots of the monastic community since Boniface Wimmer died in 1887. But on January 18, 2002, Fr. Flavian Yelkinko, O.S.B., earned a unique distinction when he became the longestlived monk in the history of Saint Vincent. When Fr. Flavian and Fr. Omer U. Kline, O.S.B., archabbey archivist, were young priests, they both knew Fr. Fidelis Busam, O.S.B., to be the oldest monk. “In my own knowledge, going to 1943,” Fr. Omer recounted, “Fr. Fidelis was the oldest monk. When he died on April 29 of that year, he was 95 years, 4 months and 15 days old.” Fr. Omer knew that Fr. Flavian, born on September 2, 1906, was getting close to becoming the oldest monk. So he recruited Benedictine Fr. Donald Raila, O.S.B., a mathematician before he became a priest, to calculate the date on which Fr. Flavian would pass Fr. Fidelis. “Fr. Donald determined that on January 18, Fr. Flavian would have lived 95 years, 4 months and 16 days,” Fr. Omer said. And he is adding to that record daily. Fr. Flavian is a familiar sight on campus, making his rounds on his frequent walks around the grounds. He attributes his long life to “the grace of God.” When the present Archabbot, 6

Rev. Flavian Yelinko, O.S.B. Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., learned of the achievement, a special celebration was planned, with Fr. Flavian selecting the menu for the occasion — prime rib. Born in Palmerton, which is near Allentown, Pennsylvania, Fr. Flavian became interested in the priesthood when he was a young boy. His family had been friends with a Franciscan pastor in Scranton and a Redemptorist priest, but he became curious about a Benedictine priest who visisted his parish. “All of the other orders were coaxing me to join them, but when I talked to the Benedictine priest, he told me they had enough applicants. So I wrote to Saint Vincent, but they weren’t all that convinced about me. So my mother wrote to them in German, which did the trick,” he said, and he arrived in 1920 to begin the four years of preparatory school and two years of college, with tuition, board and lodging costing $350 for the year. After that scholastics would enter the novitiate and those continuing on the priesthood entered the Seminary with two years of philosophy to complete the college course and four years of theology for ordination. He made his first vows as a Benedictine on July 2, 1927, and his solmen profession on July 11, 1930. He was ordained a priest in the Saint Vincent Archabbey Church on

June 18, 1933 by Bishop Hugh Boyle of Pittsburgh. Fr. Flavian noted that he has been present for the funerals of every deceased Saint Vincent archabbot except for Boniface Wimmer, who died in 1887. During his time, Fr. Flavian remembers construction of Aurelius Hall, which was started in 1920. Eighty-two years later, this building be replaced as a freshman dormitory by one now under construction and scheduled to open in August of 2002. At the time Aurelius housed seminarians, who later moved to Wimmer Hall, then to Leander. “There were no paved roads,” he recalled, and an automobile on campus was a rarity. “There was very little communication. When I got here, the whole place had one telephone, manned by Br. Jake in the monastery. When he was out mowing the lawn, which was about half the time, there was no one to answer the phone.” Fr. Flavian became the first librarian and founder of an “official” library at Saint Vincent College in a rather unremarkable way: “When I came out of the novitiate, I was an assistant in the Archabbey Library. There were books all over the place, but in no one particular place. There was a room above the president’s office where people could go in and look at the books. People just helped themselves and you can imagine what happened.” So when Archabbot Aurelius Stehle, the fourth Archabbot of Saint Vincent died, and Alfred Koch became the fifth Archabbot in 1930, he felt the need for a more organized library. “About a month after Alfred Koch was made Archabbot he called me to meet him in the study hall. They were hauling books in baskets from all the various ‘libraries’ on campus and dumping them on the floor of the study hall. Archabbot Alfred told me ‘you’re the new librarian.’ “I asked him where the shelves were, then he pointed them out to me. They were there on the floor. He said ‘it’s your (Continued on Page 20) Volume 13, Numbers 1-2

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New Gristmill Products A new pancake mix made with Saint Vincent Gristmill flour, and tote bags and bread warmers featuring the Saint Vincent Gristmill are the latest offerings from the Gristmill General Store on Beatty Road. The pancake mix is made from Saint Vincent unbleached flour. Each packet yields 18 four-inch pancakes, which should be cooked on a hot, lightly greased griddle. The Gristmill, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is now illustrated on canvas tote bags and on bread warmers. These items join a number of other Gristmill products, including gourmet coffee and chocolates, Saint Vincent bread and bread mix, cookie cutters, and the Cat’s Meow replica of the Gristmill. Once used to grind the wheat, corn, barley, rye, oats and buckwheat that the monks raised, the Gristmill still provides flour for the famous Saint Vincent bread. A local bakery has been using Saint Vincent flours and the Saint Vincent bread recipe to produce the famed bread, which is available at the General Store. The bread mix is also available in a jar, allowing store patrons to bake Saint Vincent Bread themselves. The Gristmill General Store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The General Store’s phone is 724-537-0304.

Gristmill Video Now Showing

Cat’s Meow Gristmill

A new eight and a half-minute video detailing the milling process from the grain to the grinding to the finished product is now showing at the Gristmill Museum, which is adjacent to the General Store on the ground floor of the gristmill. The video is narrated by Father Paul Taylor, O.S.B., who heads the Gristmill Committee and at one time was a miller at the gristmill. The Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sundays.

