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Bicentennial of Our Founder’s Birth I can vouch for nothing. I am prepared for everything. Whoever wishes to follow me must also be prepared. —Archabbot Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B. Dear Friends, Our founder, Boniface Wimmer, wrote the above words in a letter to students who were thinking about following him on his mission to America. Like any endeavor, its success or failure was uncertain. But through the grace of God, it succeeded and we now prepare to celebrate the 200th birthday of Archabbot Wimmer, our founder, in 2009. A year-long schedule of events to be held in celebration of our Benedictine heritage and Archabbot Wimmer is planned. On a recent trip to Rome, I had the pleasure of presenting the first copy of a forthcoming book featuring the letters of Boniface Wimmer to Pope Benedict XVI. Edited by Jerome Oetgen, Wim-

mer’s biographer, this new publication, due out in December, tells the story of Wimmer’s missionary work through two hundred of his most important letters. You can read more about this endeavor on the pages which follow. Dr. Oetgen will visit the campus on Thursday, March 26, 2009, to give the Threshold Lecture, and will be available to autograph the new book following his talk. We will open the year’s celebration on January 14, Wimmer’s 200th birthday, with a special service. Abbot Primate Notker Wolf will be the keynote speaker for the Opening Ceremonies. Throughout the year there will be lectures, special web page features, and exhibits, as well as opportunities for you to come to Saint Vincent and share in our celebration. The bicentennial year will conclude with our Founders’ Day Mass on Thursday, November 20, to be celebrated by Cardinal Justin Rigali of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Bishops, abbots and representatives from parishes, schools, and

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abbeys which Boniface Wimmer founded will be invited to the event, which will end with the traditional fireworks. In the words of Boniface Wimmer, “No one imagined us capable of accomplishing anything significant, and yet we did accomplish something. God’s grace was obviously with us. Our chief object—the establishment of the Order in America— has been achieved, and our second major purpose—training and providing a sufficient clergy for our German Catholics—is well underway. May unbounded thanks be given to God a thousand times, for He chose and made use of us as instruments for the execution of His designs.” Peace and blessings to all of you for a joyous holiday season and throughout the new year. Sincerely,

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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 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: Rev. Brian Boosel, O.S.B. Ariel Byers Zheilla Cordero Liz Cousins Rev. Vincent Crosby, O.S.B. Annette D. Hart Rev. Omer U. Kline, O.S.B. Paul R. Whiteside Saint Vincent Archabbey 300 Fraser Purchase Rd., Latrobe, PA 15650-2690 724-805-2601

kim.metzgar@email.stvincent.edu www.saintvincentarchabbey.org www.bonifacewimmer.org

Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., and Jerome Oetgen, Boniface Wimmer’s biographer and editor of the new book on Wimmer’s letters, review photo selections for the book.

New Book Features Selected Letters of Boniface Wimmer By Kim Metzgar When Boniface Wimmer, the young Benedictine monk from Metten Abbey, Germany, felt a call to serve the missions in America, he was denied by his superiors three times, three years in succession. But he persisted, and finally was granted permission on his fourth request. Wimmer’s biographer, Jerome Oetgen, has taken a much longer route with his latest endeavor, waiting 32 years for publication of a work begun in 1976—Boniface Wimmer: Letters of an American Abbot. The volume, containing translations of 200 of the most important letters of the more than 1500 Wimmer wrote, will be released by Archabbey Publications in December. Oetgen began the project after publishing the first edition of his biography of Wimmer, An American Abbot (1976). He attributes the initiative to make the letters of Boniface Wimmer available to English speakers to Egbert Donovan, O.S.B., eighth Archabbot of Saint Vincent Archabbey. (Continued on Page 4)

ON THE COVER: The cover of the new book on Boniface Wimmer, edited by Jerome Oetgen, commemorates the 200th anniversary of Wimmer’s birth. This special bicentennial edition consists of translations and English originals of 200 of the most important of the more than 1500 letters the Archabbot wrote between 1832, the year he entered the Benedictine monastery of Metten in Bavaria, and his death in 1887. These letters therefore contain a trove of information and insight not only about Wimmer and American Benedictine history, but also about American Catholic history. The cover of the book was designed by Father Vincent Crosby, O.S.B.

