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Rogers Center Established On September 12, 2003, Saint Vincent College formally announced the establishment of The Fred M. Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media. The center will be a unique resource to promote early learning, the primacy of caring relationships between children and adults, and responsible uses of media. The late Fred Rogers, a Latrobe native and close friend of the college and of Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., died of cancer February 27 at the age of 74. He worked in children’s television for nearly 50 years, including more than three decades as host of public television’s (Continued on Page 7) Taking part in the press conference announcing the center’s establishment were, from left, Archabbot Douglas, Mrs. Joanne Rogers, and James F. Will, President of Saint Vincent College.

25th Anniversary Of The Pontificate Of Pope John Paul II October 22, 2003

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Archabbot’s Message Dear Friends,



M. Rogers Center for Early Learning

As we approach the

are descended from the


and Children’s Media. Fred Rogers,

New Year we extend

original foundation at

creator and host of Mister Rogers’

gratitude for your sup-

Saint Vincent.

Neighborhood, was a lifelong friend of

This past year, we

Saint Vincent. The Center will become

marked the 25th anni-

a national resource for study on the



work of Fred Rogers and will serve as

part in the history of the

tificate of Pope John

a resource for issues related to child-

Catholic Church in the

Paul II. This milestone

rens’ media.

United States for well

was celebrated at Saint

As we prepare to begin a New Year

over 150 years. The

Vincent with a Mass

we assure you of our continued grati-

Archabbey Basilica has

on October 22. Bishop

tude for your support and prayers for

served as a symbol of

David A. Zubik, Aux-

you and your family.

the growth of the faith

iliary Bishop of Pitts-

port and friendship. Saint








May God’s blessing be with you in

in Western Pennsylvania and through-

burgh and recently appointed Bishop


out the United States for many years.

of Green Bay, was the principal cele-


Boniface Wimmer, our founder, estab-

brant and homilist for this anniversary

lished 12 monasteries and 152 par-

tribute to our Holy Father.

ishes throughout the United States.

In September, President James F.

Today, there are some 33 abbeys and

Will announced that Saint Vincent

priories throughout the world that

College would establish the Fred

News From Around The Archabbey Father Job Foote, O.S.B., pastor of St. Nicholas Parish, Nicktown, was pictured in the July 14 edition of The Catholic Register, newspaper of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, in a photo accompanying an article on a groundbreaking for a new community center. Saint Nicholas Parish has committed itself to constructing a multigenerational community center. The center, according to the article, “will place children, teens and young adults in an environment where they will learn a values system, and show them they have better choices for their lives than resorting to substance use and abuse. The community’s older adults will be able to plan and hold events in the facility” as well.


The brick-faced steel structure will include a gymnasium, and will be surrounded by a walking/running track. It will also have a fully equipped fitness room, meeting room and restrooms. The parish and its various organizations, Northern Cambria Catholic School, and residents of Barr Township and surrounding communities will all be among the center’s users. ***** Pastoral Life Magazine has accepted a brief reflection, “A New Pentecost,” for publication this fall. The article’s author is Father William A. Beaver, O.S.B. He also authored a reflection called “Sponsorship: A Sometime Pastoral Dilemma,” which was accepted by the same magazine. A d d i t o n a l l y, the National Catholic Reporter published a poem Father William wrote, called “Lent and

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War: A Paradox.” ***** Father Aaron Buzzelli, O.S.B., pastor of Forty Martyrs Church, Trauger, was pictured in The Catholic Accent this past spring blessing firefighters, rescue workers and their emergency vehicles. The ecumenical service involving six parishes was held at St. Florian Parish, United. St. Florian is the patron saint of firefighters. ***** The Saint Vincent Gristmill video, More Than Just Our Daily Bread, was shown at a spring meeting of the Silver Threads of Holy Family Parish. The video was also reviewed in the (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: Rev. Omer U. Kline, O.S.B. Don Orlando Rev. Noel H. Rothrauff, O.S.B. Theresa Schwab Cover photo: Br. Marcel Longe, O.S.B. Saint Vincent Archabbey 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, Pennsylvania 15650-2690 724-805-2601 kim.metzgar@email. http://benedictine.

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Archabbey Welcomes Two Novices The Saint Vincent Benedictine Community welcomed two novices in July, Brother Linus P. Klucsarits, left, and Brother Matthias Martinez. Brother Linus is the son of William and Alice Klucsarits of Allentown. He is a 1983 graduate of Allentown Central Catholic. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Saint Charles Seminary in 1987 and a master of arts degree in sign language interpreting from Gallaudet University in 1990. He is certified with the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. He has two sisters, Ann Klucsarits of Arlington, Va., and Margaret Klucsarits Best of Vienna, Va., and two brothers, George, of Greenville, South Carolina, and David of Dallas, Texas. Brother Matthias is the son of Edelmiro Martinez, Jr., and Lynda C. Martinez of Bernardston, Massachusetts. He is a 1993 graduate of Northfield Mt. Hermon High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy in 1999 from Saint John Seminary College, and has also studied at Babson College and Saint John Seminary. He has one sister, Janalyn Pentlow, of Astoria, New York.

Inside This Issue . . . Papal Anniversary................... 1 Archabbey Publications ........ 5 Rogers Center..................... 1, 7 Archabbot’s Message ............ 2 Archabbey News......... 2, 4, 6, 7 New Novices ........................... 3 Praying the Scriptures ........... 5 Gristmill Products................... 5 Upcoming Events ................... 7 John Murtha Honored ............ 8 Freshman Mass ...................... 8 Savannah Oblates .................. 9 Oblate Contacts...................... 9 Papal Anniversary................. 10 Red Mass .............................. 10 Fire Dept. Grant, T-shirt ....... 11 Two Receive Awards ............ 11 Hall of Fame .................... 12, 16 Serving Via Kitchen ........ 13, 16

Campus Ministry Team ...14-15 Beacon of Prayer.................. 17 New Ornament...................... 17 Mission to Brazil ..............18-19 Honorary Doctorate ............. 20 Bookstore Changes.............. 21 Basilica at Night.................... 21 Tribute Gifts........................... 22 Vocation Booklet .................. 22 Mission to Taiwan................. 23 Teaching Award .................... 23 Aurelius Renovation ............. 24 Benedictine Handbook ........ 24 Buckwheat Mix ..................... 24 Charitable Giving .................. 25 Road Relocation ................... 26 Centennial Marked ............... 26 New Publication.................... 26 Obituaries.............................. 27 A Life of Service.................... 27 Statue Renovation ................ 28


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(Continued from Page 2) Spring 2003 issue of Old Mill News, the magazine of the Society for the Preservation of Old Mills. ***** Father Flavian Yelinko, O.S.B., who turned 97 on September 2, passed another milestone with his 70th anniversary as a priest. Articles on his jubilee were featured in both The Catholic Accent and the TribuneReview, as well as the National C a t h o l i c Reporter. Father Flavian told Kecia Bal of the Tribune-Review that when he arrived at Saint Vincent at age 14, the only instruction his mother had given him was to kiss the archabbot’s ring. When he got out of his taxi, he “saw a nice distinguishedlooking man with a white beard and a habit, so I bent down to kiss his ring. It wasn’t the archabbot.” He went to the Saint Vincent Preparatory School for five years before entering the monastery. With every passing day he sets another milestone as the oldest monk ever at Saint Vincent. He told Melissa Williams Schofield of The Accent that when he arrived on campus in 1920 there were no paved roads, there was only one phone for the whole campus, and a cowbell was rung when it was time to go inside. He shocked wheat, planted potatoes and skied around the grounds using an old wooden board. Newly-ordained priest Father Brian Boosel, O.S.B., was also interviewed for the Tribune-Review’s story. The 29-year-old was ordained May 17, 2003. He said he was inspired to become a priest by monks such as Father Flavian. “The key,” Father Brian said, “accord4