The Saint Vincent Gristmill is the latest in the Saint Vincent Cat’s Meow Village Collection. Now available at the Gristmill General Store on Beatty Road, the Gristmill Cat’s Meow retails for $17.50. If ordered by mail from Archabbey Publications, there is an additional $4.50 for shipping and handling. Other Cat’s Meow pieces of the Saint Vincent series include Aurelius Hall, the Sauerkraut Tower and the Basilica. These are available from the Saint Vincent College Alumni Office by calling 724-537-4568.

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Saint Vincent Benedictines from Savannah, along with Most Rev. J. Kevin Boland, Bishop of Savannah, diocesan officials and other guests, marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of Benedictine Military High School in Savannah, Georgia.

Savannah Benedictines Mark 100 Years of School’s Founding (Editor’s Note: The following is a condensed version of a history of the Saint Vincent foundation in Savannah, written by Jerome Oetgen.) On May 13, 1874, two Benedictine monks sent from France by Abbot Raphael Tests, O.S.B., Abbot General of the Benedictine Cassinese Congregation of the Primitive Observance, arrived in Savannah after having made a short stop at Saint Vincent Abbey in Beatty, Pennsylvania, to receive the advice and blessings of Abbot Boniface Wimmer who had made the first monastic foundation in the United States in 1846. Intending to eventually establish a monastery in Georgia, the two monks — Rev. Raphael Wissel, O.S.B., of Subiaco, and Rev. Gabriel Bergier, O.S.B., of Pierre-qui-Vire, established St. Benedict’s Parish in the city soon after their arrival. The parish church was located on the corner of Harris and East Broad Streets, and a parish school was constructed on Perry Street. In order to staff the school with teachers, Father Gabriel, the superior, petitioned Abbot Boniface Wimmer who sent Brother Philip Cassidy, O.S.B., from Saint Vincent. The school opened in 1875 with Brother Philip as the first instructor, and the first year’s enrollment was fifty students. Shortly afterward a number of candidates applied to Father Gabriel for admission to the Benedictine order both 8

as clerics and as lay brothers; and in view of these optimistic circumstances, the superior bought a small plot of land for $280 at Isle of Hope, a small peninsula about six miles from Savannah. Father Gabriel planned to build a monastery and novitiate on this property. In May, 1876, the monks received from Dr. Stephen F. Dupon another plot, 135 by 100 feet, adjoining the original property. There was a small frame building on Dupon’s land which the monks converted into a chapel. Finally they constructed a small monastery to house the growing community. They moved into the new building during the summer of 1876. Father Raphael Wissel remained in Savannah to run St. Benedict’s Parish. Several months after the Benedictines had established themselves at Isle of Hope and when the future seemed bright, calamity struck in the form of a yellow fever epidemic. ... In a three-week period between September and October, 1876, the Benedictine community at the Isle of Hope was decimated. The superior, Father Gabriel, a clerical novice, and a brotherhood postulant died. The sickness radically disrupted the foundation. The remnants of the small community soon decided to leave and went to Oklahoma where ... they joined Benedictines of the Congregation of the Primitive Observance who were working among the Indians. Bishop William H. Gross turned over

control of the parish to a secular priest, Rev. Fridolin Eckert; and, being unable to continue the foundation at Isle of Hope himself, he applied to Boniface Wimmer to take control of the property and to establish a school for African-American children on it. In January, 1877, Wimmer replied to Gross that he would undertake the reestablishment of the monastery as well as supply the necessary manpower to begin a school for African-Americans, providing that “the work harmonizes with the principles of the Benedictine Order.” In the evening of March 2, 1877, six months after the yellow fever epidemic had struck Father Gabriel Bergier’s community at Isle of Hope and two months after Bishop Gross had requested aid from Saint Vincent, Rev. Oswald Moosmueller, O.S.B., arrived in Savannah accompanied by Rev. Maurice Kaeder, O.S.B. “The buildings are miserable,” he wrote to Wimmer. “This is no place for a monastery. Two miles from here by boat is Skidaway Island” where Bishop Gross owned 713 acres of land he intended to give the monks. Father Oswald Moosmueller worked quickly. Less than two weeks after arriving in Savannah, he wrote Abbot Boniface that “next week we will get our charter under the title, ‘The Benedictine (Continued on Page 0) Volume 13, Numbers 1-2

