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Newsletter of the Benedictines of Saint Vincent Archabbey Volume 15, Issue 1 Summer 2004


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Heart to Heart Summer 2004

André Watts: A Musical Tribute To Mister Rogers André Watts, the internationally-celebrated pianist, presented a special benefit concert to honor the late Fred M. Rogers in the new Robert S. Carey Performing Arts Center this spring. Mr. Watts received a long standing ovation from the standing room only crowd. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Fred M. Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College. Mr. Watts, a friend of Mr. Rogers and his wife, Joanne, appeared on Mister Rogers Neighborhood in 1987. André Watts burst upon the music world at the age of 16, when Leonard Bernstein chose him to make his debut with the New York Philharmonic in their Young People’s Concerts, broadcast nationwide on CBS-TV. Only two weeks later, Bernstein asked him to substitute at the last minute for the ailing Glenn Gould in performances of Liszt’s E-flat Concerto with the New York Philharmonic, thus launching his career in storybook fashion. More than 40 years later, André Watts remains one of today’s most celebrated and beloved superstars. His performances each year with the world’s great orchestras

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Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B.; Mrs. Joan Brand, wife of André Watts; Mrs. Joanne Byrd Rogers, widow of the late Fred Rogers; André Watts; Mrs. Genie Rogers, daughter-in-law of the late Fred Rogers; and Jim Rogers, Mister Rogers’ son, following Mr. Watts’ benefit performance for The Fred M. Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media. and conductors and his sold-out recitals and appearances at the most prestigious international festivals bring him to every corner of the globe.

In addition to his regular visits to the major summer music festivals including Ravinia, Tanglewood, Saratoga, the Mann Music Center, Mostly Mozart and the Hollywood Bowl, André Watts’ recent engagements include appearances with the Chicago, Pittsburgh, National, Detroit and Dallas symphonies and the Minnesota Orchestra; a Florida tour with the Atlanta Symphony; recitals at Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center; a European tour with the Baltimore Symphony; and an appearance at the Proms in London. During the 2003/04 season, Mr. Watts performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, both at the Kimmel Center and the Mann Center; appears with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and is a featured guest on the opening concerts of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Boston, Chicago and Atlanta; and returned to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the St. Louis, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Seattle and Oregon symphonies among many others. Mr. Watts has had a long and frequent association with television, having appeared on numerous programs produced by PBS, the BBC and the Arts and Entertainment Network, performing (Continued on Page 11)

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from the Latin “Cor ad Cor Loquitur,” or “Heart Speaks to Heart,” is the motto of Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. It refers to the Archabbot’s prayer that giving and receiving authentic love may always be the chief characteristic of the Saint Vincent monastic community. This was also the motto of 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. Bill Malloy Don Orlando Ana Lucia Pereira Rev. Noel H. Rothrauff, O.S.B. Theresa Schwab Cover photo: Sebastian’s Garden, Kim Metzgar Saint Vincent Archabbey 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, Pennsylvania 15650-2690 724-805-2601 kim.metzgar@email. stvincent.edu http://benedictine. stvincent.edu/archabbey/

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Archabbot’s Message

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Dear Friends, This spring has been an exceptionally busy one at Saint Vincent. We welcomed André Watts in a musical tribute to Mister Rogers, in conjunction with the inaugural symposium of the Fred M. Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media. At the spring honors convocation we presented an honorary doctorate to William H. Isler, chief executive officer of Family Communications, Inc. At our commencement we honored Congressman Tim Murphy and Foster McCarl, Jr., a noted community service leader from Beaver Falls. The Seminary awarded an honorary doctorate to Jim Towey, director of The White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. The college also held the second annual James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Conference. This summer we will honor the fifteen Benedictines who have given a combined 660 years of service to our community. We also welcomed a new priest to our community with the ordination of Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B. Members of our Benedictine community continue to be very active in our parish, missionary and educational apostolates.

André Watts ...................... 2, 11 Archabbot’s Message ............ 3 Archabbey News..............4, 6-7 Benedictines Appointed... 4, 21 William Isler Honored ............. 5 Rogers Symposium ................ 5 Thomas Hart ........................... 7 Jubilarians............................8-9 King Karl Beatification ......... 10 Sainthood Steps ..............10-11 Demetrius Dumm ................. 11 Tribute To Arnie..................... 12 Father Germain Honored ..... 12 Bickerstaff Fund ................... 13 Jim Towey Honored.............. 13 Monastic Retreat .................. 13 Tribute Planned..................... 13 Mission To Brazil .............14-15 Retreats Online ..................... 15 Avonmore Parish .................. 16

Sincerely,

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

Father Sebastian .................. 16 White House Conference..... 17 Father Vernon ....................... 17 China Conference................. 18 Gristmill 150th....................... 19 St. Benedict Addition ........... 19 VFD Teams Up ...................... 19 Commencement Honorees . 20 Basketball Chaplain ............. 21 Ordination In Brazil............... 22 Boniface Hicks Ordained ..... 23 Ceramic Replica ................... 24 Snow-Making........................ 24 Restoration ........................... 25 Spirituality Symposium ........ 25 Grant Received ..................... 26 Tribute Gifts .....................26-27 Wimmer Statue Book ........... 27 N.J. Trip ................................. 28 Life Of Service ...................... 28 Development Corner ............ 29 Obituaries.........................30-31 New Bishop Welcomed ........ 32

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As always, we are grateful for your support in enabling us to carry out our mission and the vision of our founder, Boniface Wimmer.

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Benedictines Receive Appointments To Head College’s New Schools Saint Vincent Archabbot and Chancellor Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., announced recent changes at Saint Vincent College, including the appointments of two Benedictines, effective July 1. The changes were recommended by President James F. Will and approved by the Board of Directors on March 12. The college announced the formation of three new schools that will enhance academic excellence by providing a broad range of interdisciplinary opportunities for its students. This reorganization of 16 academic departments is the centerpiece of the college’s strategic plan to achieve national academic prominence. “We have been working with the faculty and moving toward this organizational model for nearly three years,” Mr. Will said. “We are now ready to proceed to put them in place.” The college plans to name each of the schools in honor of major benefactors sometime in the future. The three new schools — The School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and

News From Around The Archabbey Br. Andre Melli, O.S.B., and Br. Peter Rayappan, O.S.B., were pictured in the April 11 edition of Westmoreland Sunday in the TribuneReview. Br. Andre is a Benedictine monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey’s São Bento Monastery in Brazil. Br. Peter is a Benedictine from Asirvanam Monastery in India who is studying at Saint Vincent Seminary. The article by Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller reports on the monks’ studies of the art of iconography under Marilyn Grant, an artist from Rector. Icons are painted on wood and have been most identified with Byzantine or Eastern Orthodox Christianity, Eidemiller writes. Their stylistic forms convey spiritual and mystical symbolism.

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Brother Norman Hipps, O.S.B.

Father Rene Kollar, O.S.B.

Computing and Information Science, The School of the Humanities and Fine Arts, and the School of Communication, Education and Social Sciences — follow the formation of The Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and

Government which was created in the summer of 2001 by bringing together the Departments of Business Administration, Economics, Political Science and Public Policy.

***** Father Tom Devereux, O.S.B., founder and producer of the Saint Vincent Theatre, was pictured in Around Latrobe Magazine’s Winter 2004 edition which reported on the new Saint Vincent Theatre. Begun by Father Tom in 1969, the theatre has just moved into a new $2.4 million performing arts center in the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the Saint Vincent campus. The new facility was designed by architect Tasso Katselas and features a 36 by 40 foot stage, central control room for the production staff, cast dressing rooms, and set storage and construction areas. Pianist André Watts performed the first concert on May 19, and at the end of May the theatre opened.The project marks the completion of a two-year $12.5 million

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construction and renovation project of the student center. Other work continues on campus with the renovation of Aurelius Hall for the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government. ***** A new pre-school has opened at Queen of Peace Parish, Patton, which is pastored by Father Ananias Buccicone, O.S.B. The Queen of Peace Golden Rule PreSchool opened January 5 with an enrollment of 22 students in the parish’s social hall. The new school was featured on the front page of The Catholic Register, Altoona-Johnstown diocesan newspaper. (Continued on Page 6)

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Of Mister Rogers The inaugural symposium of the Fred M. Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media was held at Saint Vincent College on Wednesday, May 19. One of the highlights of the symposium was a benefit dinner and a concert, which featured pianist André Watts. The event brought together national experts in early learning, children’s media and related fields from all over the United States for a meeting to help identify how they can work to carry on the legacy of Fred Rogers in children’s television. Symposium participants included educators, researchers, advocates, media specialists, foundation representatives and others. Participants included Fred Rogers’ widow Joanne Byrd Rogers; Alice Cahn of The Cartoon Network; Peggy Charren of Harvard University and Founder of Action for Children’s Television; Milton Chen of the George Lucas Educational Foundation; Everett Dennis of Fordham University; Jane Englebardt of the Hasbro Children’s Foundation; Ellen Galinsky of Families and Work Institute; Mark Ginsburg of the National Association for the Education of Young Children; Television Producer David Hartman; William Isler of Family Communications, Inc.; Rachel Jones of National Public Radio; Tom Junod of Esquire Magazine; David Kleeman of the American Center for Children and Media; Gary Knell of Sesame Workshop; Donna Mitroff of Mediascope; Michael Poliakoff of the National Endowment for the Humanities Education Division; Kate Taylor of WGBH-Boston and Jane White of the International Children’s Digital Library. The Fred M. Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College is a unique resource planned in collaboration with the late Fred Rogers to promote early learning, the primacy of caring relationships between children and adults, and responsible uses of media. Mister Rogers, a native of Latrobe and a close friend of Saint Vincent College, worked in children’s television for nearly 50 years, including more than three decades as host of public television’s Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Volume 15, Number 1

David Hartman, producer, writer and host of award winning television documentaries for networks, cable, and public television; original host of Good Morning America and Emmy Award winner, served as the master of ceremonies for the André Watts performance to benefit the Rogers Center. Mr. Hartman is on the National Advisory Council of the Fred M. Rogers Center.

