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Saint Vincent Welcomes World Youth

His Eminence Francis Cardinal Arinze returned to Saint Vincent in July to keynote the International Young Adult Forum. For more photos see pages 18 and 19.

Saint Vincent Archabbey and College hosted the 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, Canada, where Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass on July 28. The Saint Vincent Young Adult Forum was co-sponsored by the Emmanuel Community of Paris, France. Francis Cardinal Arinze, former President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and newly appointed Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of Sacraments, was the keynote speaker at the forum held at Saint Vincent. He spoke on “Encountering Jesus.” Cardinal Arinze noted that there are many places to meet Jesus: in the Gospels, in Holy Scripture, in the Church, in the Sacraments, in the Holy Eucharist, in the Saints and in personal prayer. He told forum participants that they must believe in the personal love of Jesus for them and that He may be encountered not only in the Church and its priests, but in other gatherings, celebrations of joy and sorrow. In the Sacraments, Baptism is the gateway to Jesus and

Confirmation strengthens us with the Holy Spirit to enable us to lead an adult and robust Christian life, Cardinal Arinze said. Penance welcomes us back to the Father’s house. Anointing of the Sick strengthens the infirm, while Holy Orders gives Sacramental grace for sacred ministers. Matrimony enables couples to live a Christian life mirroring the union

of Christ and the Church. Cardinal Arinze called the Eucharist the supreme gift of Jesus the night before he died, and emphasized that Jesus really is present after the Consecration of bread and wine. He advised forum participants to meet Jesus in personal prayer, and to give Jesus some time every day in heart to heart meetings.

Loe China Studies Center

Dr. Barbara Loe and President James Will were present for the opening conference of The James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center at Saint Vincent College. The Center was established by Dr. Loe in honor of her parents. The Loe Family traces its ties to the Benedictines and to Saint Vincent Archabbey to the period of 1925-1933 when Archabbot Aurelius Stehle established the Fu Jen Catholic University in Beijing. Professor James Loe, the father of Dr. Loe, was a member of the faculty at Fu Jen Catholic University. See page 24. 1


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Archabbot’s Christmas Message Dear Friends, On that first Christmas night, God’s love was born into the world in a poor Bethlehem manger. The Infant Jesus became the “light of the world” — a light that overcame the darkness of evil and death. For two thousand years the disciples of Jesus have been entrusted with the responsibility to continue to spread the love and light which Jesus brought to this world. In 1846 a small band of Benedictine disciples under the leadership of Abbot Boniface Wimmer brought that love and light of Jesus to the “new world.” They established Saint Vincent Archabbey as the center of their efforts to spread that love and light. Through the establishment of numerous schools and over 150 parishes in all parts of the United States, Wimmer helped struggling immigrants to find a

News From Around The Archabbey On June 16 Forty Martyrs Parish in Trauger dedicated a memorial to the unborn which also honors the late Father Joel R. Lieb, O.S.B., former pastor and a staunch advocate for the unborn. The memorial is surrounded by flowers and statues of Mary and Joseph that were restored by parishioners, wrote Michelle L. Ganassi in The Catholic Accent. Father Joel, who was 81 when he died, was the right to life director for the Diocese of Greensburg from 1977 to 1992 and served with the Pennsylvanians for Human Life and People 2

place in this new land. When Wimmer died on December 8, 1887, the New York Herald commented: “His acts of kindness and charity extended to all classes and conditions of society . . . there is scarcely a poor family in all the region . . . that, at some time or another, has not been the recipient of his bounty.” Wimmer was simply following the Lord’s command: “What you do unto the least of my brothers and sisters, you do unto me.” Over the years, the Saint Vincent Community has been blessed by the generosity of friends like you who have participated in our efforts to expand the vision of Boniface Wimmer and to bring the light and love of Christ to those in need everywhere. We are dedicated to the ongoing mission of Christ. Concerned for the Unborn Child. He prayed for unborn children at abortion clinics as well. Greensburg Bishop Anthony G. Bosco and the current pastor, Father Aaron N. Buzzelli, O.S.B., took part in the dedication ceremonies. ***** Father Martin R. Bartel, O.S.B., pastor of St. Martin Parish in New Derry, was included in a feature article in The Blairsville Dispatch on June 21. Written by editor John M. Jennings, the article featured four pastors from the Blairsville area, on a number of topics, including what led them to the priesthood, their joys and frustrations. Former president of Saint Vincent College, Father Martin is in his first pastorate and loves the work. “This (working with people in a parish setting) is what anyone who has ever

As we come to the end of the year we can look back upon the exciting year we have had at Saint Vincent. Our college has enrolled the largest class in the history of Saint Vincent, and our seminary is expanding its programs in Hispanic ministries, homiletics and stewardship. We also established the James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center at Saint Vincent College. This past year I also visited our missions in Brazil and Taiwan. In Brazil we have expanded our retreat center. In Asia academic links between Saint Vincent and universities in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Nanjing, and Beijing were set in motion. Know that you and your family will be remembered in our Masses throughout the Christmas season. May the light and love of Christ be with you at Christmas and always. Sincerely in Christ,

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been ordained wants to do,” he said. “I hate to see the day end, and I can’t wait for the alarm to go off in the morning.” ***** Father Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B., discussed the Saint Vincent Gristmill’s recent restoration at the Ligonier Country Market on July 20. ***** Father John F. Murtha, O.S.B., received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from His Eminence Paul Cardinal Shan, S.J., on behalf of Fu Jen University, at the 156th annual commencement of Saint Vincent College on May 11. Cardinal Shan received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Saint Vincent College and (Continued on Page 4)

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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

Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B.

Benedictines Named To Administrative Posts Two Saint Vincent Benedictines were among seven administrators at Saint Vincent College who were named to new academic and administrative positions in September as part of a long-term reorganization at the college. The reorganization was designed to ensure the highest quality in the institution’s academic and student life programs and the maximum effectiveness of all of its institutional support services. It was announced by President James F. Will following approval by the Chancellor and Board of Directors. “This reorganization speaks directly to our strategic plan to increase enrollment and enhance student life, transition our academic programs into four distinctive schools of national prominence, significantly increase our endowment and rebuild the physical infrastructure of the

Inside This Issue . . .

Young Adult Forum...................1, 18-19 Archabbot’s Message ......................... 2 Archabbey News...........................2, 4-6 Administrative Posts ....................... 3, 5 Novitiate ............................................... 5 Gristmill Products................................ 7 Recipe Book......................................... 7 Diaconate ..........................................8-9 Archduke’s Lecture ............................. 9 First Profession.............................10-11 Solemn Profession ............................ 11 Benedictine Sisters ........................... 12 Jubilarian Day .................................... 12 Vocation Booklet ............................... 12 Founders’ Day Reflection ................. 13 Mission to Asia .............................14-15 Mission to Brazil ................................ 16 Bells in Brazil ..................................... 17 First Pastorates ................................. 17 Saint Benedict Hall ............................ 20

Rev. Gilbert Burke, O.S.B. Rev. Omer U. Kline, O.S.B. Rev. Noel Rothrauff, O.S.B. Bill Wittman Saint Vincent Archabbey 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, Pennsylvania 15650-2690 724-539-9761, Ext. 2601 kim.metzgar@email.stvince nt.edu http://benedictine. stvincent.edu/archabbey/ Volume 13, Number 3

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College,” President Will said. “Each vice president and his staff will play a key role in the implementation of this strategy.” “I am confident that we have in place an organization that is knowledgeable and experienced, one that will guarantee our students an education that is among the best in the nation,” Mr. Will said, “and one that is contemporary and responsive to change while preserving its traditional values and heritage as a Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts college.” Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., was named senior vice president of student affairs. He will serve as one of the president’s four top administrative officers. Rev. Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B., was named associate vice president for institutional advancement. Br. Norman is an associate professor of (Continued on Page 5) Oblates ............................................... 20 Saint Emma Chapel........................... 20 Robert S. Carey Student Center ...... 21 Gristmill Exhibit ................................. 22 Alumnus of Distinction...................... 22 Development Corner ......................... 23 China Studies Center ........................ 24 Fu Jen Translation ............................. 24 Research Grant.................................. 25 Cherish Christ Above All................... 25 Journey Back To Eden ...................... 26 Mysteries of the Rosary .................... 27 Ornament V ........................................ 27 Catalogue Available .......................... 27 Tribute Gifts...................................28-29 Fire Department................................. 29 Fountain.............................................. 29 Obituaries......................................30-31 A Life of Service................................. 31 Cardinal Maida................................... 32

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News From Around The Archabbey (Continued from Page 2) an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Saint Vincent Seminary. He is the Bishop of Kaohsiung, Republic of China. Father John is a former President of both Saint Vincent College and the Benedictine Military School in Savannah, Georgia. He served for many years as a faculty member in the history department at Fu Jen University. A native of Mount Pleasant, Father John has served as pastor of Saint Benedict Parish in Marguerite since 2001. He has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Saint Vincent College, a master’s degree in history from Columbia University, a doctorate in history from The Catholic University of America, and a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary. From 1965 to 1977 Father John was assigned to Wimmer Priory in Taiwan. He was associate professor of history from 1966 to 1971, professor of history from 1971 to 1977, director of American Studies from 1969 to 1974 and director of the Graduate School of History from 1974 to 1977. He has also served as Prior of the Benedictine community, was a member of the Saint Vincent College Corporation, and served as a member of its board of directors, as well as serving on the Archabbey Council of Seniors. At Saint Vincent College he was an associate professor in the Department of History and director of the Office of Continuing Education, Evening and Summer Sessions before serving as President of the College from 1985 to 1995. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Latrobe Area Hospital, the Latrobe Area Chamber of Commerce, and has been active with the Boy Scouts of America, Westmoreland-Fayette Council. ***** Father Athanasius C. Cherry, O.S.B., was featured on the front page of The Latrobe Bulletin on June 4, under the headline “Keeping the Faith: Positive Attitude Dominates 4

On January 10 Fr. Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B., and Fr. Fred Byrne, O.S.B., accompanied ten Saint Vincent College students to Newark, New Jersey, to work and be with the students at St. Benedict’s Preparatory School, an inner city high school operated by Benedictine monks. Students were there for a week. During their visit they also visited Ground Zero, site of the World Trade Center in New York. Among those participating were Jodi Abraham, Julie Schreck, Lisa Jaskulski, Tim Giltinan, Bryan Wilson, Melvin Cherry, David Alderson, Donzell “J.R.” Brown and Michael Schreck. Leadership at Saint Vincent.” In the article by Bulletin editorial director Drew McMullin, Father Athanasius noted that the Latrobe area has been blessed with many “wonderful priests” who have only had the best intentions of their parishioners in mind. Father Kurt Belsole, O.S.B., Rector of Saint Vincent Seminary, was also interviewed. He talked about the rigorous enrollment process at the Seminary, and noted today’s seminarian is a well rounded, stable priest. ***** Father Chrysostom V. Schlimm, O.S.B., Special Collections Librarian and former director of the Saint Vincent Libraries, was a guest speaker at the Pittsburgh Alumni luncheon on April 9. He offered a brief overview of the library’s Special Collection, bringing several samples of books, magazines

and other printed materials. Among the items he displayed were the Rule of Saint Benedict, a manuscript dating from the 15th century. Besides showing the rare items in the Special Collection, Father Chrysostom discussed the difference between manuscripts and printing using moveable type and pointed out the damage caused by actual “bookworms.” He also described the technique of fore-edge book painting. ***** Father William A. Beaver, O.S.B., recently received word that two articles have been accepted for publication. “Praying to the Saints for Miracles” is slated for publication in next year’s edition of The Catholic Yearbook. It tells the story of Father William’s prayers for a parishioner at Sacred Heart Parish in Jeannette. Additionally, Father William has a reflection on “First Confessions” slated for publication in the October 2002 issue of Pastoral Life. ***** Members of the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee toured the Saint Vincent Gristmill in July along with Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor Exec(Continued on Page 6)