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Letters of Boniface Wimmer (Continued from Page 3) “Archabbot Egbert was enthusiastic about making the letters of Wimmer available in English,” Oetgen said. “Some of the letters had been translated by Benedictines at Saint Vincent and other American Benedictine communities over the years, but the majority remained in the original German or Latin. The Archabbot asked me to undertake the job of coordinating the translation project.” Oetgen got sidetracked with other projects, first working on his doctoral dissertation, then pursuing careers first as a college teacher and later as a U.S. diplomat, then preparing a second edition of An American Abbot (1997), and writing Mission to America: A History of

Saint Vincent Archabbey, the First Benedictine Monastery in the United States (2001), both published by Catholic University of America Press. But despite the passing of more than three decades, the letters project never left his slate. Nearly two-thirds of the letters were eventually translated by 31 men and women, most of whom were Benedictine monks and sisters. Translators included Leopold Krul, O.S.B., ninth Archabbot of Saint Vincent. Oetgen, who translated many of the letters himself, edited the translations, comparing them with the originals, then collated and had them bound into a three-volume set for use in the Archabbey Archives. Several copies were prepared for the convenience of researchers using the Archives. Some of the important letters had been published

Portion of a letter written and signed by Boniface Wimmer. In the era before copy machines, important letters were often re-copied in a journal book so that the author had a record of what he or she had written. (Saint Vincent Archabbey Archives) 4

Author and Editor Jerome Oetgen earlier, but usually these were letters related to specific topics, such as the early history of Benedictine women in the United States. Oetgen’s goal was to make a wider selection of letters available to readers of English. Then the question of publication arose. “After I finished Mission to America, Archabbot Douglas Nowicki expressed interest in publishing all of the translated letters,” Oetgen said. Given the fact that the forthcoming book of only 200 letters is more than 600 pages long, such a publication would have been more than 3,600 pages in length. “There is a lot of repetition in the letters Wimmer wrote,” he added, “so it really wasn’t necessary to publish them all.” Oetgen therefore began the careful and difficult process of selecting the most important letters to be edited and published. “This collection allows a wider reading public to have a choice sampling of a correspondence that is indispensable for understanding the history of Benedictine monasticism and the growth of American Catholicism in the nineteenthcentury United States. Jerome Oetgen gives us the unmistakable voice of Boniface Wimmer and in the process dispels stereotypes and creates a more balanced and nuanced portrait of a commanding figure in modern Church history,” said Father Joel Rippinger O.S.B., of Marmion Abbey, Illinois. (Continued on Page 5) Volume 19, Number 2


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Letters of Boniface Wimmer (Continued from Page 4) “Wimmer’s achievement has been generally underestimated in the history of American Catholicism,” Oetgen said, noting that the “principal focus of his missionary labors and apostolic work was on immigrant Catholic communities in rural America at a time when the most dramatic and formative events in nineteenth-century American Catholicism were taking place in the densely populated cities of the land.” “Wimmer did not work in the wings but rather on the broad full stage of the great multicultural drama that was the nineteenth-century American Catholic Church,” he stated. “If his role did not often bring him to center stage, he was nonetheless, clearly, one of the key supporting actors.” Wimmer went on to establish 11 abbeys and priories that operated dozens of schools throughout the United States. Currently, there are 32 abbeys and priories around the world that are a part of the American Cassinese Congregation, founded by Wimmer. The late John Tracy Ellis, who was known as the dean of Roman Catholic history in the United States, called Wimmer the “greatest Catholic missionary of nineteenth-century America.” Wimmer was a practical man whose pragmatism, optimism, and contribution to the Catholic Church in America are clearly reflected in the letters he wrote. He was also a spiritual father who guided many monks, nuns, and lay people through the difficult moments in their spiritual lives. Oetgen noted that one of his favorite letters is one in which Wimmer shows himself to be a gentle and understanding father to one of the younger monks who was unhappy with a decision the abbot had made. “You must renew your faith in Divine Providence, which wisely and miraculously directs and orders everything, even the smallest event, and which