Family Communications CEO Honored William H. Isler, a Saint Vincent College alumnus who serves as president of Family Communications, Inc., was the main speaker and recipient of a Presidential Medal of Honor at the annual Honors Convocation of Saint Vincent College on Thursday, April 22. He graduated from Saint Vincent College in 1968, and joined Family Communications, Inc., in 1984. The non-profit company has produced the popular Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood television show for the public broadcasting service and provides other educational materials for families, schools, child care providers and family support professionals. Prior to joining Family Communications, Inc., Mr. Isler had been with the Pennsylvania Department of Education since 1976 serving as the executive assistant to the secretary of education, as commissioner of basic education and as senior program advisor for early childhood education. He also had been an elementary school teacher, day care teacher and administrator of a multi-service program for children. A member of the Pittsburgh Board of Education since 1997, Mr. Isler was elected president of the board in December of last year. He also serves on the Saint Vincent College Board of Directors and as a member of the Advisory Council of The Fred M. Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent. He and his wife, Mardi, who reside in Pittsburgh, have a grown son, James.

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(Continued from Page 4) ***** The Saint Vincent Archabbey Gristmill has begun offering soup and bread luncheons on the first Friday of each month, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ***** Father Thomas Hart, O.S.B., chairperson of the Religious Studies Department, had a book review published in the Sept. 2003 issue of the Taiwanese Bulletin of the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy Academia Sinica. The review was devoted to “Purity of Heart and Contemplation: A Monastic Dialogue Between Christian and Asian Traditions,” edited by Bruno Barnhart and Joseph Wong (New York: Continuum, 2001). He also wrote an article which appears in the April 11 edition of Share the Word, a publication of the Paulist National Catholic Evangelization Association. He wrote “Praying the Easter Word: The Books of Acts and Revelation,” as well as the Sunday reflections from Easter Sunday through Pentecost. ***** Father Mark Gruber, O.S.B., was named in the acquisition of a $250,000 National Science Foundation grant for his work in the archaeological interpretation of Native American Shellmounds in coastal California. The grant proposal was submitted by Drs. Ed Luby and Kent Lightfoot. The former is a co-author with Gruber of a 1999 Cambridge Archaeology Journal article on the same subject. The latter is presently a Berkeley archaeologist who taught Father Mark at SUNY Stony Brook. Father Mark met with both recipients in San Francisco during the Christmas break and discussed the disposition of the grant in the context of an article he is presently preparing with them. Father Mark has also received a 6

Three Benedictines earned degrees from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2004. From left, they are, Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., who received the master of divinity degree, with highest honors; Br. Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., who earned the master of arts degree, with honors and Br. Bruno Heisey, O.S.B., who received the master of arts degree, with highest honors. Father Boniface also earned a master of arts degree from the Seminary in 2003, with highest honors. gift and matching grant totalling $3,000 through State Farm Insurance for the anthropology program at Saint Vincent College. From February 13 to 15, Father Mark made a series of presentations on educational themes at the “Principals Leadership Conference” at the Radisson Hotel, Pittsburgh. The conference, sponsored by the Pittsburgh Secretariat for Education, entitled, “The Lion and the Lamb Recumbent,” was attended by about 120 principals and school administrators from the primary and secondary schools of the Pittsburgh Diocese. The theme concerned the Catholic view of a “peaceable kingdom” of education wherein the “Lion,” symbolic of the competitive edge of career promoting, income increasing, skilldriven acquisition, can “lie down” with the “Lamb,” symbolic of a community sensitive, service-oriented approach to higher learning. Father Mark presented the keynote address to the annual spring colloquium of the Graduate School of Theology at Duquesne University on March 2. His presentation was entitled, “Up from Eden, The Human Body in Anthropology and Theology.” More than 150 graduate students, faculty, clergy and administrators were present and engaged in questions after the talk. ***** Father Mark Wenzinger, O.S.B., has joined the Saint Vincent College faculty as an instructor of philosophy. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in history at Christendom College in

1981 and both master of divinity and master of arts in theology degrees at Saint Vincent Seminary in 1994 and 1995, respectively. He was awarded a Ph.L. degree in philosophy in 1998 by Catholic University of America, where he is studying for his doctoral degree. Entering the Saint Vincent Benedictine community in 1990, he made simple profession of vows on July 10, 1991, and solemn profession on July 11, 1994. He was ordained a priest on May 27, 1995, at the Archabbey Basilica by Bishop Anthony G. Bosco of Greensburg. Following ordination, he served as parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Parish in Jeannette from July of 1995 until July of 1997. Following graduation from college, Father Mark taught high school religion in Arlington, Virginia, and then worked for the Washington Post newspaper. He is a native of Monroe, Louisiana. ***** Brother Elliott C. Maloney, O.S.B., professor of New Testament Studies and Biblical Languages at Saint Vincent Seminary, and a member of the Religious Studies faculty at Saint Vincent College, has authored a book (Continued on Page 7)

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Father Thomas Hart Named Assistant To The President For Mission Father Thomas Hart, O.S.B., has been appointed to a new position within Saint Vincent College. President James F. Will, in announcing the appointment, noted that “the Catholic, Benedictine mission of Saint Vincent College must be integral to all that we do in the preparation of our students. As we grow and expand the College, we must also increase our efforts to integrate this mission in both the academic and administrative functions. The assistant to the president for mission has been created to promote these efforts.” Among the duties of Father Tom will be advising mission sensitive committees, including but not limited to those of human resources, financial, vice presidents and faculty; interviewing candidates for faculty and administrative positions; assisting with strategic planning; assisting in the administering of mission orientation and educational programs for alumni, students, administrators, directors, and members of the college’s Councils of Advisors; assisting marketing and other relevant activities to ensure communication of the mis-

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(Continued from Page 6) on the Gospel of Mark. Published by Continuum Books, Jesus’ Urgent Message for Today, The Kingdom of God in Mark’s Gospel, looks at the E v a n g e l i s t ’s work from a new perspective. The book retails for $19 and is available on the Saint Vincent campus at the Basilica Gift Shop and the Campus Bookstore. It is available by mail for $26.64 (includes shipping and tax) from Archabbey Publications, 300 Fraser Purchase Rd., Latrobe, Pa., 15650-2690 or online from www.stvincentstore.com. ***** In December 2003, the Sewanee Theological Review published Father Volume 15, Number 1

Father Thomas Hart, O.S.B. sion; interfacing with mission personnel from like colleges; initiating programs to address intellectual and moral heri-

Rene Kollar’s article entitled “An Anglican Sisterhood and Auricular Confession: A Popish Practice in a Davonport Sisterhood.” This summer, Anglican Theological Review will publish his article, “Flowers, Pictures and Crosses: Criticisms of Priscilla Lydia Sellon’s Care of Young Girls,” and Anglican and Episcopal History has accepted “Magdalenes and Nuns: The Convent Enquiry Society and the Critique of Convent Laundries in Late Victorian England” for publication. These three journals are the leading American journals devoted to Anglican or Episcopal scholarship. The articles submitted are a part of Father Rene’s ongoing research into 19th century attacks against sisterhoods in England and Ireland. Father Rene is Dean of the School of Humanities and Fine Arts at Saint Vincent College. ***** Father Paul-Alexander Shutt O.S.B., delivered a parish mission titled “It is time for the Lord to Act” to the St. George Ukrainian Catholic Church on the North Side of Pittsburgh. The mission began with the Feast of the Annuncia

tage; promoting diversity of religion and ethnic culture; and acting as the resource person regarding articulation and application of mission. Other duties will include attending specified functions as representative of the president; recommending policies and processes relating to the mission and tradition for management programs, position descriptions, and performance reviews; working closely and collegially with the vice president for academic affairs and the vice president for student affairs in addressing the integration of the Benedictine, Catholic identity with academic and student life; providing sacramental and pastoral support for campus ministry, and its liturgical, sacramental, and religious programs; serving as a visible presence in college-wide functions and religious services; assisting with mission integration in these areas: campus ministry, student affairs, student life, and resident life; being the liaison with the local ordinary and bishop with respect to the mission of the college and performing other duties as assigned by the president.

tion to the Theotokos and ended with the Fifth Sunday of Lent — Saint Mary of Egypt. Homilies were presented on the theme of how the Triune God has acted throughout salvation history in the lives of His people and how He continues to do so to this very day, especially in the unique way in which we encounter Him in the celebration of the Divine Office, Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts and the Divine Liturgy. Father Valerian Michlik, pastor of the Church, invited Father Paul-Alexander to preach this parish mission. The retreat ended with an ecumenical concert of sacred Lenten music at the Russian Orthodox Church in McKees Rocks.

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Fifteen Benedictines of Saint Vincent Archabbey will celebrate anniversaries of their professions or ordinations in 2004, marking a combined 660 years of service. This year the Archabbey will hold Jubilarian Day on Saturday, July 10, the feast of Saint Benedict. A Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m.

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Rev. Paulinus J. Selle, O.S.B. Profession, 70 Years July 2, 1934

Rev. Clement J. Heid, O.S.B. Ordination, 60 Years June 11, 1944

Rev. Louis S. Sedlacko, O.S.B. Ordination, 60 Years June 11, 1944

Rev. Omer U. Kline, O.S.B. Profession, 60 Years July 2, 1944

Rev. Alphonse H. Meier, O.S.B. Profession, 60 Years July 2, 1944

Rev. Noel H. Rothrauff, O.S.B. Ordination, 50 Years May 22, 1954

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Rev. Joachim R. Fatora, O.S.B. Ordination, 50 Years May 22, 1954

Rev. Daniel C. Wolfel, O.S.B. Ordination, 50 Years May 22, 1954

Rev. Benjamin R. Walker, O.S.B. Profession, 50 Years July 2, 1954

Rev. Damian J. Warnock, O.S.B. Ordination, 25 Years May 19, 1979

Rev. Eric T. Vogt, O.S.B. Ordination, 25 Years May 19, 1979

Rev. Chad R. Ficorilli, O.S.B. Ordination, 25 Years May 19, 1979

Rev. Ronald P. Gatman, O.S.B. Ordination, 25 Years May 19, 1979

Rev. Mark Gruber, O.S.B. Profession, 25 Years July 10, 1979

Rev. Frank Ziemkiewicz, O.S.B. Profession, 25 Years July 10, 1979

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Br. Nathan Cochran To Coordinate Beatification Of Emperor Karl Brother Nathan Cochran, O.S.B., will leave for Rome this summer and spend the next few months working on preparations for the beatification of Emperor Karl I of Austria. The canonization effort has been going on for decades, and Br. Nathan has been involved since 1986. “I first met Archduke Rudolf of Austria here at Saint Vincent,” Br. Nathan said. “He had heard about an exhibition I curated: ‘Gifts of a King: The Treasured Art of Saint Vincent.’ It was an exhibition celebrating the 200th anniversary of King Ludwig I of Bavaria, and the 300 paintings he gave to Saint Vincent. When I gave him a tour, I was so taken by his charming and courtly manners that I wanted to learn more about his father, the last emperor of Austria-Hungary.” Shortly after meeting Archduke Rudolf, Brother Nathan read a biography of Emperor Karl by Gordon BrookShepherd. “His story was so amazing,” Brother

Nathan recalled. “The Emperor’s heroism and faith was completely apparent — even though the book was a historical biography and not a hagiography. At the end of the book it Brother Nathan mentioned that Cochran, O.S.B. there was an organization promoting the cause for canonization. Not knowing where to get information, I contacted Archduke Rudolf and it turned out he was active in the cause. We began corresponding and the more I learned, the more I felt the cause should be promoted.” In 1996, Brother Nathan became the American-Canadian delegate to the Presidium of the League of Prayers.

