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Archabbot’s Message Dear Friends, Blessed Christmas and a peaceful 2008 from the Benedictines of Saint Vincent Archabbey. In one of his advent homilies, Pope Benedict XVI noted that “the surprising gift of Christmas is exactly this: Jesus came for each one of us and in him we have become brothers and sisters... It is precisely Jesus who makes us feel at home on this earth... He asks us, however, to make it a home in which all are welcome... to increasingly overcome preconceptions and prejudices, to break down barriers and eliminate the differences that divide us, or worse, that set individuals and peoples against one another, in order to build together a world of justice and peace.” A shining example of breaking down barriers, eliminating differences that divide, and building a world of peace

is the work of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. This fall, Saint Vincent College hosted the first- ever symposium on Mother Teresa, in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of her death. Attending were Sister M. Nirmala Joshi, M.C., successor to Mother Teresa as Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity, and many of the members of the religious order who worked alongside her. Saint Vincent’s own missionary work continues in Brazil and Taiwan. Members of the Saint Anthony Community at Caixa D’Agua welcomed me to their new chapel during my visit to our São

Bento Monastery in Vinhedo. For many years our Father Ermin Smith, who died in 2006, worked with this community, and the growth of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in this region is testament to the work of Father Ermin and all of our monks serving in Brazil. Closer to home, both the College and Seminary experienced increased enrollment this academic year. The Fred Rogers Centers for Early Learning and Children’s Media nears completion and plans are underway for continuing the wonderful legacy of Fred Rogers as the “conscience” of children’s media. Our Campus Ministry at Saint Vincent College is growing, moving into a new home. This summer, Brother Matthias Martinez and Brother Michael Miller professed solemn vows, while Brother Dominic Greco professed simple vows. We also welcomed four novices to the community. We also had two monks ordained to the diaconate. One of the deacons, Brother Matthias Martinez, will be ordained to the priesthood in January, while the other deacon, Brother Michael Gabler, will be ordained to the priesthood in May. Father Shawn Matthew Anderson was ordained to the priesthood. This summer we also welcomed Coach Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers, along with thousands of fans, to the team’s 41st annual training camp here. We dedicated the Chuck Noll Field, named in honor of the esteemed, retired coach who took the team to four Super Bowl championships. This fall football also returned to Saint Vincent College, after an absence of 45 years. Several thousand alumni and friends attended the first game. You and your loved ones will be remembered by the Benedictine community of Saint Vincent Archabbey in Masses to be offered at midnight and on Christmas Day at the Archabbey Basilica. In Christ’s Love,

Pope Benedict XVI welcomes some of the children whose parents are undergoing treatment at Fazenda Esperança, in Guaratinguetá, state of São Paulo, Brazil. His Holiness spent several hours at the rehabilitation center during his visit to Brazil in May. 

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Heart to Heart,

from the Latin “Cor ad Cor Loquitur,” or “Heart Speaks to Heart,” is the motto of Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. It refers to the Archabbot’s prayer that giving and receiving authentic love may always be the chief characteristic of the Saint Vincent monastic community. This was also the motto of John Henry Cardinal 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 Director of Archabbey Public Relations/Editor Kimberley A. Metzgar Public Relations Associate Liz Cousins Contributors to this issue: Britton Batschke Kelly Bridges Liz Cousins Laura Gerhart Annette D. Hart Rev. Omer U. Kline, O.S.B. Paul R. Whiteside Cover photo: Sister M. Nirmala Joshi, M.C., successor to Mother Teresa of Calcutta as Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity, is interivewed by Ann Rodgers of the Post-Gazette during the conference on Mother Teresa hosted by Saint Vincent College. Photo by Kim Metzgar

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Brother Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., hangs a weaving by Father Sebastian Samay, O.S.B., novice master, for the Artisans of the Monastery Art Exhibit held this fall. The work survived the Saint Vincent Fire of 1963.

Monastery Artisans Exhibit Work By Britton Batschke This fall the Saint Vincent Gristmill Museum held an exhibit, Artisans of the Monastery, featuring multimedia art by monks of the Archabbey. The exhibit featured a multitude of artwork, including stained glass, weaving, paintings, iconography, photography and hand-crafted rosaries. Father Sebastian Samay, O.S.B, Father Philip Kanfush, O.S.B., and Father Thomas More Sikora, O.S.B., displayed their fine hand-woven pieces and other fiber artworks. Brother Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., and Brother Michael Gabler, O.S.B., displayed their paintings, pen and ink, and pastel drawings, while Father Ananias Buccicone, O.S.B., Father Paul-Alexander Shutt, O.S.B., and Brother André Melli, O.S.B., displayed painted icons and iconography. Also exhibited were rosaries hand-crafted by Father Louis Sedlacko, O.S.B., and Brother Gerard Klaric, O.S.B., along with some vestments by Father Ananias and Father Maurus Mount, O.S.B., and pieces of calligraphy by Brother Michael Antonacci, O.S.B. A feature story on the exhibit with photos appeared in the October 29, 2007, edition of the TribuneReview. The article noted the many and varied talents of the monks. Though Father Thomas More’s undergraduate and graduate degrees were in philosophy and divinity, he learned the art of weaving from Father Sebastian during his time as a novice. His hand-woven items have been exhibited at the Westmoreland (Continued on Page 5)