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“This collection allows a wider reading public to have a choice sampling of a correspondence that is indispensable for understanding the history of Benedictine monasticism and the growth of American Catholicism in the nineteenth-century United States. Jerome Oetgen gives us the unmistakable voice of Boniface Wimmer and in the process dispels stereotypes and creates a more balanced and nuanced portrait of a commanding figure in modern Church history.” —Father Joel Rippinger, O.S.B., Marmion Abbey, Illinois.

brings about our temporal and spiritual well-being,” Wimmer wrote to monk Julian Kilger. “When you are as old as I am, you will become more convinced that for those who love God, all things will lead to the best, and that a life under obedience or under the Rule [of Saint Benedict] is one of the greatest blessings that God can grant to anyone. We cannot do stupid things except when we deviate from obedience to the Rule, since the Rule gives us the surest guarantee for peace and assures the final attainment of our goal and destination. The fact that we sometimes think we would be more at peace and happier if things happened according to our own desires has its origin in the fact that we lack the experience of a life of true freedom, or else those who have had this experience have paid too little attention to it…. Indeed, we know that no Christian is perfect. None of us is without

shortcomings.… There will always be disappointments, but they will never disturb our peace significantly or for a long time. Disappointments will further our salvation, not endanger it.” Oetgen, who has a doctorate from the University of Toronto, is currently a U.S. diplomat serving in Haiti. Previous assignments have been in Rome; Madrid; Quito, Ecuador; Managua, Nicaragua and Asunción, Paraguay. Prior to entering the diplomatic corps, he taught in the English Department of Seton Hill University. “For a long time I have given much and even daily thought to this journey of mine,” Wimmer wrote to Gregory Scherr, Archbishop of Munich on October 29, 1845, a year before undertaking his mission. “I understand all the difficulties: local, physical, and moral. I have also often considered that it would be (Continued on Page 6)

Talking over image selections for the book are, from left, Liz Cousins of Archabbey Publications, who designed the book; Editor Jerome Oetgen and Father Brian Boosel, O.S.B., Archabbey Archivist.

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Hart’s Sleeping Place First Stop For Boniface Wimmer By Kim Metzgar While Saint Vincent founder Boniface Wimmer eventually settled in Latrobe, where he found the fields and farmland to be more conducive to the community he wanted to establish, his first stop on his mission to America was a little log building called Hart’s Sleeping Place, near Carrolltown, Cambria County. The church there, Saint Joseph’s Mission Church, is the oldest existing church in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Father Peter Henry Lemke, who was pastor at the time (and who later became a Benedictine), played a pivotal role in Boniface Wimmer’s coming to America. The church was blessed in 1830 by Father Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin. Father Demetrius, born a son of a Russian prince and a German countess, was known as apostle of the Alleghenies. (He is now known as Servant of God Dem-

View of the historic Saint Joseph’s Mission Church, near Carrolltown. etrius Gallitzin, as a step in the canonization process.) The mission church, still active for special services, is cared for by a group of local residents who have had a deep

Selected Letters of Boniface Wimmer (Continued from Page 5) presumptuous to think of forcing oneself on God as if one had a missionary vocation. I have not forgotten to ask Our Lord with prayer and pleading whether my underlying motive might not be to escape from obedience, or the desire to become a superior myself. Yet I have never to my knowledge been plagued by these ambitions. On the contrary, the result of my soul searching is always the same: my poor, forlorn countrymen stand before me and call for help. I should and

want to help as best I can. I desire to go—as firmly as can be desired—with several others or alone, whichever is possible and convenient. I will not rest until I have succeeded.” Neither did Jerome Oetgen. Oetgen will lecture on the heritage of Wimmer on March 26 at Saint Vincent. A book signing event is planned in conjunction with the lecture. Prepublication orders are being taken for the book at http://www.stvincentstore.com.