The process of canonization is complex, he noted, and there will be work to do in Rome both before and after the beatification. The various leaders of the cause for canonization are from Austria, Germany, northern Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Poland and other European nations, he said. Thus, a centralized “pointman” is needed in Rome to coordinate everything between the League, the Congregation of Saints and various Vatican offices. Materials will be developed and distributed, such as short biographies, pamphlets, holy cards and religious medals and images. A lot of the materials need to be in various languages because of the cause’s multi-national and international nature. The languages will include English, French, German, Hungarian and Italian, Czech, Polish and Slovak as well. Pope John Paul II has set October 3, 2004 as the date for the beatification ceremony.

Blessed Karl: Steps Towards Sainthood 1895 – When Karl is an eight-year-old boy, he meets the stigmatist, Mother Vinzentia at the Ursuline convent in Sopron, Hungary. After the meeting, she advises that the young Archduke should be enveloped in prayers because he will become Emperor, have to suffer greatly, and be a target of Hell. A small group begins praying for him and his intentions. This group later develops into the Kaiser Karl-Gebetsliga für den Völkerfrieden (The Emperor Karl League of Prayers for Peace Among Nations). 1922 – Emperor Karl dies on April 1, on Madeira. 1923 – Wilhelm Miklas (President of the Republic of Austria from 19281938), petitions the Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna, Dr. Friedrich Gustav Piffl, requesting that the necessary steps to begin the process of canonization of the Emperor be undertaken. 1925 – Bishop Sigmund Waitz (later Archbishop of Salzburg), gives ecclesiastical approbation to the Kaiser Karl Gebetsliga für den Völkerfrieden. The diocesan process of gathering evidence and testimonies, interviewing of witnesses, and compiling a definitive biography begins. 1949 – The Cause for Canonization of Emperor Karl is introduced at the Vati10

can. Karl is given the ecclesiastical title of “Servant of God.” 1953 – The Jahrbuch of the KaiserKarl-Gebetsliga begins publication. Besides printing articles about the Servant of God, the publication details Gebetsliga activities of the previous year and relates testimonies from the faithful who, having asked for the intercession

of the Servant of God, believe they have received favors. 1972 – On April 1, the fiftieth anniversary of his death, Emperor Karl’s sarcophagus is opened as required by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. When the coffin was opened, (Continued on Page 11)

Br. Nathan Cochran, O.S.B., with two sons of Emperor Karl: Archduke Rudolf of Austria (middle) and Archduke Karl-Ludwig (right). The picture was taken at the end of the annual pilgrimage and meeting of the Presidium of the Emperor Karl League of Prayers, April 24, 2004, Linz, Austria.

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Steps Towards Sainthood (Continued from Page 10) the Servant of God’s body is found to be remarkably well preserved – despite the fact that a window in the coffin had broken allowing in moisture and damp tropical air. The Emperor’s body is clothed in a new uniform brought especially for this purpose, placed in a new coffin, and the sarcophagus resealed. 1994 – The Positio for the Servant of God, Karl of Austria, is published in Rome. It details the life of Karl, containing a complete and detailed biography, his writings and the recorded witness testimony of all living people who knew him. It is in two volumes and over 2,650 pages long. 1995 – The Historical Consultants for the Congregation of the Causes of Saints reviews all the material in the Positio, and are charged with finding the answer to the primary question: “Was the Emperor Karl of Austria virtuous to a heroic degree?” The panel of six theologians answered this question affirmatively. The results of their deliberations are published by the Congregation. 2002 – The Heroic Virtues of the Servant of God are approved by the panel of nine theologians on October 29, and forwarded to the bishops and cardinals of the Congregation of Saints for their approval to present a decree of Heroic Virtue to the Holy Father. 2003 – The Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, proclaims the Heroric Virtues of

Emperor Karl I of Austria the Servant of God on April 12, giving Emperor Karl the title of “Venerable.” 2003 – A decree promulgating a miracle attributed to the Venerable Servant of God was read before Pope John Paul II on December 20. The miracle concerns a Polish sister who was in charge of a large hospital in Brazil. She had severe problems with her legs, and became bedridden. The sister prayed to Emperor Karl and she was completely cured. Because of the nun’s work at the hospital, and numerous operations, her case is well documented by various physicians and nurses. 2004 – Now that the Holy Father has accepted the miracle, the date for the beatification ceremony has been scheduled for October 3, 2004.

Father Demetrius Honored By Conference Father Demetrius R. Dumm, O.S.B., was a participant in the 50th Jubilee Celebration of the Religious Formation Conference, “A Movement in Hope: A Conversation on the Theology of Religious Life,” held April 24 in Millvale. The conference is for the Pittsburgh Area of Region 4. He was among 14 members of religious communities who were honored during the Jubilee Mass. Other honorees included Elizabeth Carroll, R.S.M., Rev. Eugene Lauer, Patricia McCann, R.S.M., Janet Mock, C.S.J., Donna Marie Tahaney, C.S.J., Jacinta Van Winkle, L.B., Sharon Iacobucci, C.S.S.F., Cynthia Volume 15, Number 1

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(Continued from Page 2) with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center among others. His 1976 New York recital, aired on the program Live From Lincoln Center, was the first full length recital broadcast in the history of television and his performance at the 38th Casals Festival in Puerto Rico was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Individual Achievement in Cultural Programming. His most recent television appearances are with the Philadelphia Orchestra on the occasion of the orchestra’s 100th Anniversary Gala, a program broadcast nationwide as well as throughout Europe and Asia, and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for its opening concerts of the 2001/2002 season. Mr. Watts’ latest recording release features both Liszt piano concertos and MacDowell’s Concerto No. 2 with the Dallas Symphony, led by Andrew Litton, on the Telarc label. This followed his critically acclaimed debut disc for Telarc which included Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1 and Saint-Saëns’ Concerto No. 2 with the Atlanta Symphony, conducted by Yoel Levi. Additionally, his discography of solo recordings includes The Chopin Recital (named CD of the month by Stereo Review) and The Schubert Recital, both on the Angel/EMI label. He is also included in the Great Pianists of the 20th Century series on Philips. A much-honored artist who has played before royalty in Europe and heads of government in nations all over the world, André Watts was selected to receive the Avery Fisher Prize in 1988. At age 26, he was the youngest person ever to receive an Honorary Doctorate from Yale University, and he has since received numerous such honors from highly respected schools including the University of Pennsylvania, Miami University of Ohio, Albright College, Brandeis University, Trinity College and The Juilliard School of Music. In 1984, the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University honored Mr. Watts with its Distinguished Alumni Award, and in May ‘97 his Alma Mater again recognized his accomplishments by presenting him with an Honorary Doctorate degree. He has been Artist-inResidence at the University of Maryland since the 2000/2001 season.

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Welcome Home To Arnold Palmer “Saint Vincent LovesArnie” The Saint Vincent community joined Latrobe area residents in welcoming golfer Arnold Palmer home on Friday, April 30 at the regional airport which bears his name. “Arnie”, who is returning to more permanent residency in his birthplace of Latrobe after a remarkable career that has spanned more than 50 years, accepted presentations by the Westmoreland Airport Authority, Latrobe Area Hospital, Saint Vincent and other area groups and organizations. He made brief remarks and greeted well wishers and introduced his fiancée, Kit Gawthrop, in the center photo. In the photo at right, Saint Vincent employees Bill Malloy, left, director of Archabbey and Seminary Development; Nancy Ravis, secretary in the Seminary; and Rev. Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B., representing the monastic community, were interviewed by WPXI-TV during the event. The Greater Latrobe Senior High School Marching Band, pictured behind them, played a number of musical selections.

Prep Alumni Honor Father Germain Lieb

Alumni of the former Saint Vincent Preparatory School honored oustanding classmates and a faculty member at a the Alumni Reunion weekend. The Rev. Germain L. Lieb, O.S.B., who graduated from the prep school in 1937 and has been a member of the monastic community of Saint Vincent Archabbey since 1939, was recognized as an Alumnus of Distinction at the reunion awards banquet. Father Germain, of Carrolltown, received a bachelor of arts degree from Saint Vincent College in 1942, and a master of arts degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1943. He also received a licentiate in medieval studies from the Institute of Medieval Studies, Toronto, Canada, in 1948. He made simple profession of vows on July 2, 1940, and made solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1943. He was ordained a priest in Toronto, Canada by the late Ildebrando Antoniutti, Apostolic Delegate to Canada, on May 26, 1945. Father Germain has served the monastic community in a variety of 12

Father Germain Lieb, O.S.B. positions. He has been prefect of Saint Vincent Scholasticate (1940–1943); book store manager for Saint Vincent College, Seminary, and Preparatory School (1943); vice rector of Saint Vincent Seminary (1949–1950); novice master for the monastic com

munity (1950–1959); director of the Scholasticate (1960–1963); master of brothers for the monastic community (1963–1965); chaplain for Saint Vincent College (1967–1968); pastor of Saint Bede Church, Bovard, (1968–1970); pastor of Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica (1970–1976); administrator of Immaculate Conception Church, New Germany (1976–1981); pastor of Saint Bruno Church, South Greensburg (1981–1982); pastor of Saint George and Saint Lawrence Churches, Patton (1982–1987); parochial vicar of Saint John Parish, Summerhill in charge of Immaculate Conception Parish, New Germany (1987–1989) and pastor of Saint John Church, Summerhill and of Immaculate Conception Church, New Germany (1989–1992). In 1989 he was named professor emeritus of dogmatic theology of Saint Vincent Seminary. He served as assistant pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Patton (1992–1995); was in residence at Saint Bernard Parish, Hastings (1995-1997), and is currently director of the porter’s office at Saint Vincent Archabbey.