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ing to St. Benedict, is to always be seeking God. It’s a daily challenge. It’s a principle called ‘conversion’ where each day or moment we have an opportunity to convert our lives to ones devoted to God, more like Christ.” Father Brian works with young men who are in the first few stages of becoming a monk, and he also works in the archabbey’s archives. He said he always tells the younger monks that “my prayer for them is that they will be a monk first in their heart and everything else will follow.” He added that “we are God’s beloved creation. He wants us to know him in a deeper way. A prayerful life is an opportunity that’s available to all people.” ***** The Catholic Accent also featured Father Kurt Belsole, O.S.B., Seminary Rector, on the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. He has been a member of the monastic community since 1971. He noted that “the priesthood is service. It is imitating Christ and doing what Christ did. We serve the people God has called us to serve.” “A priest echoes the words of Christ in his own ministry,” Father Kurt added. “It’s a blessing.” ***** Father Mark Gruber, O.S.B., explored the impact of culture on catechesis during the 11th annual Community of Faith gathering at the Radisson Hotel in Green Tree. Coverage of the event was included in the May 16 edition of Pittsburgh Catholic. Father Mark said culture can be lifegiving or destructive. It can pit a culture of death against a civilization of love. “For many people, being right doesn’t matter,” he said. “Being ‘with it’ is what matters.” He said the learning of culture is achieved through observation and that the first level of learning is imitation. Covetousness can cause bitterness, and make us neglect what it means to be faithful and ultimately lead to a culture of death. He said we must not yearn for what we don’t have but be happy for what we do, and that the single most

important blessing one can give is happiness for God and service to the Church. More than 250 people attended the event, sponsored by the d i o c e s a n Secretariat for Education. On Oct. 9 Father Mark Gruber, O.S.B, presented brief excerpts from his book Journey Back to Eden, My Life and Times Among The Desert Fathers, at the Caldwell Memorial Library, in the Derry Area High School Complex. The book represents Father Mark’s yearlong doctoral dissertation research in Egypt among the Coptic monks of the Sahara Desert. The author also shared excerpts from his second book on the topic, Sacrifice in the Desert, the scholarly work produced as a result of the dissertation, which has just been published by the University Press of America. Father Mark also presented the keynote address for the 2003-04 “Celebration of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Series” at Walsh University, Canton, Ohio, Wednesday evening, September 17. The title of his presentation was, “Human Spiritual Emergence: The View From Physical Anthropology.” This lecture series is designed to yearly orient the university more faithfully to its liberal arts mission, and in the present year, to further recover the liberal arts and Catholic interface. Father Mark also spoke earlier that day at a Pro-Life Luncheon hosted on campus; to a social science convocation of students on “Bracketing, as an Ethnographic Tool;” and to the Freshman class in their orientation program, “College Students and Sexual Identity.” ***** Br. David C a r l s o n , O.S.B., chairperson of the Computing and Information Science Department at Saint Vincent (Continued on

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Archabbey Publications Launches Online Store Saint Vincent Archabbey Publications recently launched an online store, “Archabbey Publications was developed in 2000 as a publishing entity for works by Saint Vincent Benedictines, and as a way to make available, in one place, works written by our monks and published elsewhere,” said Father Brian Boosel, O.S.B., Director. “It has expanded to include handcrafted artwork, videotapes, products from the Saint Vincent Archabbey Gristmill, and other items related to the Archabbey.” The first books published by Archabbey Publications include The Saint Vincent Archabbey Gristmill and Brewery by Father Omer U. Kline, O.S.B.; a cookbook featuring gristmill recipes and reprints of two books by Father Demetrius Dumm, O.S.B., Flowers in the Desert: A Spirituality of the Bible, and Cherish Christ Above All: The Bible in the Rule of Benedict. All four books were designed by Kim

Metzgar, who directs public relations for the Archabbey and Seminary. Forward, Always Forward: The History and Construction of the Wimmer Monument, will be released in early 2004. The book features Father Blase

Praying the Scriptures Now Available A new book by Father Demetrius Dumm, O.S.B., has recently been released by Liturgical Press, Minnesota. Father Demetrius is professor of New Testament at Saint Vincent Seminary. He is also the author of Flowers in the Desert: A Spirituality of the Bible, and A Mystical Portrait of Jesus: New Perspectives on John’s Gospel. Praying the Scriptures sets a number of biblical prayers in the context of biblical revelation so that they are seen as celebrations of God’s great saving deeds of the Exodus and the Resurrection. Thus they bring us into the very heart of the experience of salvation in that ultimate prayer-event, that is the Eucharist. In this context prayers of petition become acts of trust in the goodness of the God who entered our world definitively in the person of Jesus Christ, while prayers of gratitude convert the lives of believVolume 14, Number 2

ers from fear and guilt to courage and joy. This book is now available from Archabbey Publications, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, Pa., 15650-2690.

Strittmatter’s long-lost story of the Wimmer monument, with a description of a visit to sculptor Ferdinand Seeboeck’s Rome studio, and a series of photos showing the monument’s installation and festive dedication in 1931. A team of Benedictines worked with Metzgar on the book, including Father Brian Boosel, who wrote the captions; Father Paul-Alexander Shutt, O.S.B., who translated Seeboeck’s letters from Italian to English; Brother Bruno Heisey, O.S.B., who wrote the preface and Brother Benoit Alloggia, O.S.B., who helped with scanning the photos from the archives. In addition to featuring the Archabbey Publications catalogue, the new online store will also provide donors the opportunity to make gifts to Saint Vincent in a secure transaction from the comfort of their own home or business. “Over the past few years, consumers have found the internet to be a convenient way to order books, clothing, and other consumables,” said Bill Malloy, Director of Development for the Archabbey and Seminary. “People have also found it easy to support their favorite causes with the convenience of 24-hour browsing from the comfort of their homes. “Donors to both the Archabbey and Seminary have asked us to add this convenience to the many ways in which they can show their support,” he added. The new online store will serve as a gateway for Archabbey Publications, to purchase Saint Vincent products; for people wishing to donate to Saint Vincent Archabbey, such as a memorial tribute to a monk; for donors wishing to make a contribution to a Saint Vincent Seminary scholarship fund; and, even for parishioners of Saint Vincent Basilica Parish who wish to support the current campaign for a new organ. The secure server and website design were developed by Archabbey Publications and New Image Media of Warrendale Heights, Ohio.


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(Continued from Page 4) College, co-authored a paper with Dr. Cynthia Martincic of the department. The paper was presented at a regional Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges conference. The first paper, titled “The NSF SCEMS Grant Program,” relates the authors’ experiences with the successful proposal and administration of the CIS Department’s NSF Scholarship Grant. Brother David also attended a Chautauqua short course held at the University of Dayton this summer. The course was entitled “Introduction to the Microsoft.NET Framework and Persistent Data” and was presented by Dr. John Gersting of the University of Hawaii at Hilo. The course was an introduction to .NET programming that uses data from a database or XML file. Brother David is now expanding on what was learned in this course in order to do web programming and ecommerce development using Visual Basic .NET. ***** Father Nathan Munsch, O.S.B., was the guest speaker at the August 17 meeting of the Oblates of Saint Benedict, Latrobe Deanery. ***** Father Rene Kollar, O.S.B., Chairperson of the History Department at Saint Vincent College, recently published the following articles: “Education Based on the Rule of Saint Benedict” in Momentum: The Official Journal of the National Catholic Education Association; “The Silence Surrounding the Attempted Assassination of Abbot Boniface Wimmer, Founder of Saint Vincent Archabbey and College” in Westmoreland History; and “A Death in the Family: Bishop Archibald Campbell Tait, the Rights of Parents, and Anglican Sisterhoods in the Diocese of London” in Journal of Religious History. An essay on Abbot Aelred Carlyle appeared on the Project Canterbury website. Father Rene also had another 6

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article accepted by Feminist Theology, which discusses the lecture career of an American ex-nun in Great Britain. ***** Father Mark Gruber, O.S.B., will have an article published this fall as the third chapter in an anthology, Selected Readings in The Anthropology of Religion: Theoretical and Methodological Essays from the “Study of Anthropology” series, number 9, Praeger Press. The book is edited by Stephen Glazier and Charles Flowerday. Father Mark’s chapter is entitled “The Biolinkage of Religion and Bipedalism,” and was originally a paper presented at the annual American Anthropology Association meetings. Father Mark also received a $10,000 grant for the promotion of Saint Vincent College student retreats. The grant was provided from the Wolfe Family Philanthropic Trust of Saint Marys. Father Mark is the director of student retreats in the college. ***** F a t h e r Cyprian Constantine, O.S.B., organist, presented a recital on October 12 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Latrobe. Rev. Paul-Alexander Shutt, O.S.B., cellist, also appeared. Father Cyprian has served as organist/choirmaster of the Archabbey, as Director of Music for Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg, and has appeared often as an organ recitalist. He is chairman of the Fine Arts Department at Saint Vincent College and teaches organ and music history. He also teaches music at Saint Vincent Seminary and directs the Archabbey Schola. Father PaulAlexander teaches Italian, French and Latin in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages of Saint Vincent College and teaches Latin at Saint Vincent Seminary. Before entering the monastic community, Father Paul-Alexander was a student

