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Archabbot’s Message Dear Friends, In the time since a “regular issue” of Heart to Heart last reached your mailboxes, much has transpired. Of most significance was the passing of our Holy Father Pope John Paul II and the election of his successor, Pope Benedict XVI. Our newsletter cover honors our new Pope. Here at the Archabbey, we received hundreds of phone calls and letters regarding our special edition of Heart to Heart paying tribute to Pope John Paul II. The response to that publication was received internationally, and this spring, the Foundazione Pro Musica e Arte Sacra (The Foundation for Sacred Music and Art), in Rome asked permission to reprint this Heart to Heart Magazine for distribution at a special memorial concert planned to honor Pope John Paul II. The publication (see illustrations on this page) was translated into German and Italian, and recognized Saint Vincent Archabbey for use of the design, concept and materials. The foundation is directed by Sen. Dr. Hans-Albert Courtial. In 2005 we celebrated the one hundredth anniversary of the Archabbey Basilica, and held a number of events to commemorate this milestone. His Eminence Francis Cardinal Arinze helped us celebrate at a special Mass in July. We also welcomed to our campus Dr. Heinz-Joachim Fischer, a veteran Vatican journalist and the author of the definitive biography, Pope Benedict

Inside This Issue . . .

Archabbot’s Message............. 2 Basilica Anniversary Book...... 3 Archabbey News............. 4, 6, 8 Gallery Exhibit.......................... 5 Benedictine Board............... 5, 7 Paul Whiteside Named............ 7 World Oblate Congress........... 9 Diaconate Ordination.............. 9 Artwork in Show.................... 10 First Vows Professed............ 10 Alumni of Distinction............. 11 Vow Renewal.......................... 11 Coffeehouse Opens............... 12 New Catalogue...................... 12 Solemn Vows......................... 13 Coverlet Collection................ 14

XVI: A Personal Portrait. We’ve welcomed new members into our community, and received the first vows of two monks and the solemn vows of four monks this year. This issue brings us up to date with all of the news from the Archabbey and our missions. With warmest wishes for a blessed Christmas and New Year,

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

Travel Mugs............................ 31 New Ornament....................... 31 Coloring Book........................ 31 Heinz-Joachim Fischer... 32, 40 William Isler............................ 32 Pope’s Monstrance............... 33 Catherine of Siena Series..... 33 Spring Honors........................ 33 Mission to Brazil.................... 34 Newark Trip............................ 34 Vice Chancellor...................... 35 Parish Renewal...................... 35 Jubilarian Mass...................... 35 Tribute Gifts...................... 36, 39 Priest Day............................... 37 Panofsky Book Reprinted . .. 37 Development Corner............. 38 Obituary.................................. 39

White House Speaker............ 15 Paschal Kneip Tribute........... 15 Steelers’ Training Camp...16-17 Military Chaplains.................. 18 Sign of Service....................... 18 Anniversary Mass.............19-20 Cardinal Arinze.................21-22 Two Military Chaplains.......... 22 Sign of Service....................... 23 Archbishop Gregory.............. 23 Archabbot Paul In Book........ 24 Two Enter Novitiate............... 25 Vocations Pilgrimage............ 25 Summer Institute................... 25 Long-Lost Music...............26-27 World Youth Day...............28-30 Oblates................................... 30 Sacristy Woodwork............... 30



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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 Paul R. Whiteside

Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., presents Pope Benedict XVI with a copy of the Saint Vincent Basilica 100th Anniversary Book during a recent trip to Rome.

Pope Benedict Receives Anniversary Book

Director of Archabbey Public Relations/Editor Kimberley A. Metzgar Contributors to this issue: Br. Shawn Anderson, O.S.B. Michael Antonacci Fr. Fred Byrne, O.S.B. Craig Harney Ana Lucia Pereira Rev. Noel H. Rothrauff, O.S.B. Theresa Schwab Vanessa Shepherd Paul R. Whiteside Sarah Yaple Cover photos: L’Osservatore Romano Saint Vincent Archabbey 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, Pennsylvania 15650-2690 724-805-2601

kim.metzgar@email.stvincent.edu

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On September 21, 2005 Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., presented Pope Benedict XVI with a special edition of the Saint Vincent Basilica 100th Anniversary Book. The Archabbot met with Pope Benedict following the General Wednesday Audience. The Holy Father indicated that Saint Benedict had played an important role in

his spiritual formation. The Holy Father remarked that he was aware that Saint Vincent was a very large monastery, and that Cardinal Arinze had given him a report on his visit to Saint Vincent on July 23 for the public celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Dedication of the Basilica.. The Archabbot was also asked to introduce a group of visitors from China to the Holy Father following the General Audience (see photo below). The Archabbot is a member of the International Benedictine Commission on China and has visited China on a number of occasions. The Chinese visitors were in Rome for a meeting of ecumenical leaders.

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News From Around The Archabbey The cover of The Highlander, a supplement to The Blairsville Dispatch, featured the one hundredth anniversary of the Saint Vincent Basilica. Gina DelFavero spoke to both Father Brian Boosel, O.S.B., campus minister, and Father Tom Hart, O.S.B., chairman of the religious studies department at Saint Vincent College. The article also covered the talk of Duncan G. Stroik, assistant professor of architecture at the University of Notre Dame, who spoke on April 11 on “A Building that Teaches.” Stroik is an expert on sacred architecture who has traveled the world to study churches. It was Stroik’s first visit to Saint Vincent. “I was struck by how beautiful it was the closer you got — that’s good architecture,” he told DelFavero. Stroik said the Basilica, while a 20th century interpretation of a Romanesque idiom, is “thoroughly American yet it harkens back to European medium and to the homelands from whence the Benedictines came. I presume they were conscious of reflecting the deep history of the Benedictines in Europe 1,000 years before. “I was fascinated also by the different balconies,” Stroik said. “The choir loft in the back, the two on the sides — I was told they were used to pack in more people when necessary. … It sounds really fabulous. It seems to me this was a church that was made for singing. It’s very solid, tall, giving it a lot of reverberation. … The building’s site is particularly important. You can see it from afar. It’s a beacon, a great symbol for the community, for the college.” “I think it has now become a centerpiece for the Latrobe community because it’s a spiritual and cultural site,” Father Brian said.

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***** The Unity Township Planning Commission approved subdivision and site plans for the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve, which will cover more than 50 acres of ground between Routes 981 and 30 near Saint Vincent College. Earlier this year planners opted to proceed with the project, rather than wait until the relocation of Saint Vincent Drive is completed, probably in 2007 or 2008. Entrance to the reserve will be off Route 981 between Route 30 and Monastery Drive. Once Saint Vincent Drive is relocated, another entrance will be installed from it. A barn on the property will be dismantled and rebuilt in the core area of the reserve in the vicinity of the restored Lochry Blockhouse, a 1780 log structure. Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., serves as one of the board members of the nonprofit corporation. ***** Fr. Cyprian G. Constantine, O.S.B. gave an organ recital at the Church of St. Gregory the Great in Virginia Beach, Virginia, at the invitation of Fr. Mario Fulgenzi, O.S.B., and the Benedictine community of the parish. Fr. Cyprian is academic dean of Saint Vincent Seminary and assistant professor of fine arts at Saint Vincent College. ***** Father Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B., Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Saint Vincent College, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Benedictine Military School in Savannah, Georgia. Father Paul has also been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau. ***** Brother Linus Klucsarits, O.S.B., shared Saint Vincent Gristmill history as a special feature of the first Ligonier Country Market of the season.



***** Father Tom Hart, O.S.B., Chair of the Religious Studies Department, offered a workshop for the permanent deacons and their wives of the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg. The topic was “Scripture and Canonical Criticism: Applications for Ministry and Preaching.” Father Tom gave a workshop on the Gospels to catechists in the Diocese of Little Rock, Arkansas. He was also the keynote speaker at the annual convention for the Harrisburg Diocese Council of Catholic Women, which was devoted to the “Year of the Eucharist.” ***** Father Mark Wenzinger, O.S.B., was invited to participate in a conference sponsored by the journal Communion, near Washington, D.C. The conference, “Love Alone is Credible: Hans Urs von Balthasar as Interpreter of the Catholic Tradition,” was held to mark the centenary of Father von Balthasar’s birth and the completion of the translation into English of the final volume of his philosophical and theological trilogy. Participants and speakers for the conference included a large number of internationally known philosophers and theologians from Europe, Canada and the United Sates. ***** Father Fred Byrne, O.S.B, Vocation Director for Saint Vincent A r c h a b b e y, sponsored a married couples retreat called “Love and Truth” over Valen(Continued on Page 6) Volume 16, Number 2


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Gallery Exhibit Honors Basilica Anniversary An exhibition honoring the centennial of the consecration of Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica was held in September and October at the Saint Vincent Gallery. Titled Domus Dei Domus Ecclesiae: The Saint Vincent Basilica (House of God, House of the Church), the exhibition featured dozens of paintings, drawings, architectural drawings, sacred objects and artifacts that tell the story of the century-old Basilica which was consecrated on Aug. 24, 1905. According to Gallery Director Br. Nathan Cochran, O.S.B., the exhibition featured special objects from the history of the Basilica, and sacred vessels and vestments used over the years during worship. There was a set of vestments that was given by King Ludwig I of Bavaria, an original benefactor and patron of

Saint Vincent. “Because of its elevated setting, the Basilica has long been viewed as an area landmark, and the site is recognized by many in the area as important because it is a house of worship built by the first Benedictine

community in the United States,” Brother Nathan said. Earlier churches stood on the site, and Saint Vincent Parish traces its history to 1790, making it the first Catholic parish in Pennsylvania west of the Allegheny Mountains.

New Board At Benedictine Military School In Savannah By Craig Harney WTOC Operations Manager

Members of the Board of Limited Jurisdiction of Benedictine Military School include: Chairman, Paul P. Hinchey; Vice Chairman, Dennis B. Rooks, ‘60; Secretary/Treasurer, Jeffrey A. Iannone ‘87; Board of Directors, Patrick H. Casey, ‘57; Rev. Robert E. Chaney, 78; Mr. Robert M. Chu, ‘69; J. Marc Friday, ‘78; Joseph M. Gannam, ‘77; Dr. Joseph K. Hogan, ‘82; John E. Jaugstetter, Ph.D., ‘55; Rev. Michael J. Kavanaugh, ‘76; Dempsey Q. Logue, ‘51; Sister Johanna Maguire, R.S.M.; Mary Kathryn H. Moss; Walter B. Murphy, III, ‘71; William Schmitt; William W. Shearouse, Jr., ‘66; Sister Lourdes Sheehan R.S.M.; Kathy Siler; Abbot Placid D. Solari, O.S.B.; Rev. Paul Taylor, O.S.B.; Beverly Watkins, Ph.D.; O.C. Welch III, ‘73; and Dr. Edward J. Whelan III ‘71. In the photo above Archabbot Douglas is in the front row, center; Father Jude Brady is to his left, Abbot Placid is in the front row, right; and Father Paul Taylor is in the back, right.

“I can go to God now.” Father Jude Brady is a Benedictine monk from Saint Vincent Archabbey. He’s also president and prior — head man in charge —of Benedictine Military School in Savannah (also known as B.C.), founded in 1902 by his brother monks of Belmont Abbey, North Carolina. For 103 years the Benedictines have been solely responsible for B.C.—its teachers, its enrollment, its buildings, its educational quality, its mix of the empirical and the immeasurable. But on February 7, 2005, in the cylinder-shaped chapel on Benedictine¹s campus, a document was signed that shares the responsibility for the school — for the first time ever — with a Board of Directors that includes non-clergy community leaders. In his opening remarks Father Jude (Continued on Page 7)

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Archabbey News (Continued from Page 4) tine’s weekend. Among the speakers was Father Tom Acklin, O.S.B., who talked on Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the body and the beauty of married love. ***** Brother Elliott Maloney, O.S.B., received second place in the Scripture category for his book, Jesus’ Urgent Message for Today from the Catholic Press Association. ***** Work is progressing on the Sacred Heart Annex to Saint Benedict Parish, Carrolltown, according to the summer issue of “The Benedictine.” Dan Karlheim, a parishioner, and superintendent with Lawruk Builders, is overseeing construction of the annex. Father Vincent Zidek, O.S.B., is pastor. ***** Father Mark Gruber, O.S.B., professor of ant h r o p o l o g y, traveled to Sarah Lawrence College as an invited guest lecturer to speak about Ethiopian iconography to an African Art Seminar this spring. The seminar studied Father Mark’s Sacrifice in the Desert, a 2003 book from the University Press of America, concerning Coptic Egyptian and Ethiopian culture and cosmology.