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White House Director Honored

Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., and Sister Cecilia Murphy, R.S.M., Academic Dean of Saint Vincent Seminary, congratulates Jim Towey, Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, upon receipt of an honorary degree during the Saint Vincent Seminary’s commencement on May 7. He was a senior advisor to Republican U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield and Democratic Florida Governor Lawton Chiles. In 1993, Chiles appointed Towey to direct Florida’s health and social services agency – at that time the largest in the United States with 40,000 employees. Towey’s career in public service and his work in support of those in need have led to numerous honors, ranging from three honorary doctorates from universities to an award from Pope John Paul II. Most significant in Towey’s life, however, was his work and friendship with Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Towey met Mother Teresa in 1985, visiting her home for the dying — an event he describes as the “defining moment” of his life. Towey went on to serve as legal counsel to Mother Teresa for 12 years and in 1990 lived as a full-time volunteer in her home for people with AIDS in Washington, DC. He had the privilege to travel on occasion with Mother Teresa and was sent by two U.S. Presidents to represent them at ceremonies in Calcutta and Rome in her honor. He and his wife, Mary, have five children — all 12 and under.

Scholarship Fund For Father Albert Bickerstaff

A scholarship fund has been established at Benedictine Military School in Savannah, in honor of the late Father Albert C. Bickerstaff, O.S.B. Father Albert began his life as a Benedictine in 1967, and served at BMS as headmaster, board member, director of guidance, religion and social studies faculty, assistant basketball coach, assistant varsity football coach, and golf coach. He also worked with the Savannah Diocesan Retreat for divorced and separated Catholics. At Saint Vincent Archabbey, he served as prior and was a member of the Saint Vincent College Board of Directors. Contributions in his honor can be made to Father Albert C. Bickerstaff Memorial Scholarship Fund, 6502 Seawright Drive, Savannah, GA 32406. Volume 15, Number 1

Monastic Retreat

Abbot Primate Notker Wolf of the Benedictine Confederation, Sant’ Anselmo, Rome, gave the first monastic retreat to the Benedictine community May 10-14. He delivered the homily at the Community Mass during the retreat.

Tribute Planned For Bishop Dattilo Most Rev. Nicholas C. Dattilo, Eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg, died March 5, 2004. He had been a patient at Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill since February 7. Bishop Dattilo was the vice chairman of the Saint Vincent Seminary Board of Regents. He was a 1954 graduate of Saint Vincent College and attended Saint Vincent Seminary before completing his studies at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. The Seminary will host a celebration of Bishop Dattilo’s life on October 5, 2004.

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1) Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., and Rev. Paulo Panza, O.S.B., Subprior of São Bento Monastery in Vinhedo, are with the first group of Oblates connected to the Benedictine community there. Father Paulo is also moderator of the Oblates. The Oblates include Beatriz Lipski, Paulo Souza, Raul Arellano and José Joaquim Chiavegato. 2) Father Paulo and Brother Agostinho (Róbson Pelágio) Silva, O.S.B., with three of the Benedictine sisters from Mosteiro de São João, which is part of the Brazilian Benedictine congregation. Prioress Maria Benita Padovan, O.S.B., novice Maria de Fátima Guedes, n.O.S.B., and Abbess Myriam de Castro, O.S.B., were at São Bento Monastery for the profession of vows of Brother Agostinho and Brother Filipe (Róbson José) de Almeida, O.S.B. 3) Brother Bernardo (Aéderson José) Querobin, O.S.B., novices Patrício (Francisco Wendell) Damasceno dos Santos, n.O.S.B., and Samuel (Sérgio Ricardo) de Oliveira, n.O.S.B., (front), Brother João Batista (Luiz Henrique) de Araújo Santos, O.S.B., and novice Cassiano (João Gustavo) Freire Pimentel, n.O.S.B., during the solemn vows ceremony. 4) Archabbot Douglas receives the letter with the monastic profession of vows of Brother Agostinho. 5) Archabbot Douglas receives the letter containing the formula of monastic profession of vows from Brother Filipe during the solemn vows ceremony at São Bento Monastery in Vinhedo, Brazil. 6) Ms. Euni Silva, Brother Agostinho’s sister, Archabbot Douglas, and Brother Agostinho, at the reception following the solemn vows ceremony. 7) Archabbot Douglas and Brother Filipe, with Brother Filipe’s grandmother — Mrs. Sebastiana Maria da Silva — and one of his sisters — Ms. Maria José de Almeida — at the reception after the solemn vows ceremony. The reception took place at the Siloé Retreat Center, which is run by the Benedictine community in Vinhedo. Brother Filipe is the retreat center director. 8) Abbot Timothy Kelly, O.S.B., president of the American-Cassinese Congregation, was one of the witnesses to sign the letters with the monastic profession of vows of Brothers Agostinho and Filipe. Abbot Timothy accompanied Archabbot Douglas in his visit to the community of São Bento Monastery in Vinhedo in order to join in the celebration of monastic vows. 14

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Father Sebastian Samay Named To College Board Father Sebastian A. Samay, O.S.B., has been appointed to the Saint Vincent College Board of Directors for a threeyear term. He returns to the board after serving from 1979 to 1990. He attended the Humanistic Gymnasium of Köszeg, Hungary (1937-1945); earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Saint Vincent College in 1954, and attended Saint Vincent Seminary from 1955 to 1959. He received a licencié en philosophie (1962) and a docteur en philosophie (1963) from the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. He made simple profession of monastic vows July 2, 1955, and solemn profession of vows July 11, 1958. He was ordained a priest at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg, by the late Bishop Hugh Lamb of Greensburg on May 23, 1959. Father Sebastian has served as a faculty member of Saint Vincent College since 1964. He has also served as a prefect at Saint Vincent Seminary (1964-1967); spiritual director of Saint Vincent Seminary (1966-1967); chairman of the Department of Philosophy, Saint Vincent College (1966-1968); master of junior monks at Saint Vincent Archabbey (1967-1969); campus minister (1969-1970); and as a visiting professor at University College, Dublin, Ireland (1970-1971). He was named an associate professor at Saint Vincent College (1971-1981) and a professor (1981-present). In 2000 he was named to the adjunct faculty of Saint Vincent Seminary. He served as acting Academic Dean at Saint Vincent College (19731974); Director of Institutional Research at Saint Vincent College (1974-1980); member of the Board of Directors (19791990, 2003-2006); member of the Saint Vincent College Corporation (19791991, 1993-1999); master of novices at Saint Vincent Archabbey (1982-1990, 1997-present); and Academic Dean at Saint Vincent College (1989-1992). He is the coordinator of Formation Programs for the Archabbey. Father Sebastian has served on a number of committees and councils at Saint Vincent, including the College President’s Council (1967-1970); the Self-Study Steering Committee (19751978), which he chaired; Pre-Professional Health Sciences Committee (1975-1977); Faculty Handbook Com16

Father Sebastian Samay, O.S.B. mittee (1978-1980); Educational Policies Committee (1978-1980); Planning Committee for the Jaspers Centennial Program at the International World Congress of philosophy, Montreal, Canada (1982-1983); Rank and Tenure Committee (1983-1992); Resource person on the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Directors (1989-1992); Faculty Development Committee (1989-1992); Educational Policies Committee (19891992); Budget Committee (1990-1992) and Strategic Planning Committee (1990-1992). He holds memberships in the Delta Epsilon Sigma, National Scholastic Honor Society; “Phangams” (Philosophes Anglo-Americains), and is a past president; the Western Pennsylvania Philosophical Society; American Philosophical Association; Metaphysical Society of America; the Benedictine Academy; Philosophical Committee

on the Foundations of Moral Education, Washington, D.C.; and is a charter member of the Jaspers Society of North America. Books authored by Father Sebastian include Reason Revisited: The Philosophy of Karl Jaspers published by Gill & MacMillan, Ltd., Dublin and London (1971) and the University of Notre Dame Press (1972), and Act and Agent: Philosophical Foundations for Moral Education and Character Development (co-authored), published in 1986 by the University Press of America. Father Sebastian has authored a number of articles, and addresses, including “Teilhard de Chardin and Christmas,” Benedictine Confluence (1969); “Learning and Doing,” principal address to the Irish Philosophical Society, Greystone, Ireland (1971); “Truth is Not Enough: The Role of Affectivity in Learning,” Erick McCormack Lecture, Saint Vincent College (1972); “Duty and Reverence,” keynote address, Seton Hill College Honors Convocation (1976); “Paradise Lost and Regained: A Comparison of Hegel’s Wissenschaft der Logik with Jaspers’ Von Der Wahrheit,” Duquesne University lecture (1976); “Affectivity: The Power of Moral Behavior,” Duquesne University minicourse for the Graduate Department of Psychology (1982); “Objective Culture and Independent Thought: The Dialectic of Educational Aims,” Saint Vincent Faculty Lectures (1986), published in Louvain Philosophical Studies 6 (1993). He has authored book reviews for Revue Philosophique de Louvain, International Studies in Philosophy and Review of Politics, and has done translations for The American Benedictine Review.

Avonmore Parish Marks Centennial Saint Ambrose Parish in Avonmore, Westmoreland County, celebrated its centennial this past fall, remembering along the way its Benedictine ties. Prior to establishment of a parish in Avonmore, Catholic families traveled to nearby Saltsburg to celebrate Mass. In 1902 a commercial hotel was opened and the top floor was rented for services. Father Ambrose Kohlbech from Saint Vincent Archabbey celebrated the first Mass in the community. Father Robert Wepfer, O.S.B., and Father Martin Singer, O.S.B., also served the congregation. When the Lutherans offered the sale of their chapel, Saint Ambrose Parish came into existence, named for the saint and in honor of their first assigned pastor, Father Kohlbech. In the 1920s a larger church was built. The new church was dedicated by Archabbot Aurelius Stehle on September 21, 1924. Although Benedictines no longer serve the Avonmore Parish, the ties to the community remain, as a current member of the monastic community, Father Thomas More Sikora, O.S.B., is from Avonmore.