of Anne Martindale-Williams, principal cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He is a past member of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, Greensburg. ***** Brother Norman Hipps, O.S.B., and Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., were pictured on the front page of The Latrobe Bulletin on October 17. The photo accompanied an article on the 25th anniversary of Saint Vincent Prevention Projects. Dr. Robert Teeter and Joseph Mosso are credited with beginning the project, which was a collaborative effort between four area school districts, Saint Vincent College, Westmoreland County Drug and Alcohol Commission and the Latrobe Area Chamber of Commerce. Now the program touches every school in the county, as well as schools in adjoining counties. Dr. Teeter took his idea to Father Campion Gavaler, O.S.B., who was the Academic Dean at Saint Vincent College at the time. Father Campion took the idea to Father Cecil Diethrich, O.S.B., who thought it was a good idea, and Father Campion and Father Cecil launched the program. The Prevention Projectss is now staffed by 35 individuals who work in many differnt areas, the Bulletin article noted. The program provides training services, group services and classroom instruction. ***** Saint Vincent Parish sponsored two Adult Faith Formation evenings during Advent. Father Patrick Cronauer, O.S.B., assistant professor of Sacred Scripture and Biblical Languages at Saint Vincent Seminary, was the guest speaker. Father Patrick’s topic was “The Christmas Stories: Exploring the Gospel Infancy Narratives.” The “Geneologies of Jesus in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke” will be presented on Dec. 2 and the “Birth Accounts of Jesus in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke” will be the topic explored on Dec. 9. All are welcome. *****

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Rogers Center Established (Continued on Page 7) Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The Center will collaborate with Saint Vincent College’s planned School of Communication, Education, and Social Sciences in establishing degree, certificate, and continuing education programs. Those programs will emphasize early learning, media, and human and social development in an interdisciplinary, research-based approach. The first courses and training programs will be offered for undergraduate students, educators, and others in 2004-2005. The Rogers Center will sponsor an annual program of experts-in-residence. Beginning in the summer of 2004, national experts will be invited to spend time at the Center and engage in work to advance fields of study and effective practices in child development, education, media, and related areas. Conferences, speakers and other forums will promote awareness, consensus building and advocacy on behalf of children and families. The Center’s first major invitational symposium will

be held May 19-21, 2004. Focusing on the major themes of the Center’s work, it will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Fred Rogers’ entry into childrens’ television. The symposium will include a performance by Andre Watts, the internationally acclaimed pianist and a friend of the Rogers family. A cooperative endeavor with Family Communications and others will enable the Center to provide expanded access to the wealth of archival resources documenting Fred Rogers’ work, emerging research, and professional standards. Archival planning will begin later this year. An on-site early learning center will be established at Saint Vincent College where effective educational programs will be demonstrated for undergraduate and graduate students, educators, researchers, parents and caregivers, policymakers, and other child advocates. The first phase will require $10 million in funding, with $1 million already pledged by the Heinz Endowments (see Summer 2003 Heart to Heart). Christian went out of his way to learn

to read the Spanish of the Mass Archabbey News how so he could celebrate for the His(Continued from Page 6)

Father Christian LeFrois, O.S.B., was featured in the August 21 edition of The Southern Cross, newspaper of the Savannah Diocese, upon his retirement. Father Christian was one of four brothers who all became priests. He was an Air Force Chaplain, and later served at Benedictine Military School, Savannah. Prior to his retirement he served for the past decade as parochial administrator of Queen of Peace Church in Lakeland, Georgia, with its mission churches of Saint Margaret Mary; Saint Mary, Nashville; and more recently, San Jose, Twin Lakes. The article by Sister Mary Faith McKean, R.S.M., notes that Father Volume 14, Number 2

panic community. Father Christian’s parishes were noted to be among the friendliest. The article noted that Father Christian had a dog, “whom he trained to fetch the newspaper in the morning, take it to the breakfast table, and then pause ‘for grace’ before eating his own food. Even the local sheriff knew of the ‘dog who prayed for his meal’.” ***** The Saint Vincent Benedictine Community received an award for the restoration and preservation of the Archabbey gristmill at the fourth annual Arthur St. Clair Historic Preservation Awards. The presentation was made at the Mountain View Inn by the Westmoreland County Historical Society on Wednesday, October 22. ***** Father Thomas Hart, O.S.B., attended the Pittsburgh Blackboard User’s Group Conference at Carlow College October 13 and 14. He gave a presentation with Dr. John Smetanka on “Religion and Science,” demon

A national search is underway for an executive director. The Center’s advisory council includes Mrs. Rogers, honorary chair; Robert C. Wilburn, president and chief executive officer of the Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum Foundation, chair; Doreen E. Boyce, president, The Buhl Foundation; Milton Chen, executive director, The George Lucas Educational Foundation; Nancy E. Curry, professor emeritus, University of Pittsburgh and director of child development; Joseph F. Dominic, director of educational program, The Heinz Endowments; Ellen Galinsky, president, Families and Work Institute; David Hartman, television producer; William H. Isler, president, Family Communications, Inc.; Thomas C. Mans, vice president for Academic Affairs, Saint Vincent College; Archabbot Douglas; James R. Okonak, executive director, McFeely-Rogers Foundation; James J. Ragan, director, master of professional writing program, University of Southern California; and Mr. Will. The Center’s website is

Upcoming Events At Saint Vincent SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13 Saint Vincent Camerata Christmas Concert, 8 p.m., Archabbey Basilica. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14 Saint Vincent Camerata Christmas Concert, 8 p.m., Archabbey Basilica. SATURDAY, JANUARY 17 Saint Vincent College Concert Series, 8 p.m., Science Center Amphitheater.

Christmas Schedule WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24 Parish Christmas Masses, 5 p.m. and midnight, Archabbey Basilica. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25 Parish Christmas Masses, 8 and 10:30 a.m., Archabbey Basilica.


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Father John Murtha Named Alumnus of Distinction Saint Vincent College honored five Alumni of Distinction at the Alumni Reunion Weekend. The Alumni of Distinction were recognized at a semiformal dinner to be held on Saturday, Aug. 9. Those honored included: Lawrence A. Ferlan, M.D., C’56, of Natrona Heights; Rev. John F. Murtha, O.S.B., P’48, C’53, S’57, of Saint Vincent Archabbey; Stephen A. Olenchock, P’64, C’68, of Morgantown, West Virginia; and the Honorable Raymond J. Zadzilko, C’69, of Ebensburg. The Recent Alumna/ Alumnus Achievement Award, which is presented to an alum who has graduated within the past 15 years, was presented to Renee C. (Rusbosin) Stallings, C’90, of Latrobe. Father John Murtha is a past president of both Saint Vincent College and the Benedictine Military High School in Savannah, Georgia. A Marguerite native, he graduated from Saint Vincent Preparatory School in 1948 and Saint Vincent College with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy in 1953. Fr. John earned a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary. He earned a master’s degree in history from Columbia University in 1960 and a Ph.D. in history from the Catholic University of America in 1965. Father John was professed as a Benedictine monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey on July 2, 1951, and ordained to the priesthood on May 26, 1957.

Rev. John Murtha, O.S.B., receives the Alumnus of Distinction Award from Saint Vincent College President James F. Will during the annual Alumni Reunion held in August. From 1965 to 1977, he was assigned to Saint Vincent Archabbey’s Wimmer Priory, Taiwan, Republic of China, and served at Fu Jen Catholic University there as associate professor, professor of history, director of American Studies and director of the Graduate School of History. Upon his return to Saint Vincent in 1977, he was appointed associate professor in the History Department and

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director of the Office of Continuing Education, Evening and Summer Sessions. He served the Abbey in the role of Prior, a key leadership position, from Feb. 18, 1980, until he was named interim president of the College on March 16, 1985, and president of the College on Sept. 30, 1985. Father John was a member of the Saint Vincent College Corporation, has served as a member of its board of directors and was a member of the Archabbey Council of Seniors. In 1991 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Seton Hill College (now Seton Hill University). Upon retiring as College president, he served as president of the Benedictine Military High School in Savannah until 1999. Father John is a member of the American Historical Association, China Historical Association and Phi Alpha Theta. He served as a member of the board of directors of Latrobe Area Hospital and as chairman of its Facilities Committee and was active with the Boy Scouts of America, Westmoreland-Fayette Council. He served as a board member of the Latrobe Area Chamber of Commerce from 1985 to 1991 and chaired the Community Partnership Committee. In 2001 he was named pastor of Saint Benedict Parish in Marguerite.