“Ascetic Aesthetic,” the master of fine arts thesis project of Brother Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., was exhibited at the May Poetter Gallery in Savannah, the priory at Benedictine Military School in Savannah, and at the Saint Vincent Gristmill Museum. Brother Mark earned his master of fine arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design. The show included ten small paintings with large crocheted frames. Coverage of Father Mark’s new book, Deep Calls Unto Deep: How the Scriptures Challenge Us, appeared in The Latrobe Bulletin following the book’s release. The book is the fifth in a series of books based on his retreat messages. “The value of this book lies in the fact that it turns back to the living biblical record and asks it to seek out the meaning of the text in the contemporary life of the reader,” he was quoted as saying. The book is designed to help readers use sacred scripture to look into their lives. ***** Heart to Heart was accepted into the membership of the Catholic Press Association. ***** The July 14 edition of the St. Marys Daily Press featured the golden jubilee celebration of Father Justin Nolan, O.S.B. ***** Brother Bruno Heisey, O.S.B., has received a certificate from the Medieval Studies Summer School. The school, conducted by the International Summer School of the University of Cambridge, ran from July 31 to August 19. Brother Bruno attended plenary lectures on all



aspects of medieval civilization, as well as special subject classes, in his case on the dissolution of the monasteries in England and the history of illuminated manuscripts. Prior to studying in Cambridge, Brother Bruno visited Ealing Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in western London. ***** F a t h e r Demetrius Dumm, O.S.B., spoke on “Saint John and the Passion Narrative of John’s Gospel” as part of the Saint Vincent Parish Adult Education Committee Lenten Series. Of particular note for this series is his book, A Mystical Portrait of Jesus, New Perspectives on John’s Gospel. ***** Father Thomas Curry, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Parish Parochial Vicar, also gave a presentation during the series with a reflection on “The Man Born Blind.” (Continued on Page 8) Volume 16, Number 2


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Paul R. Whiteside To Head Development Office

Paul. R. Whiteside

Paul R. Whiteside of Pittsburgh has been appointed as Director of Development for Saint Vincent Archabbey and Seminary. He returns to Saint Vincent after completing his undergraduate work at Saint Vincent College in mathematics and psychology in 1982. He also holds a Master’s in Business Administration degree from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh. He has served as Business Manager within the Global Cash Management Department of Mellon Bank, N.A., where he was involved with product development, training programs, marketing programs and sales campaigns. Prior to his past seven years as Business Manager, his twenty-one year career with Mellon Bank also included appointments as Senior Product Manager for Electronic Treasury Products, as Systems Project Manager and as a Programmer Analyst/

Systems Analyst. Mr. Whiteside also previously worked with PPG Industries as a Systems Analyst and with Schneider Consulting Engineers, Pittsburgh, as a Stress Analyst/ Scheduling Engineer. Mr. Whiteside is currently on the Board of Directors of Best Buddies of Western Pennsylvania, and has just been elected to the Alumni Council for Saint Vincent College. His past volunteer work has included being a youth soccer coach for eleven years and treasurer of the Upper St. Clair Athletic Association for five years. Mr. Whiteside also served as a Eucharistic Minister for St. John Capistran Church. He was a dean’s list student at Saint Vincent College, and served as his class president in 1981-1982. He also earned the Highest Achievement/Mathematics Award from Saint Vincent in 1982.

New Board At Benedictine Military School In Savannah (Continued from Page 5) framed the importance of the ceremony: “That signing is not only a legal event, it is a sacred event and it’ll be signed on the Lord’s altar.” Fourteen-hundred years of tradition prefaced the Benedictines’ arrival in Savannah in 1902, where they founded a school with two instructors—one for academics and another for military education. In time the Benedictine presence grew, the student body grew and the monks headquartered on Bull and 34th Street­—then and now the home of Sacred Heart Church—became a self-sustaining community. Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., who heads the Benedictine order at Saint Vincent, paid tribute to the monks of Sacred Heart in his remarks in the chapel, while stressing the continuity of the ministry. “They labored here for nearly 100 years. It is the mission of the Benedictines to carry on ­ not just our mission ­ but the mission of Jesus Christ.” Corish. Welch. Chaney. Hinchey. Murphy. Gathered in the B.C. chapel is the school’s new leadership, an amalgam of business and religious leaders who are assuming responsibility for future generations of BC Cadets. The signing ceremony preceded a Solemn Mass.

Savannah attorney Bill Shearouse prepared the legal documents for signing. Archabbot Douglas and Paul Hinchey, the chairman of the Board, affixed their signatures on the altar as Father Jude instructed. The Archabbot made the new mission clear in his remarks: “Jesus says to His disciples huddled in fear in the upper room ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ This evening we gather as a community of faith to say yes to the Lord. Lord I am willing to be sent by you to give witness in word and deed to the values and teachings which you have given to us. What we celebrate and commit ourselves to is really the mission of Christ: ‘as the Father has sent me so I send you.’” A decrease in the number of Benedictine monks precipitated the change in BC’s governance. Father Jude sees the handwriting on the wall for BC’s next century: “We see that life has dramatically changed in the church and we see now that we need to rely on the expertise and giftedness of lay people.”

Archabbot Douglas cited the mandate of the Second Vatican Council for sharing in the responsibilities of the mission. “God depends on each one of you to use those unique gifts, ­ and those unique talents, which you alone have received from God—to use those gifts for the building of His kingdom here on earth,” he told the group. “We know that there are many voices competing for the hearts and minds of our young people of today. Jesus tells us that we will find happiness only if we are willing to give ourselves in loving service to others. It is a great challenge that we share to make sure the voice of Jesus Christ is heard loudly and clearly by those entrusted to our care ­ of the students of Benedictine.” Sharing that responsibility is a load off of the mind of Father Jude. Since the death of Father Albert Bickerstaff in 2003, Father Jude has worried about how the mission of Benedictine would live on into the future in spite of fewer monks and his own mortality. He looked around at the assembled Board and felt confident that B.C would not just survive but would flourish with all of the new gifts at its disposal. “I can go to God now,” he said.

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Archabbey News (Continued from Page 6) ***** Father Philip M. Kanfush, O.S.B., made a number of presentations on his new book, Renewed Each Morning, Reflections from the Rocking Chair, following its release in early 2005. A book signing and evening of reflections was held at Saint Vincent Parish January 10, and he was also available to meet parishioners and sign books after Masses the weekend of January 15-16. Father Philip signed books following Masses the weekend of February 12-13 at All Saints Parish, Masontown, where he currently is assigned to weekend mission. On March 9, a book signing and evening of reflections was held at Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children, where Father Philip has taught since 2002. He spoke on ways to reflect on spirituality and nature during the fourth annual Westmoreland Earth Day, held April 23 at Saint Vincent College. The following day he celebrated the 10 a.m. and noon Masses at his home parish, Saint Francis Cabrini, Aliquippa, where he presented a program of readings and a book signing after the Masses. Father Philip signed books and celebrated weekend Masses July 2-3 at Saint Benedict Parish, Carrolltown, where he served as a deacon and on weekend mission as a priest. On August 10 he gave a presentation based on Renewed Each Morning to the Friends of the Library organization at the Masontown Library. On August 15, Father Philip celebrated a Maronite Liturgy and explained the Maronite Divine Liturgy and Maronite spirituality at Saints Simon and Jude Roman Catholic Church in Blairsville as a part of the parish’s ongoing 175th anniversary celebration. On October 22 Father Philip offered two programs. In Greensburg he was a presenter to the Spiritual Progress Group of Recovering Alcoholics and

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Addicts, and he gave a second presentation at Saint George Maronite Parish in Uniontown, where he addressed the Rosary Altar Society on propagating Maronite Traditions among youth. Additionally, on December 1, Fr. Philip will offer a collection of Advent reflections based in his book to the Society of Catholic Women, a newly formed women’s group which met at the Sons of Italy Frank Ricco Lodge in Brownsville, Pa. He will be the keynote speaker at the Beaver County Holy Name Society’s annual banquet on April 30. Father Philip will assist the staff at the Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, Pittsburgh, presenting a retreat titled, “Shepherd Me O God” on the weekend of May 57, 2006 He will serve as the lead presentter of a caregivers’ retreat June 23-25, 2006, also at the Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center. This is a new retreat for the parents, caregivers, teachers, support staff, and all those whose lives have been blessed with the gift of a child having special needs. Recognizing that those who have been called to care for a child with exceptionalities are likewise called to walk a unique path to holiness, the retreat seeks to affirm God’s everabiding presence in the lives of those whom He has invited to live or work with His special children. Taken from the Book of Lamentations, the title of the retreat reflects the conviction that the graces necessary to grow in holiness in the face of the challenges such care giving often presents are, in fact, renewed each morning. Early in 2005, Father Philip became licensed as a Reading Specialist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, where he is also a licensed Secondary Social Studies teacher and Special Education Teacher. He is currently completing requirements for additional certifications in the areas of Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Business and Technology Education K-12. This summer Father Philip completed a post-graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Pennsylvania State University, and is currently completing a clinical internship in the field. Father Philip is a doctoral student in Special Education at West Virginia University. ***** Father Aaron Buzzelli, O.S.B., and Father Thomas Curry, O.S.B., were



Father Alphonse Meier, O.S.B., an avid Pittsburgh Steeler fan, was pictured on the front page of The Latrobe Bulletin for his Big “Ben”edictine support of Steelers quarterback Ben Rothlesberger. He was also interviewed by KDKA radio. Saint Vincent, which hosts the Pittsburgh Steelers training camp, showed widespread support for the hometown team during the National Football League playoffs in 2005. pictured in The Latrobe Bulletin with other leaders from area churches during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The program is one of the activities of the Greater Latrobe Ministerial Association. ***** Saint Vincent College presented awards to faculty and students at an Honors Convocation in the Saint Vincent Basilica. Vice Chancellor and President James F. Will presented senior Alex E. Hindman of Clearfield with the President’s Award. The Student Government Association presented an award to Father Brian D. Boosel, O.S.B., Director of Campus Ministry. Father Brian’s work with Campus Ministry at Saint Vincent was featured in articles appearing in Pittsburgh Catholic and other local newspapers for the group’s focus on community service. In his second year with campus ministry Father Brian said he was pleased with the interest of students in putting their faith into practice with the projects, which involve things like collecting donations for victims of flooding. Volume 16, Number 2


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World Congress Held For Oblates In Rome “The Benedictine path speaks to the hunger of today’s spiritual seekers.” The first World Congress for Benedictine Oblates was held at the Salesianum in Rome, Italy, September 19-25, bringing together Benedictine Oblates from countries throughout the world. This first ever event was in recognition of the enormous amount of spiritual energy underway in the Christian world. Benedictine Oblates are men and women of all faiths associated with a particular Benedictine monastery. They become Oblates to enhance their spiritual lives through structured prayer and the application of Benedictine charisms/values. They seek to live lives in harmony with the spirit of St. Benedict as revealed in the Rule of St. Benedict and its contemporary expression. They come from all walks of life: professionals, business men/women and housewives. They represent the varied age groups from college students to the retired. The announcement of the World Congress of Oblates came via letter from Father Luigi Bertocchi, O.S.B., head of the Organizing Committee in Rome, to the participants of the North American Association of Oblate Directors at their August 2003 summer meeting held at St. Benedict’s Abbey in Atchison, Kan-

Rev. Paschal Morlino, O.S.B. sas. Abbot Primate Notker Wolf, O.S.B., in Rome, suggested to the National Council of Italian Benedictine Oblates that they should organize a first World Congress. The North American Association of Benedictine Oblate Directors is a non-profit association whose purpose is to provide ongoing formation for Directors of Oblates and a forum for

Diaconate Ordination

Brother Maurus M. Mount, O.S.B., was ordained to the transitional diaconate September 28 by The Most Reverend Lawrence E. Brandt, Bishop of Greensburg, in the Archabbey Basilica. In the photo above, Bishop Brandt is pictured laying hands on Brother Maurus during the ordination Mass.

discerning needs and issues that arise. Through the Association directors are able to share information regarding their Oblates at the biennial convention and provide clarification and mutual encouragement. A committee of four Oblate Directors was established to formulate the details of the Congress: Father Pascal Morlino, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey, Chair; Father Meinrad Brune, O.S.B., Saint Meinrad’s Archabbey, Saint Meinrad’s, Indiana; Sister Phyllis Hunhoff, O.S.B., Sacred Heart Monastery, Yankton, South Dakota; and Lavern Hayworth, Oblate, Mount Angel, Oregon. The committee met to choose the 60 representative Oblates from the 150 member monasteries in the United States. There has been a dramatic rise in the number of Benedictine Oblates in the United States who attach themselves to a particular monastic community and make a life commitment as a genuine spiritual quest. In a study in the fall of 2003, Brother Edward Vebelun, O.S.B., of Saint John’s Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota, surveyed the Oblate Directors of the North American Association (45 responses from 118 surveys sent). There were three times as many Oblates as professed religious. He found that Benedictine spirituality seems to contain something that yields a rich, and perhaps mysterious, harvest. When asked to name the benefits of oblate life, the directors heard the following articulated by oblates: 87 percent heard “community of support,” 84 percent Benedictine values, 82 percent structured prayer and 80 percent spiritual renewal. There were many other benefits listed as well, including “prayer support,” “purpose to simple tasks,” greater “self-awareness,” a “more serene and centered approach to daily living,” and even “a better appreciation of history and tradition.” Oblates view the monastery as a “spiritual home” or a “place to slow down and recover balance.” He says, “these types of benefits articulate the many and varied ways that non-monastics can take Benedictine spirituality, apply it to their lives, and find spiritual meaning from it.” For more information on the Saint Vincent Oblate Program, contact Father Donald Raila, O.S.B., Oblate Director, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA, 15650-2690.