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Top Posts (Continued from Page 3) mathematics and has served as provost since 1987. A Cambria County native, he graduated in 1961 from the Saint Vincent Preparatory School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree with high honors in philosophy at Saint Vincent College in 1966 and also studied theology at Saint Vincent Seminary. He holds advanced degrees in mathematics from Northwestern University where he earned a master of arts degree in 1972 and a Ph.D. in 1976. In his new assignment, he will supervise student affairs, athletics, prevention projects, stage and theater and admission and financial aid. Fr. Paul R. Taylor has been dean of admission and financial aid at Saint Vincent since July 1997. A 1987 graduate of Saint Vincent College where he earned a bachelor of arts degree with highest honors, he also earned a master of divinity degree with honor from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1992, a master of arts degree in mathematics from Duke University in 1993 and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Boston College in 1998. He will have substantial responsibilities in major gift fundraising as well as oversight of alumni relations and athletic fundraising. He is a native of Saint Marys, Elk County.

Novices Br. Fernando P. Lanas, left, and Br. Michael J. Gabler, right, with Novice Master Father Sebastian Samay, O.S.B.

Two Enter Novitiate Two men entered the novitiate at Saint Vincent Archabbey in July. The novitiate is a year of prayer and study designed to assist them in discerning their vocation as Benedictine monks. The novitiate is followed by a minimum three-year period of simple profession which provides an opportunity for continued discernment prior to solemn or final profession of monastic vows. BROTHER MICHAEL J. GABLER Brother Michael J. Gabler is the son of Michael F. and Margaret A. Gabler of St. Marys. He attended St. Marys parochial school and is a 1985 graduate of Elk County Catholic High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree

in M.I.S. from Penn State University in 1989. He has two sisters, Lori A. Lingenfelter of Ridgway, Melanie A. Meyer of St. Marys, and a brother, Sean, of St. Marys.

BROTHER FERNANDO P. LANAS Brother Fernando P. Lanas is the son of Fernando and Guadalupe Lanas of Quito, Ecuador. He attended Colegio Frances elementary school in Quito and is a 1989 graduate of Colegio Benalcazar in Quito. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in finance and management from Universidad San Francisco de Quito in 1997. His sisters are Elisa and Vanessa Lanas of Quito.

News From Around The Archabbey

On September 2 Brother Gerard J. Klaric celebrated his 90th birthday. Having spent 35 of those years at Benedictine Priory in Savannah, Georgia, the Savannah community with Brother Gerard’s friends, school staff, bowling colleagues and confreres from Saint Vincent were all part of a surprise birthday party anticipating the actual day. As the picture indicates, many joined in celebrating the special occasion. Volume 13, Number 3

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News From Around The Archabbey (Continued from Page 4) utive Director Olga Herbert. State Rep. Scott Hutchinson is chairman of the legislative committee. The tour was led by Father Paul Taylor, O.S.B., who talked about the history of the mill and the equipment and its operation. Additionally, the group learned about the Gristmill’s Environmental Education Center and the natural water purification project at the adjacent wetlands, which filters iron oxide pollutants out of acid mine drainage. An article on the visit appeared in The Latrobe Bulletin. In an additional news article on the Gristmill, Brother Dominic J. Shipsky, O.S.B., was pictured on the cover of “Arts and Adventure Magazine,” a publication of The Valley Independent of Monessen. Writer Joanna Blair and photographer Gregory D. Sofranko visited the mill for the feature article. Brother Dominic noted that when he works at the Gristmill he often thinks of those millers who came before him. “Everything about being in here feels like being part of a piece of history,” he said. He added that the work gives him a balance between his spiritual life and academic life. ***** From April 4-7 Father Wulfstan F. Clough, O.S.B., attended the Eighth Annual Conference of the Association of Core Texts and

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Courses in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Father Wulfstan chaired a panel entitled “Science Fiction as Core Text.” He also read a paper, “Darwin, Marx, and Late Nineteenth Century Futuristic Literature.” The paper is being considered for publication in the conference proceedings. ***** Father Mark Gruber, O.S.B., presented the “Ciszek Lecture” at Marquette University, Milwaukee, on March 22. The annual lecture is a series dedicated to the martyred Jesuit priest of the Soviet archipelago, and the university library hosts it in conjunction with an academic department relevant to the speaker and topic. Father Mark was invited in conjunction with the anthropology and theology departments. He spoke about the ethnographic experience of fieldwork in the Egyptian Sahara which comprised his doctoral research and which was published this fall in journal form from Orbis Press (see page 26). Father Mark’s book was recently reviewed in The Glastonbury Review, the same article also appearing on the website: http;//www.uk-christian.net/ boc/106j.shtml. The Review noted that “this is essentially a book about a deeply spiritual pilgrimage and the profound impact it had on one man’s life. ... This is a very personal and edifying spiritual journal and offers some excellent insights into contemporary Coptic monastic life.” ***** Father Cyprian G. Constantine, O.S.B., of the Department of Fine Arts/Music, performed a guest artist organ recital April 14 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Colorado. Father Cyprian performed the works of Buxtehude, Albinoni, Bach, ThalbenBall, Mendelssohn, Alain and Franck. *****

Father Thomas M. Hart, O.S.B., was the celebrant and homilist for the English version of The Rangueil Mass at St. Joseph’s on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., on June 8. Composed by French Dominican Father Andre Gouzes, The Rangueil Mass is a fullysung dialogue Mass, marrying Eastern sacred musical forms with the Roman liturgy. The entire Mass was sung by clergy, choir, and congregation. Father Gouzes was the special guest and concelebrated with Father Thomas. Father Thomas published in the JulySeptember issue of Share the Word, the feature article, “Anything But Ordinary,” as well as the Sunday reflections for the Sixteenth through Twenty-fifth Sundays in Ordinary Time. ***** The Saint Vincent College Campus Ministry hosted a series of luncheon dialogues this fall entitled “Lunch With Our Founders: What Do Christ, Benedict and Wimmer have to Say About Life at Saint Vincent in the Third Millennium?” Among the Saint Vincent Benedictines speaking as part of the series were Father Fred C. Byrne, O.S.B., Director of Campus Ministry, who talked about “Christ’s Call to Build a Transformative Community”; Father Donald S. Raila, O.S.B., who spoke on “Forming a Lay Benedictine Association of Oblates in the College” and Father Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B., Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement, who talked about “Boniface Wimmer and His Vision in the Founding of Saint Vincent Archabbey and College.”

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More New Gristmill Products Hats and golf shirts are the latest in a line of Saint Vincent Gristmill products now available at the Gristmill General Store. The brushed bull denim hats come in either green or blue, and the golf shirts are a natural color. All feature an embroidered Saint Vincent Gristmill text with a miller’s cross in gold superimposed on a millstone. A new cookie mix will be available later this fall. This complements the pancake mix and the Saint Vincent Bread Mix which are currently offered at the General Store. Other Gristmill products include tote bags and bread warmers, candy, and more. 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.

Gristmill Recipe Book Reprinted A number of years ago one of the millers at the Saint Vincent Gristmill helped compile a booklet of various recipes made with various Gristmill products such as flour and bran. Long out of print, this compilation is still requested by visitors to the mill. So, by popular demand, this fall, the Gristmill General Store has reprised and refined the original cookbook. 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.

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Taking part in the July 13 ordination to the Diaconate were, in the top left photo, from left, Br. Cajetan P. Homick, O.S.B., Br. Brian D. Boosel, O.S.B., Bishop Anthony G. Bosco, ordaining prelate; Br. Thomas P. Curry, O.S.B., Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., and retired Archabbot Paul R. Maher, O.S.B. Above, right, is Br. Brian; below, left, is Br. Thomas and below, right, is Br. Cajetan.

Three Benedictines Ordained To The Diaconate Three Benedictine monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey were ordained to the diaconate on Saturday, July 13 by the Most Rev. Anthony G. Bosco, Bishop of Greensburg, in the Archabbey Basilica. They are Brother Thomas P. Curry, O.S.B., of Great Neck, N.Y.; Brother Brian D. Boosel, O.S.B., of Butler, and Brother Cajetan P. Homick, O.S.B., of Brackenridge. BROTHER THOMAS P. CURRY, O.S.B. Brother Thomas is a native of Great Neck, New York. He is the son of Thomas P. Curry, Sr., and Mary Lou Curry of Great Neck. His sisters are Mary Elizabeth Curry Williams of Floral Park, New York, and Kathleen Curry Mangels of Valhalla, New York. Brother Thomas attended St. Aloysius Elementary School and is a 1985 8

graduate of St. Mary’s High School. He received a bachelor of science degree in quantitative analysis from St. John’s University in 1989, and studied business at the University of West Florida. He earned the master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2002. He made his simple profession of vows July 10, 1997, at Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica before Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., and solemn profession of vows on July 11, 2000. He has served as assistant director of vocations (1998-2000) and as an assistant in the summer retreat program. In 2000 he was named a residence hall moderator at Saint Vincent College and assistant swimming pool manager. BROTHER BRIAN D. BOOSEL, O.S.B. Brother Brian is a son of Mr. and Mrs.