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News From Around The Archabbey Father Frank Ziemkiewicz, O.S.B., was one of eight alumni honored by Saint Vincent College at its annual Homecoming celebration September 28-30. The alumni were honored at a formal dinner September 28. Rev. Col. Ziemkiewicz is a 1984 graduate of Saint Vincent Seminary. Father Frank is the Headmaster of the Benedictine Military School in Savannah, Georgia. He recently retired as a colonel in the U.S. Army where he served as a chaplain in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was Dean of Students at Saint Vincent College from 1994-1999 and served as pastor in St. Marys from 1999-2007. He was a member of the Opportunity Program Advisory Board, and was honored by the Student Government Association for his outstanding service to Saint Vincent College students in 1991, 1995 and 1998. ***** Father Rene Kollar, O.S.B., Dean, School of Humanities and Fine Arts, re p re s e n t e d Saint Vincent College at the inauguration of Dr. Michael T. Victor, C’83, as the 11th president of Lake Erie College on Sept. 21. Father Rene was also one of the day’s select speakers. ***** Father Mark Gruber, O.S.B., is the author of the book, Journey Back to Eden, Orbis Book, 2002, which has gone into its fifth printing. The book concerns his year of ethnographic fieldwork in Egypt. Father Mark spoke in San Antonio, Texas, to the “Legatus Chapter” about comparative religions

in the Near East. Legatus is a nationally dispersed Catholic first tier business leaders’ society. He also addressed the Saint Vincent College closing faculty symposium on the subject of Teilhard de Chardin. The symposium was sustained by the efforts of Dr. John Smetanka, and hosted several faculty speakers throughout the summer. The editor of Cistercian Studies, Brother Patrick Hart, has accepted for future publication a book review by Father Mark. The book Father Mark reviewed is, Words to Live By: Journeys in Ancient and Modern Egyptian Monasticism, by Tim Vivian, Cistercian Publications Series Number 207, 2005. Brother Patrick is from the Cistercian monastery of Gethsemane, Kentucky, and is the primary expositor of the Thomas Merton corpus. He invited the review and more recently has invited Father Mark to give retreat conferences at the renowned Trappist Abbey. He also traveled to San Diego this summer as an expert witness in an “Article 32,” grand jury-style hearing in Camp Pendleton. The hearing was part of the military’s investigations into Iraqi wartime allegations, and Father Mark was invited through the services of the Thomas More Society to address the court concerning cultural features of the wartorn setting. His fieldwork as an anthropologist in the Middle East as well as publications and public conferences on a variety of related cultural concerns brought him to the attention of the legal staff in the case. Father Mark presented the October 11 Walsh University Artists and Lecturers Series conference. His presentation entitled, “The Catholic Intuition of Gender,” was given to faculty, students, administration and Board members



at the invitation of the Canton Ohio regional Legatus Chapter, an organization of Catholic CEO’s throughout North America. Father Mark addressed the Columbus, Ohio, Legatus Chapter on October 18, on the comparative religion subject of Islam from an anthropological perspective. His article on the Copts, a minority of Christians living in Islamic Egypt has just been published in the New Encyclopedia of Africa. ***** Brother Bruno Heisey, O. S. B., has published an article, “Bede, B a l t h a s a r, and Christ’s Descent into Hell,” in the Winter/Spring, 2007, issue of the Josephinum Journal of Theology. Brother Bruno, a member of the Saint Vincent monastic community since 2001, has been writing historical essays and reviews since 1986. ***** The Saint Vincent Multimedia Services Department has won a prestigious Honorable Mention from the Accolade Competition. The award was given for Saint Vincent’s video for “The Way of the Cross” featuring Brother Elijah Cirigliano, O.S.B., in the category Special Purpose Production. “The Way of the Cross” video was produced and shot by David Safin, Fred Findley and Jared Bundy. It was edited by Fred Findley. The audio was mixed by Caesar Cirigliano. Entries to the Accolade Competition are judged by highly qualified (Continued on Page 8) Volume 18, Number 2


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Monastery Artisans Exhibit Work (Continued from Page 3) Museum of American Art. Brother Mark, who has an Associate Degree in fine art from Sinclair Community College and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Savannah College of Arts and Design, has spent his time passing on his artistic gift to Saint Vincent College students as a member of the Art Department faculty. Brother Michael, currently serving his deacon internship at Saint Benedict Parish, Carrolltown, exhibited a highly detailed pen and ink drawing of Lincoln Cathedral in England. Father Ananias, pastor of Queen of Peace Parish in Patton, displayed a Requiem Chasuble, made in the design of a monastic cuculla, which is a prayer choir robe which had 73 pleats in it, symbolizing the 73 chapters of the Rule of Saint Benedict. He had an icon on display as well. Brother André of Vinhedo, São Paulo, Brazil, studied iconography with Marilyn Grant of Ligonier. He manages both the Gristmill General Store and the Basilica Gift Shop. Father Louis, currently retired at the Archabbey, remains a skilled rosary maker, using beads grown in his garden. Father Philip serves as procurator of the Archabbey and Education Department faculty member at Saint Vincent College. Brother Michael is a novice of the Archabbey and a 2007 graduate of Saint Vincent College. Brother Gerard is currently retired at the Archabbey. Father Maurus, who made a Roman style “low Mass” vestment, also known as a fiddleback chasuble, is currently parochial vicar of Saint Vincent Basilica Parish. Father Sebastian Samay is currently novice master of the Archabbey. Father Paul-Alexander is on the faculty of Saint Vincent College, where he teaches languages.

Items exhibited at the Artisans of the Monastery Art Show at the Saint Vincent Gristmill included a crocheted wall hanging by Brother Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., an icon painted by Father Paul-Alexander Shutt, O.S.B., placemats woven by Father Thomas More Sikora, O.S.B., and some table runners, also woven by Father Thomas More. In the bottom photo are Highland Tartans woven by Father Philip Kanfush, O.S.B. The top piece is a clerical tartan, which has been described as the only occupational tartan. There is a tradition that members of the Highland clergy wore Highland clothing, but were instructed not to wear bright colors. Tartans have become synonymous with Scotland and Scottish clans and families in particular. However, tartans were originally a style of cloth intended to be decorative, as the table runners at bottom indicate.

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In the photo above, Ann Rodgers of the Post-Gazette and other members of the media interview Sister Nirmala Joshi, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity, during a press conference held at Saint Vincent College which opened the symposium on Mother Teresa. At left, middle, Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., and College President Jim Towey greet members of the Missionaries of Charity who traveled with Sister Nirmala for the symposium. At bottom, President Towey and Sister Nirmala during the press conference. On the opposite page, from top to bottom, Ms. Bojaxthiu speaks at the press conference; Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, M.C., author of Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light, answers questions; Father Robert Conroy, M.C., homilist at the opening Mass of the conference; and The Most Rev. Lawrence E. Brandt, Bishop of Greensburg, gives communion to Sister Nirmala during Mass. Behind Bishop Brandt is Most Rev. William Curlin, retired Bishop of Charlotte, North Carolina, who celebrated the Mass on the second day of the conference.