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Two Monks Make First Profession Of Monastic Vows Two monks made their first profession of monastic vows on July 10 in the Saint Vincent Basilica. Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., received the first vows of Brother Bonaventure Curtis and Father Peter Augustine Pierjok. The two men spent a year learning about the Benedictine order as novices. They will spend the next three years as junior monks, a period of reflection and monastic formation, at which time they can petition for solemn vows, which are a commitment to monastic vows for life. Brother Bonaventure, a native of southern California, was raised in Minneapolis, and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, in 1970, majoring in English and Secondary Education. He taught senior English at Coon Rapids Senior High School for two years before returning to southern California in 1972. After a successful business venture in insurance, he entered Western State University / Thomas Jefferson College of Law, San Diego, in the Fall of 1975 and completed his studies for the Juris Doctorate degree in December of 1977. He was admitted to the State of California Bar Association the following year and practiced law continuously thereafter. In the last 15 years, his practice focused on transactional matters, generally in the entertainment industry. His parents, John and Vera Curtis, are both deceased, but were long-time residents of Coronado, California. His sister, a resident of Los Angeles since 1962, is Loretta Roberson. His wife, Roswitha, originally from Innsbruck, Austria, died in 2000. She was survived by their three daughters, who were raised and continue to live in San Diego: Christina is a fourth grade teacher at Clearview Ele-

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mentary School, Chula Vista; Stephanie Anne is a CPA and senior analysis for the Corky McMillian Companies; and Katherine Rose is a nursing student. As of August 12, 2005, Archabbot Douglas Nowicki, O.S.B. of Saint Vincent assigned Brother Bonaventure to teach Freshman Composition and a business law course at Saint Vincent College. Brother Bonaventure will also work with the Saint Vincent Archabbey Vocation Director and serve as an assistant in the Archabbot’s office, while he engages in full-time pre-theology studies at Saint Vincent Seminary. Father Peter Augustine is the son of the late Harry A. Pierjok, Sr., and Emma L. Pierjok. His sister is Roseanne Pierjok Cross of Rolla, Missouri. He is a 1965 graduate of Nashville Community High School, Nashville, Illinois. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in design from Southern Illinois

University, Carbondale, in 1969, studied philosophy at both Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, and at Saint Vincent College, and earned a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1987. Before entering the Saint Augustine Community in 1983, he had a fifteen and a half year career in sales and marketing, last employed by Do-It Best, Inc., headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana. On April 16, 1987 he made perpetual vows with the Benedictine Community of Saint Augustine, Peoria. He was ordained a deacon on May 23, 1987, and a priest on May 28, 1988 by Bishop Edward W. O’Rourke. He was named associate director of Highwoods Learning Center, Washington, Illinois, in 1986 and director in May of 1988. At that time he was also named associate director of Saint Augustine Manor and Conference Center. In June 1990, Bishop John J. Myers appointed him assistant pastor of Saint Vincent DePaul Parish, Peoria. In 1992 he was appointed pastor of St. Mary Church, Kickapoo, Illinois, and in June of 1999 pastor of St. Jude Church, Peoria. He served as pastor of St. Mary Church, Henry, Illinois; Immaculate Conception Church, Lacon, Illinois; and St. Joseph Church, Henry, Illinois; from June 2003 until June 2004 when he was released by the Diocese of Peoria to pursue a monastic vocation at Saint Vincent Archabbey. Father Peter Augustine completed the novitiate and professed first vows on July 10, 2005.

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Benedictines Among SVC Alumni Of Distinction Five alumni were honored as Alumni of Distinction at the Saint Vincent College Alumni Reunion Weekend Aug. 12 to 14. Honorees included two Benedictines, Reverend Thomas W. Devereux, O.S.B. and Brother Nicholas Koss, O.S.B. Father Tom, a native of St. Marys, has been a member of the Saint Vincent monastic community since 1953. A graduate of Saint Vincent Preparatory School, College and Seminary, he pursued additional graduate studies at Catholic University. He was ordained on May 23, 1959 at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg. A teacher at Saint Vincent Preparatory School and an instructor at Saint Vincent College, he served as dean of students, director of campus safety and as the director of sports and recreational facilitator. He currently serves as director of special events and facilities manager. The founder and producer of The Saint Vincent Theatre, one of the most successful and well-known theatres in the country, Father Tom produced the group’s 37th season this summer. He was presented with the Community Service Award by the Latrobe Area Chamber of Commerce in 1984 and recognized by Tall Cedars of America, Westmoreland Forest No. 77, for help in raising funds for muscular dystrophy. The Saint Vincent Student Government Association presented him with a faculty award and a special award for outstanding contributions to student life.

Rev. Thomas Devereux, O.S.B.

Brother Nicholas Koss, O.S.B.

Father Tom is a member of the National Catholic Theatre Association and the American National Theatre Association. Brother Nicholas is dean of the College of Foreign Languages at Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan. A native of Beaver, he graduated from Saint Vincent College in 1966 and was assigned to the Wimmer Priory in Taipei, Taiwan. The Priory had been established to have monks from Saint Vincent Archabbey assist with the teaching at Fu Jen Catholic University, which had originally been founded in Peking, but later was

re-founded in Taiwan. In 1969 Brother Nicholas returned to Saint Vincent to study theology and later began doctoral studies at Indiana University in Bloomington where he was awarded a doctorate in comparative literature in 1980. A year later he returned to Taiwan to begin teaching in the English Department at Fu Jen where in the fall of 2001 he was named to his current position. His publications include The Best and Fairest Land: Medieval Images of China, and a variety of articles on comparative literature and translations for The Chinese Pen. For many years Brother Nicholas has arranged student and faculty exchanges between Saint Vincent and Fu Jen. In 1998 he arranged for the first group of Fu Jen English Department students to spend a semester studying at Saint Vincent, and a year later he helped set up the annual Saint Vincent East Asia Study Tour which takes students to Taiwan and Japan. In 2001 he helped with the negotiations for the first faculty exchange between Saint Vincent and Fu Jen. Active in Benedictine affairs, Brother Nicholas helped establish the association of Benedictine superiors in East Asia and serves on the international board of this organization. He also participated in the establishment of the Benedictine Commission on China, for which he has served as executive secretary since its beginning.

Renewal of Vows

Renewing vows this summer before Archabbot Douglas were junior monks, from left, Brother Michael Gabler, O.S.B., Brother Fernando Lanas, O.S.B., Brother Linus Klucsarits, O.S.B., and Brother Matthias Martinez, O.S.B.

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Coffeehouse Opens at Gristmill By Vanessa Shepherd Located on the ground floor of the 150-year-old Saint Vincent Gristmill is the Gristmill Coffeehouse. Now open to the public, the coffeehouse has been a project of a recent college graduate, as well as members of the Benedictine community at Saint Vincent. Designed by graduate Francisco Hermo, a native of Spain who grew up in the Ironbound section of Newark, New Jersey, the coffeehouse is a place students and residents from around

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the area use and enjoy. The coffeehouse aspires to “give future Saint Vincent students, who may one day want to open up their own business, experience first hand what it really takes to run a business,” Hermo said. Just as the coffeehouse was created by a student, its management and personnel are also student oriented. Hermo, whose major was history, with a minor in fine arts, plans to use this project as part of his portfolio for graduate school, where he hopes to study architecture. “I basically took this project day by day, problem by problem, and option by option,” explained Hermo, who is a 2001 graduate of Saint Benedict’s Prep in Newark. His family now lives in North Arlington, N.J. “The budget was minimal, so we all had to come up with ideas to bring the space to life,” Hermo said. “We found furniture made by monks from Saint Vincent Archabbey,” correlating the shop’s décor to reflect the Gristmill’s history of Benedictine monasticism. Antiquity and great coffee are not the only appeals of the coffeehouse; technology intertwines as free highspeed internet connections are also provided to customers, bringing the cyber-café to the area. Technology is also applied to the coffee-making. To get advice on the coffee-making equipment, T.J. Fairchild, owner of Commonplace Coffeehouse in Indiana, Pa., was consulted, and the decision was made to purchase a Pasquini M 27 espresso machine manufactured by La Cimbali in Italy. The machine is a “two-group” machine, and is one of the finest, most durable Italian espresso makers. “We wanted to do it the old-fashioned way, no pressing a button and coffee comes out,” said Hermo, who attests “our baristas have to know what a good espresso is all about.” Since the Gristmill is more than 150 years old, plumbing, painting, and electrical work needed to be done to the structure’s basement. “As an effort to bring costs down, we wanted to do as much in-house work as we could. One of these ways was to bring Brother Joseph Adams in and have him do the electrical work,” said Hermo.

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Brother Joseph, a member of the Saint Vincent facilities maintenance, had just received electrical training from Triangle Tech before the Gristmill project. Timing was opportune for Brother Joseph as the Gristmill Coffeehouse provided him his first solo electrical project. “The electrical work took about seven, eight-hour days,” Brother Joseph said. The electrical part of the project went smoothly for Adams, “and the lights look great,” complimented Hermo. Just the beginning of a newly-found legacy in the Saint Vincent Community, the Gristmill Coffeehouse plans to keep growing as it looks toward the future. The Saint Vincent community invites the public to visit the Gristmill to learn about the Gristmill, and to enjoy its surroundings, and drink a great cup of espresso.” The coffeehouse is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. The entrance is located in the lower level of the Gristmill. Contact the coffee shop for further information at 724-537-0304. Volume 16, Number 2


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Four Profess Solemn Vows Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., received the solemn vows of four Benedictines on Tuesday, July 11, during Mass at the Archabbey Basilica. After spending one year as novices and three years as junior monks—a period of reflection and monastic formation— Benedictine brothers may petition for solemn vows, which are a commitment to monastic vows for life. Making their professions were Brother Benoit Alloggia, O.S.B., of Noiseau, France; Brother Shawn M. Anderson of Clearfield; Brother Daniel J. Heisey of Mechanicsburg and Brother Maurus Mount of Indialantic, Florida. Brother Benoit is the son of Dante Alloggia and Margueritte Rabette of Noiseau, France. He is a 1986 graduate of St. Jean Baptiste de le Salle High School in France. He earned a degree in philosophy from St. Thomas Pontifical University in Rome in 1991 and a degree in nursing in 1995 from the school of nursing in Rieti, Italy. His siblings are Pierre of Paris, France; Samuel of Jamaica; Sebastien of Paris; Jean Baptiste of Noiseau, France, and Claire of Paris. He entered the novitiate at Saint Vincent Archabbey in July of 2001, and made his first vows on July 10,

Archabbot Douglas leads a prayer during the Solemn Vows Mass.

Professing Solemn Vows in 2005 were, from left, Brother Bruno Heisey, O.S.B., Brother Maurus Mount, O.S.B., Brother Benoit Alloggia, O.S.B., and Brother Shawn Matthew Anderson, O.S.B. 2002. In 2002-2003 he served on the staff of the monastery infirmary and an assistant in the Vocation Office. He completed graduate studies at Middlebury College in Vermont in 2004. In 2004, he was named Socius of Novices at Saint Vincent Archabbey. He was appointed to the Saint Vincent College Faculty in 2004. Brother Shawn Matthew is the son of Colleen L. Anderson of Clearfield, Pennsylvania, and the late James C. Anderson. He is a 1987 graduate of Clearfield Area High School. He received a bachelor of science in pharmacy degree from Duquesne University in 1992 and has studied philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is currently enrolled in the third year of theological studies in Saint Vincent Seminary. His sister, Mary (Anderson) Hansen and her husband Darrek are currently serving in the Peace Corps in Mauritania, Africa. He entered the novitiate at Saint Vincent Archabbey in July of 2001 and made his first vows on July 10, 2002. He currently serves as an assistant in the Archabbey Vocation Office, a teaching assistant in the Saint Vincent College Biology Department and as the monastery bread baker. Brother Bruno is the son of Jacob L. and Ina H. Heisey of Mechanicsburg, and brother of the late Bradford T. Heisey. He is a 1984 graduate of Cumberland Valley High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in Latin and history from Dickinson College in

1988. He is former Deputy Recorder of Deeds for Cumberland County. He entered the novitiate at Saint Vincent Archabbey in July of 2001, and made his first vows on July 10, 2002. He made solemn profession of vows on July 11, 2005. In 2003 he served as assistant director of Archabbey Publications and was made assistant to the rare book librarian at Saint Vincent Library. In 2004, he earned the master of arts degree in monastic studies from Saint Vincent Seminary and was named assistant curator of the Archabbey Coin Collection and Stamp Collection. He is also an assistant in the Archabbot’s Office. Brother Maurus is the son of Frank E. and Alina M. Mount of Indialantic, Florida. He is a 1996 graduate of Melbourne High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in classical languages from Marquette University in 2000. His brother is Michael C. Mount, who is presently serving in the United States Navy in Jacksonville, Florida. He entered the novitiate at Saint Vincent Archabbey in July of 2001, and made his first vows on July 10, 2002. In 2002 he was named assistant guestmaster and assistant master of ceremonies/sacristan. In 2004 he was named manager of the Basilica Gift Shop. He is currently serving his deacon internship at Saint Benedict Parish in Carrolltown, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.