Ralph L. Boosel of Butler. His brothers are Jason A. Boosel of Prospect and Adam C. Boosel of Butler. He attended Butler Catholic Elementary School and Butler Area Senior High School, where he graduated in 1992. He received a bachelor of arts degree in history from Saint Vincent College in 1996 and was a graduate student in history at Slippery Rock University from 1996 to 1997. He earned the master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2002. As a college student he was named to “Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities” in 1996 and received the Student Government Service Award in 1996. He was a four-year member of (Continued on Page 9)

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Diaconate (Continued from Page 8) the Student Government Association and was president of the Saint Vincent College Student Government from 1995 to 1996. He served as vice president of the Seminary’s Student Association in 2001-2002. He made his first profession of monastic vows on July 10, 1998, and solemn profession of vows on July 11, 2001. In 1998 he was named assistant archivist of the Archabbey Archives, assistant master of ceremonies and sacristan. In 1999 he was named socius of novices in the Archabbey Formation Program, and in 2000 he was appointed Director of Sacristies. BROTHER CAJETAN P. HOMICK, O.S.B. Brother Cajetan is the son of Paul and Patricia Homick of Brackenridge. He attended Fairmont Elementary School and is a 1987 graduate of Highlands Senior High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science, with highest honor, from Saint Vincent College in 1991 and a juris doctor degree from Duquesne Law School in 1994, and bachelor of Sacred Theology degree, magna cum laude, from the Pontifical Ateneo di Sant’ Anselmo, Rome, Italy, in 2002. He is continuing to pursue graduate studies in Rome. Prior to his arrival at Saint Vincent Archabbey he served as an attorney for Fried, Kane, Walters, Zuschlag and Grochmal of Pittsburgh (1994-1998); as vice president of the Catholic Cemeteries Association, Inc., of the Diocese of Pittsburgh (1996-1998) and as vice president of the Pennsylvania Fire Services Institute, Inc., Harrisburg (19961998). He is presently a member of the American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Allegheny County Bar Association. He made simple profession of vows on July 9, 1999, and solemn profession of vows on July 11, 2002. He was appointed as Administrative Secretary to the Archabbot (1999-2001) and Assistant Fire Chief with the Saint Vincent Fire Department. He served as Assistant Director of the Vocation Office (1999-2000). In 2000 he was named socius of novices for the Archabbey, a position he held until 2001, when he began graduate studies in Rome.

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Br. Nathan M. Cochran, O.S.B., Director of the Saint Vincent Gallery, talks with His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Rudolph of Austria, center, and Charles A. Fagan prior to the lecture given by the Archduke about his father, Karl I: The Peace Emperor.

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Emperor Karl Exhibition An exhibition on the life of Karl I, the last Habsburg emperor of Austria-Hungary, has been organized by The Saint Vincent Gallery and The Emperor Karl League of Prayers. The exhibition, entitled “Karl I: The Peace Emperor,” opened September 13 and runs through December 8 at the Gallery. An inaugural lecture featuring His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Rudolph of Austria, the sixth child of Karl I, was held September 12 to open the exhibition, and was sponsored by the Saint Vincent College Threshold Lecture Series. Karl I: The Peace Emperor illustrates the life of a little-known world leader from World War I, who desperately sought to bring peace to Europe during his brief reign. Today, he is considered by many to be a saint, and his cause for canonization has been introduced at the Vatican. The exhibition is comprised of paintings, statues, photographs, historic films, magazines, newspapers and posters, commemorative medallions, souvenir glassware, postal stamps, postcards and military decorations; as well as facsimiles of historic documents. It features some of the Emperor’s personal effects, including: his neck collar decoration of the Order of the Golden Fleece, a watch originally owned by Queen Marie Antoinette, and a wedding present from Pope St. Pius X. The Saint Vincent Gallery is the only venue for this exhibition. Many of the objects have been lent from European sources and most have never before been exhibited anywhere. Lenders and contributors to the exhibition include members of the Habsburg Family, the Austrian State Mint, the Austrian Film Archives, the National Film Archives of Budapest, and various private collectors in the United States and Europe. The exhibition has been financed in part by the Habsburg Family, the Brooks Foundation, RZB Finance, L.L.C. (Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich A.G.), and the Smiy Family Foundation Trust. For information, call The Saint Vincent Gallery at 724-532-6600, ext. 2107, or check the web site http://facweb.stvincent.edu/academics/ finearts/gallery.html.

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Six Make First Professon of Vows Six men completed their novitiate at Saint Vincent Archabbey and made first profession of vows as Benedictine monks on July 10. The novitiate is a year of prayer and study designed to assist them in discerning their vocation as monks. Following their first vows, the monks remain as junior monks for three years before making solemn profession, or vows for life. Professing first vows were Brother Bruno D. Heisey, O.S.B., of Mechanicsburg; Brother Maurus Mount, O.S.B., of Indialantic, Florida; Brother Benoit Alloggia, O.S.B., of Noiseau, France; Brother Barnabas Anderson, O.S.B., of Clearfield; Brother Michael Miller, O.S.B., of Allison Park and Brother Stephen Patrizio, O.S.B., of Pittsburgh. Also at the same vespers ceremony, two junior monks renewed their vows: Brother Dominic J. Shipsky, O.S.B., of Poland, Ohio, and Brother Gregory Montagna, O.S.B., of Cardale. BROTHER BRUNO D. HEISEY, O.S.B. Brother Brunois the son of Jacob L. and Ina H. Heisey of Mechanicsburg. He is a 1984 graduate of Cumberland Valley High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in Latin and history from Dickinson College in 1988. He has a brother, Bradford, of Carlisle. BROTHER MAURUS B. MOUNT, O.S.B. Brother Maurus is the son of Frank E. and Alina M. Mount of Indialantic, Florida. He is a 1996 graduate of Melbourne High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in classical languages from Marquette University in 2000. His brother is Michael C. Mount of Indialantic. BROTHER BENOIT ALLOGGIA, O.S.B. Brother Benoit is the son of Dante and Margueritte Alloggia of Noiseau, France. He is a 1986 graduate of St. Jean Baptiste de le Salle High School in France. He earned a degree in philosophy from St. Thomas Pontifical University in Rome in 1991 and a degree in nursing in 1995 from the school of nursing in Rieti, Italy. His siblings are Pierre of Paris, France; Samuel of Jamaica; Sebastien of Paris; Jean Baptiste of Noiseau, France and Claire of Paris. BROTHER BARNABAS

S. ANDERSON, O.S.B. Brother Barnabas is the son of James C. and Colleen L. Anderson of Clearfield. He is a 1987 graduate of Clearfield Area High School. 10

In the photo above, making their first profession of vows July 10 were, from left, Br. Bruno D. Heisey, O.S.B., Br. Maurus Mount, O.S.B., Br. Benoit Alloggia, O.S.B., Br. Barnabas Anderson, O.S.B., and Br. Michael Miller, O.S.B. Br. Stephen Patrizio, O.S.B., who also made first profession, is pictured in the photo at the bottom right of this page. He received a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from Duquesne University in 1992 and has studied philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville. His sister is Mary Anderson of Portland, Maine. BROTHER MICHAEL J. MILLER, O.S.B. Brother Michael is the son of Donald and Jo-Anne Miller of Allison Park. He is a 1979 graduate of Shaler Area High School, Glenshaw. He studied at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, and received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy in 1985 from Don Bosco College, Newton, New Jersey. He taught elementary school at St. Joseph Regional School in Newton, before entering the monastery. His sisters are Jean Lowden of McKees Rocks and Nancy Miller of Allison Park. His brother is John Miller of Shepherdsville, Kentucky. BROTHER STEPHEN J. PATRIZIO, O.S.B. Brother Stephen is the son of Pat and Roberta Patrizio of Pittsburgh. He is a 1994 graduate of Plum Senior High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in human development and family studies from Penn State University in 1999, and has

done graduate work in theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. His brother is Nicholas A. Patrizio of Highlands, New Jersey. (Continued on Page 11)

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Profession of Vows (Continued from Page 10) BROTHER DOMINIC J. SHIPSKY, O.S.B. Brother Dominic is the son of Ruth Jane Shipsky of Poland, Ohio, and the late John C. Shipsky. He is one of seven children, including Jack, Paul and Bob Shipsky of Poland, Marilyn Jones of Jax, Florida; Bill Shipsky of Struthers, Ohio and Sue Shipsky of Atlanta, Georgia. A 1984 graduate of Poland High School, he attended Poland Union Grade School. In 2001 he was named assistant master of ceremonies/ sacristan at the Archabbey, assistant director of vocations, and miller at the Saint Vincent Gristmill.

BR. GREGORY MONTAGNA, O.S.B. Br. Gregory is the son of Dr. David and Mrs. Grace Montagna of Cardale. He is a 1987 graduate of Brownsville Area High School. In 1991 he earned a bachelor of arts degree in politics and philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh. He attended Saint Vincent Seminary from 1993 to 1995 and from 1999 to 2000. He earned a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2000, and the master of arts degree from the seminary in 2002. In 2001 he was appointed assistant guestmaster in the Archabbey, assistant director of vocations, and an assistant in the summer retreat program.

Br. Gregory D. Montagna, O.S.B., left, and Br. Dominic J. Shipsky, O.S.B., renewed their vows as junior monks on July 10.

Two Benedictines Solemnly Professed Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., received the solemn vows of two Benedictines on Thursday, July 11, during Mass at the Archabbey Basilica. After spending one year as novices and three years as junior monks, a period of reflection and monastic formation, the Benedictine brothers may petition for solemn vows, which are a commitment to monastic vows for life. Making their professions were Brother Cajetan P. Homick, O.S.B., of Brackenridge and Brother Boniface P. Hicks, O.S.B., of State College. Brother Cajetan was also ordained to the Diaconate on July 13, and his biography appears on page 11 in that article. BROTHER BONIFACE P. HICKS, O.S.B. Brother Boniface of State College is the son of William and Mary Hicks of Burke, Virginia, and the brother of Michael Hicks of Philadelphia. He attended Grafton Bethel Elementary School, Silvergate Elementary School and Correia Junior High School. He is a 1993 graduate of Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, Virginia. He earned a bachelor of science degree in computer science and a master of science degree in computer science from Penn State University in 1997. At Penn State he was a member of the Tau Beta Pi Honor Fraternity and the Penn State

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Newman Club. He made simple profession of vows on July 9, 1999. He was appointed in 1999 as a lecturer in the Computing

and Information Science Department, Saint Vincent College, and he served on the College Campus Ministry Staff (1999-2000).

Br. Cajetan P. Homick, O.S.B., left, and Br. Boniface P. Hicks, O.S.B., professed solemn vows on July 11.

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Benedictine Sisters Celebrate 150th Anniversary

Sister Raphael Baker, Prioress, is seated with the Abbot Primate, Archabbot Douglas and Abbot Placid. Monsignor Charles Kaza, the Episcopal Vicar of the Eastern Region in the Erie Diocese, is at the podium. At right, Bishop Trautman and Archabbot Douglas celebrate Mass. The Benedictine Sisters recently celebrated the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Mother Benedicta Riepp, the foundress of the Benedictine Sisters in the United States. Mother

Walburga Dietrich and Sister Maura Flieger when they arrived here from Saint Walburga Abbey in Eichstätt, Germany. On July 21, 2002, Bishop Donald Trautman of the Diocese of Erie was the principal celebrant and Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., was the homilist for a Mass for observance of the 150th anniversary. Abbot Primate Notker Wolf, head of the International Benedictine Federation in Rome, attended the celebration along with Abbot Placid Solari from Belmont Abbey in North Carolina. Also attending were 18 Benedictine priests and 14 diocesan priests, and religious women representing the Benedictines and other orders. About four-fifths of all Benedictine Sisters in the United States grew from the motherhouse in St. Marys.