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Savannah (Continued from Page 9) Order in Georgia,’ with $10,000 invested in real estate for the ‘Education of Youth.’ The Bishop will transfer the property to our Charter for the purpose of conducting a manual labor school for African-American boys.’ ” Three AfricanAmerican brothers, the only monks of Father Gabriel Bergier’s community who didn’t go to Oklahoma, were to assist Father Oswald in his new task. On April 10, 1877 Father Oswald wrote Abbot Innocent of St. Benedict’s Abbey, Kansas, that logs had already been cut for the proposed buildings: a monastery, a dormitory for the students, and a storehouse. He continued, “Our support must come from the farm of 713 acres of which 300 acres are cleared land. This year we expect to plant 40-50 acres of rice, corn, sweet potatoes, sugar cane, and sea-island cotton.” Father Oswald hoped to become as financially independent as possible by basing the community’s economy on agriculture. ... The agricultural efforts of the monks, however, were never very successful; and in fact, between 1881 and 1887, the community on Skidaway depended on Saint Vincent for its flour supply. Toward the end of August, 1879, the Abbot accepted Prior Oswald’s invitation and visited the island for the second time. Abbot Boniface and Father Oswald met with Bishop Gross; and the three decided that the Benedictines from Saint Vincent, like the first Benedictines from Europe, should establish an AfricanAmerican parish in Savannah. Father Oswald volunteered to become pastor. Abbot Boniface had brought with him from Saint Vincent Rev. Melchior Reichert, O.S.B., to assist on Skidaway, and it was decided that Father Melchior would become superior of the monastery while Father Oswald would reside at the Bishop’s residence in the city until the parish was organized. Fourteen lots were bought on Habersham Street between St. James and St. Paul Streets; and the property was deeded to “The Benedictine Order in Georgia.” In 1884 Mary Help Priory, North Carolina, was elevated to the rank of abbey with the monasteries of Richmond, Virginia, and Skidaway Island, Georgia, as missions. Father Oswald Moosmueller was elected first abbot but declined to accept the position. Father Oswald Volume 13, Numbers 1-2

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tion was moved to Bull and 33rd street; and in that year, at the invitation of Bishop Benjamin Keiley, a successor to Bishop Gross, the Belmont Benedictines founded a military high school on the property adjacent to Sacred Heart rectory. Sacred Heart Parish was elevated to the rank of priory dependent on Belmont, and Rev. Bernard Haas, O.S.B., was named first prior in 1902. The little chapel at Isle of Hope which had been established by the French Benedictines in 1876 was closed in 1888. It was reopened, however, in 1908 by monks from Sacred Heart Priory. The location of Sacred Heart Priory and Benedictine Military School was moved to Seawright Drive from Bull Street in 1963. In 1967 they came under the auspices of Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, and monks from Saint Vincent teach in Georgia once again. The property and buildings on Skidaway Island, where Benedictine monks lived for more than a decade, were sold in 1917 by Abbot Leo Haid of Belmont. The buildings were dismantled in the mid-twentieth century, but reflections of the work done there by the monks are still in evidence today. Most notably, Priests’ Landing on the island marks the spot where the monks embarked and disembarked on their trips to and from the mainland.

Mass at the Cathedral in Savannah was celebrated by Most Rev. J. Kevin Boland, Bishop of Savannah. Archabbot Douglas was a concelebrant. 9

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To Beijing, China

To Tokyo, Japan To Hong Kong To Bangkok, Thailand

To Taipei, Taiwan To Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Mission to Asia (Continued from Page 1) visited Saint Vincent in 1996 on the occasion of the Archabbey’s 150th anniversary. During his stop in Thailand, Archabbot Douglas met with His Eminence Cardinal Michael Michai Kitbunchu at the Baan

Phu Waan Pastoral Training Center in the Archdiocese of Bangkok. Several ties to Saint Vincent Seminary were renewed when the Archabbot visited Vietnam. He was welcomed by Abbot John Vuong Dinh Lamof PhuocSon, the Cistercian Monastery, which currently has a seminarian at Saint Vin-

cent, and also by the family of Cong Chi Vu, a seminarian from the Diocese of Savannah, who is also studying at Saint Vincent. Cong’s mother was recuperating from a recent accident. The Archabbot addressed the members of the Phuoc-Son community and celebrated the community Mass. He also attended the meeting of the Benedictine Commission on East Asia, the Philippines and Oceania, which was held in Japan. Among the attendees was Abbot Simon Petro Yi of Waegwan Abbey in Korea (pictured below). A monk of Waegwan Abbey, Father Samuel Kim, is studying at Saint Vincent Seminary.

Saint Vincent Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., met with Most Rev. Joseph Ti-Kang, Archbishop of Taipei, Taiwan, during a fall visit to the Saint Vincent Mission in Taiwan. Also pictured is Br. Nicholas Koss, O.S.B., Prior of Wimmer Priory in Taipei, and Acting Dean of the College of Foreign Languages at Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei. 10

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Above, Archabbot Douglas meets with the President of Fu Jen University in Taipei, John Ning-Yuean Lee (seated). Also attending the meeting were (back, from left) Father Louis Gendron, S.J., Vice President; Br. Nicholas Koss, O.S.B., Prior of Wimmer Priory in Taipei and Dean of the Foreign Language School at Fu Jen; Father Joseph Wong, Vice President; and Father Michael Kuo, S.V.D., Vice President. In the photo at right, the Archabbot meets with members of the Fu Jen Alumni Association. At the bottom, right, Archabbot Douglas is pictured with Brother David Ho, O.S.B., at Wimmer Priory in Taiwan. Brother David spent a year at Fu Jen University in Taipei before returning to Saint Vincent College to complete his studies. Below, Archabbot Douglas met with His Eminence Cardinal Michael Michai Kitbunchu at the Baan Phu Waan Pastoral Training Center in the Archdiocese of Bangkok.