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White House Conference Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., and Very Rev. Kurt Belsole, O.S.B., were special guests of Mr. Jim Towey at the first National Conference of The White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives held at the Washington Hilton on Tuesday, June 1, 2004. Mr. Towey, who recently received an honorary degree from Saint Vincent Seminary, is the Director of the Office of The White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. While Mr. Towey was the keynote speaker for the event, President George W. Bush, shown at left, also gave a surprise address. At right, Archabbot Douglas and Father Kurt visit with Mr. Towey in front of the Vice Presidential limousine outside of the West Wing of the White House.

Father Vernon Holtz Named To College Board Fr. Vernon Holtz, O.S.B., has been named to the Saint Vincent College Board of Directors. An associate professor of psychology and former department chairperson (1975-1980, 1987-2000), he has been on the Saint Vincent College faculty since 1966, and served as acting academic dean at the College from 2000-2001. Prior to teaching at the College, he had served in several capacities, including as assistant headmaster at the former Saint Vincent Preparatory School (1962-1968). A native of Hastings, Cambria County, Father Vernon earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Lock Haven State University in 1953 and attended Saint Vincent College. He received a master of arts degree in psychology in 1967 from the Catholic University of America, and a doctorate in clinical psychology in 1984 from Duquesne University. Father Vernon also holds a master of arts degree in religion from Saint Vincent Seminary. He became a licensed psychologist in 1976. Father Vernon was ordained a priest

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Father Vernon Holtz, O.S.B. on June 2, 1962 in the Archabbey Basilica by the late Bishop William G. Connare. He received the Alumni of Distinction Award from Saint Vincent

College in 1994. Father Vernon was assistant headmaster at Saint Vincent Preparatory School from 1968-1970; was a prefect, teacher, counselor, basketball and soccer coach at Saint Vincent Preparatory School from 1958-1971. He began teaching psychology at Saint Vincent College in 1966, and continues as an Associate Professor and in the College Psychology Department. He served as head soccer coach at Saint Vincent College (1968-1975) and Director of the Saint Vincent College Counseling Center (1971-1975). At Saint Vincent Archabbey, Father Vernon served as director of juniors from 19711974. He was appointed to the Human Resources Council (1985-1999) and the Council of Seniors (1986-1999). In 20002001 he served as Acting Academic Dean at Saint Vincent College. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Greater Pittsburgh Psychological Association, the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and the National Register of Health Service Providers.

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Loe China Studies Center The second annual James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Conference was held Thursday April 1 at Saint Vincent College. The focus of the conference was “Chinese Philosophy: Past, Present & Future.” At the conference a panel of distinguished speakers discussed classical and contemporary subjects including ethics, aesthetics and the influence of Chinese thought on philosophy in the United States. The event was sponsored by the James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center, the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government at Saint Vincent College, the Department of Philosophy and the Saint Vincent College Humanities Speakers Fund. The keynote speaker was Dr. Tu Weiming from Harvard University who talked about “The Global Significance of Local Knowledge: The Case of New Confucian Humanism.” Dr. Tu, a widely published author, is director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute and Harvard-Yenching Professor of Chinese History and Philosophy and of Confucian Studies. Other featured speakers included Dr. Bryan W. Van Norden from Vassar College who discussed “America’s Encounter With Chinese Thought: Three Trends.” Dr. Van Norden, a graduate of Greater Latrobe High School who earned a doctorate in philosophy at Stanford University, is associate professor on the faculty of the Philosophy Department and the Asian Studies Program at Vassar College. Dr. Gene Blocker, professor of philosophy from Ohio University, talked about “The Role of Chinese Aesthetics in Ancient and Contemporary Nation Building.” Two members of the faculty at Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan also spoke. Dr. Pan Hsiao-hui, professor of philosophy, discussed “Towards a Holistic Person: A View of ‘Person’ in Confucianism.” Br. Nicholas Koss, O.S.B., dean of the College of Foreign Languages, talked about “Speaking on Behalf of Master Kong in English: A Look at Selected English Translations of Analects by Confucius.” Co-chair of the conference, Dr. George Leiner, chair and associate professor of philosophy at Saint Vincent College, pointed out that “everywhere in China our colleagues wrestle to integrate traditional thought with the tumultuous reali18

Guests from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America visited Saint Vincent in the spring to discuss the mission of the Loe China Studies Center. From left, they were, Mr. Fang Qingchao, First Secretary (Education); Dr. Barbara Loe; Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B.; Minister Counsellor Chuansheng Liu and her husband, Mr. Xia Chunghua. ties of contemporary existence. How is a new outlook to be forged that retains the indelible impress of the Confucian and Taoist ways of life? We hope the conference can look to historical elements of Chinese thought, to the present to see how these elements fare in global context, and to the future.” Dr. Leiner, joined by Saint Vincent Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., and Dr. Gary Quinlivan, director of the Loe China Studies Center and dean of the Alex G. McKenna School, offered words of welcome at the conference. Also co-chairing the conference was Dr. Gene Torisky, assistant professor of philosophy. The Loe Center was established in September 2001 by the daughters of James and Margaret Tseng Loe to promote understanding and cooperation between the Chinese and American

cultures. The Loes taught their daughters the American ideals of freedom, equality, and democracy. They also passed on to their daughters 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 temperence. 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 conquering of one’s self through these basic ideals and values. For Saint Vincent College, the Loe China Studies Conference carries forward the history of Benedictine contributions to Chinese higher education, dating to the founding of Fu Jen Catholic University.

Among the participants in the conference were, front, from left, Dr. Gary Quinlivan, Dr. Pan Hsiao-hui, Dr. Barbara Loe, Sr. Baulu Kuan, O.S.B.; Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B.; back, from left, Dr. H. Gene Blocker, Dr. Tu Weiming, Dr. Bryan Van Norden, Dr. Eugene V. Torisky and Dr. George H. Leiner.

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Saint Vincent Fire Department Teams Up With Lloydsville An innovative collaboration between the Saint Vincent Fire Department and the nearby Lloydsville Volunteer Fire Department was featured in the March 8 edition of The Latrobe Bulletin. The article by staff writer Julia Cavallo noted that the partnership benefits both departments. The program was begun approximately ten years ago. At the time Lloydsville rules stated that a firefighter could only be a member of one company. Since Saint Vincent only responds to incidents on campus, and is actually a part of Lloydsville’s coverage area, a partnership was born. Brother Joseph Adams, O.S.B., is head of the Saint Vincent Fire Department as well as second lieutenant to Lloydsville. “It’s hard for Brother Joseph many of the Adams, O.S.B. volunteers to Fire Chief respond to an emergency, but with these students, their schedules are a little more flexible,” Brother Joseph said, referring to the five current Saint Vincent students who are also active in the Lloydsville Fire Department. “When they come from Saint Vincent they are very well schooled in fire fighting,” Lloydsville Chief Jack Murtha said. They have “very good textbook skills.” The Saint Vincent team undergoes a lot of training, Brother Joseph noted, but does not get a lot of real experience. Thus, by partnership with Lloydsville, members gain valuable experience in the real world of fire fighting while serving the Unity Township community. The other advantage, Chief Murtha told Cavallo, is that they are on the Saint Vincent campus in the event there is an incident on campus, so the response time is very fast. Saint Vincent’s department has 20 members, while Lloydsville has approximately 45. The Lloydsville response area is approximately 22 square miles, which includes Lawson Volume 15, Number 1

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400 and 500 calls a year. Student members also assist in fund raising, including boot drives, sub sales and other events.

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150th Anniversary The Saint Vincent Gristmill is marking its 150th anniversary this year. Built by Benedictine monks in 1854, it has been in continuous use since that time. Several new things have been planned or are underway at the mill this year. The popular bread and soup luncheons have resumed. Initiated last year during the Lenten season, this year the luncheons will occur on the first Friday of each month, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. In the photo at left, general store volunteer John Hudock stands under the sign denoting the mill’s anniversary.

Saint Benedict Parish Plans Addition Saint Benedict Parish, Carrolltown, is planning a major addition this summer. Pastor Vincent Zidek, O.S.B., is completing plans for the Sacred Heart Annex at the parish, which will be connected to the church building via a walkway. Father Vincent hopes the addition will be completed by late summer or early fall. It will include restrooms and a place where bridal parties can prepare for their weddings. The confessionals in the back of the church will also be re-done and possibly relocated to make way for the new walkway from the annex building. The parish entrance will also receive a new look, with a plaza featuring hand-carved statues of Saint Benedict and Saint Scholastica.

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At Commencement Congressman Tim Murphy was the main speaker and recipient of a Presidential Medal of Honor at the 158th annual commencement of Saint Vincent College on May 8. Foster McCarl, Jr., a noted community service leader from Beaver Falls, was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. At the ceremony 278 students were awarded bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Mr. McCarl has an extensive collection of American coverlets which he and his wife, Muriel, inspired by a love of history, began acquiring in 1959. The McCarl coverlets have been featured in an exhibition at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in Williamsburg, Virginia, and were on exhibit at The Saint Vincent Gallery for commencement. Pictured at the commencement were, from left, Congressman Murphy; James F. Will, College President; Dr. Thomas C. Mans, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer; Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Chancellor, and Mr. McCarl.