Benedicta established Saint Joseph monastery in Saint Marys, Pa., as the first monastery for Benedictine Sisters in the United States. Mother Benedicta was accompanied by Sister

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The Archabbey Community celebrated Jubilarian Day on June 13. Marking their jubilees were, bottom photo, from left, Rev. Flavian G. Yelinko, O.S.B., 75 years, profession; Br. Lambert G. Berens, O.S.B., 70 years, profession; Br. Placid D. Cremonese, O.S.B., 60 years, profession; Rev. Andrew S. Campbell, O.S.B., 25 years, profession. Also celebrating jubilees were Br. Miguel Savieto, O.S.B., 50 years, profession; Rev. Aaron N. Buzzelli, O.S.B., 25 years, ordination; Rev. Cyprian G. Constantine, O.S.B., 25 years, ordination; and Br. Timothy J. Brown, O.S.B., 25 years, profession. (Photos by Rev. Noel H. Rothrauff, O.S.B.)

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“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 Office at 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, Penna., 156502690, 724-539-9761, ext. 6655, for a free booklet about life as a Saint Vincent Benedictine.

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Reflection for Founders’ Day - November 21, 2002 Archabbot Douglas Boniface Wimmer, the founder of Saint Vincent, was a man who believed in God’s love and became for many people a herald of glad tidings. Learning of the hardships of immigrants in America, he wrote that he was moved by “deep compassion and a desire to do something to alleviate their pitiable condition.” In 1846, when he with eighteen companions came to America and founded the monastery and school at Saint Vincent; he dedicated his life to alleviate the pitiable conditions of those in need. The Saint Vincent community, under Wimmer’s leadership and at great personal cost, made foundations all over the United States. Often he seemed to respond to those most in need – African Americans in the South, Native Americans in the Midwest, immigrants everywhere who were struggling through education to find a place in the new world. Through the establishment of schools and parishes of every sort, Wimmer helped struggling immigrants to find a place in this new land. Reporting on his achievements shortly after his death on December 8, 1887, the New York Herald commented: “His acts of kindness and charity extended to all classes and conditions of society, and there is scarcely a poor family in all the region about the monastery that, at some time or another, has not been the recipient of his bounty.” There is no doubt that he knew how to make things happen. Most of you know that story well. From the monastery and school he established at Saint Vincent in 1846, his work spread to Minnesota in the 1850s and then to Kansas when that territory was bathed in the blood of an undeclared war over slavery, a prelude to the Civil War which took the lives of a million men. Soon monks from Saint Vincent

were laboring in New Jersey, Kentucky, Virginia, Texas, Tennessee, Nebraska, Alabama, Florida and Colorado. They brought the Word of God to German and Irish, Pole and Slovak, Black, Indian and White. In 1887, Sadlier’s Catholic Directory would say of Abbot Boniface Wimmer’s Benedictines: “Nothing in the growth of the Church in this country exceeds the wonderful development of this community.” The accomplishments can easily be listed. They are remarkable, yet they don’t tell us much about the man. Can we get more insight into his spirit . . . the spirit which animated Saint Vincent in its first years? Perhaps there is something in this spirit that can animate us as we face the challenges of our day. One thing is clear: Boniface Wimmer was not a plaster-of-Paris saint that you might put on a pedestal to admire. He was strong-willed and tough, often in conflict, beginning with his abbot in his own monastery who took a dim view of his desire to be a missionary in the wilderness of America. He had problems with Church officials in Rome. Some of his own monks rebelled against him: some wanted a stricter monastic observance; others said he had gone too far with missionary activities.Yet one senses that most of those with whom he disagreed must have realized that he was not on an ego trip. Despite the rough edges, they seemed to realize that this tough character was a man of God. We remember our past with all its blessings and we express our heartfelt gratitude to God. Our responsibility, however, is not to the past – we can do nothing to change that. Our responsibility is for the future. What can I say as we face the unknown future together? Many say we live in an

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age of anxiety that is induced by global violence and terrorism, general breakdown of traditional moral values in our country. Many wonder about the relevance of religious life and the ability to make a lifetime commitment to anyone or anything. I would like to make the same exhortation to you that Pope John Paul II made to the Church on October 22, 1978 – that day he began his papal ministry. Simply and boldly he said: “Do not be afraid.” These were the days when a nuclear holocaust seemed imminent. These were the days when the power of the Soviet Union and the expansion of communism seemed unstoppable. People were unable to hope; much like us, they were afraid of all the bade things that might happen. “Do not be afraid.” The Pope could make this exhortation not because of trust in his own power, but because these are the words which Christ spoke to his disciples and which Christ speaks to us today. “Do not be afraid. I am with you.” Today we can take responsibility for our future, not in fear, but in hope because we trust in the promise of Christ. Like Wimmer, we must trust in the love of Christ. We believe that the Risen Lord is with us. We do not need to be afraid. As we celebrate the life of Boniface Wimmer and the founders of Saint Vincent, may our hearts be filled with the spirit of Christ – the spirit of hope, the spirit of joy, the spirit of thanksgiving, and the spirit of love. (Source: Dr. Jerome Oetgen, Mission to America)

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Taiwan/China

His Eminence Paul Cardinal Shan, the Bishop of Kaohsiung, hosted a dinner in honor of Archabbot Douglas during the visit to Taiwan. Attending the dinner were Dr. Ron Tranquilla, Saint Vincent College Professor, and his wife Penny, both of whom are teaching at the Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei for the 2002-2003 academic year. Dr. Tranquilla is at the far left; Dr. John Lee, President of Fu Jen, is fifth from the left; Archabbot Douglas is sixth from the left, next to Mrs. Penny Tranquilla, Cardinal Shan, Br. Gregory Montagna and representatives of local diocesan and religious communities.

President John Lee of Fu Jen Catholic University presents Archabbot Douglas with a gift to commemorate the historic relationship between the Saint Vincent Benedictines and the Fu Jen Catholic University. The original Fu Jen Catholic University in Beijing was established by the Benedictines in 1925. It was reestablished in Taiwan in 1960.

In 2002, Archabbot Douglas traveled to the Saint Vincent foreign missions in both Taiwan and Brazil. His visit to the Taiwan mission was extended to include meetings in Hong Kong, Nanjing and Beijing in China.

Monsignor James Green, the Vatican’s Chargé d’ Affaires in Taipei, joins Cardinal Shan and the other bishops of Taiwan at a reception on October 16 at the Apostolic Nunciature in Taipei to commemorate the twenty-fourth anniversary of the election of His Holiness Pope John Paul II. Archabbot Douglas and Br. Nicholas Koss, Prior of the Taiwan mission, attended the reception. 14

Br. Gregory Montagna, O.S.B., is currently studying Chinese at Wimmer Priory in Taiwan.

Archabbot Douglas and Dr. Barbara Loe are welcomed to the City University of Hong Kong by Dr. H.K. Chang, the President of the University. Dr. Loe taught the President when he was in the second grade. Dr. Loe recently established the China Studies Center at Saint Vincent College in memory of her parents Professor James and Margaret Tseng Loe.

Br. Nicholas, Archabbot Douglas and Dr. Loe meet with three representatives of the Beijing Fu Jen Alumni Association.

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Br. Nicholas Koss and Dr. Barbara Loe at the main entrance of the original Fu Jen Catholic University in Beijing.

Dr. Robert Daly, co-director of the Johns Hopkins China Center at Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies and Dr. Loe. Nanjing University is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in China, dating back to 1902.

Br. Nicholas talks with Mr. Wang Zhenjia, Vice President of the Fu Jen Alumni Association in Beijing.

Archabbot Douglas meets with Madame Wang Guangmei, the honorary chairperson of the Beijing Fu Jen Alumni Association. She is the wife of the late Liu Shaoqi, the former President of China. She studied physics at Fu Jen Catholic University from 1939 to 1943. She was born in America, but returned to China as a child. Volume 13, Number 3

Pictured above are Father Matthew Chen (top), the Vice Rector of the Beijing Diocesan Seminary and Father John Hou, the Director of Student Life of the Seminary. Father Matthew is a graduate of St. John’s Abbey Seminary in Collegeville, Minnesota, and Father John Hou is a graduate of Saint Vincent Seminary. There are two seminaries in Beijing, the Diocesan Seminary and the National Seminary. The Diocesan Seminary currently has 40 students in the theology program preparing for ordination to the priesthood. Archabbot Douglas met with Father Matthew and Father John during his recent visit to China. According to Bishop John Tong, Auxiliary Bishop of Hong Kong, “His Holiness Pope John Paul II has emphasized reconciliation between the Vatican and China as an important goal for the Universal Church.”

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Brazil

Br. Andre, procurator, inspects the addition to Siloe Retreat Center in Vinhedo.

Fr. Jonas Christal, right, who studied at Saint Vincent Seminary for the Archdiocese of Campinas, Brazil, was ordained to the priesthood this summer by Archbishop Gilberto Lopes, center. Archabbot Douglas is on the left. Archabbot Douglas and Prior Lucas celebrate the Eucharist at a local parish — Nossa Senhora de Lourdes in Vinhedo.

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Prior Lucas delivers the homily at Mass.

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“Bells for Brazil”

Yes, I would like to help with the “Bells for Brazil” Project. Enclosed is my contribution of: $50

$100 $500 $1000 Other My company matched my gift. Enclosed is the form. Gifts are tax-deductible.

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Since first settling in Vinhedo, Brazil, the Community of São Bento Monastery, the Benedictine foundation of Saint Vincent Archabbey in Brazil, hoped to have bells to call the monks for Divine Office and the celebration of the Eucharist. However, other more basic needs prevented them from embracing the project. Now that the construction of the monastery and its chapel has been completed, along with the expansion of Siloe Retreat Center, the Benedictine Community has committed its efforts to building a bell tower. The bells were purchased thanks to the generosity of friends and benefactors in Brazil. The next stage of the project involves the construction of a bell tower at the entrance to the monastery building. A Brazilian architect who specializes in liturgical spaces is designing the tower, free of charge, in honor of his longterm friendship with Prior Lucas Torrell de Almeida Costa, O.S.B. The cost of the construction and the mechanism that tolls the bells will be covered by funds raised through the generosity of benefactors in Brazil and in the United States. The cost of the bell tower is $15,000.

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Benedictines Appointed To First Pastorates

Three Benedictines have been appointed to their first pastorates, all in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese. Father Job J. Foote, O.S.B., most recently served as parochial vicar of Saint Peter Parish, North Side, Pittsburgh (2000-2001), and is now pastor at Saint Nicholas Parish, Nicktown. His other assignments have included serving as a fleet mechanic for the Archabbey’s motor vehicles (19841994), and in ministry to the boys in the Big Brother Program of Westmoreland County. He served his deacon internship at Our Lady, Queen of Peace Parish, North Side, Pittsburgh, and was chaplain at the State Correctional Institution at Greensburg from 1989 to 1996. He has been a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserves since 1993 and served as chaplain at N.P.H., Honduras, from 1996 to 1999, when he was appointed parochial vicar of Saint Gregory Parish, Virginia Beach (19992000). Father Alfred S. Patterson, O.S.B., served as parochial vicar at Saint Volume 13, Number 3

Marys Parish, St. Marys (1996-2002) and Sacred Heart Parish, Jeannette (1992-1995) prior to his new appointment as pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, New Germany, and Saint John Parish, Summerhill. At Saint Marys he was tri-parish youth coordinator and representative to Saint Vincent and the Diocese of Erie regarding vocations, as well as a liaison and chaplain to the veterans groups in St. Marys. Following his profession of vows he served the Saint Vincent community as sacristan (1986-1987), library assistant (1986 -1990), and retreat program staff member (1986-1990). He was on the faculty and staff at Benedictine Priory and Military School, Savannah, Georgia (1990-1992 ).