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Mission to Asia Above, in Vietnam, is the entrance to the Seminary grounds in the Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City. The Archabbot met with Bishop Joseph Thong, the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese, below. In the bottom left photo, and the photos in the right-hand column on this page, Archabbot Douglas addressed the members of the Community of Phuoc-Son Abbey and celebrated the Community Mass while there. The monks of the Cistercian Monastery posted for a photo with him, and the Archabbot also observed the “Ora et Labora� or work and prayer, of the monks there, who were working in the rice paddies. And in the photo at the bottom, right of this page, the Archabbot visits with Cong Chi Vu, a seminarian from the Diocese of Savannah, who is from Vietnam. Cong went back to Vietnam to assist his mother, who was injured in an accident.


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Mission to Asia Clockwise, from the top, left, photo: Archabbot Douglas meets with Dr. Somsak and Patama Leeswadtrakul; The Archabbot is welcomed to Saint Benedict Catholic Church in Linkou, Taiwan; the Archabbot and Father Paulinus observe the activities of the school children of Saint Benedict Parish; the Archabbot met members of the Saint Benedict Parish Youth Group; The Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, one of the stops on the fall Mission to Asia, and finally, a photo from his visit to Nu Dan Vien Bien Duc in Vietnam.

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2002 Retreats Announced

The rising demands of contemporary life and the nature and values of our resolutely secular society have the combined effect of eroding our spiritual lives. It becomes important then to be aware of this effect and to respond by actively nurturing the spiritual life. The experience of a retreat can be a catalyst for spiritual renewal and refocusing on the true meaning of our earthly existence, according to Brother Hugh Lester, O.S.B., Retreat Director for Saint Vincent Archabbey. The monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey have tended to the spiritual needs of Christian men and women for over 150 years and have been involved in retreat ministry since 1913. The Saint Vincent retreats, given annually from late May to July, have drawn thousands of retreatants to Saint Vincent over the years. The retreat program is staffed primarily by the monks of the abbey who serve as retreat masters, spiritual directors, confessors, the program director, and retreat program assistants. Summer weekend retreats are offered annually for men, women, married couples, oblates of Saint Benedict, and charismatics. Brother Hugh has announced the 2002 retreat schedule. There will be six retreats, including men’s three and four-day retreats, a women’s retreat, a retreat for married couples, and retreats on charismatic prayer and Benedictine spirituality. Beginning the schedule on May 17 to 19, with Benedictine Spirituality, will be retreat master Father Philip Kanfush, O.S.B. The retreat topic will be “Modeling the Medieval Monastics: How to Witness to the Holy Rule in the World Today.” Living according to the Holy Rule of Saint Benedict in the midst of contemporary culture can pose a sometimes difficult, if not daunting, challenge. See what the lives, writings, and art of four great saints of the monastic tradition can teach about living Benedictine virtues in everyday 14

life. Treat yourself to a relaxing weekend enjoying the wisdom of Aelred of Rievaulx, Hildegard of Bingen, Bernard of Clairvaux, and Gertrude of Helfta. Each saint has a different lesson to share during this respite from our busy lives. Father Philip is currently the parochial vicar at Saint Vincent Basilica Parish, and he has Master of Arts and Master of Divinity degrees from Saint Vincent Seminary. He was the recipient of the American Bible Society Award for excellence in the study of Sacred Scripture in 1999. Father Nathan Munsch, O.S.B., will conduct the married couples’ retreat from May 31 to June 2. It is entitled “The Righteousness of God Through Faith in Christ for All Who Believe.” The Bible speaks of God’s righteousness as a key for understanding God’s relationship with us. This retreat is an invitation to look at how your marriage has been molded by God’s righteousness and by your faith in Christ. Special attention will be paid to the Epistle to the Romans. These biblical reflections will nurture the love you find in your marriage by examining how married love is itself a gift from God. Take some time out this summer to relax, pray and enter into God’s presence with your spouse. An instructor in religious studies at Saint Vincent College, he holds a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree from Catholic University of America, and a Master of Arts degree in Classical Languages from Duquesne University. He completed the doctoral program in Systematic Theology at Boston College. The men’s three-day retreat, conducted by Br. Elliott Maloney, O.S.B., will be held from June 7-9. It is called “Jesus’ Urgent Message for Today.” Most people think that Jesus’ message about the end of time refers to a

fiery destruction of all we know. A better understanding of Jesus’ message reveals that he believed in the possibility of a new world order, the Kingdom of God, that God would bring about in God’s good time. We are still awaiting this Parousia of Jesus as Lord of the world, but there is much that we can do to cooperate with God’s plan in bringing about a world of peace, justice, and love for all humankind. Br. Elliott earned a Licentiate of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Atheneum of Sant’ Anselmo, Rome, in 1972, and a Ph. D. in New Testament Studies from Fordham University in 1979. He is professor of New Testament and Biblical Languages at Saint Vincent Seminary. Father Mark Gruber, O.S.B., will conduct the June 14-16 retreat on charismatic prayer, entitled “Helpless Before God, Helpful to One Another.” In this retreat participants will consider the paradox of the humbled disposition of the soul in God’s presence in contrast to the same soul’s dignity in the service of others. Christ Crucified and Christ Risen will provide a context for this extended meditation. An associate professor of Anthropology at Saint Vincent College, Father Mark has a Master of Divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary, and a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in anthropology from State University of New York at Stony Brook. Father Mark has authored four books on spirituality, Wounded by Love: Intimations of an Outpouring Heart (1993), Exalted in Glory: Encountering the Risen Christ (1994), Waiting for Dawn: Portents of His Coming (1997) and Thanksgiving and Praise: Dandelions for God (2000). June 21 to 23 will be the days for the women’s retreat, to be given by Father Donald Raila, O.S.B. “Purity of Heart and Self-Gift to Others: On the Dignity and Vocation of Women,” is the topic. Pope John Paul’s 1988 apostolic letter on the Dignity and Vocation of Women (Continued on Page 18) Volume 13, Numbers 1-2