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Saint Vincent Pays Tribute To Mother Teresa “Remembrances of Mother Teresa of Calcutta by Her Family and Friends” was the topic of a symposium held in October at Saint Vincent College on the tenth anniversary of her death. Sr. M. Nirmala Joshi, M.C., Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity and Mother Teresa’s successor, travelled from Calcutta to keynote the conference. She was accompanied by other members of the religious order Mother Teresa founded in 1950. The order has grown to more than 4,500 members who serve the homeless, unwed mothers, persons suffering from AIDS and others in need in 134 countries. A panel discussion featured Mother Teresa’s niece, Agi Bojaxhiu of Italy; Rev. Brian Kolodiejchuk, M.C., co-founder of the priestly branch of the Missionaries of Charity and who is the postulator of Mother Teresa’s cause of beatification and author of Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light; Jan Petrie, Mother Teresa’s travel companion and co-producer of two films about her; friends and collaborators Dr. Warren and Patty Kump and Sandy McMurtrie; and Saint Vincent College President Jim Towey, her friend and former legal counsel. Towey went to Calcutta eight times and last year took a group of college students there to work in her missions. The conference was televised on the Eternal Word Television Network. Brother Elijah Cirigliano, O.S.B., performed a vocal and piano solo of a song he wrote about Mother Teresa. (The song can be heard on the archabbey website, www.saintvincentarchabbey.org). “We are excited to co-host this firstever forum on Mother,” Towey said. “The conference focused on the person of Mother Teresa through the telling of stories by those who knew her best.” President Towey met Mother Teresa in 1985 and eventually became her legal representative. He worked at her missions in Mexico and at a home for AIDS patients in Washington, D.C. “Knowing her and being around her was a constant reminder that I wasn’t a

saint, because I saw what a saint was” he told Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller in The Latrobe Bulletin. “She didn’t think of herself as special, but she was holy, and in some ways, she was the last to know it.” Mother Teresa, who won the Nobel Peace Prize, continues to inspire countless people throughout the world. She died September 5, 1997, and was beatified by His Holiness Pope John Paul II on October 20, 2003. Her successor, Sister Nirmala, was educated by Christian missionaries who sparked her interest in Catholicism. Sister Nirmala joined the Missionaries of Charity in 1950, just a year after its founding. During the opening press conference, she was asked how people of different religions can get along. “Works of love unite all people in love,” she replied. “‘I am nothing special,’ she would say. In her ‘nothingness’ she showed his glory. She wanted to remain hidden, but the Lord shined on her and made her known. Thanks to her spiritual director who kept her letters, we now know about the inner workings (of Mother Teresa) and the workings of God.” Mother Teresa’s niece, Agi Bojaxhiu, noted that her aunt always placed high importance on family. “Family is the heart of life, the heart of society. ... You must keep your family together; family comes first,” she said. Long-time friend and physician Dr. Patricia Aubanel added that “she would never think of herself. She was always thinking of others.” “Mother Teresa was a shining example of holiness in a life of dedication to the most neglected of human society, the poorest of the poor,” Father Kolodiejchuk said. In discussing his book he noted that “we are now in a position to know about Mother Teresa’s interior life and what she lived through all those years. ... She spoke of faith and love, and she spoke of an unbroken union.” While there were times when she felt a (Continued on Page 9)

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Archabbey News (Continued from Page 4) professionals in the film and television industry. A portion of the video can be viewed at the following link: http://www.stvincent.edu/multimedia_ library/wotc. To view the Multimedia Services Awards page, visit the following link: http://www.stvincent.edu/ multimedia_library/awards. ***** Brother Nathan Cochran, O.S.B., has been named the new director of The Saint Vincent Concert Series. The series is in its 36th season and was founded by Father Joseph B ro n d e r, O.S.B. The concert series brings a number of international musicians to the Saint Vincent campus each year to present world-class concerts to the greater community, as well as faculty, staff and students. Coming from a musical background and family, Brother Nathan participated in various choirs, orchestras and concert bands and was a soloist in musicals, operas and oratorios throughout Ohio. Before entering the monastic community at Saint Vincent Archabbey, he studied vocal music at the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University and was a student of Rex Eikum. He received a master of science degree from Pratt Institute, with honors, in the Theory, History and Criticism of Art, Architecture and Design. In addition to the concert series, at Saint Vincent College he is the director of The Saint Vincent Gallery and a lecturer in fine arts. *****

Father Brian Boosel, O.S.B., instructor in Church History at Saint Vincent College, had an article on the Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica published in Sacred Architecture, the scholarly Journal of the Institute of Sacred Architecture, June 2006 issue. Father Brian’s article focused on the importance of the design and artwork of the Archabbey Basilica and its ties to the local church and the Benedictine Order. Father Stephen Honeygosky, O.S.B., Ph.D, Seton Hill University’s Chaplain, assistant professor of English, and associate director of Campus Ministry, is teaching a new course, “The Bible as Literature.” “I think this is a good way to do several things: first, foster education on the Bible, which will be the topic of the October 2008 Synod in Rome; second, respond to interest in the Bible at present across the culture (both academic and popular) and among all age groups including young adults; and third, contribute in a unique way here at Seton Hill through my double role as English professor and Chaplain,” said Father Stephen. “The Bible as Literature” is an introductory course in reading the Bible, and includes, selectively, both the Hebrew and Christian Bibles (commonly referred to as the Old and New Testaments). The intent of the course is to approach the Bible as a literary text, and to read it,



according to Fr. Stephen, as one would read Shakespeare, Lanyer, Whitman, Dickinson, Hawthorne, Woolf, Angelou, Steinbeck, or any favorite author. ***** Father Philip M. Kanfush, O.S.B., presented a poster at the Fourth International Conference of the Association for Behavior Analysis International in Sydney, Australia in August. Father Philip, who is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, presented “A Case Report: The Impact of Behavior Contracting in Reducing Non-Compliance in a Child with ADHD.” ABA International conducts conferences around the world to promote the science of applied behavior analysis outside the U.S. Father Philip, who also serves as Procurator and Chief Financial Officer of Saint Vincent Archabbey, is a member of the faculty in the Education Department faculty at Saint Vincent College. Volume 18, Number 2