Father Ananias G. Buccicone, O.S.B., has been parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Parish, St. Marys, from 1993 to 2002, when he was named pastor of Queen of Peace Parish, Patton. Prior to that he was assistant to the director of the Saint Vincent Development Club (1992-1993). He served a pastoral internship and a diaconate internship at Saint Benedict Parish in Carrolltown, and its mission of Saint Lawrence, St. Lawrence, Pennsylvania (1992-1993). While attending Saint Vincent Seminary he served the monastic community as sacristan for the monastery chapels (1984-1985), assistant to the prior (1985-1986) and the monastic guestmaster (1985-1991).

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Stephen Lawrence of the Emmanuel Community introduces His Eminence Francis Cardinal Arinze and Archabbot Douglas at the International Young Adult Forum at Saint Vincent.

Hundreds of international visitors flock to the tent set up on the athletic field which served as a gathering place for the forum’s Masses and events.

His Eminence Francis Cardinal Arinze, center, returned to Saint Vincent in July for the International Young Adult Forum, held prior to World Youth Day. He is pictured with Fr. Fred C. Byrne, O.S.B., campus ministry director, and Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B.

Archabbot Douglas welcomes everyone to Saint Vincent.

His Eminence Francis Cardinal Arinze gives a blessing during the procession for Mass.

Cardinal Arinze distributes Holy Communion.


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World Youth Day in Toronto, 2002

His Holiness Pope John Paul II at the World Youth Day Mass in Toronto.

Br. Barnabas Anderson and Br. Stephen Patrizio were among the thousands who camped out in a field prior to Mass with the Holy Father.

(Bill Wittman Photo)

Pope John Paul II waves to the crowd prior to the Mass culminating World Youth Day.

Fr. Fred Byrne, O.S.B., and Fr. Andrew Campbell, O.S.B., accompanied the Saint Vincent contingent to World Youth Day.

Br. Barnabas Anderson, Br. Maurus Mount, Br. Stephen Patrizio and Br. Boniface Hicks at Niagara Falls on the way to Toronto for World Youth Day.

Br. Gregory Montagna, O.S.B., plays the bagpipes at World Youth Day.


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Saint Benedict Hall Dedicated

Saint Benedict Hall was dedicated with a traditional Key Presentation by Architect Tasso Katselas and General Contractor Joseph A. Massaro to Archabbot Douglas, College President Mr. James F. Will, Dr. Lucas C. Lamadrid who becomes associate vice president for student affairs, and freshman students Eberley Adams and Grant Berry concluded the program.

Sisters of Saint Emma Monastery Dedicate Chapel The Benedictine Sisters at Saint Emma Monastery/Retreat House in Greensburg recently dedicated the Cor Jesu Monastic Chapel. The founding sisters of Saint Emma Monastery came from Germany to the United States in the 1930s to work in the kitchens and dining rooms of Saint Vincent Archabbey, Seminary and College. Mother Leonarda Fritz, O.S.B., and ten Sisters arrived February 25, 1931; by 1939 there were forty Sisters. For the first twelve years, these Sisters sent every penny they could save back to their mother-house, St. Walburg Abbey in Eichstäett, Bavaria, to support

the Sisters there, and to buy properties for the other monasteries St. Walburg was making in Colorado and England. Only in 1943 did the Sisters purchase a property of their own, the Robertshaw family homestead near Greensburg, and, the following year, the adjacent 100-acre farm to create Saint Emma Monastery and Retreat House. Mother Mary Anne Noll, O.S.B., the Prioress of Saint Emma Monastery, noted that: “With the dedication of the Cor Jesu Monastic Chapel on June 29, 2002, the nuns — after 71 years in this country — now have a chapel that highlights they are a monastic community.”

Mother Mary Anne Noll, Prioress, Saint Emma Monastery.

Archabbot Douglas blesses the entrance to the Cor Jesu Monastic Chapel.

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Saint Vincent College blessed and dedicated Saint Benedict Hall, its new state-of-the-art freshman residence, on August 29. Nearly a thousand students, faculty, administrators, staff and guests attended the ceremony and a picnic luncheon with College President James F. Will which followed. The brief program included welcoming remarks by President Will and formal Blessing by Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Chancellor of the College. Fr. Gilbert J. Burke, O.S.B., Assistant to the President, and Fr. Fred C. Byrne, O.S.B., Director of Campus Ministry, assisted in the ceremony. Saint Vincent welcomed 406 new students — 323 freshmen and 83 transfer students. Total campus enrollment is more than 1,200 this fall. College officials reported that this is the largest first-year class in the College’s history. The new dorm is named after the founder of the Benedictine Order of monks that founded the Catholic, liberal arts college more than 156 years ago.

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Robert S. Carey Student Center Saint Vincent College officials broke ground on September 13 for a major construction and renovation project that will result in an expanded student activities building to be renamed the Robert S. Carey Student Center in memory of Saint Vincent graduate “Bob” Carey whose family has made a major gift toward the $12.5 million, 18-month improvement of the existing Kennedy Hall. Construction has begun, with completion set for early 2004. The project will add a new student chapel with a seating capacity for 164 on the southeast corner, a two story addition on the south side of the building, and a three story addition on the west side. Renovated areas will provide a greatly expanded student union. The Shack snack bar and the College Book Center will both be expanded to serve Saint Vincent College’s growing student population, with the current food service seating area of 120 to be increased to 225. The current gymnasium will be renovated with a new floor to be installed with a resilient pad underneath it, replacing the current floor which is laid directly on a concrete foundation. A similar and separate court will be installed across the rear of the building that will provide practice and playing areas for intramural and recreational teams. The bleachers will be replaced on both sides and additional bleachers will be added on the western end. Some of the seating will be stadium style for added comfort and convenience. Pending additional funding, the current auditorium will also be completely renovated with a new outer lobby, box office, stage, catwalks and green room. Seating will be sloped to provide maximum view and be limited to about 500 to ensure patron intimacy and effective acoustics. Participants in the announcement and groundbreaking ceremony were, top right photo, Mr. James F. Will, College president; Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Chancellor; and Mr. J. Christopher Donahue, chair of the Saint Vincent College Board of Directors and President and Chief Executive Officer of Federated Investors. In the bottom right photo Campus Minister Fr. Fred C. Byrne, O.S.B., looks at an architect’s plan for the new student chapel. Volume 13, Number 3

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Gristmill Exhibit

The Saint Vincent Gristmill featured an Artisans’ Week with the work of several Saint Vincent Archabbey artists and artisans. The exhibit featured sculpture, paintings, stained glass, pottery and weavings. Father Thomas More Sikora, O.S.B., gave a weaving demonstration and Brother Mark L Floreanini, O.S.B., gave a stained glass demonstration as well as a pottery and clay demonstration. In the top photo, Father Sebastian A. Samay, O.S.B., and Brother Mark talk about stained glass to exhibit visitors, while in the bottom photo Father Sebastian examines some of the fabric art. On November 9, Brother Placid D. Cremonese, O.S.B., returned to the Gristmill to sing many Italian favorites, accompanied by his guitar and mandolin. A first look at the Gristmill’s new Christmas items was offered on Saturday, November 23, including the new Saint Vincent Christmas Cookie mix that bakers can make at home. Saint Nicholas of Myra will be at the Gristmill on Sunday, December 8 from 3 to 4 p.m. Visitors can learn about the real Saint Nicholas, who lived in the fourth century. (Photos by Father Noel Rothrauff, O.S.B.)

Father Gilbert Burke Named Alumnus of Distinction Saint Vincent College honored four Alumni of Distinction at the Alumni Reunion Weekend August 10. Among those honored was Rev. Gilbert J. Burke, O.S.B., P’53, C’58, S’62. Father Gilbert, who serves as Assistant to the President of Saint Vincent College and as Director of Alumni for Saint Vincent Seminary, graduated from the former 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. He entered the Saint Vincent monastic community from Blessed Sacrament Cathedral Parish in Greensburg and made simple profession of vows July 2, 1956, and solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1959, at Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. He was ordained a priest at the Basilica by the late Bishop William G. Connare of Greensburg on June 2, 1962. Over the years Father Gilbert has served in the Saint Vincent Public Relations Office, as guest master of the Archabbey, as college moderator and as 22

chaplain of Carmel of the Assumption Monastery, Latrobe. Between 1962 and 1966, he served as assistant at Sacred Heart and Ascension Parishes, Jeannette, and Saint Benedict Parish in Covington, Kentucky. He was assistant pastor at Saint Vincent Parish from 1966 to 1969; director of public relations for the Archabbey, College and Seminary from 1969-74; director of public relations and publicity for the Archabbey from 1974 to 1982; Archabbey foreign mission procurator from 1974 to 1982; and moderator for the Saint Vincent Women’s Auxiliary from 1974 to 1982. Father Gilbert was associate pastor from 1976 to 1982 and then pastor from 1982 to 1987 of St. Bruno Parish, South Greensburg, where he planned the 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 in Jeannette from 1987-91 and as administrator of Saint Vincent Parish from 1991 to 1996. Before his appointment last year as Assistant to the President, Fr. Gilbert had served as Director of Alumni for both Saint Vincent College and Saint Vincent Seminary since February 1996. He also continues a weekend parish ministry. Father Gilbert was a member of the Kiwanis Clubs of Latrobe and Jeannette, the South Greensburg Ministerial Association, the Jeannette Ministerial Association, the Latrobe Ministerial Association and of the board of directors of the Westmoreland County Choral Society. He is a former member of the Council of Seniors at Saint Vincent Archabbey, a member and president of the board of directors of the Gilbert Straub Plaza, and a member and secretary of the board of directors of the Saint Vincent College Corporation. He also is a member of Council 1222 Knights of Columbus and a 4th Degree Knight, Saint Vincent General Assembly as well as a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