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Eight Benedictines To Celebrate Jubilees

Rev. Flavian Yelinko, O.S.B. 75 Years, Profession

Br. Lambert Berens, O.S.B. 70 Years, Profession

Br. Placid Cremonese, O.S.B. 60 Years, Profession

Rev. Aaron Buzzelli, O.S.B. 25 Years, Ordination

Rev. Cyprian Constantine, O.S.B. 25 Years, Ordination

Br. Timothy Brown, O.S.B. 25 Years, Profession

Three Benedictines To Be Ordained To The Diaconate Brother Brian D. Boosel, O.S.B., Br. Thomas P. Curry, O.S.B., and Br. Cajetan P. Homick, O.S.B., will be ordained to the Diaconate at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 13, by Most Rev. Anthony Bosco, Bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg, in the Archabbey Basilica.

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Br. Thomas Curry, O.S.B.

Br. Cajetan P. Homick, O.S.B.

Br. Miguel Savieto, O.S.B. 50 Years, Profession

Rev. Andrew Campbell, O.S.B. 25 years, Profession

Vocation Booklet “Listen carefully, my son, to the master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.” — If you or someone you know is contemplating the monastic life, contact the Archabbey Vocation Ofce at 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, Penna., 15650-2690, 724-539-9761, ext. 6655, for a free booklet about life as a Saint Vincent Benedictine.


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Archabbey Publications

Br. Brian Boosel, O.S.B., directs the order and shipping arm of Archabbey Publications, publisher of the reprint of Flowers in the Desert by Father Demetrius R. Dumm, and of the Saint Vincent Archabbey Gristmill and Brewery, 1854-2000, by Father Omer U. Kline, O.S.B. This year, for the first time, Archabbey Publications, produced a catalogue, not only of its own works, but also of other books, videos and other products produced by members of the Saint Vincent monastic community. During the Christmas rush, Br. Brian had to borrow the monastery linen cart to transport the flood of orders to the Saint Vincent Post Office for shipment. Readers of this publication who would like a copy of the Archabbey Publications catalogue can call 724-539-9761, extension 2601, or e-mail


reflects on the ways in which women discover their value in God’s eyes and share in his own eternal fruitfulness through motherhood and other vocations of selfgiving. This retreat will offer examples of Christian women’s fulfilling their God-given roles and suggest how today’s women can better follow Christ and serve his Church. Currently the Director of Oblates and Director of Monastery Music for Saint Vincent Archabbey, Father Donald received a Master of Arts degree in Scriptural Theology and a Master of Divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary. The men’s four-day retreat, “The Pharaoh of the Oppression,” will be given by Father Mark Gruber, O.S.B., from July 25-28. We will consider the story of Israel’s oppression in Egypt as a means of understanding the power of God over the pride of men. In particular, the unnamed king of Egypt who confronts God and Moses will serve to reveal certain characteristics of the generally human and typically masculine fallen human nature. For more information on the retreat program, contact Brother Hugh at 724-532-6600, extension 2139. Volume 13, Numbers 1-2