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70 Received Into Savannah’s Oblate Program

On Sunday, October 5, 2003, Father Jude Brady, O.S.B., Prior, and the monks of Benedictine Priory of Savannah invested over 70 Oblate novices into the newly formed Oblate program in Savannah. Several of the new Oblate novices are parents of students of Benedictine Military High School. The ceremony took place during the Sunday Vespers of the monastic community. Oblates of Saint Benedict are Christian individuals who aspire to study the Rule of Saint Benedict and strive to live out its values, such as obedience, stability, conversion, hospitality, and peace, in their everyday lives in affiliation with a monastic community. Oblate novices have a probationary period of a year or more, during which they study the Rule and try to embrace Benedictine ways of prayer. Then they may make a lifetime commitment in final oblation. Anyone in the Savannah area who is interested in learning more about the Oblates of Saint Benedict may call the Benedictine Military School at 912644-7009. Photos are courtesy of Benedictine Military School.

Oblates of Saint Benedict Some of the Oblates of Saint Benedict affiliated with Saint Vincent Archabbey live far away from the Archabbey and from groups of Oblates. Most Oblates, however, live at or near locations where Oblates gather regularly, often with a Benedictine spiritual moderator, to study the Rule of Saint Benedict and to reflect on ways to live out the values of the Rule in our ordinary lives today. If you are interested in the Oblate Program of Saint Vincent Archabbey and live near any of the following locations, you may phone the contact persons listed below for further information: Baltimore, Md. — Father Paschal Morlino, O.S.B., 410-947-4988; Sandra Kick, 410-242-6385. Carrolltown, Pa. — Father Vincent Zidek, O.S.B., 814-344-6548. Harrisburg, Pa. — Father John Peck, O.S.B., 717-867-1525; Margaret Bott, 717-232-3432. Johnstown, Pa. — Father Benjamin Walker, O.S.B., 412-321-0711; Carl Motter, 814-266-2200. Latrobe, Pa. — Father Donald Raila, O.S.B., 724-532-6600; Jacqueline Milko, 724-539-7757. Pittsburgh, Pa. — Father Ralph Tajak, O.S.B., 412-321-0711; William O’Neil, 412-422-1313. St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada — Brian Chisholm, 905-682-2541 or 905-687-1102. St. Marys, Pa. — Nancy Plows, 814-834-1357. Savannah, Ga. — Father Jude Brady, O.S.B., 912-644-7001. State College, Pa. — Father Steven Honeygosky, O.S.B., 814-238-5357; Laura Schneider, 814-238-8782. Virginia Beach, Va. — Father John-Mary Tompkins, O.S.B., 757-497-7235; Delina Pauls, 757-499-5292. Williamsport, Pa. — Ted Richardson, 570-547-6778.

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Mass, Vespers Honor Papal Anniversary

Most Rev. David A. Zubik, former Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General and General Secretary of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, who was recently named Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, celebrated Mass October 22 at the Archabbey Basilica in observance of the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II. The same day, a lecture, “The Legacy of Pope John Paul II,” was presented by author Michael J. Walsh of Heythrop College of the University of London. The special lecture at Saint Vincent commemorated the 25th anniversary of the election and blessing in 1978 of Pope John Paul II. On October 16, 1978, Polish Cardinal Karol Jozef Wojtyla was elected Pope John Paul II and six days later, on October 22, 1978, his installation as Pope took place. He succeeded Pope John Paul I and became the 265th Pope of the Catholic Church. Mr. Walsh, a writer and editor of numerous books and academic articles, recounts the story of the life of the Pope in his book, “Pope John Paul II: A Biography” (London: HarperCollins), which was published in 1994. Bishop Zubik, who served as associate spiritual director at Saint Vincent Seminary from 1989 to 1996, became Vicar General and General Secretary of the Diocese of Pittsburgh on Jan. 1, 1996. As General Secretary, he has been responsible for the administration of the diocesan central offices. He was ordained auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh on April 6, 1997, at Saint Paul Cathedral.

Red Mass Held At Archabbey Basilica

Saint Vincent Archabbey, College and Seminary and the Diocese of Greensburg hosted the annual Red Mass on September 26 at the Archabbey Basilica. Superior Court Judge Maureen E. Lally-Green, a member of the Seminary Board of Regents, was the keynote speaker. In her talk, she noted the first challenge for attorneys is to “stand up for what is right;” the second, to help restore trust. “When you are trustworthy, the rest of us will believe in you — even if we don’t agree with you — and we’ll trust you’ll do the right thing. In all of this we can’t forget our trust is ultimately in God,” she added. The Red Mass is a 13th century tradition to open the new term of courts. Celebrants wear red vestments to signify a plea for the Holy Spirit’s guidance in the pursuit of justice. The Mass has been held in the Diocese since 1968. 10

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Fire Department Receives Grant, Has New T-Shirt The Saint Vincent Fire Company received an assistance grant of $45,360 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The grant is being used by the Saint Vincent Fire Company to purchase nine Draeger self-cont a i n e d breathing apparatus units and a thermal imaging camera. “ O u r volunteer firefighters are dedicated and they lay their lives on the line to save the lives and property of others,” said Congressman Jack Murtha, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, in announcing the grant. “These grants help to upgrade equipment and training, and address other needs that make the business a little less dangerous for these brave volunteers.” Congress appropriated $750 million this year to support the nation’s firefighters and the services they deliver. The Fire Department, Station 117, also recently developed a t-shirt, which was designed by Excel Sportswear. The design incorporates the fire truck and the Archabbey Basilica, a sign of the department’s Benedictine heritage.

Two Benedictines Receive Press Association Awards Brother Benedict Janecko, O.S.B., and Father Thomas Hart, O.S.B., were among those listed in the 2003 Catholic Press Association Awards, which were announced at the CPA convention in Atlanta on May 30. Brother Benedict received first place in the magazine awards for best feature article on prayer and spirituality. His article, “Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Genesis,” was published in the January/February 2002 issue of The Bible Today, a magazine that offers commentary on particular themes in the Bible, and which is published by The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MinneVolume 14, Number 2

sota. The article addressed examples of missed opportunities and seized opportunities in the book of Genesis and its stories of forgiveness and reconciliation, which speak to us today about the same theme among the families, nations, races and religions of the world. Father Thomas was awarded third place for best essay in a prayer and spirituality magazine. “Living the Joy of Lent” appeared in the Lent 2002 issue of Share the Word, a magazine about Sunday and daily Mass Scriptures, published by the Paulist National Catholic Evangelization Association, Washington, D.C. The

judges said the essay “takes an aspect of tradition and uses the core figure of Saint Benedict to offer an aspect of Lent that may have been surprising or unexpected to some.” Both magazines are edited by Dr. Mary Ann Getty-Sullivan, a member of the Religious Studies Department faculty of Saint Vincent College. The Catholic Press Association, which serves members throughout the United States and Canada, represents 626 publications among newspapers, magazines, newsletters and foreignlanguage publications. Their combined circulation is close to 27 million. There are 215 member newspapers, which include national and diocesan publications, with a combined circulation of 6,673,207. Winners among the newspapers alone were selected from more than 2,000 entries.


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Benedictine Named To Center High School Hall Of Fame When Philip Kanfush graduated from Center Area High School, Monaca, in 1980, he never envisioned going back 23 years later as part of the first group of alumni to be inducted into the school’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. He joined eight other alumni inductees including a television news anchor, a professional football player, a vice president of a large public relations firm and posthumously a U.S. Marine killed in Lebanon in 1983. Among the many careers represented among the initial Hall of Fame Class, the selection committee chose the Saint Vincent Benedictine for his vocation both as a monk/priest and an educator. Father Philip began his teaching career at his alma mater after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He taught ninth grade civics and twelfth grade economics. In 1986 he took a position as the assistant director of financial aid at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC). At CCAC’s inner city campus, he worked with students who wanted an education but were not always in a position to finance it. While at CCAC he returned to the University of Pittsburgh to obtain his Master of Business Administration degree. He began to look at the values espoused by people in that program in contrast to the financial issues faced by those struggling to get into and stay enrolled at CCAC. That, in turn, got him to thinking about what was important in life, and eventually led to his vocation. One memorable case at CCAC involved a woman who had virtually no income and no steady employment,

but wanted her son to better himself by going to college. Round after round of paperwork went back and forth, with little hope that the family’s financial aid needs would be met. Finally, almost miraculously, the paperwork went through and the son became the first in his family to attend college. The mother, Father Philip recalled, “held me personally responsible for allowing her son into college. To her, it was the same as Harvard.” “Working to help such marginalized people was one of the factors which impacted my vocation,” he noted. He felt the call to become a priest when he was young, but kept pushing it away. He began thinking seriously about priesthood in his late twenties, and when he turned 30 he decided to enter the monastery for a year of discernment as a novice. While at Saint Vincent, Father Philip completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, and earned Master of Arts and Master of Divinity degrees from the Seminary. Father Philip was awarded the American Bible Society’s award for excellence in the study of Sacred Scripture in 1999. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2000 and served for three years as Parochial Vicar at Saint Vincent Basilica Parish. During that time he continued to teach at Saint Vincent College in the Business Department. While he was studying at Saint Vincent, Father Philip’s niece, Hanna, was born on March 21, 1996, one of the Feasts of Saint Benedict. She suffered from Trisomy 18, a syndrome of genetic disorders that is incompatible with life. She died on May 20, 1996. Father Philip was