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Development Corner

Your residence, vacation home, farm or acreage may have appreciated in As you finalize your year-end tax planvalue through the years such that its sale ning, please consider making good use of would mean a sizeable capital gains tax. the income tax charitable deduction. Your By making a year-end gift of this propyear-end gift can significantly reduce your erty instead, you would avoid the capital income taxes, while providing meaninggains tax, and, at the same time, receive a ful support for Saint Vincent Archabbey. charitable deduction for the full fair market Regardless of your income, if you itemize value of the property. you can almost always lower the taxes you It is also possible to make a gift of your pay through charitable giving. The amount home, farm, or vacation home so that you of the income tax savings will depend on and your spouse can continue to use it for your tax bracket. your lifetimes — while you receive a curGiving, as you know, is about much rent year tax deduction. Please give us a more than tax savings. Your charitable call for details. gifts make an important difference in our LIFE INCOME GIFTS ability to serve the people of God. If you own stock which is fluctuating Here are some of the best year-end gift with the stock market and paying you little William P. Malloy ideas. We would be pleased to provide you Director of Development in dividends, a “life-income” gift may be with further information. Also, we urge you an appropriate year-end gift. to discuss your tax planning with your accountant or other You could transfer the stock to us and establish a “chariprofessional advisor. table gift annuity that would provide you with a greater CASH annual return — often between 6 and 9 percent. This income If you itemize, you can lower your income taxes simply by would be paid to you and/or a loved one for life, after which writing us a check by December 31. There is no easier way the assets would be distributed outright to us. Through such to garner a year-end charitable deduction. Make sure your an arrangement, you may be able to increase your income envelope is postmarked by December 31; if it is, your gift will and make a meaningful (and tax-deductible) contribution to qualify as a current year gift even if it is not received by us us at the same time. until the first week of next year. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION Some employers will match your charitable gifts, meaning Please call or write Director of Development Bill Malloy if your gifts are worth even more. If your company or firm has you have questions on how to make your gift. a matching gift program, simply enclose the form along with You should contact your own professional tax advisor to your check. learn how this general information relates to your circumGifts of cash are fully deductible — up to a maximum of stances. On behalf of the Saint Vincent Archabbey commu50% of your adjusted gross income. For example, if your nity, thank you for your interest and support. adjusted gross income is $50,000, up to $25,000 of charitable gifts may be deducted in this year. Any excess can Mr. William P. Malloy generally be carried forward and deducted over as many as Director of Development five subsequent years. Saint Vincent Archabbey STOCK 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650-2690, If you own stock, it is almost always more beneficial to Phone: 724-532-6740 contribute stock than cash. E-mail: bill.malloy@email.stvincent.edu. This is because a gift of appreciated stock generally offers a two-fold tax savings. First, you avoid paying any capital Yes, I would like to make a gift. gains tax on the increase in value of the stock. Second, you receive an income tax charitable deduction for the full fair $50 $100 $500 $1000 market value of the stock at the time of the gift. Other Make sure you have owned the stock for more than one My company may match my gift. Enclosed is the form. year to qualify for these significant tax advantages. Your gift of stock should be postmarked by December 31. Your stock Name broker can arrange for a year-end gift of stock from your account. Gifts of appreciated stock are fully deductible — up to Address a maximum of 30% of your adjusted gross income. For example, if your adjusted gross income is $50,000, up to City State $15,000 of long-term appreciated stock and other property gifts may generally be deducted this year. Any excess can generally be carried forward and deducted over as many as Zip Phone five subsequent years. REAL ESTATE Make checks payable to Saint Vincent Archabbey

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New China Studies Center at Saint Vincent College Grows Out of Benedictine Mission In China

Br. Nicholas A. Koss, O.S.B.

Fu Jen Section of Mission to America Translated to Chinese Br. Nicholas A. Koss, O.S.B., Prior of Wimmer Priory in Taipei, Taiwan, and Dean of the College of Foreign Languages at Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei, has translated into Chinese the chapters of Mission to America dealing with Fu Jen. Mission to America is the Jerome Oetgen book detailing the history of Saint Vincent Archabbey. The University was established by Saint Vincent Benedictines in China in 1925. The translations of Br. Nicholas have been frequently anthologized and one won an American award for translation in 1999. Br. Nicholas is Executive Secretary for the International Benedictine Commission on China.

On November 6, 2002, Saint Vincent College dedicated The James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center. The center honors Professor and Diplomat James Loe and his wife, poet Margaret Tseng Loe of Nanchang, Jiangxi, China. Established by a daughter of Professor and Mrs. Loe, the center is an expression of the gratitude of the Loe Family for bestowing upon them the great national heritage of America and of China. They taught their daughters the American ideals of freedom, equality and democracy. They also passed on to them the basic Chinese values of the four cardinal moral principles: propriety, righteousness, integrity and self-respect; and the eight basic ethical virtues: loyalty, filial piety, benevolence, love, trustworthiness, righteousness, concord and temperance. They led their daughters to understand that the foundation of true peace — within oneself or among nations — rests not in the power of conquering others, but in the con-

quering of one’s self through these basic ideals and values. The Loe Family expresses heartfelt gratitude for embracing faith in God through their baptism by Father Gregory Schramm, O.S.B., on July 21, 1933, at the North Cathedral, Peking, China. When Archabbot Aurelius Stehle, O.S.B., of Saint Vincent Archabbey responded in 1924 to the call from the Holy See to establish a Catholic university in Peking, Father Gregory Schramm, O.S.B., was among the first Benedictines sent to teach at the newly-founded Fu Jen Catholic University. He and Professor James Loe became close colleagues there, as both were also alumni of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. The spiritual family bond between the Benedictines and the Loe Family is further strengthened and broadened through the inspiration and support of Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., for the establishment of The Loe China Studies Center Fund at Saint Vincent College.

Dr. Barbara Loe, left, gave the opening lecture in the first conference of The James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center at Saint Vincent College. The conference was entitled “Bridging the East and West,” which was also the topic of Dr. Loe’s lecture. Br. Nicholas Koss, O.S.B., right, Dean of Humanities at Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan, spoke on “16th Century China and England: A Matter of Business.” Other speakers included Daniel Griswold, Associate Director, Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute, “Trade and the Transformation of China”; Father Robert Sirico, President of the Acton Institute, “Trade and Reform: A Case for Humanitarian Engagement with China”; and Dr. James Dorn, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Editor of the Cato Journal for the Cato Institute, “Economic Development and Freedom: The Case of China.” Vice Chairman of the Shandong Province, Professor Mo Wenchuan, provided remarks at the luncheon. 24

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Father Rene Kollar Awarded Research Grant The chairperson of the Saint Vincent College History Department, Fr. Rene M. Kollar, O.S.B., has written five books focusing on religion and Victorian England. His research has led to his latest interest -- the anti-convent literature that proliferated during the 19th century in England. A College Faculty Research grant is helping him focus on this latest research project from which he expects to write another book and at least two articles. His research over the past several years has looked at the campaign against the growth of Anglican convents and sisterhoods during the 19th century in England. Attempting to draw the connection between the traditional suspicion of Catholic conventual life and the development of sisterhoods in the Church of England, the opponents of Anglican sisterhoods also portrayed Roman Catholic nuns in a negative light. “I’m hoping that my research will offer an interesting and unique insight into the nature of religious prejudice. Moreover, the suspicion of sisterhoods tells us something about the nature of Victorian society where women enjoyed little or no rights,” Fr. Rene explained. He expects his research to contribute to the knowledge of 19th century Anglicanism, anti-Catholicism in the British Isles, and the fear and suspicion of sisterhoods. Eventually, he plans to use his

Rene is the historiography course, which helps students learn how to do research. A research project is also required of all Saint Vincent College history majors. “We are very, very proud of our senior research projects,” he said. “All of the faculty members in the History Department are engaged in research projects,” he pointed out. “We tell our students that we are first dedicated to classroom teaching; second, we offer services to students such as advising them and helping them in their research; and third, we’re all engaged in active research, publishing and presenting papers. Everyone is extremely well-equipped to aid students, and all of us are very active and energetic researchers.” A graduate of the former Saint Vincent Preparatory School and of Saint Vincent College where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1970, he was awarded a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1973. He earned a doctorate in history at the University of Maryland where he studied modern English history. His most recent publication is a book entitled Searching For Raymond: Anglicanism, Spiritualism, and Bereavement between the Two World Wars, which discusses the growth of Spiritualism in England following World War I and its popularity in some sections of the Anglican Church.

Rev. Rene M. Kollar, O.S.B. research in a class on anti-Catholicism and religious prejudice. In earlier articles, he has looked at anti-Catholicism in England and Ireland and the hostility directed towards sisterhoods. To do his research over the years he has combed the British Newspaper Library, the British Library and other reference institutions in the British Isles, as well as the U.S. Library of Congress, and the Saint Vincent Library. At one point he served as an Honorary Research Fellow at King’s College University of London and as a Visiting Scholar at Heythrop College, University of London. Among the courses taught by Fr.

Cherish Christ Above All: New Edition and Chinese Translation

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This popular book sold out and has With the heart of a poet and the mind of a scholar, Demetrius Dumm has been reprinted by how Archabbey Publicafashioned a lovely work revealing the Rule of Benedict has been enriched by Benedict’s love of the scriptures. This book will delight not only monastics but all seekers truth. TheRule growing interest in monastic tions. The roots ofofThe of Benedict spirituality makes this an especially timely offering. Macrina Wiederkehr, O.S.B. are traced showing how the JudeoAuthor of The Song of the Seed Christian scriptures shine through the The Rule of Benedict, one of the most influential documents in Western monastic way of life. Father Demetrius civilization, has its roots planted deeply in the scriptures. As a result, the forms of monastic life and the spirituality it engendered among lay men and R. Dumm, shows theBenedictine pracwomen grew outO.S.B., of a loving reading of the Bible.that In this book scholar Demetrius Dumm traces those roots and shows how the Judeoscriptures shine through the monastic way of life, its attitudes and is ticeChristian of Christian monastic discipline forms of praying. He points out that the hospitality often associated with the Benedictines begins with the entertainment of God’s and presence by quiet, intended more for exposing elimitrusting prayer, and he shows that the practice of Christian discipline is intended more for exposing and eliminating illusions than imposing order. nating illusions than for imposing order. Readers of all backgrounds who honor the wealth of the Christian heritage will welcome this wise and stirring book. The book is available for $16.12 (includes tax and shipping) from ArchDemetrius Dumm, O.S.B., is professor of New Testament at Saint Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, abbey Publications, 300 Fraser Pennsylvania. He received his doctorate in Purtheology at Sant’ Anselmo in Rome. After two years of graduate studies at the Ecole Biblique in chase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650-2690. Jerusalem, he received the Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Commission Cherish Christ Above AllBiblical has also in Vatican City. He is also the author of Flowers the Desert, A Spirituality of the Bible and A been translatedinMystical into Chinese. Sr. Luca Portrait of Jesus, New Perspectives on Gospel. Chin, O.S.B., ofJohn’s Saint Benedict Monastery in Tan Shui, Taipei, Taiwan, did the translation. It will be published in April of 2003 by Kuangchi Press. Saint Vincent Archabbey Publications 300 Fraser Purchase Road Latrobe, Pennsylvania 15650-2690 http://benedictine.stvincent.edu/