Coverlets Exhibited At The Saint Vincent Gallery

Foster and Muriel McCarls’ love of American history led them to begin collecting antiques. They purchased their first coverlet in 1955. Woven coverlets provide particular insight into nineteenth-century American history because they come with their own social history; the name of the weaver, the recipient, the location and the date were often woven into the corner blocks. Coverlets from the McCarls’ collection were recently on display at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum at Colonial Williamsburg and at The Saint Vincent Gallery. Their collection is featured in the book, American Coverlets and Their Weavers: Coverlets from the Collection of Foster and Muriel McCarl, Including a Dictionary of More Than 700 Coverlet Weavers, by Clarita Anderson. The book was published by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. The collection is the largest and most prestigious coverlet collection in the world and represents an important part of the American heritage. 20

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New Schools For Saint Vincent College (Continued from Page 4) The School of Natural Sciences will encompass the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computing and Information Science, Environmental Science, Physics, and Mathematics. It will also include the Environmental Education Center. The School of Humanities and Fine Arts will include the Departments of English, Fine Arts, History, Liberal Arts, Modern and Classical Languages, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. It will also encompass Saint Vincent Gallery and the College’s Stage and Theatre programs. The School of Communication, Education, and Social Sciences combines the Departments of Communication, Education, Psychology and Sociology/ Anthropology. It will also include the pre-college activities of the Pathways to Success Program, The Fred M. Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, and the outreach programs of the Saint Vincent College Prevention Projects. Brother Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., will be “second in command,” explained Mr. Will. In the newly-created position of executive vice president, Brother Norman will continue to supervise athletics and also become Dean of the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computing and Information Science. An associate professor of mathematics who has been on the faculty since 1972, he was formerly senior vice president for student affairs. A native of Cambria County, Brother Norman is a Benedictine monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey who graduated from Saint Vincent Preparatory School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Saint Vincent College. He studied theology at Saint Vincent Seminary and earned a master of arts degree. He received a doctorate in mathematics at Northwestern University. Father Rene M. Kollar, O.S.B., has been named Dean of the School of Humanities and Fine Arts. Currently chair of the History Department and a member of the faculty since 1976, he is a professor of history. Father Rene earned a bachelor of arts degree at Saint Vincent College, a master of divinity degree at Saint Vincent Seminary, and a master of arts and doctorate from the University of Maryland. A Benedictine monk and priest of Saint Vincent Archabbey, he is also a native of Cambria Volume 15, Number 1

County. Father Rene has received numerous awards, including the Saint Vincent Student Faculty Award (1982), the Saint Vincent College Faculty Development Grant (1984-1989, 1993, 1994, 1996), the Saint Vincent Student Government Association Award (1989) and the Saint Vincent College Faculty Award (1992).

He was named to Men of Distinction in 1989 and to Men of Achievement in 1990 by the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England. He was Saint Vincent College’s nominee for CASE Professor of the Year in 1992 and was named to Who’s Who Among American Teachers in 1994 and 2000. He is the author of five books.

Basketball Chaplain Father Brian Boosel, O.S.B., campus minister, is shown with the Saint Vincent College men’s basketball team and coach D.P. Harris in a moment of reflection prior to a game this season. The team went 24-6 during the regular season, and made it to the second round of the NAIA Division II National Tournament.

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Ordination In Brazil On Saturday, December 13, 2003, at 10 a.m., Most Rev. Gilberto Pereira Lopes, Archbishop of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil, ordained Paulo Sérgio Panza, O.S.B., to the priesthood. The ordination took place during Mass celebrated at the Church of Our Lady in Exile, at São Bento Monastery, in Vinhedo. Approximately 400 people attended the ceremony, including Father Paulo’s family and friends, his monastic community, religious from different congregations, and priests from the archdiocese of Campinas and other dioceses. Father Paulo was born in São Manuel, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, on April 21, 1963, to Mario Panza and Josefina Locatelli Panza. His family moved to the city of São Paulo when he was still a child. When he turned 21, Father Paulo felt a call to the Benedictine monastic life and joined the Community of São Bento Monastery in Vinhedo. He became a Benedictine monk on July 11, 1986. Through the years, he served his community in many roles, including sacristan, guest master, kitchen coordinator, director of the Siloé Retreat Center, organist, cantor and assistant master of formation. He studied philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas, and at Saint Vincent Seminary. In the beginning of 2002, Father Paulo was sent to Rome to do studies in the area of formation, so that he would be better prepared to help with the monks in formation at his community. He then completed his theological studies, in preparation for ordination, at Saint Vincent Seminary. He was ordained to the diaconate at Saint Vincent on April 12, 2003. Upon his return to Vinhedo in September 2003, Father Paulo was appointed subprior by Archabbot Douglas. Father Paulo celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving on December 14 at the Monastery Church of Our Lady in Exile. During the Mass, Father Leo P. Rothrauff, O.S.B., Benedictine monk from Saint Vincent Archabbey, who served in Brazil for over 30 years, delivered a homily and recalled Father Paulo’s first years at the monastery. Father Paulo assists Prior Lucas Torrell de Almeida Costa, O.S.B., with the

administration of the monastery and the formation of his confreres. He will celebrate the sacraments at the monastery, and at the various communities that are served by his monastic

community of São Bento monastery; Saint Christopher, Pinheirinho; Resurrection, Bela Vista; Divine Providence Retirement Home; Mercy Hospital, Santa Casa; and the local nursing home, Lar da Caridade.

Attending the ordination were, from left, Father Leo Rothrauff, O.S.B., Father Thomas Acklin, O.S.B., Father Paulo Panza, O.S.B., Prior Lucas Torrell de Almeida Costa, O.S.B., and Abbot Joaquim Zamith, O.S.B.

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Concelebrating priests gather on the altar while Bishop Lawrence Brandt prays following the laying on of hands during the ordination of Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., and Father Anthony Pham, O. Cist., on May 15 in the Archabbey Basilica.

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Brother Boniface Patrick Hicks, O.S.B., was ordained to the priesthood Saturday May 15 in the Archabbey Basilica. He 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 Newman Club. He earned a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2004. He became a Roman Catholic while attending Penn State, where he met Father Fred Byrne, O.S.B., then a campus minister at the University Park campus. Father Boniface then joined the Benedictine community of Saint Vincent Archabbey, making simple profession of vows on July 9, 1999, and solemn profession, or vows for life, on July 10, 2002. Father Fred is now the vocation director for the Archabbey. Also ordained was Father Anthony Pham, O. Cist., who is studying at Saint Vincent Seminary. Volume 15, Number 1

Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., left, Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., Father Anthony Pham, O. Cist., who is studying at Saint Vincent Seminary, and Bishop Lawrence Brandt, prior to the ordination Mass.

Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., during the ordination liturgy.

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The Father Of Snow-Making Talks About Snow At Seven Springs On Saturday, March 12, Father Paul Taylor, O.S.B. (at left in group photo), Dr. John Smetanka (physics) and students involved with the Honors Program at Saint Vincent College were the guests of Saint Vincent College alumnus Herman Dupré at Seven Springs Resort. Mr. Dupré, retired president and board member of Seven Springs Resort, helped pioneer snow-making and holds a number of patents for snow-making technology. Seven Springs Resort remains one of the most efficient snow-making operations in the United States. Mr. Dupré’s company, HKD Technologies, sells its snow-making equipment internationally. Students Matthew Kopchick, Sonya Dunn, Mark Trice and Francisco Hermo enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of the snowmaking operation focusing on the science and engineering involved in the process. A focal point was the environmental science aspects of snow-making: the efficient movement and recycling of water. The Saint Vincent group visited Mr. Dupré’s workshop where a variety of new technologies are being tested.

Ceramic Replica Of Basilica Available A new ceramic replica of the Basilica facade is now available in the Basilica Gift Shop. Retailing for $30 each, the handpainted replicas are produced in Columbia. The ceramic facades are freestanding for placement on a shelf or mantle or they can be hung. The Basilica Gift Shop is located on the first floor of the Saint Vincent Parish Center, adjacent to the Archabbey Basilica.

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Religion And Spirituality Symposium

Penn State Catholic Campus Ministry, staffed by Saint Vincent Benedictine monks, recently held a symposium on the relationship between religion and spirituality. Father Stephen Honeygosky, Ph.D., director of Catholic Campus Ministry at Penn State, organized the conference under the title “Religion and Spirituality: Bridge-Building in the Postmodern World.” In addition to keynoters Father Richard Rohr and Father Carl Arico, presenters included Bishop Anthony Bosco, Sister Roberta Campbell, Ms. Camille DeBlasi, Father Demetrius Dumm, Sister Barbara Fiand, Father Vernon Holtz, Father Stephen Honeygosky and Dr. Arthur Schwartz. The event was sponsored by by the John Templeton Foundation as well as one anonymous grant. Attendees included students and professors, administrators and staff in higher educations, parishes, and diocesan ministry. The purpose of this symposium, according to Father Stephen, “was to repair (perceived) dichotomies in a world in which religion too often presumes spirituality, and spirituality just as often dismisses religion — each taking to the high ground, instead of the plain, where real conversation and communion foster their capability rather than disconnection and mutual exclusion. Today, the church’s youth, adults and ministers have, on the one hand, squeezed out the intellectual

from the emotional and experiential; and, on the other hand, squeezed out the emotional and experiential from the intellectual.” “Our symposium was aimed at responding to the current cultural challenge which increasingly pits the spiritual against the religious, and the realm of the holy against the real world,” he continued. “This tension exists, of course, well beyond the Catholic sphere. The world is especially in need of reintegration.” The keynote addresses, by Fr. Richard Rohr and Fr. Carl Arico, as well as the other nine panel presentations, are available in either CD or VHS — each containing 4 items. Cost is $30 for the 4-CD set (a $50 value) and $50 for the 4-VHS set (an $80 value). They can be ordered from Archabbey Publications, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650-2690, or by visiting Archabbey Publications’ web store at http: //www.stvincentstore.com.