Father Philip Kanfush, O.S.B., teaching a Listening Skills class at the Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children. 12

Father Philip Kanfush, O.S.B., talks to students at Center High School during the Alumni Hall of Fame weekend. ordained to the Priesthood four years later on that same date. “My niece, had she lived, would have been profoundly disabled,” he said. That was one of the reasons, when he had the choice of pursuing a master’s degree and doctorate in Special Education, that Father Philip felt called to the challenge of working with this unique population. “It is an area of need at the college, and it suits my vocation as far as giving me more opportunities for community service and working with the marginalized.” He chose to focus on students with moderate and severe disabilities, noting that “the impact you make with these kids is profound. The time spent with these kids has a much bigger effect in terms of their long-range independence and quality of life, as opposed to time spent teaching, for example, more sophisticated subjects like economics to non-disabled high school students.” His speciality will also fill an area of need at Saint Vincent College as it works to develop The Fred M. Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, where he will eventually teach. Father Philip taught at the Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children in Greensburg while completing his Master of Education degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and will teach there for three years as a part of his studies for a doctorate in Special Education. When he addressed the students at Center Area High School during the (Continued on Page 16)

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Feeding His Flock — Father Ananias Serves Via The Kitchen By Ruth Rice The Tribune-Democrat Father Ananias, Buccicone, O.S.B., a Benedictine monk who is pastor of Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church, Patton, has found a way to serve and feed his flock by combining his priestly duties with cooking and baking in the church’s kitchen. Since becoming pastor, Father Ananias has cooked monthly parish dinners, serving as many as 500. A “Tired of Turkey” dinner in November of 2002 involved a Hawaiian luau, complete with a roasted pig. Father Ananias and his kitchen crew, which can include as many as 25 when serving a large dinner, have cooked three meals at one time — making a funeral lunch for 150, a Patton Volunteer Fire Company dinner for 200 and food for a dance at the hall involving 300. Father Ananias also was called upon to make cookies for the church’s Bible school and took first communicants into the kitchen to make bread. He said he is an oddity among other priests because they don’t understand how he can find time to do everything. Because he is trained as a graphic design artist, Father Ananias takes pleasure in making his food pleasing to the eye as well as the palate. “If it doesn’t look nice, you don’t want to eat it,” he said in an interview at his office in the parish hall. “I consider cooking an art form.” When he had the time, Father Ananias used to paint icons, sometimes spending as long as six to eight hours on one piece. Now, his creativity is unleashed in the kitchen, where he is known as a perfectionist. Everything down to the rolls is made from scratch, with no skimping on ingredients. “Everything is homemade,” Father Ananias said. “There’s no low-fat, lowcarbohydrate or low-cholesterol.” Father Ananias grew up with grandmothers, who never measured baking ingredients, and a mother who was an excellent cook. “I think that is where my boldness comes from,” he said. His first foray into cooking for large numbers came at a 25th wedding anniversary party for his parents. Because caterers were too costly, Father Ananias decided that he and his brother could Volume 14, Number 2

Father Ananias Buccicone, O.S.B., preparing for a Thanksgiving bake sale at Queen of Peace Parish, Patton. He said the first ingredient he includes with every recipe is Holy Water, which is pictured in a container on top of the mixer. cook the meal themselves — a meal for 450 people. He had never done anything like that before, but didn’t think taking recipes and multiplying them could be that hard. He found he enjoyed cooking for a crowd and got another chance at it when he entered Saint Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe. As a novice, he worked in the bakery with three sisters, making baked goods for 1,200 for three meals a day. “We used a ton of flour every two weeks,” Father Ananias said. “It gave me courage to mass produce.” After reassignment in 1991, Father Ananias served at Saint Benedict Roman Catholic Church in Carrolltown until 1993, where his production of nut

rolls and pierogi on a large scale proved to be a great success. He next served at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in St. Marys, Elk County, where he said he went “whole hog” at catering parish dinners. Father Ananias carried the practice over to Queen of Peace, where he thought the dinners would be a necessity to revive the unused parish hall. “The hall was built in 1989, and it was falling into disuse,” Father Ananias said. “It was like a tomb.” The first thing he did was move the church office from the rectory to the church hall. Now the parish hall is a hub of activity with monthly parish (Continued on Page 16)


Campus Ministry

When Father Brian Boosel, O.S.B., was a freshman at Saint Vincent College, he was involved in the campus ministry program. “But I never would have envisioned that in eleven years I would be directing the program,” he said. He was ordained to the priesthood this past summer, and is completing his first few months as Director of Campus Ministry. Benedictines have always been involved in campus ministry at the Saint Vincent campus, as well as at other colleges and universities. So the strong Benedictine involvement on campus is not unusual. But this year, there have been significant changes, with the addition of a new 180-seat chapel in the heart of the campus in the newly-renovated Robert S. Carey Student Center. Father Brian, who has a degree in history from Saint Vincent College, and is an assistant in the Archabbey archives, points out that the college students have not had a permanent student chapel since around the time of the Saint Vincent fire in 1963. “So this is a brand new thing for them,” he said. “They are taking to it well. Where other schools are closing student chapels and sending kids to parishes, we’re building.” He noted that the current Campus Ministry program continues to build upon the work of Father Fred Byrne, O.S.B., who has moved from Campus Minister to

Vocation Director of the Archabbey. “We’re continually expanding and each year new strides are made,” he said. This year’s focus has been on the liturgy. New this year is morning prayer, compline and a 9:15 p.m. weekday Mass, as well as an expanded weekend Mass schedule with four Masses.There are also Scripture study nights, a prayer group and social events, such as movie nights and wing nights. He initiated a Neighbor to Neighbor program between incoming freshmen and the Benedictines, inviting the entire freshman class to meet the monks and pray with them. The program took part in stages over six weeks and had a 75 percent participation rate. Father Brian plans to focus on Christian service, and, as this issue went to press, was planning a service retreat over the Christmas holidays for students to spend three days working in soup kitchens, food pantries and homeless shelters. There have been four student retreats during the fall semester. He plans a Campus Stewardship program aimed at making students more aware of the campus “and the ways in which we can take better care of our campus.” This may include adopting a part of campus, a dormitory for example, and doing a project on each floor, such as talking about social justice. He is assisted in the program by Father Thomas More Sikora, O.S.B., and by Father Anthony Grossi, O.S.B. Father Brian is at the top, left photo. In the bottom, right photo Archabbot Douglas gives the homily during the first Mass held in the chapel this past September. Other photos are from that first Mass as well as of the new chapel itself.

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A Few Favorite Recipes In a sidebar, Father Ananias notes: Cooking utensil you couldn’t live without: Bench knife, which can be used to scrape a table, chop vegetables or cut dough. Most-used pot or pan: Bread pan. Favorite herb or spice: Basil. Favorite dish: A Lithuanian dish called Kugelis, a thick potato pancake filled with bacon and eggs. Question most asked: How can you cook for that many people and the food still tastes homemade? Advice to amateur cooks: Feel free to express yourself. A recipe is just a guide — a springboard to being creative.

Recipes Cinnamon Rolls

2 1/2 pounds flour 1 tablespoon yeast 1/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon salt 1/3 cup solid vegetable shortening 2 3/4 to 3 cups water Mix all ingredients. Roll out dough to 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness. Slather generously with butter. Heap on brown sugar. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Roll up and cut 1-inch thick. Place in pan and let rise until double. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.

Caesar Salad Dressing

1 cup mayonnaise 1 egg 1/4 cup oil 1/8 cup Parmesan cheese 1 1/2 ounces anchovy fillets 1/4 ounce Dijon mustard 1 1/2 cloves garlic 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon Tabasco Coarse black pepper to taste Process first three ingredients in blender until smooth and frothy. Add additional ingredients and blend.

Double Fudge Jewel Cookies

1/4 cup butter 1/2 cup sugar 1 egg 1/2 cup grape jelly 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup flour 1/4 cup cocoa 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 2 cups chopped walnuts 2 cups chopped pecans 1/2 pound raisins Beat first three ingredients until light and fluffy. Add next 5 ingredients with paddle attachment of mixer on midspeed. Mix in nuts and raisons on low speed. Drop by teaspoons onto baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Resist temptation to overbake.