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Journey Back to Eden is Latest Book for Fr. Mark Gruber Rev. Mark Gruber, O.S.B., associate professor of anthropology at Saint Vincent College, spent a year among the Coptic monks in the monasteries of Egypt and now recounts his spiritual sojourn in a book, Journey Back to Eden: My Life and Times Among the Desert Fathers, published in September by Orbis Books. The 224-page book is described as a “modern spiritual adventure” which retells in journal format the experiences of Father Mark, who went to Egypt to do ethnographic fieldwork in the Coptic monasteries for his doctorate in anthropology. Besides becoming the basis for his doctoral work, the lessons learned on his pilgrimage among a dozen monasteries scattered throughout Egypt became a lasting affirmation of his own faith. Though he did not maintain a journal while he was traveling in Egypt, Father Mark was urged later to share his memories and for the past two years he has worked on this manuscript, revisiting notes and letters in assembling this work which documents that “fateful” year. Father Mark’s journey began almost accidentally when he was asked by a professor in a class to declare the subject of his doctoral dissertation. Grasping for a topic, he recalled an intriguing article in a National Geographic magazine and blurted out that he would be investigating the Christian Copts. Later, though, he viewed this seeming accident as inevitable and perhaps divinely guided. The Copts are descendants of a group of early Christians and the largest minority in the modern Muslimdominated country of Egypt. As Father Mark explains, monasticism arose in Egypt well before the reign of Constantine in the West. In their austere desert monasteries the Coptic monks have maintained a tradition of Christianity that extends back to St. Anthony and the ancient Desert Fathers. Father Mark points out that St. Benedict, who founded the Benedictine order of which Saint Vincent Archabbey is a member, derived his idea of monastic life from Egypt’s Desert Fathers. While in Egypt, Father Mark was welcomed to join in the community life of the monasteries where the monks still rise at 3 a.m. and stand praying for the next six hours. He recalls memorable 26

Rev. Mark Gruber, O.S.B. people he met while staying in these ancient compounds which are “saturated in prayer and silence,” and he compares this to his own experience of monastic life in America. Also memorable to him was the harsh climate of the Sahara Desert where temperatures could reach as high as 130 degrees, yet dip when the sun went down to a bonechilling cold. Looking back on his experience many years later, Father Mark writes that he has never regretted the opportunities of those days. “What purity of prayer, what admiration for saints, what wisdom of ascetics, what adventures and triumphs, what humiliations resolving into faith, what filial discourse in grace -- all of these were mine for the taking! Lord have mercy, that I was not then expansive enough to generously receive what was so bountifully given. I expect to spend the rest of my life unpacking those treasures with thanksgiving.” Journey Back to Eden is divided into month-by-month entries and includes many Biblical references and passages offered as prayers. The book is dedicated to one of the elderly monks, Abuna Elia (abuna meaning father), who had been in a cave for about 10 years and was finally being brought in to live among the other monks when Father Mark was arriving. During the time he was in Egypt, Father Mark shared many conversations about Scripture with the elderly cleric and dedicated his book to “the saintly desert monk who called me his ‘Isaac,’ and commissioned me to make his life fruitful by absorbing the words he had treasured in his heart in his years of solitude, and bringing them to fruition, in my own heart and monas

tic ministry.” The book was transcribed and edited by Sister M. Michele Ransil, C.D.P. Reviewers have praised the work. Lawrence S. Cunningham of the University of Notre Dame, called it “an extraordinary story, lovingly and beautifully told, of a Christianity most of us barely know.” Paul Wilkes, author of Beyond the Walls: Monastic Wisdom for Everyday Life, describes it as “purifying, humbling, and ultimately enlightening…Truly, Mark Gruber’s journey and his searingly honest prayers have made him a ‘bearer of the desert harvest.’” This is the fifth book for Father Mark, whose other most recent books have been drawn from talks he has given at retreats, including Wounded by Love: Intimations of an Outpouring Heart and Exulted In Glory. A native of West Mifflin, Fr. Mark earned a bachelor of arts degree from Saint Vincent College in 1978 and a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1983. He was awarded a doctorate in anthropology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1989. He was ordained a priest in 1983 and has been a member of the Saint Vincent Archabbey community since 1978. Journey Back to Eden is available from Archabbey Publications, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650-2690, for $18.95 (includes tax and shipping).

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Basilica Christmas Ornament Available

Mysteries of the Rosary A new series of videotapes on the Mysteries of the Rosary is now available, featuring Saint Vincent Benedictine Father Jacques D. Daley. This is the second in a series of videotapes Father Jacques has done for the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). The first featured a 14-part series on The Letters of St. Therese. “One of the greatest graces of my life was to begin to say the Rosary,” said Father Jacques about the three videotapes. They guide the viewer through the fifteen mysteries of this powerful contemplative prayer. The three-tape series is available from Archabbey Publications for $44.79 (includes tax and shipping).

The fifth in a series of ornaments featuring aspects of Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica is now available in the Basilica Gift Shop, first floor of the Parish Center, adjacent to the Archabbey Basilica. The ornament is a miniature replica of the front facade of the Archabbey Basilica. It replicates the very first ornament in the series, with the new steeples and a bit of color added.The series started out with a gold facade of the Basilica, then featured the Nativity window in Year II, the Adoration of the Magi window in Year III, and the Childhood of Jesus window in Year IV. These are limited edition collector’s items, and the first two years are sold out. Only limited quantities remain of Years III and IV. The Basilica Gift Shop is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays. The new ornament is also available by mail from Archabbey Publications, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650-2690 for $16.17 (includes tax and shipping.)

Christmas Events At Saint Vincent SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 Saint Vincent Camerata, Handel Messiah, The Complete Oratorio, 8 p.m., Archabbey Basilica. Tickets are $17 each or $15 each for groups of 10 or more. For tickets call 724-537-4579. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 Saint Vincent Camerata, Christmas Concert, 8 p.m., Archabbey Basilica. Tickets are $17 each or $15 each for groups of 10 or more. For tickets call 724-537-4579. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 Saint Vincent Camerata, Christmas Concert, 8 p.m., Archabbey Basilica. Tickets are $17 each or $15 each for groups of 10 or more. For tickets call 724-537-4579. CHRISTMAS MASSES TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24 Vigil Mass, 5 p.m., Archabbey Basilica. Vigil Service, 11:20 p.m., followed by Midnight Mass, Archabbey Basilica. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25 Masses at 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., Archabbey Basilica.

Archabbey Publications Catalogue Available Archabbey Publications’ 2002-2003 catalogue of books and other Saint Vincent products is now available. To receive a copy, write to Archabbey Publications, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650-2690, call 724-5326761, or e-mail kim.metzgar@email .stvincent.edu. Volume 13, Number 3

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Tribute, Memorial Gifts To give a tribute or memorial gift, please make a donation to Saint Vincent Archabbey in honor of or in memory of a friend, colleague or family member. Donations should be mailed to Mr. William P. Malloy in the Archabbey Development Office, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, Pa., 15650-2690, 724-5326740. Donors from March 16, 2002, to October 31, 2002, include:

IN HONOR OF: MR. THOMAS P. CURRY, SR. Ms. Mary E. Boyle REV. BR. THOMAS P. CURRY, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Curry BR. GERARD J. KLARIC, O.S.B. Ms. Helen K. Barnett REV. JOHN F. MURTHA, O.S.B. Jerry and Nancy Davis ROBERT A. SEABOL Mrs. Paula A. Maloney

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+REV. AELRED J. BECK, O.S.B. Dr. and Mrs. Donald J. Beck Nicolas R. Breuer, M.D. Joyce and Chet Brighenti and Family Mrs. Marion Cronauer Robert and Claire Dorsch Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Fennell Janice and Warren George Beth Holtzer Rev. William J. Homolak Mr. and Mrs. Leonard R. Monticue Mr. John A. Petrarca St. Vincent dePaul Society, Sacred Heart Parish +REV. ANTHONY J. BURLAS, O.S.B. Vincent and Janice Altieri Ruth M. Burlas Louise McAtee Churma and Gregory Mrs. Rita B. Daugherty Elinor J. Kintz Mr. John A. Petrarca Sherry Stahl +JEFFREY JOSEPH CAVALET Mr. and Mrs. Irvin J. Cavalet +BROTHER ANTHONY T. COSTELLO, O.S.B. Mrs. Bambi L. Pena +FRANK CUDNIK Mrs. Stella M. Cudnik +KATHRYNE P. DECOSI Mrs. Cecelia K. Boyle Princess Anne Homemakers Crafty Dozen Club Ms. Paula Purpura +PRICILLA DELLAVEDOVA 28

Mr. Wayne E. Junkins +LOUISE DEMICHELE-SZALANSKI Mr. and Mrs. Albert DeMichele East Vandergrift Slovak Bowling League Mrs. Violet Gallo Mrs. Angie A. Loperfito Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Musala Mrs. Mary Rizzo Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith Ms. Patricia Sofianos Mr. and Mrs. Dom Spagnola +NICK AND MARY DEMICHELE Mrs. Angie A. Loperfito +JOHN J. AND CATHERINE MCGOVERN DEREK Miss Rita C. Derek +MARY FERRY The Ferry Family +EUGENE FRITZ Mr. Dennis Acon Tony and Betty Bevec Hugo and Agnes Biagini Susan Biagini Friends and Family Deb and Dan Fritz and Family Mrs. Helen Fritz Mrs. Gertrude Hardt Dave and Lee Ann Kernan Mr. and Mrs. William P. Malloy John Noland Harry Rattay and Claire Rattay Mrs. Jackie Shaffer Willie and Pat Slebodnik Mrs. Josephine Urbanowski Mr. and Mrs. Richard Urbanowski +HELENA GALLO Mrs. Carolyn K. Arban Mr. and Mrs. Daniel A. Cappo Mrs. Jennie Cuffia Gene and Sylvia Fiorina Joe and Dot Trentin Mr. and Mrs. Glenn E. Watterson +REV. RONALD R. GORKA, O.S.B. Louise McAtee Churma and Gregory +REV. ROLAND L. HEID, O.S.B. Philip and Pauline Budny Alma Demyan and Gerard Sam and Mary Folby Andrew and Ella Gasper Fran Gigliotti Francis Heid Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Heid Mr. and Mrs. John V. Heid Leonard and Ann Heid Peter Heid Rev. William J. Homolak Mr. and Mrs. Guy M. Nicoletti Eileen Schaaf and Family Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Stas Mr. and Mrs. Al Urbaniak

Marsha Williams Helen Yard +NANCY HERRINGTON Herrington Family +CHARLES A. HIGGINS Rev. Edward F. Higgins +FRED C. HIXSON, SR. Margaret, Rita, Joyce, Walter and Terry National Education Association Colleagues Ms. Catherine E. Pandeladis +REV. ARTHUR J. HOLTZ, O.S.B. Lena A. Chelko Mrs. Marion Cronauer Mrs. Rose De Cario Ms. Jean Deaner Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Delligatti Albert and Rose DeMichele Ms. Katherine M. Donaldson E. P. Bender Coal Co., Inc. Jim Farabaugh Mr. and Mrs. Sal Fasano Sam and Mary Folby Mr. Donald R. Gettemy Fran Gigliotti Mr. and Mrs. Jay Glick Jack Goldsmith Dana Grasha Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Gromek Mrs. Christina Gruska Barbara Holtz Barbara and Charles Holtz, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Edgar J. Holtz Judy Holtz Margaret Holtz and Family Ralph and Pat Holtz Rebecca Holtz Wilbur and Janell Holtz William Holtz Rev. William J. Homolak Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Hoover James Horten Ms. DeSales Karawsky Ms. Leonarda Karawsky Mrs. Clarissa M. Kirsch George and Donna Krumenacker Mr. Francis Kuntz Dorothy Lieb Mr. and Mrs. Herman J. Lieb Cherise Holtz McGovern Lew and Linda Nevins and Family Margaret Pietropaoli Gertrude Ray Walter and Clara Jo Sakaluk Mr. and Mrs. James J. Samick Mr. Richard J. Schulte Susan H. Seltzer Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Terza +OLIVER JENIFER (Continued on Page 29)

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Fountain at Night

Father Noel H. Rothrauff, O.S.B., took this night photograph of the fountain in front of the Saint Gregory Chapel.