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McCarl Coverlet Collection Finds Home At Saint Vincent

With a display of antique coverlets behind them at the press conference annoucing the donation to Saint Vincent are, from left, Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B.,Muriel and Foster McCarl, Saint Vincent College President James F. Will and sons Brian and Shawn McCarl. sures of American history,” commented me, ‘why coverlets?’ My response was By Theresa Schwab Saint Vincent Archabbot and Chancellor ‘Where else you can find an item that A $1 million gift from Foster and Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. “For many has the name of the weaver who creMuriel McCarl will enable the couple’s years, the McCarl family has carefully ated it by hand, the name of the person prized collection of antique American acquired and preserved this valuable it was woven for, the date and the comcoverlets to have a permanent home at collection which many people will now munity where the work was completed? Saint Vincent College, it was announced be able to enjoy as a splendid example When you have a coverlet with all this October 21. The Beaver Falls couple of America’s tradition of craftsman- information, you have found an indisputable piece of American history.’” will convey a collection of over 300 cov- ship.” Brian McCarl, one of four sons of the These 19th century bed coverlets, erlets to the college along with funds for the care and preservation of one of McCarls, has recently managed the col- which are woven with intricate patterns the premier coverlet collections in the lection for his parents, and spoke for the in vibrant colors of red, blue, white and country. Selections from the collection family at the announcement. In making green, were woven almost exclusively will be permanently displayed at Saint the presentation to Saint Vincent, Brian by professional male weavers, usually in Vincent on a rotating basis with informa- McCarl said, “After careful consider- the Middle Atlantic states and the Midtion about their history and significance. ation, we decided that Saint Vincent west, and were affordable enough for Special exhibitions of the collection will would be the best home for what we middle-class, rural Americans. believe is a very special collection which Described as “figured and fancy,” also be shown from time to time. “We appreciate the generosity of the we have enjoyed for many, many years. these coverlets were most popular McCarl family in sharing these trea- We are confident that Saint Vincent, with between 1824 and the Civil War, and its demonstrated respect for history, will reflected the Victorian sensibilities of be a good steward in preserving, pro- the time offering intricate designs with tecting and educating the public about a wealth of flowers, trees and popular this collection.” patriotic emblems. Usually woven from Archabbot Douglas credited the late a blend of cotton and wool, the coverlets Father Joseph R. Lemp of the Diocese were often commissioned for particular of Pittsburgh, a judge in the tribunal occasions such as a marriage or birth. office and pastor of Queen of Heaven The names of the weaver and recipient, Parish, Koppel-Wampum, for introduc- as well as the location and date, were ing the McCarl family to Saint Vincent often woven into the corner blocks. With College three years ago. Father Lemp that information, coverlets help tell the was an alumnus of Saint Vincent and a stories of the people who made and great friend of the McCarls. used them, and serve as a springboard The McCarls bought their first two to studying craftsmanship and history. coverlets in August 1959 in Ephrata, In the fall of 2004, Saint Vincent ColFather Rene Kollar, O.S.B., Dean of Pennsylvania; three months later they lege hosted an exhibition in its Saint the School of Humanities and Fine Arts bought five more coverlets, and the Vincent Gallery, “Woven Into History: at Saint Vincent College, talks about the collection was begun. Mr. McCarl has American Coverlets from the Collection historic importance of the coverlet collec- written about his special interest in of Foster and Muriel McCarl,” featuring these historic items. “Someone asked ten coverlets from the collection. tion. 14

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White House Director Speaks At Annual Red Mass The Honorable Jim Towey, Assistant to the President of the United States and Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, was the keynote speaker at the thirty-eighth annual Red Mass, held Friday, September 30, in the Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. The Most Rev. Lawrence E. Brandt, J.C.D., Ph.D., was the principal celebrant. Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., concelebrated and gave the homily. The Red Mass is sponsored by the Diocese of Greensburg and Saint Vincent Archabbey, Seminary and College. Jim Towey was appointed in 2002 by President Bush to lead the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. He also advises him on church-state issues, and reports directly to the President. Prior to his current work at the White House, Mr. Towey spent ten years as a senior advisor to Republican U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield and Democratic Governor Lawton Chiles, serving the latter as secretary of Florida’s health and social

Jim Towey, Assistant to the President of the United States and Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives gives the keynote address during the Red Mass. services agency and its 40,000 employees. After leaving state government he created a planning document called “Five Wishes” that today helps millions of families maintain human dignity at the end of life. Mr. Towey’s work in support of those in need has led to numerous honors, including an honorary doctorate from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2004. In April of 2000, Mr. Towey received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Papal Cross Award from Pope John Paul II. Most significant in Mr. Towey’s life,

however, was his work and friendship with Mother Teresa of Calcutta. He met Mother Teresa in 1985 and went on to serve as her legal counsel for 12 years. Mr. Towey lived for a year in Mexico in one of Mother Teresa’s missions and in 1990 worked full-time in her Washington, D.C., home for persons with AIDS. He had the privilege to travel occasionally with Mother Teresa and see firsthand her faith and compassion in action. Mr. Towey and his wife, Mary, have five children—Jamie, Joseph, Maximilian, John and Marie Therese.

Scholarship Honors Father Paschal Kneip

Saint Vincent Archabbey continues to receive contributions to the newlyestablished The Reverend Paschal N.

Kneip, O.S.B., Scholarship Fund. Subtitled “Priests for the Future,” the fund pays tribute to Fr. Paschal’s dedication to the service of Christ and His people. For nearly 20 years, Father Paschal served as the Pastor of Saint Gregory Parish in Virginia Beach. His commitment to the pastoral needs of the people resulted in a tremendous expanse of the Catholic school and religious education programs, along with a variety of catechetical programs for children, youth and adults. The parish consists of people from a wide range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Because of the great spirit of hospitality which is so much a part of the life and personality of Father Paschal, everyone who came to the parish found a welcoming home for spiritual growth. The construction of new buildings to meet the needs of a growing faith community along with the creation of programs and services to meet the

educational, spiritual, emotional, social and physical needs of those entrusted to his care all became a reality because of his heartfelt dedication to his call to serve Christ as a priest. The Scholarship Fund Committee is co-chaired by Father Mario Fulgenzi, O.S.B., Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., and Mark Garcea. Committee members for the Scholarship Fund include Paul Erny, Daniel Haase, Neil Kellum, Ana Mascarinas, Thomas McAndrews, Dee Pauls, Marge Redifer, Anthony Rossi, Thomas Spivak, Cahtryn Whisman and Brian Winfield. To pay tribute to Fr. Paschal and to help Saint Vincent Archabbey educate more priests like him, please contact Director of Development Paul Whiteside 724532-6740; E-mail: paul.whiteside@ email.stvincent.edu. To donate online visit www.stvincentstore.com.

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Saint Vincent Welcomes Pittsburgh Steelers “Saint Vincent the rite place for Steelers” was the headline in the August 13 edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Ann Rodgers’ feature focused on the relationship between the monks and the Pittsburgh football team, noting that “each August they become men of black-and-gold, when Saint Vincent assumes its role as the only monastery to host an NFL training camp.” Saint Vincent was named as the best training camp for fans in the National Football League by Sports Illustrated, something Rodgers noted was due largely to the Benedictines’ hospitality. Terry Bradshaw, the quarterback of four Super Bowl champion teams, returned to campus the day Rodgers visited, and recalled taking refuge in the Basilica in rough times, as well as the hospitality of the Benedictine nuns who once staffed the college kitchens. Rodgers also noted that, when the Steelers made the playoffs at the end of the 2004-2005 season, Rev. Alphonse Meier, O.S.B., 82, sported a huge gold “7” on his cassock and took on a new nickname, “Big Ben-edictine.” Along with Coach Bill Cowher, opposite page, Steelers pictured include #80 Cedrick Wilson and #43 Troy Polamalu, #73 Kendall Simmons, and kicker Jeff Reed. Signing autographs at the Steelers’ Experience is Jerome Bettis, while quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, above left, greets fans following practice. (Kim Metzgar photos) Volume 16, Number 2

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Psalm Recited For Soldiers’ Protection During World War II, a British Regiment prayed Psalm 91, for “Security Under God’s Protection,” something which was resurrected during Operation Desert Storm and subsequent military operations. Father Lee notes that many monks at the Archabbey pray the psalm daily, as do he and many of the soldiers he is stationed with:

Father Lee Yoakam, O.S.B.

Father Frank Ziemkiewicz, O.S.B.

Two Benedictines Serving As Military Chaplains In Middle East Two Benedictines from Saint Vincent Archabbey are currently serving as military chaplains in the Middle East. Father Lee Yoakam, O.S.B., is on his second deployment, serving as deputy brigade chaplain with an infantry unit in Iraq. Father Frank Ziemkiewicz, O.S.B., is on his first deployment. Father Lee served previously with the 339th medical unit in its combat support hospital in Afghanistan. Now he is deputy brigade chaplain with an infantry unit which falls under the third infantry division of Fort Stewart, Georgia, 48th Brigade National Guard Unit. Following a brief return to the Archabbey after he got back from Afghanistan, he was stationed at Fort Stewart in 2003. While there he was a deputy garrison chaplain, and served as pastor at the post chapel at Hunter Army Airfield. While in Georgia, his duties included anything which would occur in a normal parish setting, such as officiating at weddings, funerals and baptisms. Prior to his deployment he had two weeks of desert training at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California, in April. Father Lee reported that there are only one hundred Catholic chaplains in the entire active duty army, so the need for this work is great. Father Lee is the only U.S. Catholic Chaplain in the unit. He has been in the military for twenty-one years, and has the rank of Lt. Col. C.H. MAJ Lee Yo-

akam. Father Frank is serving in Afghanistan with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Father Frank was ordained a priest in 1984, and has served as director of the physical plant at Saint Vincent (19841994) and Dean of Students (19941999). In 1999 he was named pastor of St. Marys Parish, St. Marys, Pennsylvania, where he was also superior of the Benedictine Priory in St. Marys until his deployment. He was commissioned in the Army (engineering branch) in 1971 and was on active duty in Germany from 1972 to 1974 and at Fort Stewart, Georgia, from 1975 to 1978. He is currently a chaplain in the U.S. Army Reserves with the rank of Colonel. “In my heart I believe I’m doing what I should be doing,” Father Lee noted. “Boniface Wimmer was doing missionary work to meet the needs our Catholics. I like to believe I’m doing something similiar with the coalition soldiers.” Contact information for the chaplains is as follows: Fr. Frank Ziemkiewicz HHC, 173rd ABN BDE/Chaplain APO AE 09355 CH (LTC) Lee Yoakam HHC, 48th BCT APO AE 09372

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You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, Say to the Lord, “My refuge and fortress, my God in whom I trust.” God will rescue you from the fowler’s snare, from the destroying plague, Will shelter you with pinions, spread wings that you may take refuge; God’s faithfulness is a protecting shield. You shall not fear the terror of the night nor the arrow that flies by day, Nor the pestilence that roams in darkness, nor the plague that ravages at noon. Though a thousand fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, near you it shall not come. You need simply watch, the punishment of the wicked you will see. You have the Lord for your refuge; you have made the Most High your stronghold. No evil shall befall you, no affliction come near your tent. For God commands the angels to guard you in all your ways. With their hands they shall support you, lest you strike your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the asp and the viper, trample the lion and the dragon. Whoever clings to me I will deliver; whoever knows my name I will set on high. All who call upon me I will answer; I will be with them in distress; I will deliver them and give them honor. With length of days I will satisfy them and show them my saving power.

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A Sign of Service By Vanessa Shepherd If you know Brother Linus Klucsarits, O.S.B., manager of the Gristmill General Store, you may recently have noticed him on the altar at the Saint Vincent Basilica 9:30 a.m. Sunday Masses. He stands between the altar and the lector during the entire Mass, making him visible to the majority of the congregation. He is providing his skills in American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation to interpret Mass for the deaf community in the area. Brother Linus, native of Allentown, and graduate of Allentown Central Catholic, began signing in 1984 “very much by accident.” A friend of Brother Linus requested him as a partner for their Thursday apostolate at the Archbishop Ryan School for the Deaf in Philadelphia. From this point on, Brother Linus found a calling serving the deaf and hard of hearing community. After receiving his bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Saint Charles Seminary in 1987, Brother Linus went on to the only school in the world where a master’s degree in sign language is offered, Gallaudet University. He then earned certification in transliteration and interpretation with the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Once out of school, Brother Linus worked as a freelance interpreter in Philadelphia and South Jersey. He interpreted in the court system, in hospitals, and in schools. In addition, he has interpreted for many other events – from a speech for President Bill Clinton to the birth of a baby. “I had the honor of interpreting for President Clinton in 1994 when he visited Philadelphia,” Brother Linus said. As if interpreting for the president was not stressful enough, “to add to the tension, the White House told us we could not have the speech ahead of time. I was interpreting with another interpreter and she and I had to listen carefully and do the best we could.” “I also interpreted for the birth of the baby within a few months of interpreting for the president,” he continued. He was on call at the local hospital when he got a late night phone call to assist

Br. Linus Klucsarits, O.S.B., interprets the Solemn Vows Mass at the Archabbey Basilica in July. in the Labor and Delivery Department. No female interpreters were available. I was happy to provide that service and the mother told me that she really felt more comfortable having an interpreter present.” In addition to his work experience, Brother Linus also served as a coordinator for the interpretation education program at the Camden County College, N.J., for ten years. When asked what his favorite part of interpreting for the deaf and hard of hearing is, Brother Linus said, “I don’t know if I can pick one.” He said he enjoys the challenge of relaying information from one language to another—English and ASL. Second, “If I do my job well, it makes someone’s life better.” Brother Linus arrived at the Saint Vincent Archabbey in July of 2003, and has a full slate of monastic and seminary studies. With the blessing of Father Meinrad Lawson, O.S.B., Pastor of Saint Vincent Parish, the opportunity to interpret the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass came to fruition this year. When asked if the Mass is difficult to interpret, Brother Linus said usually it is not since the same prayers are used consistently. “Sometimes the homily and the hymns are difficult to interpret,” he admits, but typically, he has no problems interpreting for the Saint Vincent community and really enjoys his work.

The deaf community is welcome to come and celebrate the 9:30 a.m. Mass on Sundays at the Saint Vincent Basilica, he added. This growing program hopes to serve more members of the community, and provide an experience for them that is not readily available elsewhere.