(Continued from Page 14) Alumni Hall of Fame weekend September 5th and 6th, Father Philip said he came to realize one of the important reasons he was chosen by the selection committee. Members of the committee noted that his career possibilities, in terms of his training, earnings potential and education, were far-ranging, but what he chose to do, in terms of his vocation and in working with marginalized populations, was truly an example for the high school students at his alma mater. At the assembly with all of the Hall of Fame inductees, he encouraged the current students to follow their dreams. He told students that “you are the only person who stands between you and your dreams. If you want it, work for it.” He further advised the students “not to settle for just one dream. You can have it all.” The same could be said of his vocation, both as priest and educator.

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(Continued from Page 15) breakfasts and dinners, a wedding most every week and bingo every Wednesday where large amounts of cinnamon rolls are bought and consumed. The cinnamon rolls are favorites, along with cream puffs that fairly explode with filling and crust-busting pies that boast more than two pounds of fresh fruit filling. Father Ananias uses 1,000 pounds of flour in less than a month and considers it all a labor of love. “I want to offer to the parish and to God the use of my talents,” Father Ananias said. “I love to cook. It is what is in me.” The reputation of Father Ananias’ cooking is spreading, with people coming from far and wide for parish dinners. Ironically, he has a cook at the rectory who makes his own meals because he doesn’t have time to cook for himself or the other priest at Queen of Peace. “You have to have a good time doing it,” Father Ananias said of working in the kitchen. “When it turns into work, we quit. We laugh and sing. It is therapeutic.” Copyright 2003, The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa. Reprinted with permission.

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A Beacon of Prayer Father Demetrius Dumm, O.S.B., isn’t the only writer in his family. His brother, Benedictine Father Wilfred Dumm, who is stationed in Savannah, Georgia, recently had a collection of prayers published. Father Wilfred was the National Chaplain of the United States Power Squadrons, an organization he’s belonged to since 1968. The USPS is an organization of sail and motor boaters dedicated to marine education from seamanship to celestial navigation. Father Wilfred has successfully fulfilled all course requirements and holds the grade of Navigator. In 1986 he was asked to serve as national chaplain, a position he held until 2002. His prayers appeared in the monthly magazine of the USPS, The Ensign, during his tenure. A selection of those prayers is available from USPS, 1504 Blue Ridge Road, P.O. Box 30423, Raleigh, NC 27622; 1-888-367-8777; Father Wilfred Dumm, O.S.B.

A Mariner’s Prayer Astride the rolling deck of life, We find our posture, one of prayer. The past elicits words of thanks, The future begs a Father’s care. We chart our course on life’s great sea. Help hold our craft on even keel. Though storms o’ertake us on the way, Let us not falter at the wheel. Grant peace to those who’ve crossed the bar And hope to all who struggle still. They always serve Your purpose best, Who mold their way to Thine own Will. Amen.

New Lamb of God Ornament Available The latest in a series of Christmas ornaments featuring aspects of the Archabbey Basilica is now available. This year’s ornament features the Lamb of God painting from the ceiling of the Basilica’s apse. The Agnus Dei, or Lamb of God, on the ceiling of the apse, depicts a mystical scene where the Lamb, who represents Jesus Christ, is holding the flag of the resurrection. He is standing on the Book of the Seven Seals showing his dominion over all things. The chalice, at left, represents the sacrifice of Christ, the Lamb of God, on the cross. The Lamb is pictured inside of a Trifoil and a Triangle, both symbolic of the Blessed Trinity. The piece was painted by Pittsburgh artist Joseph Reiter, circa 1900, and photographed by Father Noel Rothrauff, O.S.B. It is available from Archabbey Publications, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, Pa., 15650, http;//, as well as in the Basilica Gift shop. Volume 14, Number 2


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1) Archabbot Douglas, Prior Lucas, Brother Adriano Goldoni de Sá, director of Siloé Retreat Center, and Brother André Melli, procurator of São Bento, welcome a group of South Korean young adults who were brought to Siloé for a retreat in July. They were accompanied by two Benedictine Sisters from the Missionaries of Tutzing Congregation in Allim-dong, South Korea. The sisters have a house in Araçoiaba da Serra, São Paulo. 2) Archabbot Douglas, Bishop Gorgônio Alves da Encarnação Neto, C.R., Bishop of Itapetininga, S.P.; and Abbot Joaquim Zamith, former president of the Brazilian Congregation. 3) Archabbot Douglas blesses the new Chapter Room. 4) Br. Adriano Goldoni de Sá, director of Siloé Retreat Center, standing by one of the three existing dormitories — a fourth is currently under construction. 5) Archabbot Douglas during the celebration of Mass at the Church of Our Lady in Exile — São Bento Monastery.

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10 6) New bell towers at São Bento Monastery. 7) Brother André Melli, Brother Agostinho Silva and Brother Adriano Goldoni de Sá during the celebration of Mass by Archabbot Douglas. 8) Prior Lucas and Archabbot Douglas celebrating Mass. 9) Partial view of the new bells and bell towers at São Bento Monastery. 10) Blessing of the new bells and bell tower by Archabbot Douglas. Also pictured is Brother Filipe Róbson José de Almeida.

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Honorary Doctorate Presented To Historian Father Cyprian Davis, O.S.B., Professor of Church History at St. Meinrad School of Theology and Professor of History at the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University, was the principal speaker at the Saint Vincent Founders’ Day Vespers and Honors Convocation on November 20. He spoke on “The Abbot’s Proposal and the Journalist’s Vision.” Father Cyprian, a native of Washington, D.C., is a monk of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, Indiana, who was professed in 1951 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1956. He received the licentiate of sacred theology from the Catholic University of America in 1957, and a doctorate in history at the University of Louvain in Belgium in 1977. In 2001 he received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Notre Dame and the following year he was the recipient of an honorary doctorate in theology from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Also that year, he was awarded the Johannes Quasten Medal for Excellence in Scholarship and Leadership in Religious Studies by Catholic University of America. Father Cyprian has written extensively in the area of monastic history and the

history and spirituality of African-American Catholics in the United States. He has written numerous articles which have appeared in several encyclopedias and in various periodicals. In 1990 he published The History of Black Catholics in the United States (New York: Crossroad). This volume received the John

Rev. Cyprian Davis, O.S.B., Professor of Church History at Saint Meinrad School of Theology, and Professor of History at the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University, receives an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from James F. Will, President of Saint Vincent College. Rev. Davis gave the convocation address at the November 20 Saint Vincent Founders’ Day Vespers and Honors Convocation. 20

Gilmary Shea Award in 1991. Father Cyprian served on the subcommittee for the preliminary drafts of the Bishops’ Pastoral Letter, “Brothers and Sisters to Us” in 1979, and the Black Bishops’ Pastoral Letter, “What We Have Seen and Heard” in 1984. He is currently at work on a life of Henriette Delille, the founder of the Sisters of the Holy Family. He is also co-editing a volume about African-American Catholic history for the American Catholic Identities Series. Among his articles, he contributed “Reclaiming the Spirit: On Teaching Church History -- Why Can’t They Be More Like Us?” to Black and Catholic: The Challenge and Gift of Black Folk. Contributions of African-American Experience and Thought to Catholic Theology, edited by Jamie T. Phelps (Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 1987). In 1998 he co-edited with professor Diana Hayes a collection of articles on black Catholic thought and theology entitled, Taking Down Our Harps: Black Catholics in the United States (New York: Orbis Books). He contributed two articles to the volume: “God of Our Weary Years: Black Catholics in American Catholic History,” and “Speaking the Truth: Black Catholics in the United States.” Most recently he published “Some Reflections on African-American Spirituality” in U.S. Catholic Historian, and “Black Catholic Theology: A Historical Perspective” in Theological Studies. From 1994 to 1995, Father Cyprian was visiting professor of church history at the monastic Studium established in West Africa at the Abbey of Dzogbégan in Togo and the Abbey of Koubri in Burkina Faso. From 1995 to 1996, he served as visiting professor at the Abbey of Keur Moussa in Senegal, and from 1997 to 1998, at the Benedictine and Trappist monasteries in Nigeria. The Studium is under the direction of A.I.M. (Alliance for International Monasticism). From January to May during 2001, Father Cyprian lectured on the development of monastic archives in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Togo in West Africa. Founders’ Day is a special observance in honor of Boniface Wimmer and the Benedictine founders of Saint Vincent Archabbey, College, Seminary and Parish.