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Development Corner: Planned Giving Today, with changing patterns of Community gave this couple great wealth and tax laws, charitable giving satisfaction. And the work of the and tax implications are often linked Benedictines will benefit for years to – and rightly so. Knowledge of tax come. laws and thoughtful planning may Don’t have a “sizable stock portfoenable a person of modest means lio”? Remember Saint Vincent Archto make a gift they never thought abbey in your will. Bequests to Saint possible. Planned giving is the proVincent, the most prevalent form of cess by which a charitable desire is planned giving, have been a great guided by financial, and sometimes help over the years. No one is too estate planning, considerations. young, too old, too rich, or too poor Gifts to Saint Vincent Archabbey to have a sound plan, in the form of a fall into either of two broad categowill, for the final distribution of his or ries: outright or deferred. A yearly her property. A bequest to Saint Vindonation of cash in response to cent Archabbey may help to reduce William Malloy Director of Development the Benedictine Annual Appeal is a your federal estate-tax liability. good example of an outright gift. These are just two of virtually limitThe establishment of a charitable gift annuity is a less possibilities to make a charitable gift to Saint deferred gift because, although the donor makes the Vincent Archabbey that also benefits the donor. gift now, it cannot be used by the Archabbey until Please contact Bill Malloy in the Archabbey Develsome future date. opment Office at (724)532-6740 to discuss the Through the years, the greatest number of gifts to planned giving method that best fits your situation. Saint Vincent Archabbey have been outright ones, but the typical deferred gift has usually been larger, Mr. William P. Malloy especially when tax benefits are calculated. Director of Development In 1999, for example, a married couple with a Saint Vincent Archabbey strong appreciation of the educational work of the 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA Benedictine Community at Saint Vincent College had 15650-2690, reached retirement age with a sizable stock portfoPhone: 724-532-6740 lio. Unfortunately, as with many stock portfolios held E-mail: wmalloy@ for a long term, most of the value was accumulated through a rise in the value of the underlying stocks and was therefore subject to capital gains tax. The couple was reevaluating their estate. While they had Yes, I would like to make a gift. a strong desire to provide financial support for scholarship assistance, the husband’s first priority was the $50 $100 $500 $1000 care and financial support of his wife. After consultaOther tion with his accountant and attorney, they decided My company may match my gift. Enclosed is the form. to establish a Charitable Gift Annuity for the benefit Name of the students of Saint Vincent. The husband determined that he could provide for both his family and Address Saint Vincent, while at the same time lowering his capital gain tax burden. In fact, their gift to Saint Vincent earned them a substantial charitable tax deducCity State tion! And the annual payment that they will receive for the rest of their lives is far in excess of the Zip Phone dividends their stocks were yielding. Making a gift Make checks payable to Saint Vincent Archabbey to benefit the missionary work of the Benedictine Volume 13, Numbers 1-2


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Fr. Flavian Yelinko, O.S.B. (Continued from Page 6) job to put them together and fit them in this room. You have until the opening day of school to get this all together,” Fr. Flavian said. Somehow he managed, instituting the first “check-out” procedure for books, which didn’t go over well with students and monks who had been used to taking whatever book they wanted. He also catalogued the books by the Dewey Decimal System, got tables and chairs for the library (which had never had them), and used his ingenuity to get funding to buy books for the library. When he ran into trouble getting money budgeted for new books, it would just so happen that some Benedictine professors he knew began making reading assignments for books on Fr. Flavian’s “wish list.” He tried starting an interlibrary loan program with the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh, but at the time “they wouldn’t bother with small potatoes.” But the Saint Vincent Library’s holdings were

classified in Washington, D.C., with the Library of Congress, and one day the Carnegie found it needed to borrow a book that wasn’t in its collection. A call to the Library of Congress found it to be in the Saint Vincent collection — in fact, Fr. Flavian noted, “we had two copies of it.” By the time Fr. Flavian was done, the Carnegie was allowed to borrow the book and Saint Vincent had established its interlibrary loan program with the Pittsburgh library. After ten years of library work at Saint Vincent, Fr. Flavian began a series of pastoral assignments. He was assistant pastor pro tem at Fourteen Holy Martyrs Parish, Baltimore, Maryland (1935), and at Saint Marys Parish in Saint Marys in 1936. He became associate pastor of Saint Marys Parish, Erie, in 1937, before moving to Saint Boniface Parish in Pittsburgh from 1938 to 1939, then St. Bernard Parish in Hastings from 1940-1942. He received his first pastorate at St. Lawrence Parish from 1943-1944, then served as pastor of St. Benedict Parish in Carrolltown from

Aerial photo of the Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica, taken in the fall of 2001 by Bill Metzger. 20

1945 to 1950. As pastor there he oversaw the electrification of tower clock in the church and the bell ringers in the school, the excavation of the school basement for the cafeteria, and the renovations of the church, as well as addition of a church social hall. He also started a Cemetery Association there. In 1950, he was named associate pastor of St. Bruno Parish, South Greensburg. While pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Youngstown from 1951 to 1961, Fr. Flavian oversaw construction of the school there. he was then sent to serve as pastor of Queen of the World Parish, Saint Marys, from 1961 to 1965, when the rectory was remodeled and new classrooms were added to the school there. As pastor of Saint Gregory Parish, Virginia Beach, from 1965 to 1967, he was responsible for teh addition to the school there. Then he moved to Saint John’s Parish and Mission in New Germany from 1967 to 1978, where he supervised remodeling of the church. Fr. Flavian retired on August 1, 1978, and returned to Saint Vincent. Following his retirement the former librarian worked to establish the archives for the Seminary and set up an alphabetical list of all students who attended the Seminary. At the time all of the records were in chronological order, which made it difficult to find anything unless the person doing the search knew what year a student had graduated. “It took me three years, working seven days a week, but I loved it,” Fr. Flavian said. In addition to his travels around the country in various pastorates, Fr. Flavian did graduate work at the Catholic University in Washington D.C. after obtaining his master’s degree from Saint Vincent Seminary. He has also had the opportunity to travel with his Benedictine confreres to Rome, witnessing the canonization of Mother Seton, and to the Holy Land, at a time when Fr. Patrick Cronauer, O.S.B., and Fr. Stanley Markiewicz, O.S.B., were assigned there. Fr. Flavian continues to be a vital part of the Saint Vincent Benedictine community, both for his present-day interactions with his confreres, and with his stories and recollections of a Saint Vincent very different than the one of today. Volume 13, Numbers 1-2