Archbishop To Celebrate Mass Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, will be the homilist for the Mass celebrating the Feast of Saint Benedict on Tuesday, March 21, 2006.

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Cardinal Arinze Celebrates Basilica Anniversary His Eminence Francis Cardinal Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in the Roman Curia, was the principal celebrant and homilist at a Mass at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 23, celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of the Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. The Most Rev. Lawrence E. Brandt, Bishop of Greensburg, participated in the Eucharistic Celebration along with The Most Rev. Donald W. Wuerl, Bishop of Pittsburgh; The Most Rev. Donald W. Trautman, Bishop of Erie; The Most Rev. Joseph V. Adamec, Bishop of AltoonaJohnstown; The Most Rev. Roger J. Foys, Bishop of Covington, The Most Rev. R. Daniel Conlon, Bishop of Steubenville; Saint Vincent Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., and retired Saint Vincent Archabbot Paul R. Maher, O.S.B. Cardinal Arinze was one of the principal advisors to Pope John Paul II, under whom he served as President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue from 1985 until October 1, 2002, when he was named Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and

the Discipline of the Sacraments. On April 25, 2005, Pope Benedict XVI further honored Cardinal Arinze by elevating him to the rank of Cardinal Bishop of Velletri-Segni, replacing Pope Benedict himself in that titular See. Born in Eziowelle, Anambra, Nigeria, Cardinal Arinze became the youngest bishop in the world at the age of thirtytwo. He was baptized at the age of nine by Father Michael Tansi, who was beatified by John Paul II in 1998. At the age of 15, he entered All Hallows Seminary Ognissanti of Nuewi from which he graduated in 1950. In 1955, he went to Rome to study theology at the Pontifical Urban University. On November 23, 1958, at the chapel of the university, Arinze was ordained to the priesthood. From 1961 to 1962, Cardinal Arinze was professor of liturgy, logic and basic philosophy at Bigard Memorial Seminary. From there he was appointed regional secretary for Catholic education for the eastern part of Nigeria. Eventually, he was sent to London, where he attended the Institute of Pedagogy and graduated in 1964. On July 6, 1965, Cardinal Arinze was appointed to the titular church of Fissiana in Nige-

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ria and named coadjutor to the Archbishop of Onitsha. Cardinal Arinze was consecrated Bishop on August 29, 1965. Only two years later, he was asked to take over the pastoral care of the archdiocese and on June 26, 1967 he was named Archbishop. In 1979, his peers elected him President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria where he served until 1984. Cardinal Arinze’s last visit to Saint Vincent was in April of 2000, when he dedicated the new bell towers at the Archabbey Basilica. Saint Vincent Archabbey Publications is currently working with Cardinal Arinze to reprint his writings on Divine Providence, initially published in 2002 in the Diocese of Onitsha, Nigeria. Updates on this project will appear in a subsequent edition of Heart to Heart. Persons interested in ordering a copy can also check the Saint Vincent online store at www.stvincentstore.com once it is published.

Photo Captions: Anniversary Mass photos from the previous pages, clockwise, from top, left: • From left, Retired Saint Vincent Archabbot Paul R. Maher, O.S.B.; The Most Rev. Anthony G. Bosco, Bishop Emeritus of Greensburg; The Most Rev. Roger Foys, Bishop of Covington, Kentucky; The Most Rev. Donald W. Wuerl, Bishop of Pittsburgh; The Most Rev. Lawrence E. Brandt, Bishop of Greensburg. • Cardinal Arinze during the Liturgy. • From left, The Most Rev. Donald Trautman, Bishop of Erie; The Most Rev. Joseph V. Adamec, Bishop of AltoonaJohnstown; The Most Rev. R. Daniel Conlon, Bishop of Steubenville; Saint Vincent Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. • Bishop Brandt addresses parishioners during the Mass. • Parishioners are interviewed by a Pittsburgh television station following Mass. • His Eminence, Francis Cardinal Arinze, is flanked by Deacon Joseph Carr of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and Rev. Meinrad J. Lawson, O.S.B., Pastor. • Cardinal Arinze joined Archabbot Douglas in greeting parishioners following the Mass. • In the background photo, Cardinal Arinze gives the homily. Volume 16, Number 2


Francis Cardinal Arinze Roman Curia Cardinal Francis Arinze is one of the most profound teachers in the Church today. Warm. Humorous. Faithful. In love with the Church and its Founder. He is well known around the world for his clear teachings on the Catholic Faith. Even young adults and children find him engaging, clear, and compelling. Such a gift for communication served the Cardinal well in his many years of work as president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue. Now as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Arinze oversees the universal Church’s public worship of God and the sanctification of His people through the proper celebration of Mass and of all the Sacraments. Cardinal Arinze was born in 1932 in Onitsha, Nigeria, from a family of African traditional religion. He was baptized Catholic at the age of 9. “God’s grace works in ways we do not understand,” he says, recalling his childhood. “I was very impressed by that parish priest who baptized me, and after watching him for a long time, I felt the desire of becoming myself a priest.” (That parish priest is now Blessed Cyprian Tansi.) From that moment on, his path was the one indicated by Christ. He entered the seminary at the age of 13, was ordained a priest in 1958 and a bishop in 1965. As an experienced leader in the Church and a man rooted in his Nigerian background, he understands the spiritual attack on the family, the importance of the parish, the potential of the laity, and the art of evangelization. His Eminence is also a leading television personality in the United States and throughout the world. Cardinal Arinze has visited Catholic Familyland in Bloomingdale, Ohio, and has been coming to its centers annually since 1986. He has produced over 1,700 teaching programs with Jerry Coniker, co-founder with his wife Gwen of Catholic Familyland and Familyland Television Network, which are ministries of the Apostolate for Family Consecration. These timeless and inspiring programs on the Faith are also available for use in homes, schools, parishes and prayer groups. They cover such topics as Vatican II documents, Scripture, and Pope John II’s recent encyclical on the Eucharist. See below for a more complete list.

Commentaries by Francis Cardinal Arinze

His Eminence was an actual attendee of the Second Vatican Council. On the “Inside Vatican II” series, he takes you through each of the main documents of the Council, section by section and clears up the misconceptions about Vatican II and the Church. Cardinal Arinze also brings the Gospels closer to your heart while you laugh and learn with him as he clearly explains the Church’s tradition and teachings on the events, parables, and sermons of Jesus. He has done a number of shows on papal documents, as well, and on his classic book Alone with God. Papal Documents and Vatican Instructions

Inside Vatican II Series

The Eucharist in It’s Relationship to the Church Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Ecclesia de Eucharistia) (Lumen Gentium) 5 DVDs, 9 CDs or 14 VHS #1007-76 12 Audio Tapes or 12 VHS #1010-35 The Sacrament of Redemption (Redemptionis Sacramentum) Pastoral Constitution on the Church 3 DVDs or 6 CDs #1021-02 in the Modern World (Gaudium et spes) Revision of Indulgences 8 Audio Tapes or 8 VHS #1010-75 3 Audio Tapes or 3 VHS #1010-92 The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage (Sacrosanctum concilium) 3 Audio Tapes #115-320AK 7 Audio Tapes or 7 VHS #1010-110 Truth & Meaning of Human Sexuality Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation 8 Audio Tapes #115-330AK (Dei verbum) Lay Members of Christ’s Faithful People 5 Audio Tapes or 5 VHS #1010-52 4 Audio Tapes or 4 VHS #126-3381 Decree on Social Communications (Inter mirifica) Reconciliation and Penance 2 Audio Tapes or 2 VHS #1010-134 4 Audio Tapes or 4 VHS #126-3678 Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity Splendor of Truth (Apostolicam actuositatem) 8 Audio Tapes or 8 VHS #115-197 4 Audio Tapes or 4 VHS #126-3710 Letter to Women & Letter to Children Decree on Ecumenism (Unitatis redintegratio) 3 Audio Tapes or 3 VHS #115-300 2 Audio Tapes or 2 VHS #1010-141 Letter to Families 8 Audio Tapes or 8 VHS #115-208 The Gospel of St. Matthew Alone With God Commentarie Christian Meaning of Human Suffering 8 Audio Tapes or 8 VHS #126-4025 4 Audio Tapes or 4 VHS #126-3365 4 Audio Tapes or 4 VHS #126-1305 The Gospel of St. John Alone With God Audio Book Gospel of Life 14 Audio Tapes or 14 VHS #126-4101 4 Audio Tapes #150-65AK 6 Audio Tapes 0r 6 VHS #115-237

For more information on programs with Francis Cardinal Arinze, please contact the Apostolate for Family Consecration by phone at 1-800-77-FAMILY or online at www.familyland.org. ®

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Archabbot Paul Featured in Wisdom Book “Thirty of America’s Oldest Monks and Nuns Share their Lives’ Greatest Lessons,” is the subtitle of a book entitled “The Wisdom of the Benedictine Elders by Mark W. McGinnis. One of the Benedictines featured in the book is retired Saint Vincent Archabbot Paul R. Maher, O.S.B. Touted as an “intimate, vibrant, and deeply moving portrait of monastic life in America today,” the book was published by BlueBridge Books of New York. The 304-page softcover edition is available online from www.ipgbook. com. Cost is $14.95. The articles vary from stories on the everyday rhythm and ritual of prayer and work, to solitude and community, sanctity and humor, to the most challenging moments of monastic life. The elders talk about when and why they decided to enter the cloistered world, how the Benedictine Rule and tradition serve as foundations for their spiritual and physical lives, their celebration of the sacredness of everyday objects and chores, and their hopes for the future. One of eleven children, Archabbot Paul looked to the examples of an older brother and sister who became a diocesan priest and a nun. He received

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a scholarship to attend Saint Vincent Preparatory School and began to think about Benedictine priesthood. He served as a B-24 tail gunner in the Air Force, flying twenty-one missions over southern Germany and Austria. Following his discharge in 1945 he decided to try a religious vocation. He returned to school at Saint Vincent in 1946 and became a novice in 1947. He later studied in Rome, taught at Saint Vincent, and eventually became vice rector of the Seminary. In 1966 he was sent to Taiwan as superior of a small priory there and taught at a Catholic university in Taiwan. In 1983, while home for a routine summer visit, he was elected Archabbot. “As abbot my goal was to enable individual monks to best use their gifts and talents; when that worked and I could see it happening in the monk and within the community, it was very satisfying,” he said. “It is rewarding to see a young man come as a novice and get a feel for where he is at that time and then watch him evolve academically, monastically, and spiritually. It may almost be like a married couple watching one of their kids grow up. Our contact comes later in life, but there is still so much growth that takes place.”

Archabbot Paul served as head of the monastic community from 1983 to 1990. He then served five years in parish work and returned to the Archabbey in 1996 as head guestmaster. Author McGinnis said of Archabbot Paul: “He is a very intelligent, highly experienced abbot who also has the demeanor, gentleness, and openness of an ideal parish priest.” “The values that motivate our work are the love of God and love of our neighbor,” Archabbot Paul noted. “More specifically and within the Rule, hospitality is a very important value for us. Hospitality must be shown not just toward guests but toward our students and all others we have contact with, even though there are times when it might be difficult to treat all students as Christ. “The Rule of St. Benedict forms the foundation of our life. There are parts and sentences from the Prologue through the chapters where the moderation and humaneness of Benedict comes through that have a special significance for me. There are the qualities of the Rule that make it so viable and are part of the reason that it became the standard rule throughout Europe for monastic orders. Charlemagne actually tried to impose the Rule on his empire, and it did become the standard, but through a kind of osmosis rather than imposition.” He said he hopes to see “development and growth in the monastery, the church, society, and the world. I hope that Benedictine life and St. Vincent will flourish. I hope that flourishing will be ... within the church as a whole. Within that general flourishing, I hope that individual monks will also grow and develop in terms of Christian humanism, by which I mean in the Benedictine sense growing in God-centered lives, not rejecting the world but transforming society, the world, and ourselves. Christian humanism differs from secular humanism in that, in the secular form, humankind is placed at the center, but in Christian humanism God is at the center and his creation is good.” Volume 16, Number 2


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Two Enter Novitiate Two men have joined the novitiate at Saint Vincent Archabbey, Charles Cirigliano of Waccabuc, New York, and Ronald Polinski of Duquesne. The novitiate is a year of prayer and study about the Benedictine Order. Charles, who has chosen the monastic name of Brother Elijah, is the son of Caesar and Patricia Cirigliano of Waccabuc, New York. His sister is Patricia Cirigliano Kohn of Weston, Connecticut. His brother, Caesar, is from Nashville, Tennessee. He is a 1990 graduate of John Jay High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Duke University in 1993. Ronald, who has chosen the monastic name of Brother Nathanael, is the son of Mary Ann Polinski of Duquesne and the late Raymond E. Polinski. He has two brothers, Raymond J. of New Kensington and Richard V. of Bethel Park. He is a 1983 graduate of Serra Catho-

Brother Nathanael Polinski, N.O.S.B., left, and Brother Elijah Cirigliano, N.O.S.B., right, prepare to discuss The Rule of Saint Benedict with Novice Master Father Sebastian Samay, O.S.B. lic High School and earned a bachelor of science degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh

in 1987. He received a master of business administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1993.

Vocations Discernment Pilgrimage to Rome

Juniorate Summer Institute Brother Fernando Lanas, O.S.B., Brother Linus Klucsarits, O.S.B., and Brother Matthias Martinez, O.S.B., completed the 2005 Juniorate Summer Institute, held at Saint John’s Abbey in Minnesota. Brother Elliott Maloney, O.S.B., gave one week of conferences. Father Jude Brady gave the second week. The photo above shows all of the participating monks from various abbeys, taken in the Saint John’s Abbey Church. Brother Linus is in the back left corner. Brother Matthias is in the very center, and Brother Fernando is behind Brother Matthias on the left.