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Tribute To Mother Teresa (Continued from Page 7) sense of loss, loneliness and darkness, he said, “the thirst of Jesus—the thirst for our love and the thirst for our souls— gave a special meaning to her life.” Drawing a comparison with the founder of the Benedictine order, Saint Benedict, Father Robert Conroy, M.C., homilist at the opening Mass of the conference, noted that “Benedict said that the monastery was his world. Mother Teresa said that the world was her convent.” Father Conroy, superior general of the Missionaries of Charity Fathers, said, “they are united by their burning love of God and they are like two paintings drawn by the same hand. Seen under the proper light, their lives seem to run together.” He noted that people who worked with Father Sebastian Samay, O.S.B., center, Novice Master for the Archabbey, is picMother Teresa knew she was someone tured with the four novices who began their novitiate on July 11. Mark Maxwell special, but also knew she was someof Philadelphia graduated in May with a degree in communications from Saint one who was very approachable. “She Vincent College. Prior to entering the monastery he worked as an account manwasn’t just a story in a book or an action ager in Philadelphia. His monastic name is Brother Maximillian. George Lange hero,” he said. “She was our mother, of Kissimmee, Florida, earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from Slippery someone we could approach.” Rock University in 1996, a master of arts/Ed.S. degree in counseling from the He added that the publication of the University of South Carolina in 2001 and a doctorate in higher education adminbook on Mother Teresa “opens a whole istration from the University of Florida in 2005. His monastic name is Brother new dimension of the person we thought Jeremiah. Andrew Kurzawski of Carnegie, graduated from Saint John’s Univerwe knew.” sity in May of 2007 with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy. His monas“Mother Teresa is our inspiration,” tic name is Brother Gabriel Myriam. Saint Vincent College graduate Michael he said. “She is ours. She is a saint of A. Antonacci of Jeannette is a 2003 graduate of Hempfield High School. His modern times. What she would want for monastic name is Brother Michael. us is that we draw closer to the one she loves eternally.” Volume 18, Number 2 

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Mission to Brazil

Archabbot Douglas with the Community of São Bento Monastery in Vinhedo in the “Apostles Chapel” at the Shrine of Our Lady Aparecida, Patroness of Brazil. The Archabbot celebrated mass at the chapel, which is where the original statue is kept during the night, in the vault that can be seen behind the altar. From left: Brother Bernardo Querobin, Brother Elias Pinheiro da Silva, Mr. Luiz Fabiano Bithencourt, Brother Pedro Fonseca, Brother Agostinho da Silva, Brother Tarcísio Galvão, Brother Miguel Savieto, Brother João Batista de Araújo Santos, Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, Mr. José Octávio Aranha, Prior Lucas Torrell de Almeida Costa, Mr. Wander Barbosa, Postulant Luís Carlos, Júnior Mr. Rafael Oliveira, Abbot Joaquim Zamith, Father Paulo Panza, Brother José Mathias.

Newly ordained Father Filipe de Almeida, O.S.B., with Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Archbishop Bruno Gamberini of the Archdiocese of Campinas, and Abbot Joaquim Zamith, O.S.B., following the ordination on July 22, 2007. 10

Father Jonas Duarte Christal, Pastor of Saint John the Baptist Parish in the Archdiocese of Campinas, and a graduate of Saint Vincent Seminary, met with Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. during his visit to the Community of São Bento Monastery in Vinhedo. Father Jonas told Archabbot Douglas that his years of formation and education at Saint Vincent Seminary have proven to be invaluable in his service to his 25,000 parishioners. Volume 18, Number 2


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Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., with Fr. Marcos Adriano Paulino, Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, to which the Saint Anthony community at Caixa D’Água belongs, and Mr. Daniel Gomes Pereira, Coordinator of the new chapel project. The community at Caixa D’Água was established by the late Father Ermin Smith, O.S.B., during his years of service at the Saint Vincent Archabbey’s Mission in Vinhedo, Brazil.

Archabbot Douglas with Father Filipe de Almeida, O.S.B., his grandmother, Mrs. Sebastiana Maria da Silva, and his niece, Fabrícia de Almeida Vaz da Silva, at the reception following Father Filipe’s ordination by Archbishop Bruno Gamberini, of Campinas, on July 22, 2007.

Prior Lucas Torrell de Almeida Costa, O.S.B., Mr. Juan Carlos Cruz, benefactor of the São Bento Community in Vinhedo, Brazil, Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., and Father Paulo Panza, O.S.B., Director of Siloé Retreat Center, following the blessing of the new kitchen facilities at the retreat center that were generously donated by Mr. Cruz.

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Basilica at the Shrine of Our Lady Aparecida, Patroness of Brazil. The Shrine is the largest Marian Shrine in the World, and it was picked by Pope John Paul II, before his death, to be the location of the 5th General Conference of Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean. The Conference was officially opened by Pope Benedict XVI on May 13, 2007, during his visit to Brazil.

Father Marcos Adriano Paulino, Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, and Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., with members of the Saint Anthony Community, at Caixa D’Água. The Community, which has a strong bond with the Saint Vincent Archabbey Community as a result of the years of missionary service by the monks of Saint Vincent, welcomed Archabbot Douglas to their new chapel during his visit to the São Bento Monastery Community in Vinhedo, Brazil.

Mr. Antonio Bertazzoli and his wife, Mrs. Leonice Bertazzoli, with Archabbot Douglas in Vinhedo, Brazil.

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New Products at Gristmill General Store, Coffeehouse The Saint Vincent Gristmill Coffeehouse and Gristmill General Store have a number of new items available, including the ever-popular coffee mugs in new colors, and a soup mug. The popular Gristmill tote bag is also available in a new color scheme. The sales items complement an ever-growing number of local products, including Christmas ornaments, a videotape on the milling process, bread and pancake mix, flour, gourmet coffee, bread warmers, chocolates and crocks featuring a reproduction of the Gristmill entrance. Two books are also available, a recipe book featuring recipes for items made with Gristmill flour, and the book by Father Omer U. Kline, O.S.B., The Saint Vincent Gristmill and Brewery, 1854-2000, which tells the story of the Gristmill, Saint Vincent Bread, and the Saint Vincent Brewery. All of the items are available in the General Store. Some are also available at the Coffeehouse. A limited number of items, such as the books, video, ornaments, pancake and bread mix are available online at http:// www.stvincentstore.com.