Savannah Restoration Br. Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., a monk of the Archabbey who is studying at the Savannah College of Art and Design, recently helped on a restoration project at St. Mary’s Home in Savannah. The Knights of Columbus sponsored a project to restore the shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes. Volume 15, Number 1

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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 November 16, 2003, to May 10, 2004, include:

IN HONOR OF: ALBINI FAMILY LIVING AND DECEASED Ms. Rose M. Albini REV. WILLIAM A. BEAVER, O.S.B. Barry, Patricia and Gina Beneccio REV. BRIAN D. BOOSEL, O.S.B. Mrs. Ruth E. Stein REV. GILBERT J. BURKE, O.S.B. Mrs. Elaine M. Gowaty Mr. Ronald Sotak Mr. Michael Sotak MEGAN MAY ENIS AND J. C. KOSTYAK Dr. Charles R. Enis REV. AARON J. KRISS Mr. Gary T. Beuke MR. NEIL A. LINDO Ms. Joy Lindo MR. AND MRS. LOUIS SCANGA Mrs. Gertrudann Keddie Tatananni

REV. PAULINUS J. SELLE, O.S.B. Mrs. Catherine Olson

IN MEMORY OF: +REV. ALBERT C. BICKERSTAFF, O.S.B. Mr. David B. Lester Mr. William W. Shearouse, Jr. +MARIANO BUCCILLI Distribution and Logistics Department of Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. +REV. GODFREY F. BURKHARDT, O.S.B. Carl and Charlotte Burlas Sam and Mary Folby Ms. Elizabeth M. Gallagher Fran Gigliotti Ed and Mimi Gromek Rev. William J. Homolak Mr. Stanley J. Kowalsky Sister M. Melanie, O.S.B.M. Mr. and Mrs. William Stumpf +REV. ANTHONY J. BURLAS, O.S.B. Ms. Charlotte A. Burlas +BLASE JOSEPH CARANESE, III Ms. Mary Warzinski +WILLIAM G. COOK Mrs. Cynthia A. Cook +REV. MARION J. EMLING, O.S.B. John and Patricia Donlon +JOHN A. AND SUSAN E. FATORA Rev. Joachim R. Fatora, O.S.B.

Grant Received Saint Vincent College and the Latrobe community were awarded a State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Award to present a special Fire Safety Project in conjunction with National Youth Service Days, held in April. The Fire Safety Project was chosen from more than 850 applicants nationwide to receive the award. National Youth Service Day is a public awareness and education campaign that highlights the contributions young people make to their communities 365 days a year. As part of the project, Saint Vincent students visited classrooms at Christ the Divine Teacher School to teach fire-themed lessons to students in grades K-8. On Friday, April 16, Christ the Divine students walked with volunteers from the Saint Vincent Fire Department and Lloydsville Fire Department to Latrobe’s Hose Company 2 to hear talks about community service by Latrobe Mayor Warren Marckioni and other community members and to go through fire safety exercises. Saint Vincent and Lloydsville firefighters also visited the homes of local seniors and disabled community members to do fire safety checks and install new smoke detectors and batteries as needed. The firefighters presented each community member with a fire safety poster made by an elementary student. Saint Vincent will host periodic community safety checks and work with Christ the Divine on a calendar with winners from the poster contest.

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+MARY FERRY Mr. and Mrs. Anthony J. Pesavento +CHRISTOPHER J. GALLO David Bernot Family Frank and Marilyn Conte Ms. Frances L. Faber Gene and Sylvia Fiorina Marie and Fred Gallo Christina Leporati Paul and Loretta Mills Thomas and Florence Mills Dorothy and Joseph Trentin +STELLA MARIE HENRY Carl and Charlotte Burlas Mr. and Mrs. George H. Krumenacker Miss Dorothy M. Petrosky Whitney Women’s Community Club +RAYMOND HORVATH Miss Irene Horvath +ELSIE V. JIOIO Mr. Frank L. Jioio +REV. GEORGE JURICA Mr. Clement A. Jurica +REV. CLARENCE F. KARAWSKY, O.S.B. Karawsky Sisters +MRS. MARY KNIZNER Ms. Mary Warzinski +ARCHABBOT LEOPOLD J. KRUL, O.S.B. +Mr. Charles J. Kruly and Mrs. Mary Kruly +FRANK L. KUSS Mr. Thomas J. Kuss +REV. CHRISTIAN G. LE FROIS, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. James W. Ambrose Ms. Stella M. Beahan Carl and Charlotte Burlas Mr. and Mrs. Michael H. Cason Mr. Richard T. Conrad Mr. and Mrs. William D. Crosby, Jr. Ms. Kathleen D’Aurora Ms. Celina B. DeVane Jerry and Betsy Edwards Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Fennell, Sr. Ms. Lea Marie Filtz Sam and Mary Folby Mr. J. A. Hernandez Rev. William J. Homolak Mary Ann and Ken Kan Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary Ms. Caroline Kocian Family of Arthur J. LeFrois John and Mary Louth Mr. and Mrs. George A. Marcinko Arthur and Kathleen Nowicki Mr. Paul P. Onderko

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Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. O’Shea Barbara and Ken Stanley Fred and Tommy Thomas Mr. and Mrs. Lawless G. Thornton Ms. Joanna N. Tuzzeo Phillip and Leona Ward +LAWRENCE MARCULAITIS Kevin and Kathy Kovalic +MISS HELEN M. MARTIN Mr. and Mrs. Walter DeArmitt John and Patricia Donlon Mr. and Mrs. William D. Foski Laverne Guinther Kennametal Employees Margie Kraft Mr. and Mrs. James Matthews Gilbert and Loretta Pastor Gilbert and Violet Sulkey +JOSEPH E. PFIESTER, SR. AND FAMILY Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Pfiester, Jr. +REV. EMERIC J. PFIESTER, O.S.B. Mr. Francis X. Abbott +REV. CLAUDE W. POLLAK, O.S.B. Anonymous Larry and Ruth Apone Paul and Luann Barchie Helen Bertoty and Family Peter and Kimberly Bringe Mrs. Annette C. Brownfield Mrs. June K. Campbell Judy and Jesus Cenizal Mrs. Rita B. Daugherty Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Dumm and Family Dan and Eileen Dumm Mrs. Joan T. Dumm Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Dumm John and Carol Durco Mrs. Mary Ann Facetti Mr. James Farabaugh Sam and Mary Folby Pat and Paul Forsyth Fran Gigliotti Mrs. Joseph Glinsky and Family Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Gromek Mrs. Alberta M. Hoffman Rev. William J. Homolak Mrs. Clarissa M. Kirsch Ms. Anna Marie Krumenacker George and Donna Krumenacker Pat and Betty Leslie Chester and Louise Lieb Dorothy Lieb Mark and Janet Lieb Dr. Ronald Lieb Ms. Theresa Lieb Mrs. Doris Belinsky Malloy and Ashley Ann Smithson Volume 15, Number 1

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Mr. Harry McGuire Mr. Vincent T. Mendicino John and Mario Molinaro Mr. and Mrs. James E. Nicholas Ceil and John Pfefferkorn Tim and Nancy Pollak and Family Nora Posteraro Ms. Anne Rashlich Ronald and Shirley Richards William and Norene Rovnak and Family Mr. and Mrs. Gary Sherry Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Shriane Ms. Helen B. Siebert Altar-Rosary Society of St. Bede Parish CCD Students and Teachers of St. Bede Parish St. Bede Men’s Club Mrs. Celine Steinmiller Mrs. Gloria Straub Sally Toth and Family Mrs. Ruth Wendel Mr. Bill Westrick Heidi and Dan Westrick Margaret Witkosky and Family Henry and Mary Zolini Family +JOHN I. PUSHIC Mr. and Mrs. Barry R. Beneccio, Jr. +REV. KIERAN J. RODGERS, O.S.B. Mrs. Trudy Engel Ms. Jean Johnson +PASQUALE RUBINO Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Rubino +WILLIAM W. SHEAROUSE, SR. Mr. William W. Shearouse, Jr. +ANNA MAY TOOLE Mr. John F. Toole, Sr. +OPAL TUCHOLSKI Mary +REV. REMIGIUS B. VEROSTKO, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Donald S. Pawlak +REV. EDWARD WENSTRUP, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Louis Memmi +RICHARD G. WESS Mrs. Danica Wess +STEPHEN YANEK Mr. and Mrs. Michael Robert Racko +PAULINE ZINK Family of Pauline Zink Eleanore and Richard Pearson Judy and Bill Sturdevant Ms. Amy Warzinski Mr. and Mrs. Brian Warzinski Ms. Lisa Warzinski Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Warzinski Ms. Mary Warzinski Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Warzinski

New Book On Wimmer Statue Now Available A new book detailing the history of the statue of Saint Vincent founder Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B., is now available from Archabbey Publications. The statue was one of the crowning achievements in the career of Austrian sculptor Ferdinand Seeboeck. The unpublished essay by Father Blase Strittmatter, who was studying in Rome at the time the statue was made, appears in print in its entirety for the first time. His vivid description of the life of a seminarian in Rome in the late 1920s, and of the methodical work of sculptor Seeboeck, provides a behindthe-scenes look at a memorial which stands as a testament to the evangelization work of the founder of Benedictine monasticism in North America. The cost is $19.17, including shipping and tax. The book is also available online at http: //www.stvincentstore.com.

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Development Corner: Charitable Gift Annuities A MEANINGFUL GIFT WITH A GUARANTEED INCOME Given recent economic uncertainties and the unstable stock market, many Saint Vincent Archabbey supporters are turning to the guaranteed returns of a charitable gift annuity. A charitable gift annuity is a planned giving vehicle that provides a lifetime income, a charitable tax deduction and a way to make a meaningful gift to Saint Vincent Archabbey. Charitable gift annuities typically enjoy a higher rate of return than most conservative investments. Despite this, they are never subject to market fluctuations!

William Malloy Director of Development

ONE LIFE AGE 60 65 70 75 80 85 90

(payment assumes annuity of $10,000) RATE ANNUAL PAYMENT 6% $600 6.3% $630 6.7% $670 7.3% $730 8.3% $830 9.7% $970 11.5% $1150

TWO LIVES AGE 60/60 65/65 70/70 75/75 80/80 85/85 90/90

(payment assumes annuity of $10,000) RATE ANNUAL PAYMENT 5.6% $500 5.8% $580 6.1% $610 6.5% $650 7.1% $710 8.1% $810 9.5% $950

What is a charitable gift annuity? A charitable gift annuity is a contractual arrangement between you and Saint Vincent Archabbey. You make a donation of cash or marketable securities in exchange for a fixed annual payment for the rest of your life. At your death, the remaining value of the gift passes to Saint Vincent Archabbey. The amount of the annual payment depends upon your age at the time the gift is made (see chart). The good news is that the rate is guaranteed, regardless of how long you live or what happens to the economy. What is the minimum gift? For as little as $5,000, you can enjoy the benefits of a charitable gift annuity with Saint Vincent Archabbey. There is no upper limit, and you can establish additional gift annuities whenever you wish. This way, you can take advantage of higher annuity rates as you get older. Several supporters have established multiple annuities with Saint Vincent Archabbey and enjoy the convenience of receiving a single, combined payment at the period of their choosing – quarterly, semiannually, or annually. How do I obtain a free calculation of benefits? If you would like more information on a charitable gift annuity with Saint Vincent Archabbey, please fill out and return the card below or call Bill Malloy at (724)532-6740. It takes only a few minutes to provide the information we need to prepare a personalized gift annuity proposal for you. There is no cost or obligation and your inquiry will be treated in complete confidence.