Father Fred Byrne, O.S.B., Archabbey Vocation Director, has announced a discernment pilgrimage to Rome December 27 to January 5. The pilgrimage is for single, Catholic men between the ages of 18 and 40 who are discerning a religious vocation. The Vocations Web Page has been updated with new information, new photos and a new domain name. While all of the Saint Vincent family of web sites can be accessed from http:// benedictine.stvincent.edu, the vocations site can be accessed directly at www.stvincentmonks. com. For more information on the abbey vocations program, contact Father Fred Byrne, O.S.B., Vocations Director, at fred.byrne@email.stvincent.edu.

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Long-Lost Compositions Discovered In Wimmer Library Collection of Sacred Music By Kim Metzgar The long-lost compositions of Austrian composer Joseph Matthias Kracher were performed in a concert this spring in the Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. Twenty-two compositions, graduals and offertories of Kracher’s works in sacred music were recently discovered in the Wimmer Library Collection of Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, during cataloguing. Richard R. Rossi, a Saint Vincent alumnus who is currently completing his doctorate in conducting at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, has been transcribing the works of Kracher as part of his thesis. Rossi, who directs the Orchestral and Choral Activities at Eastern Illinois University, brought the university’s Concert Choir to Latrobe for the concert, in which two of the twenty-two Kracher compositions were performed. Kracher, who was born in Mattinghofen, Upper Austria, on January 30, 1752, was encouraged to compose music by Michael Haydn, with whom he attended the collegiate school in Seekirchen. Kracher began his musi-

cal training in Löchen, Upper Austria, and spent several years as a singer for several seminaries and monasteries, including the Cistercian monastery at Fürstenzell and the Augustinian abbey of St. Nikola at Passau. In addition to his skills as a singer, pianist and violinist, he was also a very competent organist, Rossi said. He served as the organist at several prestigious churches in Lochen (from 1765), Kestendorf, Bavaria (from July 6, 1766), Teisendorf (from 1769) and Michelbeuern, close to Salzburg (from 1771). He also worked as a valet at the Benedictine abbey in Michelbeuern. On May 1, 1772, he accepted the position at the collegiate church in Seekirchen. This is the time period and location in which these Graduals and Offertories were composed. His final post was a schoolmaster position at Kuchl, near Hallein in 1807. He died between the years circa 1827 and 1830. “Kracher was a self-taught composer,” said Rossi. “Being a competent singer, violinist, and organist gave him a strong foundation to begin this new

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endeavor. His musical compositions, which are exclusively sacred, follow the Viennese tradition as those of Joseph Haydn and Michael Haydn.” The Latrobe monastery’s role in the collecting of Kracher’s works can be traced back to Saint Vincent founder Boniface Wimmer, who came to America in 1846 from Metten Abbey in Bavaria, to minister to immigrants in western Pennsylvania. He brought with him a strong religious and culturally based tradition from Metten, Rossi said, and he sought to establish these traditions at Saint Vincent. “Music was an integral part of the Bavarian monastic culture and Wimmer found it necessary to call upon several patrons who would help foster the arts, in particular music, in the monastery and the school,” he continued. Wimmer’s patrons include several American bishops, as well as friends and benefactors in Europe, including King Ludwig I of Bavaria. Other patrons include Cardinal Karl August von Reisach of the Roman Curia, and Archbishop Gregory Scherr of Munich. Wimmer was able to secure, Volume 16, Number 2


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through the support of these patrons numerous teachers, instruments and music.” Much of this music is still preserved at Saint Vincent in the Wimmer Music Library Collection, which is how Kracher’s works came to be re-discovered. The collection has been meticulously catalogued in a database for the last five years by Father Jerome Purta, O.S.B., a monk of the Archabbey. The collection contains over 3,000 manuscripts including solo/vocal and instrumental literature to full orchestral manuscripts including handwritten copies of symphonic and choral works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn and Michael Haydn. Included in this collection are the 22 of the 39 Graduals and Offertories by Kracher, which were thought to be missing. Kracher composed 22 Masses, four requiems, four litanies, a vesper service, 24 graduals, 15 offertories, two settings of the Te Deum, six Tenebrae motets, 20 vesper hymns and lieder. “It is my belief that these manuscripts made their way to North America following one of Wimmer’s trips to Europe in

his attempts to gather additional funding and general support from his European contacts,” Rossi said. “The court of King Ludwig I of Bavaria who was an avid patron of the arts was one of Wimmer’s primary supporters.” “Fred Moleck, who was my music history teacher for several years at Saint Vincent, and a good friend of the Abbey, did his dissertation years ago on the musical activity of Saint Vincent in the 19th Century,” Rossi said in noting how the Kracher music was rediscovered. “In his research Fred went through the Wimmer Collection and came across these pieces and included rough drafts of them in his paper. It was not the focus of his paper so it was just an appendix item. When Fred got wind that Father Jerome catalogued the Wimmer collection and that I was planning to do some work for my paper he asked to meet both Father Jerome and me in the library. “It was then that Fred asked Father Jerome to type Kracher’s name into the database computer and out came 22 titles,” Rossi continued. “Fred did not know there were that many either, since when he went through the library years

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ago the files were all in boxes, not in any good order. Fred had been aware that these manuscripts were there, but was not aware that they carried some importance in the music world presently since Groves and other musical reference books knew Kracher wrote these pieces, but had no idea where they were. I then jumped on it and have been transcribing — tedious work — to produce these critical editions. I am finishing up the third one, but it is not ready yet.” Rossi has been working from copies of the original manuscripts, which were produced on very high quality parchment paper and are extremely legible and well preserved. “Each vocal and instrumental part was written on separate parchment sheets in their respective clefs and no full score was provided or used,” said Rossi, who is working on a complete conductor’s score with individual parts for all instruments, along with a separate vocal edition using an orchestral reduction for the keyboard. “I have been meticulous about these first ones to make sure I am very accurate. I also contacted the Austrian library where other works by Kracher have been preserved and they sent me microfilm which clearly authenticated these manuscripts since the signature and overall inscriptions were identical! I performed both of these this past December at the Holiday Concert and they were received very well. Other than that day I am not aware of any other performance even at Saint Vincent since I believe they sat in the boxes and were not performed.” Rossi was Conductor/Music Director of The Saint Vincent Camerata for ten years, founder and director of the Saint Vincent Camerata Chamber Orchestra, The Abbey Singers, the Saint Vincent College Singers, and Troubadours.

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Saint Vincent Groups At World Youth Day Two groups from Saint Vincent attended World Youth Day, held in Cologne, Germany, August 16-21, including a group sponsored by Father Fred Byrne, O.S.B., Archabbey Vocation Director, and a group sponsored by Saint Vincent College Campus Ministry, led by Father Brian D. Boosel, O.S.B. The highlight of the event was a papal Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI. “It was wonderful for our students to be part of this,” Father Brian said. “To experience this fraternity, camaraderie and community ... to know that there are millions of other young people from around the world who want to be Christians. ”World Youth Day is a pilgrimage of young people and a festival of “en-

counter and solidarity.” Young people from around the world share the common experience of pilgrimage, prayer and worship. This year’s event had the motto, “We have come to worship Him — Jesus Christ.” The events opened with a Mass celebrated in stadiums at three German cities — Cologne, Bonn and Düsseldorf — where performances of music, theatre and dance were given throughout the week. For three days, at approximately 400 different places, small groups talked about faith. Established in 1986 by the late Pope John Paul II, the World Youth Day events have proven popular with young crowds with their mix of faith-inspiring religious

events and a variety of activities that encouraged community and spirituality. Students from Saint Vincent attended the World Youth Day events held in Toronto in 2002, and the campus hosted a mini-retreat for pilgrims headed to Toronto for that event. By the end of the exhaustive six days of World Youth Day events which concluded Aug. 21, the crowds of enthusiastic young people were chanting the name of Benedict just as they had chanted the name John Paul in unison as a tribute to the beloved Holy Father at the beginning of the event, Father Brian said. (Continued On Page 29)

Photo Captions: In the photo at left on this page are Brother Shawn Matthew Anderson, O.S.B., (left) and Father Fred Byrne, O.S.B., Archabbey Vocation Director. Above, this page are Brother Shawn Matthew, Father Fred and Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B. Photos on page 29 are, clockwise, from top, left: A busy streetcorner featuring four-story high posters of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. The image of Pope Benedict XVI projected on a giant screen during the World Youth Day Mass, said before more than 1.2 million people. Ten thousand priests concelebrated the Mass. At the Liege Cathedral, from left, Patrick Griffith, Father Brian D. Boosel, O.S.B., Katie Herzing and Mike Antonacci, who took most of the photos for Campus Ministry. The front of the Cathedral.

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Saint Vincent Groups Attend World Youth Day (Continued From Page 28) In addition to Father Brian, the Saint Vincent group attending World Youth Day included Campus Ministry minister Katie Wojtunik, Brother Maurus Mount, O.S.B., and nine students including Michael Antonacci of Jeannette, Mandie Conway of Frederick, Maryland, Patrick Emling of Cranberry Township, Scott Gillis of Gibsonia, Patrick Griffith of Monroeville, Julie Gulling of Canton, Ohio, Katie Herzing of Saint Marys, Da-

vid Nowakowski of Camp Hill and Karen Oldfield of Westerville, Ohio. The students from Saint Vincent attended many of the events and took side trips to neighboring churches. The group visited the city of Aachen, the Emperor Charlemagne’s royal city, and attended Mass in the Cathedral there. In a church in Belgium, they joined Benedictine nuns at vespers. On a day trip to Munich, capital of Bavaria, the group visited the cathedral and marveled at the famous glokenspiel in the town hall. In addition, they visited Dachau, the for-

mer concentration camp which is now a memorial. The Mass was celebrated by Pope Benedict and concelebrated by 10,000 priests from around the world, among them Fr. Brian. The Pope offered greetings in 20 languages to the crowd of attendees that was estimated at 1.2 million. A message offered by Pope Benedict, Father Brian said, was that “the church is alive, it’s not a museum piece; the Holy Spirit moves and lives in the young (Continued On Page 30)

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World Youth Day (Continued From Page 29) people.” Father Fred, Brother Shawn Matthew and Father Boniface of the Vocation Office were joined in their travels by two students from Penn State University who are discerning monastic vocations, James Brown and David Sao. The initial leg of their journey unfolded in the village of Altötting, Germany, during the annual Young Adult Forum sponsored by the Emmanuel Community. The highlights of this week were celebrating Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Altötting, where Saint Vincent founder Boniface Wimmer was a chaplain for a year, being treated to a “taste of Oktoberfest” by the Bavarian locals and experiencing a candlelight rosary procession in honor of Our Lady of Altötting. The latter portion of the journey was in Cologne, where they joined around 1 million other pilgrims in welcoming the new Holy Father and visiting the ancient Cathedral of the Three Kings in Cologne. The travels of the brothers also took them into Marktl, the birthplace and childhood home of Pope Benedict XVI, St. Michael’s (the monastery in Metten, Germany that founded Saint Vincent), the former Nazi concentration camp in Dachau and the Cathedral in Munich, Germany.

Sacristy Woodwork Refurbished The woodwork in the Basilica sacristy was refurbished this past spring and summer by Steflo Builders of Greensburg. Chuck Seglowich, above, sands down the woodwork prior to refinishing. Father Michael McIlwain, O.S.B., and Father PaulAlexander Shutt, did the gold leafing.

Final Oblation In Savannah

Oblates of Saint Benedict Oblates of Saint Benedict are Christian men and women who choose to associate themselves with a Benedictine religious community in order to strengthen their baptismal commitment and enrich their Christian way of life. If you are interested in entering the Oblate Program and committing yourself to this way of life, you are welcome to contact:

Members of the Benedictine Community in Savannah, Georgia, completed their final oblation under the direction of Fr. Jude W. Brady O.S.B. on Sunday, March 6, 2005, at the Benedictine Priory in Savannah. The thirteen candidates who received full obation are as follows: Anne Antol, Margaret Burnett, Ann Farr, Laura Friday, Marc Friday, Joe Gannam, Harry Haslam, Jack Jaugstetter, Anne Sapp, Mike Williams, Lori Williams, Harry Zipperer and Kay Zipperer. The oblate program remains strong and has over eighty participants. They continue to conduct prayer services, to learn the Benedictine way, and to enjoy gatherings and receptions.

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Gristmill Coffeehouse Has New Thermos, Travel Mug The Gristmill Coffeehouse has available travel mugs and thermoses with the Gristmill logo on it. The logo features a miller’s cross superimposed upon a millstone.

New Ornament Honors Basilica’s Anniversary The new Christmas ornament for the Archabbey Basilica is now available. The new window ornament honors the Basilica’s one hundredth anniversary by depicting the Saint Vincent de Paul triptych window. It is available for $14.95 through http://www.stvincentstore.com, at the Basilica Gift Shop and also the College Bookstore. There are a limited number of the Millstone and Gristmill painting ornaments from previous years, as well as the Basilica Facade, and Lamb of God ornaments from previous years. The Basilica ornaments are all limited edition collectables.