Tribute Gifts

Mr. and Mrs. Armand Brasili Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Stevens June Campbell Family Mr. and Mrs. William K. Carter Mrs. Marion Cronauer Dolores Davis Carole Dominick Mrs. Frank Dominick Sam and Mary Folby Fran Gigliotti Henry and Helen Giobbi Mary and Ida Givogri Marcia Guzik Mr. and Mrs. Otto Hillebrand Rev. William J. Homolak Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hooper Ms. DeSales Karawsky Ms. Leonarda Karawsky Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Kastner Mrs. Eleanor J. Kenney Mrs. Clarissa M. Kirsch Col. Robert C. Long Ms. Natalie C. Mangini Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Manzi Mrs. Evelyn S. Marks Helen M. Martin Mary C. Martin The Mary McDermott Family Mr. and Mrs. John McFeeley Mary Frances Miller Paul Onderko Mercia O’Neil Patricia O’Neil Family Mrs. Ida Pecenak Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Pellis Millie, George and Michelle Rain Frances Reid Mary Rodgers Paul and Doris Ryms

(Continued from Page 28) Ms. Marilyn J. Cupec +REV. CLARENCE F. KARAWSKY, O.S.B. Mrs. Evelyn A. Harant Ms. DeSales Karawsky Ms. Leonarda Karawsky Mrs. Clare K. Richards +ALEX KAYTOR Lea Ann Kernan +RT. REV. LEOPOLD J. KRUL, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Kruly +RAYMOND J. KUHAR Mrs. Lois K. Kuhar +FRANK L. KUSS Mr. Thomas J. Kuss +WALTER H. LABYS Timken Latrobe Steel +REV. JOEL R. LIEB, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. William R. Couchenour +RICHARD J. LOPERFITO Mrs. Angie A. Loperfito +WILLIAM LUM, JR. Mr. and Mrs. Chas Der +DOROTHY MERCURIO Ms. Louise Treskovich +MRS. VALERY NISSEL Mr. and Mrs. William M. Barker +HELEN RESNIK Mr. and Mrs. John Kinik +MARGARET RETTGER Agnes Buchheit +REV. KIERAN J. RODGERS, O.S.B. John and Barbara Barchiesi Mr. and Mrs. Ben Beaver Mr. and Mrs. Don Bender Helen Bolgar Volume 13, Number 3

The Saint Vincent Fire Department was featured in the May 8 edition of The Latrobe Bulletin, the article noting that Saint Vincent is one of the few colleges and universities with an on-campus volunteer fire department. The department operates a 1957 American LaFrance and a recently refurbished 1978 Mack Class A fire truck with 1,000-gallonper-minute capability. It maintains a water tanker and provides National Fire Protection Association-approved gear and equipment to each of its members. The department also collects aluminum cans for recycling to benefit the children at West Penn Hospital’s Burn Unit and hosts the annual Westmoreland County Firefighters’ Training School each May. Brother Joseph M. Adams, O.S.B., is the department’s chief.

Saint Benedict Altar Rosary Society Charles and Laura Schneider Mrs. Kathryn Siecker Amelia and Nora Spitilli Mary B. Stroke Mary Jane and Fred Sutton Rose M. Toner John and Delores Widdowson +EVA RUIZ Rev. James R. Martin, C.S.C. +WILLIAM W. SHEAROUSE, SR. Mrs. Katherine C. Shearouse Mr. and Mrs. William W. Shearouse, Jr. +FRANCIS A. SILVESTRI Mrs. Grace Curtis +FRANK C. SILVESTRI Mrs. Grace Curtis +CHARLES VINCENT SMETANA Mr. and Mrs. William H. Boettner Ms. Lisa C. Murcko Dr. and Mrs. Edward B. Murcko Dr. and Mrs. Michael Simko Stephen F. Smetana, Esquire +STANKUNAS FAMILY Mr. Edmund E. Stankunas +GEORGE M. STOILA Mrs. Rose Stoila +ANN TRAINER AND FAMILY Mr. Charles Trainer +MR. THOMAS S. TRUPKOVICH Mrs. Angie A. Loperfito +REV. REMIGIUS B. VEROSTKO, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Donald S. Pawlak +REV. EDWARD WENSTRUP, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Louis Memmi +REV. HUGH J. WILT, O.S.B. Ms. Agnes M. Nachman

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Obituaries

Rev. Roland L. Heid , O.S.B.

Father Roland L. Heid , O.S.B. Father Roland L. Heid, O.S.B., a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, died on August 14, 2002. He was 88 years old. Father Roland was born on July 7, 1914, in Erie, Pa., the son of the late Frank and Anna (Schwab) Heid, and

Father Arthur J. Holtz, O.S.B. Father Arthur J. Holtz, O.S.B., a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, died Saturday, September 14, 2002. Father Arthur was born February 21, 1928, in Hastings, a son of the late Edwin and Helen (Luther) Holtz. He attended Hastings Public School and Saint Vincent Preparatory School in Latrobe. He graduated from Saint Vincent College in 1951 and from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1954. He also received a master in music education from the University of Michigan in 1958. Father Arthur entered Saint Vincent Archabbey in 1947, making simple profession of vows July 2, 1948, and solemn profession of vows July 11, 1951. He was ordained a priest May 30

was one of six children. He attended Saint Mary Grade School in Erie and Saint Vincent Preparatory School in Latrobe. He received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Saint Vincent College in 1937, studied at Saint Vincent Seminary from which he was ordained in 1941. He earned a doctoral degree in physics from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1950. Father Roland entered Saint Vincent Archabbey in 1934, making simple profession of vows on July 2, 1935, and solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1938. He was ordained a priest on June 15, 1941. Father Roland served the monastic community primarily in its educational apostolate. He taught mathematics and physics at Saint Vincent College, and was chair of both the mathematics and physics departments at various times. During World War II he was an instructor in physics for the United States Air Force personnel, preparing them for flight school training. He also authored several scientific articles and contributed to the Catholic Encyclopedia for School 22, 1954. Father Arthur was a member of the music department at Saint Vincent College and Preparatory School from 1954 until 1972, named chair of the music department in 1967 and was assistant choirmaster and organist for the Archabbey. From 1974 to 1983 he was business manager and teacher at the Benedictine Military School in Savannah, Georgia. He worked in the Archabbey’s parish apostolates for several years, serving as assistant pastor at Saint Benedict Parish in Baltimore, Maryland. He was pastor of several Pennsylvania parishes, including Saint Mary in Erie, Saint Nicholas in Nicktown, Sacred Heart in Saint Marys, Saint Gertrude in Vandergrift and Saint Martin in New Derry. In 2001, he was named assistant to the prior at the

and Home. Father Roland belonged to several professional organizations including the American Benedictine Academy, and the American Association of Physics Teachers of which he is a past president of the Pennsylvania Section. In 1985 he was named professor emeritus at Saint Vincent College. Father Roland’s other services included moderator of “Saint Vincent on the Air,” prefect at Saint Vincent Seminary, and subprior of the archabbey. He also served as administrator and pastor of Saint Boniface Parish, Chestnut Ridge, where he oversaw the construction of the new parish church in 1970-1971. Father Roland is preceded in death by his parents and by a brother, Martin. He is survived by four brothers, Francis, John, and Leonard, all of Erie, and Father Clement J. Heid, O.S.B., of Saint Vincent Archabbey. Memorial contributions may be made to the Benedictine Health and Welfare Fund at Saint Vincent Archabbey, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, Pennsylvania 15650-2690.

Rev. Arthur J. Holtz, O.S.B. Archabbey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Donald; and

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Obituaries a sister, Bernice Horten. He is survived by three brothers, Edgar of Pittsburgh, Wilbur of Columbia, Md., and Ralph of Olney, Md.; and a sister-in-law, Margaret Holtz of Hastings. Memorial contributions may be made to the Benedictine Health and Welfare Fund at Saint Vincent Archabbey, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650-2690.

Father Kieran J. Rodgers, O.S.B. Father Kieran J. Rodgers, O.S.B., 81, a monk of St. Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2002. Father Kieran was born Oct. 25, 1920, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Thomas and Celia (Mahon) Rodgers. He attended St. Mary’s Grade School in Lawrenceville and St. Vincent Preparatory School in Latrobe. He received a bachelor of arts degree from St. Vincent College in 1943, and a master of divinity degree from St. Vincent Seminary in 1946. Father Kieran entered St. Vincent Archabbey in 1940, making simple

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profession of vows on July 2, 1941, and solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1944. He was ordained a priest on June 16, 1946. Father Kieran worked as a prefect in the St. Vincent Scholasticate from 1942-1948. In 1948, he began an active career in the Archabbey’s pastoral apostolate, serving parishes in the

age, they face the same financial hardships that other retirees do — rising health care costs and increasing living expenses. The monks have neither Social Security nor third-party health care benefits. The Monastery Health Care and Retirement Fund provides older priests and brothers the care they need after their many years of service to the people of God.

The Benedictine Community of Saint Vincent has 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

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dioceses of Greensburg, Pittsburgh, Altoona-Johnstown and Erie. He was pastor of St. Bartholomew, Crabtree; St. Benedict, Carrolltown; St. Boniface, Pittsburgh; and Queen of Peace, Patton. He also taught religion at Elk County Catholic School in St. Marys. He retired to the Archabbey in 1995. In 1984, Father Kieran participated in a threemonth Roman Experience Sabbatical for Pastoral Renewal at Sant’Anselmo in Rome. Father Kieran was a member of the National Honor Society, the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Knights of St. George, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and the Gaelic Arts Society of Pittsburgh. Father Kieran was preceded in death by his parents and by two brothers, John and the Rev. Thomas Rodgers. He is survived by a sister, Sister Mary Thomas Rodgers, S.C., at St. Philip Convent in Crafton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Benedictine Health and Welfare Fund at Saint Vincent Archabbey, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, Pennsylvania 15650-2690.

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Cardinal Maida Honored His Eminence Adam Cardinal Maida, a 1953 Saint Vincent College graduate, was honored by Saint Vincent Seminary at its annual Alumni Day Mass and Banquet on October 1. He was the principal homilist at the Alumni Day Mass, where he received an honorary Doctor of Sacred Theology Degree from the Seminary, presented by Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Chancellor, Dr. John C. Marous, Jr., and Very Rev. Kurt Belsole, O.S.B., Seminary Rector. Cardinal Maida is a native of East Vandergrift, and a former Pittsburgh diocesan priest. He is currently the Archbishop of Detroit, Michigan.

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