Spoom Meeting At Gristmill

The Society for the Preservation of Old Mills (SPOOM) Mid-Atlantic Chapter held a regional meeting at the Saint Vincent Gristmill this summer. Members attending included Chapter President Chuck Ives. Father Paul Taylor, pictured in the top photo, talked to the members about the history of the Gristmill and its uses today. A tour of the Gristmill was included. Members also toured Fort Ligonier and heard a presentation by the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau.

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A group of reenactors who portray the Civil War brass band of the 11th Pennsylvania Regiment Volunteer Infantry performed a concert at the Gristmill this fall. 12

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Campus Ministry Gets New Home Saint Vincent College’s Campus Ministry is an essential part of student life on campus. For students, Campus Ministry could mean learning about their faith or growing spiritually or it could simply be a place to meet with friends with similar interests. No matter what the reason students gather together they can now do it in a larger and more inviting space. Campus Ministry recently moved from its location in Gerard Hall, a residence hall, to its new home on the ground floor of Alcuin Hall. ”I’m very pleased with the move. We have almost quadrupled the space which makes way for new opportunities,” commented Katie Wojtunik, Campus Minister. The largest space is the lounge area, where students will find comfortable sofas and chairs, a television, games and books. The lounge offers an area where students can meet and feel at home. ”The new location also allows us to have a conference room where small groups of students can meet. When it is not being used by small groups, students can feel free to use it as a study area. Sometimes students want to get out of their residence hall and need somewhere else to go to study and

Rev. Vincent Zidek, O.S.B. think. This conference room offers that,” explained Father Vincent Zidek, O.S.B., who was recently named Director of Campus Ministry. In addition to the lounge and conference room, there is a study center that will have computers with Internet access so students can do research, work on assignments or just surf the internet. A counseling room is also available for students who may need to talk to someone about issues going on in their lives. Campus Ministry will continue its many events and programs such as the

spring break service trip to an orphanage in Brazil, Meals on the Boulevard, Hunger Garden and Sports Friendship Day while adding new programs and events. One program that is new this year is the R.C.I.A. program, which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. “This program is for those who may not be Catholic but would like to learn more about the Catholic faith and also may decide to join the Catholic church. This program will allow students to meet, learn and discuss the faith with each other. It allows them to go through this program together rather than alone,” said Father Vincent. “We are also adding an Oblate program. Saint Vincent College is rich in the Benedictine heritage and many people want to incorporate the Benedictine beliefs into their own lives. This is what this program is about.” Campus Ministry also offers a weekly Bible study and is hoping to begin a new monthly theology discussion group for students. “Many colleges offer what is called ‘Theology on Tap.’ It provides a more relaxed and laid-back atmosphere where students can enjoy each other’s company, food and drink and still carry on their discussions of faith and theology,” said Wojtunik.

New Driveway At Gristmill

The Saint Vincent Gristmill has a new paved entryway. The driveway enters the site from the east side of the building and travels behind the Gristmill and past the Coffeehouse entry, to access the General Store, Museum and Coffeehouse. The driveway provides for two vehicles to easily pass each other and provides better access for tour bus traffic. Access to the Saint Vincent Wetlands can also be gained this way. The driveway project was made possible through the generosity of the Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation, Allegheny Foundation, Westmoreland County Tourism Grant Program, and the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor. Volume 18, Number 2

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Ordinations 2007

Prayer of Consecration The Most Rev. Lawrence E. Brandt, J.C.D., Ph.D., and members of the monastic community during the Prayer of Consecration for Father Shawn Matthew Anderson, O.S.B. Pictured below are, from left, Brother Matthias Martinez, O.S.B., Brother Michael Gabler, O.S.B., and Father Shawn Matthew.

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Father Shawn Matthew Anderson, O.S.B., was ordained to the priesthood on July 11 by The Most Rev. Lawrence E. Brandt, J.C.D., Ph.D., Bishop of Greensburg. Pictured are Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Bishop Brandt and Father Shawn Matthew. 14

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Profession of Vows 2007

New Deacons

Brother Michael Gabler, O.S.B., left, and Brother Matthias Martinez, O.S.B., newly ordained deacons, during the ordination ceremony.

Solemn Vows

Two monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey made solemn profession of monastic vows on July 11 in the Saint Vincent Basilica before Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. They included Brother Matthias Martinez, O.S.B., and Brother Michael Miller, O.S.B. Brother Michael is a 1979 graduate of Shaler Area High School, Glenshaw. He studied at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, and received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy in 1985 from Don Bosco College, Newton, New Jersey. He taught elementary school at St. Joseph Regional School in Newton, before entering the monastery. He earned a Master of Arts degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2007. Brother Matthias is a 1993 graduate of Northfield Mt. Hermon High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy in 1999 from Saint John Seminary College, and has also studied at Babson College and Saint John Seminary. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary with highest honors in 2007.

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Chuck Noll Field Dedicated

Saint Vincent College blessed and dedicated the Chuck Noll Field on August 2, prior to the Steelers’ evening practice. The Field was named after the legendary Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Chuck Noll, who led the NFL team to four Super Bowl victories in the 1970s. As it has been for the past 41 years, training camp for the Pittsburgh Steelers was held at Saint Vincent during that time period. Father Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B., Vice President for Institutional Advancement, introduced Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B, Chancellor of Saint Vincent College, who blessed the field; Saint Vincent College President Jim Towey; Saint Vincent Bearcat head football coach Bob

Colbert and Steelers officials, including John Rooney, Art Rooney, Jr., Chairman Dan Rooney and team President Art Rooney II. The grandstand seats 1,050 in 21 rows of aluminum, bench-style bleachers. The field features an eightfoot wide paved walkway leading from the parking area to an entrance plaza, concession stand, restrooms and press box. Pictured above, from left, are Archabbot Douglas, John Rooney, Art Rooney Jr. and Dan Rooney. Pictured at right, top, are Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin; center, former wide receive Louis Lipps; and bottom, Team President Art Rooney II.