The Saint Vincent Coloring Book A new coloring book featuring aspects of life at Saint Vincent Archabbey, including many drawings from the Basilica, is now available. With captions by Father Brian Boosel, O.S.B., and illustrations by Brother Michael Gabler, O.S.B., there are more than thirty line art drawings in the book. Each book retails for $9.99 and comes packaged with its own set of Crayola® crayons. Books are available at the Basilica Gift Shop, College Bookstore and online at http://www.stvincentstore.com.

The Saint Vincent Coloring Book Illustrated by Brother Michael Gabler, O.S.B. Captions by Father Brian Boosel, O.S.B.


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Heinz-Joachim Fischer: Pope’s Biographer By Vanessa Shepherd On the cool spring day of May 4, 1976 at 4:00 p.m., a “journalistic teenager,” now Dr. Heinz-Joachim Fischer, Vatican Journalist, was assigned to meet Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, for the first time in Regensburg, Germany. As part of the editorial staff of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in Frankfurt, Dr. Fischer was assigned the task of reporting on the Catholic Church, and so he then contacted Professor Ratzinger because Fischer felt he best understood “the task of theology as being part of the very heart of Christian faith.” Fischer, a graduate of the Papal University Gregoriana, where he studied philosophy and theology, felt he was prepared to discuss current theological issues with the esteemed professor. “There was, however, no immediately ‘relevant’ reason for this interview,” claimed

Dr. Fischer. But, without intention, from this interview stemmed a lifelong friendship between the future Pope and the aspiring Vatican journalist. The Threshold Series brought Dr. Fischer to speak at Saint Vincent College on October 6, 2005, in the Carey Performing Arts Center. He talked about the newly appointed Pope Benedict XVI and his 30-year personal relationship with him as Vatican journalist and friend. The presentation began with welcoming remarks from College President James F. Will, and was followed by an introduction by Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. Archabbot Douglas had recently spoken with Pope Benedict XVI about Dr. Fischer’s upcoming presentation at Saint Vincent. The Pope pleasantly replied, “I would like to then come and give a speech about Heinz-Joachim Fischer.” Once Dr. Fischer took the podium, he began to explain his journey from timid

William H. Isler Heads Rogers Center William H. Isler has been named Executive Director of The Fred M. Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College. As Executive Director, Mr. Isler will drive the Center’s strategic initiatives, which will elevate thought leadership and awareness to address issues surrounding early childhood learning and the media. Given the complementary nature of his new role with the Fred Rogers Center, Mr. Isler will remain president of Family Communications, Inc., the non-profit corporation founded in 1971 by Fred Rogers, that creates programs and materials to strengthen the relationships between children, their families and the community. Fred Rogers’ widow and Honorary Chair of the Center’s Advisory Council, Joanne Rogers, said, “Bill understands the complementary yet independent roles that both Family Communications and the Rogers Center can contribute to advancing early childhood learning. He will be adept at fostering unique synergies as both organizations advance their distinct missions to preserve and build upon Fred’s legacy.” Mrs. Rogers also chairs the board of Family Communications, Inc. Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., is a member of the Rogers Center Advisory Council. Mr. Isler has more than three decades of experience in education, media, and organizational leadership. He graduated from Saint Vincent College in 1968 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. Mr. Isler also serves on the Board of Directors for Saint Vincent College and on the Advisory Council for the Rogers Center. Saint Vincent College is currently in the pre-design phase for construction of a facility for the Rogers Center. The total estimated cost of this building project is $12 million, including a multi-purpose conference center. Construction is expected to start in the Spring of 2006 with completion targeted for early 2008. 32

teenager interviewing Ratzinger for the first time to their present day relationship. Dr. Fischer chose to read select passages from his new book Pope Benedict XVI: A Personal Portrait. In his speech and biography, Dr. Fischer explained that he felt he could relate well to Pope Benedict because Fischer “could understand his studies and intellectual ambitions,” and “his thinking was at home in this world of faith.” Not only is this pair intellectually well-suited, but they also share a common German nationalism that has led them to live through many of the same experiences including the difficulties of German Nazism. After discussing the Pope’s growing personality, Dr. Fischer then explained why Pope Benedict was a logical successor to the late John Paul II. Pope Benedict was “elected by the cardinals because they wanted a theologian,” said Dr. Fischer. They wanted a strong, solid theologian “in a world in which very little stands still anymore.” As a close personal friend of Pope John Paul II, and prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), Pope Benedict fit the role of a conservative theologian to lead the Catholic Church. Dr. Fischer discussed how Pope Benedict once had plans to retire from his positions under Pope John Paul II; however, “all these dreams came to nothing.” Pope John Paul II needed him as an advisor and the Catholic Church needs him to bring the joy of faith to its entire people. Dr. Fischer called Pope Benedict XVI a gift to the world and the Church. Volume 16, Number 2


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Monstrance Blessed By Pope John Paul II

By Vanessa Shepherd Arriving on Sunday, October 2, at the Mary, Mother of Wisdom Chapel on the Saint Vincent Campus, was a monstrance blessed by Pope John Paul II. It was used for adoration after the 9:30 p.m. Mass. The monstrance was given to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for use at adoration

From left, Father Fred Byrne, O.S.B., Archabbot Douglas, and Father Brian Boosel, O.S.B., at Mass in the Mary, Mother of Wisdom Chapel. of the Blessed Sacrament during this Year of the Eucharist, and was made available to dioceses around the U.S. to encourage prayers for vocations. Archabbot Douglas Nowicki O.S.B., Father Brian Boosel O.S.B., and

Father Fred Byrne O.S.B., presided at the opening Mass in the chapel, which was followed by Compline, and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until midnight. Exposition continued throughout the next day.

New Series On Catherine of Siena Father Jacques Daley, O.S.B., has a new series, Catherine of Siena: Reforms from a Mystic, now being aired on EWTN. The thirteen half-hour segments were partly filmed in Italy and in Siena at her house. Father Jacques taught a course on Catherine at Saint Vincent Seminary and gave a retreat in 2004 on her. She was a champion of the poor and a church reformer. Catherine, who lived between 1347 and 1380, was named a Doctor of the Church in 1970. She was often required to act as peacemaker and ambassador between different Italian states who were at war with one another. Father Jacques recently gave a symposium in Detroit on the saint. His new videotapes on Saint Faustina, filmed in Poland, will feature interviews with nuns who knew Saint Faustina. Father Jacques has done various shows on EWTN, starting in 1996, including a wellknown series on Saint Therese. Some of his tapes are available for ordering at http://www. stvincentstore.com.

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Mission To Brazil At top, left, Brother Filipe Almeida and Father Jonas Duarte Christal—graduate of Saint Vincent Seminary and now pastor of Saint John the Baptist Parish, in the Archdiocese of Campinas, São Paulo visits with Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki during his recent visitation at São Bento Monastery in Vinhedo. Above, top, Archabbot Douglas receives the offertory gifts from Dr. & Mrs. Meirelles, who have been part of the married couples’ Group of Our Lady since its inception in Vinhedo by the monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey who were serving there at the time. At left, middle, Brother Agostinho Silva and Archabbot Douglas at Siloé Retreat Center in Vinhedo with the Carmelite Sisters of the Holy Spirit who assist the Benedictine monks in that project. Above, bottom, Father Thomas Acklin with the Franciscan Sisters of Toca de Assis after one of his conferences to them. Father Thomas has been instrumental in the formation of this new institute that aims to serve the poorest of the poor. At left, bottom, children from Aprendizado Dom Gaspar, in Jundiaí, São Paulo. Saint Vincent Archabbey has taken special interest in this project led by the Missionary Sisters of Christ, and which currently assists almost 400 poor children, ages 2-12.

Newark Trip

A group of Saint Vincent College students and alumni visited Saint Benedict’s Prep in Newark, and while there visited Superior Court Judge, the Honorable John C. Kennedy, Esq., C’72, at his courtroom in Essex County. The group worked with the students of Saint Benedict’s Prep, assisting them in studies and offering insights into college life and the college admissions process. Saint Benedict’s Prep and Newark Abbey were founded by Archabbot Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B. in 1857. Participants were: Andrew Walz, Eileen Deely, Ebony Randall, Patrick Fazzini, Casey Conroy, Matthew Misztal, Beth Floro, Joy Tomko, Neil Amina, Janard Pendleton, Melvin Cherry, Fr. Anthony Pham, O.Cist., and Fr. Paul Taylor, O.S.B. 34

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Dr. Scott Hahn Inaugurates Lecture Series The Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation at Saint Vincent Seminary has been established thanks to generous donations from Mr. and Mrs. John F. Donahue and Dr. and Mrs. George Magovern, Sr. Dr. Scott Hahn, the inaugural Chair, will speak at a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, November 28, in the Robert S. Carey Performing Arts Center on the Saint Vincent campus. His lecture is entitled “Letter and Spirit: The Living Word in the Church’s Liturgy.” A native of Pittsburgh, Dr. Hahn served as a visiting professor at Saint Vincent Seminary in 2000 before his appointment to the Pope Benedict XVI Chair in Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation. He has also served as a Professor of Theology and Scripture at Franciscan University of Steubenville since 1990. He is the founder and director of the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology. His latest book, Letter & Spirit: From Written Text to Living Word in the Liturgy, is due out in November, 2005. Previous works include Swear to God: The Promise and Power of the Sacraments, published by Doubleday in May

Dr. Scott Hahn 2004. A best selling author, other books from Dr. Hahn include Scripture Matters: Essays on Reading the Bible from the Heart of the Church (Emmaus Road, November 2003); Lord, Have Mercy: The Healing Power of Confession (Doubleday, March 2003); First Comes Love: Finding your Family in the Church and the Trinity

(Doubleday, May 2002); Hail Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God (Doubleday, April 2001); The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth (November, 1999); A Father Who Keeps His Promises (Servant Publications, August 1997). In addition, he served as coauthor (along with his wife, Kimberly) of Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism (Ignatius Press, 1993). Dr. Scott Hahn is a former Presbyterian minister and former Professor of Theology at Chesapeake Theological Seminary. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a triple major in Theology, Philosophy and Economics from Grove City College in 1979, his Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1982, and his Ph.D. in Biblical Theology from Marquette University in 1995. His intense study of scripture led to his conversion to the Catholic faith in 1986.

Parish Renewal Jubilarian Mass A Mass, celebrated by Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., was held this summer for monastic jubilarians. Among those Benedictines pictured were, from left, Father John Erickson, Father Paul Rubadue, Father Sebastian Samay, Father Jerome Purta, Brother Timothy Waid, Brother David Carlson, Father Martin Bartel, Father Damian Abbaticchio, Father Wilfred Dumm, Father Germain Lieb, Father Ermin Smith, Father Justin Nolan, Father Chrysostom Schlimm and Father James Podlesny.

Father Scott Seethaler conducted the Parish Renewal during the first week of October. Father Scott is a Capuchin Franciscan priest from the Saint Augustine Friary in the Lawrence ville section of Pittsburgh. The parish renewal was held in conjunction with a number of activities marking the Basilica’s one hundredth anniversary.

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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. Paul R. Whiteside in the Archabbey Development Office, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, Pa., 15650-2690, 724-5326740. Donors from November 19, 2004 to October 7, 2005, include:

IN HONOR OF:

BROTHER SHAWN MATTHEW ANDERSON, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Fierle, Jr. REV. JAMES STEPHEN BEHRENS, O.C.S.O. Ms. Amie Ilva Tatem BENEDICTINES CELEBRATING THE ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR SOLEMN VOWS OR ORDINATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD Carl and Charlotte Burlas BENEDICTINES OF SAINT VINCENT Mr. and Mrs. Clair J. Dumm MRS. PEARL BERNARDIN Ms. Amie Ilva Tatem JOSEPH C. CIRELLI Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Smith BROTHER MARK L. FLOREANINI, O.S.B. Margaret B. Betz, Ph.D. REV. PASCHAL N. KNEIP, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Alfredo Almeida Ms. Linda S. Aten Mrs. Edith Atilano Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Ballard Mr. and Mrs. Leslie P. Bell Mr. and Mrs. David Bowling Mr. and Mrs. James C. Brindley Ms. Carmella F. Brinker Mr. and Mrs. Mark Brown Mr. Francis M. Burns, III Mrs. Jean Carpenter Mr. and Mrs. Virgilio Carranza Mrs. Marie S. Cassidy Dr. Michael and Dr. Caroline Ciotti Mrs. Patricia C. Colthurst Mr. William T. Cross Mr. and Mrs. John L. Curtin Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Czerewko Mr. and Mrs. Pasquale DeMartino Mr. and Mrs. Harold G. Dickerson Mr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Dishaw Ms. Jean K. Dorman Mrs. Ruth Ehlers Mrs. Jacqueline Fedryk Ms. Margaret M. Frech Rev. Mario A. Fulgenzi, O.S.B. Mr. Mark Garcea