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Monastery Plays Host to Students from Across the U.S., Korea, Canada, India, Vietnam, Africa The monastery at Saint Vincent Archabbey plays host to an international community of Benedictines and men from other religious orders who are studying at Saint Vincent Seminary. In this photo from the 2001-2002 academic year are, front row, from left, Father Kevin Dominik, Seminary Dean of Students; Father Cyprian Constantine, O.S.B., Acting Academic Dean; Father Kurt Belsole, O.S.B., Seminary Rector and Father William Fay, Seminary Vice Rector. In the second row are, from left, Br. Anthony Pham, O. Cist., of Phuoc Son Abbey, Vietnam; Br. Peter N. Rayappan, O.S.B., Asirvanam Benedictine Monastery, Bangalore, India; Br. Isaac Camacho, O.S.B. of Saint Leo Abbey in Florida; Br. Michael Calhoun, O.S.B., Saint Bede Abbey, Peru, Illinois. In the third row are, from left, John-Paul Otanwa, of the Via Christi Society, Makurdi Diocese, Nigeria; Rev. Samuel Kim, O.S.B., Waegwan Abbey, Republic of South Korea; Br. George Augustine, O.S.B., Asirvanam Benedictine Monastery. In the fourth row are, from left, Br. Thomas Curry, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey; Br. Gabriel Landis, O.S.B., Saint Benedict’s Abbey, Atchison, Kansas; Br. Mario Parisi, Saint Andrew Abbey, Cleveland, Ohio; Br. Gregory Montagna, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey; and Br. Paul Paproski, O.S.B., Saint Peter’s Abbey, Muenster, Saskatchewan, Canada. In the back row are, from left, Br. Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey; Br. Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey; Br. Brian Boosel, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey; Br. Mark Purcell, O.S.B.,Mary Mother of the Church Abbey, Richmond, Virginia; Br. Gregory Gresko, O.S.B., Mary Mother of the Church Abbey; Samuel Odeh, Via Christi Society, Makurdi Diocese, Nigeria.

Gristmill Featured on Kitchen Tour

New Construction

Construction continues on the new freshman residence hall on the Saint Vincent College campus. The facility will be open in August of 2002 and will provide incoming freshmen with state-of-the-art information technology access in every room. In addition to the construction, Saint Vincent College is undergoing a major reorganization of its academic programs, which will see the programs organized under four major schools. Volume 13, Numbers 1-2

The Saint Vincent Gristmill was featured as one of eight “kitchens” on “The Art in the Kitchen Tasting Tour,” held this fall. The event was sponsored by the Women’s Committee of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, and the recipes for treats found on the tour were published in the “Art in the Kitchen Cookbook.” Bread baked with Saint Vincent flour ground at the mill was served during the kitchen stop, as was Panzanella Salad. Brother Maurus Mount, a novice at the Archabbey, was pictured pouring ground flour into a flour bag in the Greensburg Tribune-Review, which featured the kitchen tours in an October 1 article. 21

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Rev. Lawrence Hill, O.S.B.

Father Lawrence Hill, O.S.B. The Rev. Lawrence Henry Hill, O.S.B., 64, a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2001. Father Lawrence was born May 4, 1937, in Tarentum, a son of the late Edward and Helen (Burger) Hill and was one of six children. He received a bachelor of arts from Saint Vincent College in 1961 and a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1965. He also earned several advanced degrees, including a master of library science from the University of Pittsburgh and master of education in counseling from Duquesne University. He had worked since 1993 as a therapist at Westmoreland Gateway Rehabilitation Center and was credentialed as a certified addictions counselor in 1997. Father Lawrence entered Saint Vincent Archabbey in 1958, making simple profession of vows July 2, 1959, and solemn profession of vows July 11, 1962. He was ordained a priest May 22, 1965. He held several positions in the Saint Vincent Library, including acting director of libraries from 1968-69 and taught on the faculty of Saint Vincent College and Seminary. He also served on many 22

college committees and boards. Father Lawrence was a member of the board of directors of the American Theological Library Association and the Westmoreland County Historical Society. He belonged to a number of professional organizations and has been listed in such directories as American Catholic Who’s Who. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Womack and Martha Marie, and two brothers, Glenn and John. He is survived by a brother, Raymond, of Brackenridge. Memorial contributions may be made to the Benedictine Health and Welfare Fund at Saint Vincent Archabbey, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650-2690.

Rev. Anthony Burlas, O.S.B.

Father Anthony Burlas, O.S.B. The Rev. Anthony Burlas, O.S.B., 74, a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, died Monday, January 21, 2002. Father Anthony was born March 18, 1927, in Pleasant Unity, one of nine children of the late John Anthony and Bertha (Nessler) Burlas.