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Saint Vincent College Football Returns Over a thousand students, alumni, past players, and fans filled the stands at newly-dedicated Chuck Noll Field during the first Saint Vincent Football game in 45 years. In an article featured in USA Today, Head Coach Bob Colbert explained his goals for the season. “At the end of the year, 10 wins or zero wins, as long as we got it started, and the college deems this as a good addition to the athletic program and to the school, then this year is a success”. In the photo below, left, the 99 players that comprise the Saint Vincent Bearcats rush onto the field for the inaugural game against Gallaudet University. —Photos from the game by Laura Gerhart.

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Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve Opens Congested strip malls and roads clogged with construction are becoming commonplace to locals and visitors to Saint Vincent. However, the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve, recently opened to the public, is preserving the landscape closer to campus. The reserve’s grand opening on September 9 offered guided tours and lectures, revealing the possibilities of the center as an environmental and educational resource. The concept for the nature sanctuary began as a vision of Winnie Palmer, golf legend and Latrobe native Arnold Palmer’s late wife. More than 20 years ago news of impending plans to commercially develop the land surrounding Saint Vincent inspired Winnie to gather support to prevent development. Her dream has finally reached fruition. Visitors toured the renovated barn and the historic Lochry Blockhouse, walked the nature trails and listened to lectures. “Not only did she have strong feelings of opposition to large commercial developments, but she was sensitive to the community desires,” Winnie’s daughter, Amy Saunders said. Following Winnie’s death in 1999, a nonprofit organization established a trust in her honor. Now the area is an educational and environmental showpiece featuring plant and animal ecosystems native to the region. In 2001, the trust secured 50 acres of land for the reserve, 25 of which were leased from Saint Vincent Archabbey. “Winnie Palmer was a woman who cared so much about the people and the environment that there could be no finer tribute to her than preserving the character of this beautiful land,” said Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. Arnold Palmer, who attended the opening, affirmed that his late wife’s vision was fulfilled, remarking, “her original goal has been surpassed.” In the future, the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve will offer community and school nature programs. “The possibilities are endless,” director of the reserve, Angela Belli said. “ It’s going to be a place that’s for a lot more than nature.” ­ —By Kelly Bridges 20

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Baptism of the Lord Window

2007 Basilica Ornament Features Guardian Angels Window The new Christmas ornament this year is the triptych window of the Guardian Angels one in a series of collectibles from the Archabbey Basilica. In August of 1855, Pope Pius IX—now Blessed Pope Pius IX—declared the Holy Guardian Angels to be the patrons of the American-Cassinese Congregation of Benedictine abbeys. The center panel of this triptych window portrays a Guardian Angel with his arms about a young girl, dressed in blue and a young boy, who wears a brown tunic, as they make their way along a path. The boy clings to the angel for protection from a red snake, coiled as if to strike in the lower right foreground of the window, while the girl’s upturned face and folded hands suggest a stance of prayer. The side panels of the window depict scenes from the Book of Tobit. The left panel portrays the Archangel Raphael accompanying young Tobiah on his journey from Ninevah to Rages in Media. The Archangel carries a traveler’s staff in his right hand, while his left hand is outstretched in a posture of teaching. Tobiah looks at the Archangel Raphael attentively as he carries his staff in his left hand. His dog, which Scripture records accompanied the pair, frolics in the foreground. In the right panel, Tobiah greets his father Tobit upon his safe return to his parents’ home as his mother Anna and the Archangel Raphael look on. Ornaments from previous years include: 2006, the Saint Benedict and Saint Scholastica triptych window; 2005, the triptych window of Saint Vincent de Paul, done in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the consecration of the Archabbey Basilica; 2004, the Baptism of the Lord Window; 2003, the Agnus Dei, or Lamb of God, artwork from the Archabbey Basilica. These and additional ornaments are available in the College Bookstore, Basilica Gift Shop and on the website www.stvincentstore.com.

Blessing Of The Harvest Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., conducts the annual Blessing of the Harvest ceremony, held the day before Thanksgiving every year at the Saint Vincent Gristmill. Assisting him is Father Brian Boosel, O.S.B. Volume 18, Number 2

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Martin J. Hagan was the keynote speaker at the annual Red Mass held this fall in the Archabbey Basilica. He is pictured with Most Rev. Lawrence E. Brandt, Bishop of Greensburg, and Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B.

Annual Red Mass Hosted By Archabbey Martin J. Hagan, Esq., an independent attorney in Pittsburgh, was the keynote speaker at the fortieth annual Red Mass, held in the Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. Most Rev. Lawrence E. Brandt, J.C.D., Ph.D., was the principal celebrant. Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., was concelebrant. The Red Mass is sponsored by Saint Vincent Archabbey, Seminary, and College and the Diocese of Greensburg. Martin J. Hagan is an independent

attorney in Pittsburgh, where he practices in the areas of estate planning, estate and gift taxation, elder law, estate and trust administration, and probate and trust litigation. Mr. Hagan is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and a member of the Probate, Trust, and Real Property Sections of the American, Pennsylvania, and Allegheny County Bar Associations. He received his A.B. and J.D. degrees from the University of Notre Dame,

Priest Day Auxiliary Bishop William Winter of the Diocese of Pittsburgh was the principal celebrant and homilist at the Priest Day Mass hosted by the Archabbey. Pictured are, from left, Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B.; Deacon Matthias Martinez, O.S.B.; Bishop Winter and retired Archabbot Paul R. Maher, O.S.B. 22

where he served as a member of the Editorial Board of the Notre Dame Law Review. His community activities include providing pro bono legal assistance to the indigent elderly through the Legal Aid Society. He has also served as President of the Parish Council of Saint Bernard’s Parish, Mount Lebanon, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. Martin and his wife, Susan Darin Hagan, are active in their parish’s marriage preparation program, and serve as foster parents for infant children through the Children’s Home of Pittsburgh. They are the parents of five children: John, Margaret, Claire, Teresa, and Patrick. The Red Mass has a long history within the Catholic Church dating back to the thirteenth century when it marked the official opening of the new term for courts in most European countries. The participants in the celebration of the Red Mass—clergy, government officials, lawyers and judges—would process into the church clothed in red vestments, signifying their plea for the Holy Spirit’s guidance in pursuing justice in their daily lives. The Diocese of Greensburg and Saint Vincent Archabbey, College and Seminary have jointly sponsored the Red Mass in this Diocese since 1968. Volume 18, Number 2