Ms. Teresa L. Gaskins Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Genovese Mr. Hugh Gorman Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Gut Ms. Michelle Hartline Mr. Brian A. Higgins Mr. and Mrs. Michael G. Hillegass Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hogan Mr. Michael Horba Mr. and Mrs. Robert Huff Mrs. Susan Igareda Mr. and Mrs. Karl W. Jahn, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Edwin F. Jaworski Ms. Lenore E. Jones Mr. and Mrs. John Kingry Mr. J. Brian Kuebler and Ms. Nancy Nale Mr. and Mrs. Gerard J. Laing Mr. and Mrs. Michael E. Law Mr. and Mrs. Howard Laws Mr. and Mrs. Michael Little Mr. and Mrs. Jacinto G. Lorete Mr. and Mrs. John Lu Dr. Teofilo C. Mascarinas, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William G. McMahon Mr. John McSweeney Mrs. Dolores M. Monaco Ms. Claire Moscone Mr. Paul E. Oberdorfer, III Mr. William J. Pastor Mr. Anthony D. Raia Ms. Susan Rekich Ms. Patricia A. Robusto Mr. and Mrs. Stephen F. Santez, Jr. Mrs. Thelma M. Savage Drs. Daniel and Perla Solinap St. Gregory the Great School St. Gregory the Great Women’s Club Ms. Margaret Sun Mr. and Mrs. Claud B. Tatman Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Trochesset Mr. Joseph Trovato Mr. Paul A. Trovato Mr. and Mrs. Louis Vanacore Mr. and Mrs. William Walker Mr. and Mrs. William G. Weiss Mr. James M. Whiley, Sr. Mrs. Theresa Zyra REV. GERMAIN L. LIEB, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Manoli, Sr. MR. JACK MASCARO Mike Cain ANTHONY AND BETTY POCETTI Mrs. Angie A. Loperfito MR. AND MRS. FRANK REGAN Sr. M. Ignatius Rooney MR. ALFRED D. SIMON Mrs. Rose Simon DR. ANTHONY VAGNUCCI Karen Harouse-Bell

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+PAUL R. AJAK Marilyn Cupec Mary Kengor +REV. ALBERT C. BICKERSTAFF, O.S.B. Mr. William W. Shearouse, Jr. +ANTHONY AND HELEN BIONE Mr. Joseph M. Bione +DONNA MARIE BONO Mrs. Lena A. Chelko +MRS. ANNETTE C. BROWNFIELD Anonymous Joe and Helen Della Vecchia Eleanor and Ed Nemanic Lorraine and Matthew Proch Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ransel Br. Timothy E. Waid, O.S.B. Ms. Georgianna Smolleck Walinski +REV. ANTHONY J. BURLAS, O.S.B. Carl and Charlotte Burlas Mrs. Rita B. Daugherty Mrs. Gertrude Engel +ROBERT S. CAREY Mr. and Mrs. John R. Kramer +BROTHER PLACID CREMONESE, O.S.B. Rev. Philip J. DeCarlo Rev. William J. Homolak +FRANK CUDNIK Mrs. Stella M. Cudnik +MR. WALTER E. DISKIN Mrs. Kay Bushelman +STANTON DUMAN Julie and George Heninger +REV. AMBROSE G. EBERZ, O.S.B. Mrs. Eleanor Eberz Grundler The Eberz Family +REV. MARION J. EMLING, O.S.B. John and Patricia Donlon +PAMELA JO FASANO Mr. and Mrs. Salvatore Fasano +JOSEPH JOHN GALLO Michael and Patricia Hepler Joseph and Dorothy Trentin +MARY E. GASPER Mr. William T. Gasper +BROTHER GILBERT W. GUZAK, O.S.B. Mr. Peter Guzak (Continued on Page 37) Volume 16, Number 2


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Priest Day Very Rev. James M. Lyons, vicar general for the Diocese of Harrisburg, was the homilist at the celebration of the Eucharist on Priest Day, held July 26 in the Archabbey Basilica. The Most Rev. Lawrence E. Brandt, Bishop of Greensburg, was the principal celebrant. In the photos, at top, left, from left, are retired Archabbot Paul R. Maher, O.S.B.; Father Meinrad J. Lawson, O.S.B., Master of Ceremonies; Bishop Brandt; Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B.; and Father Lyons. Above, Father Lyons, left, is shown with Archabbey Prior Father Earl Henry, O.S.B. At bottom left are some of the diocesan and religious priests who participated in the Mass. Many of the participants are also alumni of Saint Vincent Seminary.

Gothic Architecture Book Reprinted Archabbey Publications has reprinted a book based on the second in a series of Wimmer Lectures, from a presentation made at Saint Vincent College by noted scholar Erwin Panofsky (1892-1968) was one of the great scholars of the twentieth Born has and educated in Erwin Panofsky. Entitled Gothic Architecture and Scholasticism, thecentury. book been Germany, Panofsky taught art history at the University reprinted numerous times, and appears in several languages. is heavailable of HamburgItuntil and his familyfor had $15.95 to flee the Nazi regime. In time Panofsky became a member of the from http://www.stvincentstore.com, with a new introduction, byandBrother Institute for Advancedwritten Study, Princeton, in 1948 he delivered Saint Vincent College’s second annual Wimmer Bruno Heisey, O.S.B. Lecture. Panofsky modestly described it as “another diffident attempt at correlating Gothic architecture and Erwin Panofsky (1892-1968) was one of the great scholars of the twentieth century. Scholasticism,” but it has remained in print in numerous languages for more than half a century. A precise and Born and educated in Germany, Panofsky taught art history at the University of Hamprofound thinker, Panofsky had the gift of combining a classical education with a deep lovebecame for the medievala burg until he and his family had to flee the Nazi regime. In time Panofsky mind. His Wimmer Lecture stands as a brilliant man’s tribute toin the1948 legacy of Christian humanism. member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and he delivered Saint Vincent College’s second annual Wimmer Lecture. Panofsky modestly described it as “another diffident attempt at correlating Gothic architecture and Scholasticism,” but it has remained in print in numerous languages for more than half a century. A precise and profound thinker, Panofsky had the gift of combining a classical education with a deep love for the medieval mind. His Wimmer Lecture stands as a brilliant man’s tribute to the legacy of Christian humanism. Archabbey Publications 300 Fraser Purchase Road Latrobe, PA 15650 http://www.stvincentstore.com

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Development Corner By Paul R. Whiteside

It is with great pleasure that I find myself today working on the beautiful campus of Saint Vincent. As many of our dear friends and benefactors can attest to, I take comfort in this place, and it has always had a special place in my heart since my days as a college student here over two decades ago. And while the place is undoubtedly pleasing to the eye, it is the people here that make it a warm and friendly corner of the world. The Benedictine monks have a long tradition of service and hospitality to the people they serve. As the new Director of Development for the Archabbey and the Seminary at Saint Vincent, I’ve had the privilege to meet many of the Benedictine priests and brothers who so diligently serve this community as well as many others throughout the nation, and in fact, other parts of the world. As a college student here, I was clearly aware of the tremendous work within the college, but there is

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so much more that is being done. The priests of Saint Vincent Archabbey diligently serve in 31 Parishes in 8 Dioceses in and around our “headquarters” here in Latrobe. I’ve had the privilege to meet several monks who serve as missionaries in Brazil and Taiwan. In addition, the Saint Vincent monks manage the Benedictine Military School in Savannah, Georgia. Last, but certainly

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I am interested in discussing estate planning. I am interested in supporting the formation of a Benedictine monk. I am interested in discussing a contribution of: Stock Real Estate Annuities I would like to pledge $ _______ per month. Please Return Card To: Mr. Paul R. Whiteside Director of Development Saint Vincent Archabbey 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650-2690, Phone: 724-532-6740 E-mail: paul.whiteside@email.stvincent.edu

not least, the College and Seminary represent a very critical part of the mission here at Saint Vincent. This year, we have nearly 80 students studying under the guidance of both Benedictine monks and Diocesan priests to prepare for the priesthood or to earn advanced degrees in Theology, and nearly 1600 students at Saint Vincent College. I’m sure I am missing many of the functions and services performed as I am only into my tenure here for 3 months. My purpose here is not simply to list the roles and responsibilities of the monks, but to give each of you a flavor of the breadth and depth of the very fine work that is performed from this Archabbey. Of course, this work cannot be accomplished without the generous support of our donors and benefactors. If you would like to consider a gift to Saint Vincent Archabbey, please do not hesitate to contact me using the information below. There are many ways in which you can lend your financial support, and some of those are listed on the Return Card below. (Cash, Stock, Real Estate, Will, Annuity, Scholarship Endowment). If you are unsure as to how to make a gift such as an Annuity, please don’t hesitate to call or email me directly. I will be delighted to talk with you about the alternatives, and to advise you on the tax advantages of the variety of gifts available. I am truly honored to be a part of this Benedictine family, and I’m humbled by the opportunity to work with the monks who are so very dedicated to serving God’s people. I look forward to talking with you about how you can help us to continue this fine work.


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Obituary

Father Philip Ghys, O.S.B. Father Philip Ghys, O.S.B., the son of the late Edouard Ghys and Maria

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+LEO J. LEKAVICH Mrs. Florence Lekavich and Family +BLANCHE L. LEWANDOWSKI Mr. Edmund S. Lewandowski +PAUL B. MANUEL Burkeman Manuel +LEONARD MARCIC Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Marcic +BERNARD W. MCDERMOTT Mrs. Viola R. Springer +MICHAEL J. MRAZ Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Mraz +JOSEPH PFIESTER, SR. The Pfiester Family +REV. EMERIC J. PFIESTER, O.S.B. Mr. Francis X. Abbott The Pfiester Family +REV. CLAUDE W. POLLAK, O.S.B. Ms. Frances V. Weeks +MR. AND MRS. DAVID RANKIN Mr. and Mrs. John F. Rankin +EUNICE RINDERLE Dan and Elaine Andryscik Bob and Doris Cooney and Family — Sue Sakolowski, Tim, Dave and Dennis and Spouses Ms. Mary H. Czyzycki Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Ouska +MARIA AND ANTONIO ROBINO Mrs. Martha Rizzardi +REV. KIERAN J. RODGERS, O.S.B. Ms. Jean Johnson Sr. Mary Thomas Rodgers +REV. THOMAS M. RODGERS Sr. Mary Thomas Rodgers

+WALT SAVAGE Mrs. Thelma M. Savage +JOSEPHINE E. SEMAN Ms. Mary Ann E. Polinski +FRANK SEMENKO Ms. Mildred G. Semenko +HENRY J. SEREMET Mrs. Helen S. Kontor +JOHN SEREMET Mrs. Helen S. Kontor +VICTORIA SEREMET Mrs. Helen S. Kontor +WILLIAM W. SHEAROUSE, SR. Mr. William W. Shearouse, Jr. +GRACE SHUTT Mr. P. Arthur Shutt +MARY E. FRENCHIK STUMPF Mr. P. Arthur Shutt +MARY SZALEWICZ John Butala Connie Karazsia Patti Rebrick Chris Stewart +REV. REMIGIUS B. VEROSTKO, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Donald S. Pawlak +SAMUEL, JOSEPHINE AND JOAN WAID Br. Timothy E. Waid, O .S.B. +HELEN WERSTUIK Ms. Mildred G. Semenko +DICK WESS Ms. Danica Wess +FLORENCE AND GLENN WESS Ms. Danica Wess +ARTHUR C. ZITTERBART, JR. Art and Jane Zitterbart

(Moorkens) Ghys, died on September 25, 2004. He was eighty years old. Father Philip was born on June 7, 1924 in Assebroek, Belgium. He was the brother of Rev. Edmond Ghys of Brugge, Belgium, Marie Therese Ghys of Brussels, Belgium, and the late Philippe Ghys. He attended Dames de Andre and Institute of St. Francis Xaverius grade schools, and graduated from Koninklijk Atheneum Brugge High School in 1941. He graduated from Catholic University, Louvain, in 1946, where he studied to be a chemical agricultural engineer and engineer of the agricultural industries. He studied philosophy at Saint Andrew Abbey, Bruges, until 1949, and theology at the same abbey until 1953. Father Philip made his simple profession of monastic vows January 6, 1948, at St. Andrew Abbey, Bruges. His solemn profession of monastic vows was made on January 15, 1951 at St. Andrew Abbey. Ordained on July 25, 1953, at St. Andrew, he served as a teacher and

prefect and as a reserve chaplain in the Belgian Army (1955-1978). In 1961 he was assigned to Shaba Province in Congo, Africa, where he advanced to administrative director. He entered Saint Vincent Archabbey in 1970 and was assigned to teach in Savannah in 1971. At Benedictine Military School, Savannah, Father Philip taught earth science, Bible study, biology, algebra, geometry, religion and physical education and served as assistant headmaster (197577). From 1981 until 1995 he served in the administration there, overseeing the bookstore and cafeteria. Following his assignment in Savannah, Father Philip served at Saint Gregory the Great Parish in Virginia Beach, Virginia (1995-2004), prior to retiring to the Archabbey. Distinctions Fr. Philip earned included Ridder (knight) in de Kroonorde, April 7, 1967, Ridder in de Leopoldsorde, April 7, 1972, and Officer in de Kroonorde, July 20, 1977. Father Philip became an American citizen April 28, 1978.

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Pope Benedict’s Biographer Presents Lecture Dr. Heinz-Joachim Fischer, a veteran Vatican journalist and the author of the definitive biography, Pope Benedict XVI: A Personal Portrait, was the fifty-fourth presentation in the Threshold Series on October 6. Dr. Fischer offered a firsthand account of the Pope’s astonishing life and ministry from his early days in Germany to his meteoric rise as Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, confidant of Pope John Paul II and the first new pope of the 21st Century. The biography was inspired by the author’s 30-year personal and professional relationship with Joseph Ratzinger. A graduate of the Papal University Gregoriana where he studied philosophy and theology, Dr. Fischer studied and met with Joseph Ratzinger over three decades as the Vatican correspondent for articles on the prominent prelate in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and other major media outlets. He understands the life and work of Pope Benedict as well as the challenges and questions that confront him in his new role. A resident of Rome, he has published numerous books on John Paul II, the Conclave and the Vatican as well as studies on Rome and Italy. He was introduced by President James F. Will and Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. For more on his talk, please see page 32.

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