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Birthdate of Annuitant ______ / ______ / ______ Birthdate of Second Annuitant (if any) ______ / ______ / ______ Proposed Gift Amount ($5000 Minimum) Please Return Card To: Mr. William P. Malloy Director of Development Saint Vincent Archabbey 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650-2690, Phone: 724-532-6740 E-mail: bill.malloy@email.stvincent.edu

Charitable Gift Annuities Offer These Benefits • Fixed Income for Life — a charitable gift annuity provides payments on a quarterly, semi-annual, or annual basis. A portion of the payment is tax-free. • Guaranteed Payments — your payments are backed by the assets of Saint Vincent Archabbey. • Federal Income Tax Charitable Deduction — part of the fair market value of your gift is deductible if you itemize your deductions. • Capital Gains Tax Savings — if the annuity is funded with appreciated securities, no capital gains tax is due at the time a gift annuity is established. A portion of the capital gain on gifts of long-term, appreciated securities is avoided entirely, and the reportable capital gain is spread out over the annuitant’s actual life expectancy at the time of the gift. • Federal Estate Tax Savings — assets used to fund a one-life charitable gift annuity are removed from the donor/annuitant’s taxable estate. In a two-life annuity, only the value of the survivor annuitant’s interest is included. • Personal Satisfaction — by making a gift of lasting significance to Saint Vincent Archabbey you are ensuring that the work of the Benedictine monks can live on for years to come.


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Obituaries

Father Godfrey F.

Burkhardt, O.S.B. Father Godfrey F. Burkhardt, O.S.B., the son of the late Edward and Anna (Harkin) Burkhardt, died on January 1, 2004. He was 85 years old. Father Godfrey was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on October 26, 1918. He is the first born of three brothers, the late Charles Burkhardt and Edward Burkhardt of Baltimore. He attended Fourteen Holy Martyrs Grade School, Baltimore, and is a 1937 graduate of Saint Vincent Preparatory School. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Saint Vincent College in 1942, and a master of arts degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1944. He also received a master of business administration from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, in 1948, and did graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh (1948-1949). In 1948 he became the second priest in the United States to become a certified public accountant. He entered the Benedictine monastic community of Saint Vincent Archabbey in 1939. He made simple profession of vows on July 2, 1940, and made solemn vows on July 11, 1943. He was ordained a priest in Saint Vincent Archabbey Church by the late Hugh C. 30

Boyle, Bishop of Pittsburgh, on November 4, 1945. Father Godfrey served the Archabbey in a variety of administrative positions. At Saint Vincent College he was in charge of the Duplicating Department (19401942); Bookstore manager (1942-1944); co-established the first Maintenance Department (1943); accounting instructor (1944-1963); assistant treasurer (1945-1984); chairman of the Business Administration Department (1952-1965); budget director (1956-1984); accounting and finance professor (1963-1984); fiscal manager (1963-1984) and professor emeritus (1985-2004). He served on evaluation teams for the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Father Godfrey was also a financial counselor for the American-Cassinese Benedictine Congregation (1956-1994). He provided accounting and financial

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LeFrois, O.S.B. Father Christian G. LeFrois, O.S.B., the son of late George and Veronica (Smith) LeFrois, died on January 8, 2004. He was 84 years old. Father Christian was born in Webster, New York, on December 3, 1919. He is one

services to various institutes in America, Brazil, and Italy, and was a consultant to the Archabbot. Father Godfrey was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Institute of Management Accountants (formerly, National Association of Accountants). He was a past member of the board of Wimmer Corporation, Latrobe, and of Saint Vincent College. He was awarded the Alumnus of Distinction Award by Saint Vincent College Alumni Association, and an Honorary Membership for forty years of membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He authored the book Accounting for Parishes, and various articles, including “How to Budget for a Small College,” “From Scriptorium to Computer,” and “Does Fund Accounting Have a Future?” of five children. His brother is Rev. Msgr. Marvin LeFrois of Valdosta, Georgia. His other siblings, Rita LeFrois Conrad, Rev. Vincent LeFrois and Rev. Joseph LeFrois, S.S.J., are deceased. He attended Holy Rosary Grade School and Aquinas High School, both of which are in Rochester; and he was a 1938 graduate of Saint Vincent Preparatory School. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Saint Vincent College in 1943, and a bachelor of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1946. He received a master of education degree in counseling from Our Lady of the Lake University, Texas, (1972), and did graduate studies in counseling at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1973-1975); and Denver University (1974). He entered the Benedictine Monastic Community of Saint Vincent Archabbey in 1940. He made simple profession of vows on July 2, 1941, and solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1944. He was ordained a priest at Saint Vincent Archabbey Church by the late Hugh C. Boyle, Bishop of Pittsburgh, on June 16, 1946. (Continued on Page 31)

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Obituaries Father Christian served the monastic community as a prefect and football coach at Saint Vincent Preparatory School (1943-1946), and as a member of the faculty of Saint Emma Military Academy in Rockcastle, Virginia (19461947). He was parochial vicar at Saint Joseph Church, Shamoken, Pennsylvania (1947-1948); Saint Mary Church, Erie, Pennsylvania (1948-1951); and Blessed Sacrament Church, Greensburg, Pennsylvania (1951-1952). From 1952 to 1973, Father Christian served as a United States Air Force military chaplain. He served at the following bases: Nome, Alaska (1952-1954); Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee (1954-1956); Hickam Air Force Base, Honolulu, Hawaii (1956-1959); Schilling Air Force Base, Salina, Kansas (19591961); Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins, Georgia, where he was chief of procurement and processing of chaplains (1961-1963); Ramstein Air Force Base, Ramstein, Germany (1963-1966); Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Mississippi, (1966-1968); Cam Ranh Bay, South Vietnam (1968-1969); and Kelly Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas (1969-1973). He retired from military service in 1973 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and the following military honors: the United States Army Commendation Medal for extraordinary service to military personnel on radar sites under hazardous conditions, 1953; the Distinguished Unit Award, 1955; Contributor to the outstanding success in troop carrier maneuver in North Carolina and Louisiana, 1955; the Bronze Star for meritorious service while engaged in ground operations against opposing forces in Vietnam, 1970; and the United States Air Force Commendation Ribbon for twenty years of outstanding military service (1973). After leaving the Air Force, Father Christian served as an instructor in psychology and education at Saint Vincent College (1973-1980); a counselor at Lookout Mountain Detention School for Boys in Golden, Colorado (1974); and a Volume 15, Number 1

member of the faculty of Benedictine Military School in Savannah, Georgia (1980-1985). At that time he was also administrator of St. Anne’s Church, Richmond Hill, Georgia. He also served mission parishes in Johnson Bayou and Holly Beach, Louisiana (1985-1989). He was parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Parish, Warner Robins, Georgia (19891991) and Saint Johns Parish in Valdosta, Georgia (1991-1993). In 1993 Father Christian was appointed administrator of Queen of Peace Parish, Lakeland, Georgia, with mission churches in Adel and Nashville, Georgia, as well as two Hispanic Migrant missions in Adel and Twin Lakes, Georgia. He served as administrator of the parish until the onset of illness in the fall of 2003, when he returned to the Archabbey. He also served as chaplain to the Knights of Columbus in Savannah, Georgia, Johnson Bayou, Louisiana, and in Valdosta, Georgia.

Rev. Claude Pollak, O.S.B. The Rev. Claude Pollak, O.S.B., a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, died Monday, February 16, 2004. He was 73

years old. Father Claude was born May 26, 1930 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. He had one sibling, Lenart J. Pollak of Liberty Boro, Pennsylvania. He attended St. Stephen Parochial School and was a 1948 graduate of Saint Vincent Preparatory School. He received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy in 1953 from Saint Vincent College, a master of arts degree in history in 1961 from the University of Pittsburgh and pursued further graduate studies at the University of Chicago from 1960-1963 and 1969-1976. He also studied theology at Saint Vincent Seminary from 1953-1957. Father Claude made simple profession of vows on July 2, 1951, and solemn profession on July 11, 1954, before Archabbot Denis Strittmatter at Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. He was ordained a priest May 26, 1957 by the late Bishop Hugh Lamb of the Diocese of Greensburg at the Archabbey Basilica. Father Claude served as a prefect (1951-1958), coach (1952-1958) and teacher (1956-1958) at Saint Vincent Preparatory School. After pursuing graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Chicago, he served as a missionary in Taiwan (19631969, 1976-1990). While in Taiwan he was a lecturer in the History Department, (1966-1968), associate professor in the Graduate School of History (1976-1990) and director of the Graduate School of History (1977-1986) at Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei. He also served as pastor of Saint Benedict’s Parish in Linkou, Taiwan. Since his return from Taiwan he served as parochial vicar at St. Bruno Church, Greensburg (19901992), pastor of Saint Nicholas Church, Nicktown (1992-2002), and pastor of Queen of the World Church, Saint Marys (2002-2003). In 2003 he was named pastor of St. Marys Church, Forbes Road, and administrator of St. Bede Church, Bovard. He was a member of the St. Bernard Literary Society at Saint Vincent and Phi Alpha Theta at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Saint Vincent Welcomes New Bishop Most Rev. Lawrence E. Brandt, Bishop of Greensburg, was the celebrant and homilist at the Saint Benedict’s Day Mass at the Archabbey Basilica. Bishop Brandt, whose episcopal ordination and installation was held on March 4, was attending his first event at Saint Vincent as the Bishop of Greensburg. He has had a long-standing relationship with the Seminary and Archabbey and is on the Seminary’s Board of Regents. He was recently named to the Saint Vincent College Board of Directors. His grandfather, Giles Andrew Brandt, was one of the builders of the Archabbey Basilica, which was completed in 1905.

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