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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, Archabbey Development Office, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, Pa., 15650-2690, 724-5326740. Donors from June 12, 2007 to November 16, 2007, include:

IN HONOR OF: REV. SHAWN MATTHEW ANDERSON, O.S.B. Mr. Donald G. Ballish REV. WILLIAM A. BEAVER, O.S.B. First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, Branch 94 REV. AARON N. BUZZELLI, O.S.B. First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, Branch 94 REV. THOMAS P. CURRY, O.S.B. Mrs. Mary Lou Curry Jens and Kathleen Mangels Tom and Mary Williams REV. DAVID R. GRIFFIN, O.S.B. Ms. Keila Whittington MR. JOHN HAYES Mr. and Mrs. Patrick A. Mulich REV. PASCHAL N. KNEIP, O.S.B. Mr. Mark F. Garcea Mr. and Mrs. Paul Janka Mr. and Mrs. Michael Little Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McAndrews Mr. and Mrs. John S. Petchel Mrs. Barbara Sauter Mr. Joseph Trovato Mr. Paul A. Trovato REV. MATTHEW LAFFEY, O.S.B. Ms. Keila Whittington BILL AND RUTH LALE Ms. Barbara Krick VERY REV. JUSTIN M. MATRO, O.S.B. Gene and Mary Ann Yanity REV. FLAVIAN G. YELINKO, O.S.B. Dr. and Mrs. Ferdinand L. Soisson REV. VINCENT E. ZIDEK, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Hoover

+REV. ALBERT C. BICKERSTAFF, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Sebastian Orsini Mr. and Mrs. William W. Shearouse, Jr. +REV. BONIFACE BUERKLE, O.S.B. Mr. Robert F. Seiler +REGIS E. BURLAS Charlotte and Carl Burlas +REV. J. DAVID CROWLEY Mrs. Dolores J. Krawec Ms. Patricia McClory Mr. and Mrs. Anthony J. Rash Mr. and Mrs. Frederick B. Tiboni +FRANK CUDNIK Mrs. Stella M. Cudnik +THOMAS CURRY, SR. Mr. and Mrs. John M. Hobbs Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Hoover Jens and Kathleen Mangels McDonnell and Starace Families Ms. Patricia Murphy Marie O’Hara and Family Mr. Oscar M. Porcelli Tom and Mary Williams +STANLEY J. CZEKAJ Mrs. Stella Czekaj +REV. JOACHIM R. FATORA, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Gervase S. Gumbita +MIKE AND MARGARET HANCHIN Rev. Deacon and Mrs. John M. Hanchin +DELORES HORST Mr. and Mrs. Patrick A. Mulich

+REV. ISAAC H. JACOB, O.S.B. Mr. Thomas P. Gallick +REV. ALPHONSE H. MEIER, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. James J. Valvano +REV. METHOD J. MRAZ, O.S.B. Rev. Valentine G. Sedlak +BR. NICHOLAS NICOL, O.S.B. Emerick and Martha Kravec and Family +JOHN AND HELEN POGORELEC Rev. Deacon and Mrs. John M. Hanchin +RUTH RHODES Mr. James T. Knepp +WILLIAM W. SHEAROUSE, SR. Mr. and Mrs. William W. Shearouse, Jr. +DAN SHEEHAN Mr. J. Harry Haslam, Jr. +ROGER SMITH Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Nolan Ms. Megan W. Norman +REV. BRINSTAN G. TAKACH, O.S.B. Mr. J. Harry Haslam, Jr. +REV. MSGR. MICHAEL E. TUTOKIE Rev. Valentine G. Sedlak +REV. REMIGIUS B. VEROSTKO, O.S.B. Mr. Thomas P. Gallick Mr. and Mrs. Donald S. Pawlak +ARTHUR ZITTERBART, JR. Mrs. Jane Zitterbart and Family +ARTHUR ZITTERBART, SR. Mrs. Jane Zitterbart and Family

IN MEMORY OF: +REV. ARMAND J. BALDWIN Mr. and Mrs. James J. Valvano +REV. AELRED J. BECK, O.S.B. Rita and Joseph Razum

The photo on this page is a sampling of photos printed on glass plates which are part of the Archabbey Archives collection. The Archives is currently undertaking a project to digitize and retouch photos in the collection. Plans are to make these photos available in a series of picture books published through Archabbey Publications.

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Camerata Prepares For Another Season By Laura Gerhart The Saint Vincent Camerata helped usher in the holiday season with its annual Christmas Concert in the Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. Under the direction of Rev. Cyprian G. Constantine, O.S.B., the 16 members who comprise the Camerata performed the traditional “Lessons and Carols for Christmas” in costumes reminiscent of the Baroque period. Through song and Scripture readings, the story of Christmas was retold in a heartwarming format that has become characteristic of the Camerata. A beautiful combination of religious hymns from the Baroque period and traditional Christmas carols are intertwined with scripture lessons read by Saint Vincent students, staff and Benedictines, to bring joy and renewed insight to the true meaning of the Christmas season. Father Cyprian, who had been involved in the Camerata since 1972, became Director again in 1998. He said he enjoys the impression that the performances leave on its audiences. “It has a great impact on Catholics and NonCatholics and even people of no faith at all. It’s great to be able to provide that kind of impact on the community.” However, the audience members, who are encouraged to sing along during familiar

Members of the Saint Vincent Camerata with Father Cyprian G. Constantine, O.S.B., dress in period costume for a rehearsal. Christmas carols, are not the only ones who reap spiritual benefits from the Camerata’s uplifting performances. Cathy Kunkle, who has been singing with the Camerata for over 25 years, considers her involvement with the choir group a critical element of her inner strength and spiritual growth. “This is my refuge. I come here and I leave everything else out there and just sing...