He attended Immaculate Conception Parochial School in Irwin and Greensburg High School. He received a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Saint Vincent College in 1951 and a master of science degree in commerce from St. Louis University in 1962. He also received a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1989. Father Anthony made simple profession of vows at Saint Vincent Archabbey on July 2, 1952, and solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1955. He was ordained a priest on May 31, 1958. Father Anthony worked mostly in the monastic community’s educational apostolates. He was an instructor in religion at Saint Vincent Preparatory School and a prefect and an instructor in accounting at the college. He served as an associate professor and chair of the Business Administration department from 1965 to 1976, and in 1992 he was recognized by the Institute of Management Accountants for 30 years of service. He became an honorary member of Delta Mu Delta, the national honor society in business administration, in 1998. From 1977 until his death, he was also pastor of St. Mary Parish, Forbes Road. Father Anthony was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, John Lewis. He is survived by five brothers, Regis of Ponte Vedra, Fla., Donald of Murrysville, Philip of Greensburg, Thomas of South Greensburg and Carl of Latrobe, and two sisters, Marie Fajt and Rita Daugherty, both of Greensburg. Memorial contributions may be made to the Benedictine Health and Welfare Fund at Saint Vincent Archabbey, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650-2690.

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Rev. Aelred J. Beck, O.S.B.

Father Aelred Beck, O.S.B. The Rev. Aelred J. Beck, O.S.B., a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, died Monday, February 25. He was 79 years old. Father Aelred was born on September 10, 1922, in Pittsburgh, the son of the late Eugene and Amelia (Geimer) Beck, and was one of six children. He attended Saint Boniface Parochial School in Pittsburgh, and Saint Vincent Preparatory School in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Saint Vincent College in 1945 and a master of arts degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1954. He also received a master of education

A Life of Service The Benedictine Community of Saint Vincent has about 200 monks who devote their lives to serving the needs of people through a wide variety of pastoral, educational, and missionary works, both at Saint Vincent and throughout the world. While the older monks remain active well past retirement age, they face the same nancial hardships that other

degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1954, and did advanced study at Harvard University’s Institute of College Administrators. Father Aelred entered the Saint Vincent monastic community in 1942, making simple profession of vows on July 2, 1943, and solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1946. He was ordained a priest on June 13, 1948. Father Aelred worked mainly in the Saint Vincent educational apostolates, beginning as a prefect and teacher in the preparatory school and the college. In 1954, at 32 years of age, he was named dean of the college. He held that position for eleven years, overseeing one of the college’s largest increases in student enrollment and the initiation of several new academic programs. In 1965 he was appointed Director of Development and Alumni. In that position he helped to establish several new alumni chapters in the United States and to design an alumni directory and quarterly alumni magazine. In commenting on Father Aelred’s service, Saint Vincent College President James Will said, “Father Aelred holds a special place in the history of Saint Vincent College. He served the College for many years as a Professor of English, Academic Dean — one of the youngest academic dean’s in the country at that time — and finally as Director of Devel-

opment and Alumni, leading one of our first major fund raising campaigns. He was an innovator who introduced many new programs to the College that helped students achieve their educational goals. He was also a great storyteller who always had an interesting story or joke appropriate for any occasion. We honored Father Aelred in 1985 with a Distinguished Alumnus Award. He will be greatly missed by the entire Saint Vincent College family.” From 1967 to 1977 Father Aelred served at Benedictine Military High School in Savannah, Georgia. He was prior of the monastery and headmaster of the school, and under his leadership the size of the student body nearly doubled. In 1977 Father Aelred was appointed pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Youngstown, Pennsylvania. He held this position until 1998, when he was named senior priest. In addition to his parents, Father Aelred is preceded in death by a brother, Eugene. He is survived by two brothers, Charles of Allison Park, and Robert of Ingomar; and two sisters, Rita Best of Wexford, and Mary Kinzler of Orlando. Memorial contributions may be made to the Benedictine Health and Welfare Fund at Saint Vincent Archabbey, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, Pennsylvania 15650-2690.

retirees do — rising health care costs and increasing living expenses. The monks have neither Social Security nor third-party health care benets. The Monastery Health Care and Retirement Fund provides older priests and brothers the care they so richly deserve for their many years of service to the people of God.


Yes, Archabbot Douglas, I would like to help these men of God face the needs of their retirement years. Enclosed is my gift of: $50 $100 $500 $1000 Other My company matched my gift. Enclosed is the form.


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E-Mail Make checks payable to Saint Vincent Archabbey Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650-2690. Gifts are tax-deductible.

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Cardinal Paul Shan To Receive Honorary Degree

His Eminence Cardinal Paul Shan will come to the United States for commencement exercises at Saint Vincent College on Saturday, May 11. The Cardinal is the Chancellor of Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan and will come to Saint Vincent with President Lee of Fu Jen to confer an honorary doctorate on Father John Murtha, O.S.B., the former President of Saint Vincent College, who served for many years as a faculty member in the history department at Fu Jen University in Taipei. Cardinal Shan will receive an honorary doctorate from Saint Vincent College during the commencement exercises in May.

Spring Break in Haiti Fr. Fred Byrne, O.S.B., Saint Vincent College Campus Minister, took a group of students to Haiti over spring break. The students assisted with the grassroots programs inspired by the Little Brothers and Sisters of the Incarnation in the Pandiassou community. In addition to working on the projects of the village, the students also shared in the culture, faith and love of the Pandiassou community. Above, left, students. The photos above show the students interacting with the Pandiassou community. In the photo at right, Fr. Fred is in the blue shirt in the center.

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The International Young Adult Forum is coming to the Saint Vincent Campus July 18-22, with His Eminence Francis Cardinal Arinze returning. T...

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