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Bookstore Undergoes Changes When Saint Vincent College began renovation and expansion of the Robert S. Carey Student Center last year, Father Anthony Grossi, O.S.B., knew it would mean changes for the campus bookstore. The biggest change, aside from moving the store to a new location, was the expansion of its floor space from approximately 4,000 to 5,000 square feet, on two levels. The store now features a new spiritual reading section and increased selection of books other than the required student textbooks. He also has a faculty publications section, with books written by college and seminary faculty members, including Saint Vincent Benedictines. The upper level includes gift items, clothing and souvenirs, and a new line of greeting cards, Father Anthony noted in a recent tour. The added space has also enabled him to add more dormitory supply items for students, and to restructure and increase the office supply offerings. Now entering his fourth year as the store’s manager, Father Anthony recently finished implementing a new automated bar code scanning system to

Father Anthony Grossi, O.S.B., manager of the Saint Vincent Bookstore, located in the Robert S. Carey Center, goes over the recently-installed automated scanning system with Diane Goodman. The system is one of a number of changes the bookstore has undergone this year, including moving into a newly-expanded store adjacent to where the old store used to be. improve the store’s efficiency. The new system automatically tracks the store’s inventory and helps ease ordering. “The students have been pleased with the new store,” Father Anthony said. “Comments have ranged from ‘beautiful’ and ‘wonderful’ to remarks about the increased variety of merchandise and of the store’s roominess. He is just now settling in after two moves — the first to a temporary space

during the final phases of construction — and the second into the new space right before the school year began. The new automated system was installed in September, and the past few months were spent entering all of the merchandise into the computer for tracking. In his spare time, Father Anthony has been adding items to his online store, which can be accessed via http://


At Night Father Noel Rothrauff, O.S.B., took this time-exposure photograph of the Archabbey Basilica at night. The Seminary Diaconate Ordination was being held in the Basilica, so the inside lights were on. Using a tripod and exposure of approximately two seconds, he was able to capture this image of the rose window and the stained glass windows lit from the inside.

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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, 724532-6740. Donors from May 1, 2003, to November 15, 2003, include:

IN HONOR OF: REV. JEREMY J. BOLHA, O.S.B. Mrs. Mary Ann Facetti REV. THOMAS P. CURRY, O.S.B. Mrs. Jeanne C. Beinert Mrs. Mary Cossman Ms. Anne J. Daly Ms. Veronica C. Dundon High School Alumni Friends of Mrs. Thomas Curry Jean and Chris Hill Mr. and Mrs. John J. Kavanagh, Jr. Mangels Family Ms. Kathleen C. McEntegart Ms. Angela Menninger Mr. Thomas D. Nerney Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Olivieri Ms. Annette E. Solomon Tom, Mary, Tommy and Colin Williams REV. CAJETAN HOMICK, O.S.B. John and Mary Anne Cahir REV. OMER U. KLINE, O.S.B. Mrs. Elizabeth A. Kelly MR. JOHN R. MCGINLEY, SR. Mr. and Mrs. John R. McGinley, Jr. REV. NATHAN J. MUNSCH, O.S.B. Brigid and Tim Vaughan

MR. AND MRS. WILLIAM ROWE Miss Geraldine Michela REV. PAUL R. TAYLOR, O.S.B. Brigid and Tim Vaughan

IN MEMORY OF: +REV. ALBERT C. BICKERSTAFF, O.S.B. Helen Adams Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Bair Margaret Bozic Fran Gigliotti Carm Hamerski John and Theresa Hensberger Rev. William J. Homolak Joe Mangarella Helen M. Martin Dr. Philip and Mrs. Dolores Masciantonio Gloria and Emile Monier Mr. and Mrs. Anthony J. Pesavento Shadd and Newell Families Josephine Smart Mrs. Charlotte Spino George and Clara Sweeney +GEORGE J. BRONDER Lawrence S. and Cynthia S. Busch Peggy and Dennis Kuhnemund Mr. Charles A. Fagan, III Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Gaston Mr. and Mrs. James F. Getz Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Queenan, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Harry A. Thompson, II +REV. ANTHONY J. BURLAS, O.S.B. Mrs. Rita B. Daugherty +JACQUELYN FISH Carl and Charlotte Burlas Mr. Paul W. Fish

Vocation Booklet “Listen carefully, my son, to the master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.” — If you or someone you know is contemplating the monastic life, contact the Archabbey Vocation Office at 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA, 15650-2690, 724539-9761, ext. 6655, for a free booklet about life as a Saint Vincent Benedictine.


+MRS. KATHERINE GUARLOTTI Ed and Jean Heinrichs +CATHERINE GUZIK Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mastrorocco +CYRIL HENRY Mr. and Mrs. George H. Krumenacker +MARC JANSEN Mrs. Kathleen Jansen +REV. GEORGE JURICA Mr. Clement A. Jurica +JOSEPH M. KALEITA Annette M. Kaleita +MRS. ANNE KISH Margie Kraft +FRANK L. KUSS Mr. Thomas J. Kuss +LOVED ONES Mrs. Lena A. Chelko +MARIE ROONEY MCGINLEY Mr. and Mrs. John R. McGinley, Jr. Wimmer Corporation +STEPHEN D. MILLER-GRANGRUTH Ms. Kathleen A. White-Grangruth +REV. METHOD J. MRAZ, O.S.B. Very Rev. Thomas J. Smith, V.F. +REV. JOHN T. MURRAY, JR. Mr. and Mrs. Harry F. Murray +SUSAN E. KUCO POLICICCHIO Rose and Al DeMichele Dorothy and Richard Kardos The Family of Sue E. Kuco Policicchio +RICHARD PYNOS Mr. and Mrs. William T. Beck Ann Foster Mr. James L. Madden Matt, Cindy, and Matthew Mesaros Kathleen Teichman Ed and Joyce White Mr. and Mrs. Charles Younkin +MR. JAMES A. REDDING Mrs. Mary Louise Redding +REV. MELVIN C. RUPPRECHT, O.S.B. Mr. John C. Rapa +PAT SCHRAF Wimmer Corporation +WILLIAM W. SHEAROUSE, SR. Mr. William W. Shearouse, Jr. +REV. BRENDAN L. SMETANA, O.S.B. Mrs. Jennie D. Losten Stephen F. Smetana, Esq. +REV. REMIGIUS B. VEROSTKO, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Donald S. Pawlak +E. LEROY ZIMMERMAN Mrs. Winifred Zimmerman +MRS. GALIA ZIMMERS Ed and Jean Heinrichs +ARTHUR C. ZITTERBART, JR. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur C. Zitterbart

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Taiwan Brother David Ho, O.S.B., (pictured at right) a Benedictine of Wimmer Priory in Taipei, Taiwan, poses for a photo with his brother Solomon Ho, who is a Dominican. In the photos below are students from the Fu Jen College of Foreign Languages. The photo at right includes the Fu Jen students and students from a summer catechism program in Taiwan. Brother David arranged for the Fu Jen students to go to the mountains, where he is from, and teach catechism to the youngsters there.

Teaching Award Dr. Thomas C. Mans, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Saint Vincent College, presented the Thoburn Excellence in Teaching Award to Rev. Thomas M. Hart, O.S.B., Chairperson of the Religious Studies Department at the College, November 20. The presentation was made during the Saint Vincent Founders’ Day Vespers and Honors Convocation. The Thoburn Award was established in 1997 to recognize outstanding faculty members. Nominations come from alumni. The award is named for Thomas W. Thoburn, Jr., and his wife Tina, who established the Thoburn Foundation for Education to help fund worthwhile educational ventures. Mr. Thoburn passed away in August at his home in Ligonier. He held degrees from Allegheny College and Case Institute of Technology and worked for 30 years as an application engineer with Alcoa in Cleveland and New Kensington. When he retired to Ligonier, he and his wife became active in numerous community organizations. Volume 14, Number 2


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Aurelius Hall

Renovation Project Begins A special ceremony on September 24, 2003 marked the start of a $3.2 million renovation project at Aurelius Hall to accommodate the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government at Saint Vincent College. Taking a ceremonial sledge hammer to some concrete blocks at the ceremony were, from left, College President James F. Will; Dean of the McKenna School, Dr. Gary M. Quinlivan; Mrs. Wilma McKenna, widow of Alex G. McKenna; and Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. The year-long renovation of Aurelius Hall will provide offices, conference areas, classrooms, meeting rooms and three business incubator offices for the business school and space for other special programs. The school was formed on July 12, 2001, and honors the memory of the late industrialist, civic leader and philanthropist who was a founding general partner of Kennametal Inc.