This fulfills a need for me, but I think that what’s important is that you use your voice for the Lord our God.” Now in its 39th season, the Camerata continues to offer the community a unique outlet to celebrate the miracles of Jesus. The Saint Vincent Camerata will next be performing a Lenten-style concert in March in preparation of the Easter season.

Please remember Saint Vincent Archabbey in your year-end giving Make a tax-free gift from your 401k account. This unique program enacted by Congress allows donors age 70.5 and above to make a gift up to $100,000 directly from a retirement account with no tax implications. The U.S. Congress may consider an extension to the law; however, as of early November, this tax advantage ends December 31, 2007. For information contact Paul Whiteside Director of Development paul.whiteside@email.stvincent.edu 724-532-6740

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Congressman Murtha Tours Saint Vincent Campus In the photo above, Congressman John Murtha, second from left, of the 12th Congressional District meets with, left, Mr. David Roderick, member of the Saint Vincent College Board of Directors; Saint Vincent College President Jim Towey and Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College. At top, right, he spoke with Saint Vincent College Brother Norman Hipps, O.S.B., Executive Vice President and Dean of the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computing, at the Fred Rogers Center. At right, he looks over designs at the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve with Angela Belli, Director of the Reserve.

Gristmill Work Named Best Of Show Latrobe Art League members paid tribute to the historic Saint Vincent Gristmill with an exhibit, “Flour Power.” The theme and location of the exhibit at the Gristmill Museum were selected by Brother Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., and Peg Panasiti of the Art League. Artists were challenged by the themed exhibit to capture scenes of the mill or something related to bread and the baking of bread. A piece of artwork by Brother Mark, “Saint Vincent Gristmill,” which was featured in the Latrobe Art League’s monthlong exhibit was named “Best of Show” for the exhibit. Artwork ranged from a still life of flour sacks and other items to a sliced loaf of Saint Vincent bread to water color scenes and exterior scenes of the Gristmill. Some of the 26 pieces of artwork even featured the Gristmill cat as well as items baked with Gristmill products. The Best of Show piece by Brother Mark will adorn the cover of the 2009 “All About Latrobe” calendar. Volume 18, Number 2

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New Season For Way Of The Cross By Liz Cousins Special performances of The Way of the Cross, a dramatic and musical presentation of the Stations of the Cross, are set for March 6-9, 2008. Written by Brother Elijah Cirigliano, O.S.B., the show was performed 19 times in New York and Connecticut, before making its Pennsylvania debut in February 2007. Letters, including a special preview CD of the music, were mailed to pastors and Catholic school principals at parishes and schools in the dioceses of Greensburg, Pittsburgh, and AltoonaJohnstown, inviting groups to attend. Morning performances on Thursday and Friday, March 6 and 7 are reserved for Catholic school groups. Performances for the public, including parish groups, CCD programs, and youth groups, are set for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, March 6 and 7, and for 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, March 8 and 9, and will take place in the Saint Vincent Theater in Carey Hall. Cost is $10 per adult and $5 per student, with all proceeds from the show going to support vocation programs at Saint Vin-

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cent. Discounts are available for groups of more than 100 people. Prior to joining the Benedictine community at Saint Vincent, Brother Elijah worked as a Musical Director at Saint Mary Parish in Katonah, New York. The pastor there encouraged Brother Elijah to write a musical piece that became The Way of the Cross. The 2008 performances will include Brother Elijah

A Life of Service The Benedictine Community of Saint Vincent has 200 monks who devote their lives to serving the needs of people through a wide variety of pastoral, educational, and missionary works, both at Saint Vincent and throughout the world. While the older monks remain active well past retirement age, they face the same financial hardships that other retirees do — rising health care costs and increasing living expenses. The Monastery Health Care and Retirement Fund provides older priests and brothers the care they need after their many years of service to the people of God.

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singing and playing the piano, and performances from professional and student actors and musicians. To see a clip from the 2007 performance, please visit www.saintvincentseminary.edu. Please call (724) 805-2041, or email Andy Walz at Andrew. walz@email.stvincent.edu to reserve your seats, or for further information.

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Development Corner Solve Your Tax Problems Before Year’s End! If you are like most Americans, as the holidays approach you are not only thinking about your duties with families and friends, but also about your obligations to Uncle Sam! Here are a few tax-saving tips for your year-end tax planning. You have just a few weeks to take advantage of the Pension Protection Act of 2006. This change to the rules regarding qualified retirement accounts, such as IRAs and 401Ks, will expire at the end of 2007. In summary, if you are age 70.5 or older, this change in regulation allows you to make a charitable contribution from your retirement account (up to $100,000) with no tax consequence to you! Under the previous regula-

tion, you would first need to pay taxes on the funds you withdraw from your account, and then you could claim the gift as a deduction. In many cases, this resulted in a negative tax consequence. Unless Congress acts to extend this benefit, gifts made after December 31, 2007, will fall under the old regulation. Also, another vehicle that will enable you to save taxes is a Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA). By opening a CGA with Saint Vincent Archabbey as the Beneficiary, you enjoy the following benefits: • Enjoy an immediate tax deduction on a portion of your gift annuity • Receive guaranteed quarterly dividend payments for as long as you live • Know that upon your passing, the remaining principal of your gift will go directly

to Saint Vincent Archabbey and will not be subject to estate taxes Finally, if you have appreciated stock or real estate that you plan to sell, you can minimize the impact on your annual taxes Paul R. Whiteside by sharing your Director of gains with Saint Development Vincent. Taxes and tax planning are a complicated issue and you should consult your accountant or tax expert for specific advice. Saint Vincent Archabbey has been a solid institution serving God’s people for over 160 years. We are grateful to all of our benefactors for their generous support over the years. Please help us to continue our long-standing tradition of service by making a gift. You will not only feel good about helping Saint Vincent, but the positive impact to your tax return will certainly brighten your day!

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Pittsburgh Steeler head coach Mike Tomlin completed his first training camp experience at Saint Vincent this summer. Above he is seen with wife Kiya and daughter Harlyn. The Tomlins have two sons as well, Michael Dean and Mason.

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