Father Demetrius Dumm Contributes

Chapter To The Benedictine Handbook Father Demetrius R. Dumm, O.S.B., contributed a chapter to the newlyreleased Benedictine Handbook, published by Liturgical Press and the Canterbury Press, Norwich, England. The hard-bound book includes six sections, on “Saint Benedict’s Rule,” “Tools of Benedictine Spirituality,” “The Benedictine Experience of God,” “Living the Rule,” “The Benedictine Family” and “A Glossary of Benedictine Terms.” Father Demetrius’ chapter on “The Work of God” leads the book’s second section. Other contributing writers were Patrick Barry, O.S.B.; Michael Casey, O.C.S.O.; Mary Forman, O.S.B.; Laurence McTaggart; Kym Harris, O.S.B.; Richard Yeo, O.S.B.; Kathleen Norris; Oswald McBride, O.S.B.; Robert Atwell; Colmán Ó Clabaigh, O.S.B.; Columba Stewart, O.S.B.; Maria Boulding, O.S.B.; Dwight Longenecker; Esther de Waal; Joel Rippinger, O.S.B.; Dominic Milroy, O.S.B.; Nivard Kinsella, O.C.S.O.; Jill Maria Murdy and Terrence Kardong, O.S.B. 24

New Buckwheat

Pancake Mix A new buckwheat pancake mix is now available at the Saint Vincent Gristmill General Store on Beatty Road. The mix is made with flour ground by Benedictine monks at the 149-year-old mill. The buckwheat pancake mix complements a popular mix now made with Saint Vincent unbleached flour. Each packet yields 18 four-inch pancakes. 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 724-5370304.

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Development Corner

Forward, Always Forward, Everywhere Forward

Abbot Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B.

As Archabbot Douglas mentioned in his comments on page 2, the Benedictine Community of Saint Vincent Archabbey has played an important role in the history of the Catholic faith for more than 150 years. In addition to the establishment of 12 monasteries and 152 parishes throughout the United States, the monks also established Saint Vincent College and Saint Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and Fu Jen Catholic University in China. While continuing to run Saint Vincent College and Seminary as well as parishes throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, Georgia, West Virginia and Virginia, Saint Vincent Benedictines also operate missions in Taiwan and Brazil. As you can see, the important role of Saint Vincent continues! That is why it is so important for the work of the Benedictines to carry on. You can help in one of two ways. First of all, you can open a charitable gift annuity. In exchange for your irrevocable gift of cash or securities, Saint Vincent Archabbey would agree to pay you a fix sum of money, each year for life. • Married? No problem. We will pay a fixed sum of money each year as long as either of you is alive. • While your rate of return depends upon your age, it is not uncommon to earn 7 or 8%. • You will qualify for a federal income tax deduction. • Your estate may enjoy reduced probate costs and estate taxes, and... • Because the remainder will belong to Saint Vincent Archabbey, you will be providing financial support for the future service of the Benedictine monks. Another way you can help is to remember Saint Vincent Archabbey through a charitable bequest. This way, you can retain access to your entire estate while you are living. But your generosity and commitment to the works of the Benedictine monks can live on after you are gone. • You can designate your bequest to benefit the missions, the education of monks, or whatever need is closest to your heart. • Your gift can be made in honor of, or in memory of, a loved one. Gifts paying tribute to your parents or a deceased Benedictine are the most common. • Cash or securities are certainly welcome. In addition, real estate and other property make a nice bequest. • Again, you will be providing valuable financial support for the future service of the Benedictine monks. To find out how this general information applies to you, please contact:

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of other person, if any

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Plans Progressing On Road Relocation

New Publication

When Father Demetrius Dumm, O.S.B., got one of his recent publications back from the printer, he wasn’t at all upset that he understood very little of the final product, or that the pages ran from back to front — it had been translated into Chinese. The Benedictine Sisters in Taiwan recently translated Father Demetrius’ 1996 book, Cherish Christ Above All: The Bible in the Rule of Benedict, and it was published in 2003 by Kuangchi Cultural Group, Taipei, Taiwan.

The June 26 edition of The Latrobe Bulletin reported that plans are progressing on the proposal to relocate Fraser Purchase Road and create a new entrance to Saint Vincent. Representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers visited the site to look at the wetland impacts in the Monastery Run watershed. All parties present agreed to the model which minimizes impacts to the wetlands while providing the desired access to the college and to the adjacent Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve. The meeting also discussed points of access on the relocated road, which will extend 1.5 miles. The consensus of PennDOT, the Corps of Engineers and Saint Vincent, will allow PennDOT and its consultant, Gibson Thomas Engineering Co., to complete the envi-

ronmental studies and preliminary engineering this year. Final design development, obtaining permits, right-of-way acquisition and utility coordination will occur in 2004 and construction on the $4 million project is anticipated to begin in early 2005. The new road will follow the existing Saint Vincent Drive from Route 30 for a short distance, then go to the right across the creek known as Monastery Run. It will run parallel to the run, then recross the creek and intersect with Beatty Flats Road to create a four-way intersection with the road to Saint Vincent Grove past the lake. The aim of the road relocation is to take non-college traffic off the campus. The new entrance to the college will come directly in front of the Basilica, where a T-intersection will take visitors to either the college, or to the monastery and seminary.

Centennial Celebration

Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., attended the centennial celebration of Saint Peter’s Abbey, Saskatchewan, Canada, this summer. Among those in attendance at the celebration were, left photo, Lynda Haverstock, lieutenant governor of Saskatchewan, and a representative of the Queen.


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Father Albert C. Bickerstaff, O.S.B. Fr. Albert C. Bickerstaff, O.S.B., Director of Campus Ministry and faculty member at the Benedictine Military School in Savannah, GA, and a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, PA, died on October 2, 2003. He was 63 years old. Father Albert was born March 4, 1940, in Jeannette, Pennsylvania, a

A Life of Service

older monks remain active well past retirement age, they face the same financial hardships that other retirees do — rising health care costs and increasing living expenses. The Monastery Health 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 nearly 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

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son of the late Charles A. Bickerstaff and Julia (Condo) Bickerstaff. He attended Sacred Heart Parochial School, Jeannette, and was a 1958 graduate of Saint Vincent Preparatory School. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Saint Vincent College in 1963 and a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1966. He completed a master of arts degree in history at Notre Dame University in 1971 and a master of education in guidance and counseling at Loyola College of Baltimore in 1977. Father Albert made simple profession of monastic vows in July of l961 and solemn profession in July of 1964. He was ordained a priest on May 20, 1967, by the late Bishop William G. Connare of Greensburg, From August of 1967 to July of 1992 he was a member of the Benedictine Priory in Savannah, Georgia, and was on the faculty of Benedictine Military School. In addition to teaching religion and social studies, Father Albert served in a number of other capacities at Benedictine, including assistant basketball coach (1967-1976), varsity football coach (1968-1990), and golf coach (1969-1976, 1987-1992). His students recall him as an “intense coach.” He was an avid sportsman and

Yes, I would like to help these monks face the needs of their retirement years. Enclosed is my gift of: $50 $100 $500 $1000 Other My company will match my gift. Enclosed is the form. Gifts are tax-deductible.

an ardent Notre Dame fan. He has held key administrative positions at Benedictine Military High School. In 1977 he became director of guidance; and in 1987, assistant headmaster of the school. He worked with the Savannah diocesan retreat for divorced and separated Catholics from 1983 to 1992. He also served on committees at St. Mary’s Home for children. In 1992 Father Albert was named Prior of Saint Vincent Archabbey, a position he held until 1997. Father Albert was named a Saint Vincent College Alumnus of Distinction in 1996 for his service to the college, archabbey, and the church. In August of 1997 he returned to Savannah to serve as Director of Campus Ministry at Benedictine Military High School. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Saint Vincent College and the Board of Directors of the Benedictine Order in Georgia. Funeral services for Father Albert were held in Savannah, GA on Monday, October 6 and in Latrobe on Friday, October 10. Contributions may be sent to “The Fr. Albert C. Bickerstaff Memorial Scholarship Fund” c/o Benedictine Military School, 6502 Seawright Drive, Savannah, Georgia 31406.

Please make checks payable to Saint Vincent Archabbey Benedictine Health and Welfare Fund Saint Vincent Archabbey 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650-2690. Name Address







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Statue Restoration

This fall the statue of Archabbot Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B., underwent restoration work conducted by Keystone Waterproofing Co., of Greensburg. The mortar joints of the stone base were cut out and repointed. The entire stone base was claned and a sealer was applied. The cracks in the statue were cleaned. A surface prep was applied and the cracks were then welded. The welded areas were then repainted blending to the color of the bronze, handrubbed to brighten and highlight. A clear coat of diamond shield was applied using a three-part enamel finish. A book on the statue, sculpted by Ferdinand Seeboeck, will be published this winter by Archabbey Publications (see pages 1 and 5 for more information).

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