“Jerome Oetgen continues his outstanding service to the American Cassinese Congregation, and to monastic historians in general, by preparing this extensive collection of Archabbot Boniface Wimmer’s letters. This volume supplements and enriches the story he has already told in his life of Wimmer and his history of Saint Vincent Archabbey. Even taken by themselves, the letters allow the reader to sit by Wimmer’s side and watch the dramatic development of the pioneering monk’s vision from Bavaria to the backcountry of Pennsylvania, and then throughout a growing nation. The relentless determination of Boniface Wimmer is relentlessly evidenced in one letter after another, and the difference that one man can make in history provides encouragement for the future.” —Father James Flint, O.S.B., Saint Procopius Abbey, Lisle, Illinois.

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interest in and often a family tie to the parish. Ken and Linda Morchesky of Carrolltown have been managing the historic church for 23 years, usually opening it on weekends for guests to pray and visit the historic exhibit room full of photos and other memoriabilia from 9 a.m. till dusk. (It is closed during inclement weather). Although the building is now preserved with vinyl siding, Linda Morchesky pointed out a small window in the siding through which visitors can view the old logs underneath. In the cemetery are many historic gravestones, one in memory of John Weakland. He defended Prince Gallitzin from an angry mob of anti-Catholics, and tradition holds that when Weakland’s body was transferred to Saint Joseph’s Cemetery, his right arm, which wielded a fence rail in defense of Prince Gallitzin, was preserved incorrupt, a sign of sanctity. It is said that then Gallitzin prophesied that one day one of Weakland’s descendants would become a priest and offer Mass at the church. That prophesy came true in 1917 when Father Bernard Weakland offered Mass in the church. There are a number of pictorial stained glass windows in the church, one in particular telling the story of Boniface Wimmer and Father Peter Henry Lemke meeting at the old log church, with an older aerial view of Saint Vincent Archabbey in another panel. Each October, Bishop Joseph Adamec (Continued on Page7) Volume 19, Number 2


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Interior of Saint Joseph’s Mission Parish, near Carrolltown, Cambria County.

Hart’s Sleeping Place First Stop For Wimmer (Continued from Page 6) celebrates a special Mass at the mission church in honor of its anniversary. Persons wishing to visit the parish during the Wimmer anniversary year can follow these directions as if they were travelling from Saint Vincent. From Latrobe, take Route 981 north through downtown Latrobe and follow to New Alexandria for almost ten miles. Take Route 22 east for 36.8 miles to the Carrolltown exit, just before Ebensburg. From there, take Route 219 west toward Carrolltown/

Indiana. Go for 7.5 miles to where the highway intersects with Route 422. Stay on Route 219 and follow it through Carrolltown. Continue through Carrolltown on Route 219, passing Saint Benedict’s Parish (100 North Main Street). On the northern edge of the Borough of Carrolltown, take Sunset Road four-tenths of a mile to Tower Road. From there travel a half mile into West Carroll Township and the intersection of Township Road 532. Turn left to Saint Joseph’s Mission Church.

Portion of stained glass window showing Boniface Wimmer and Father Lemke.

JANUARY 14—Boniface Wimmer’s birthday, January 14, 1809. Official opening, Abbot Primate Notker Wolf, O.S.B. Vespers at 7 p.m., Archabbey Basilica, followed by reception in the Parish Center Assembly Room. MARCH 21—Saint Benedict’s Day, commemorating the passing of Saint Benedict. Mass, Archabbey Basilica. 26—Threshold Lecture, Jerome Oetgen, “The Heritage of Boniface Wimmer,” 8 p.m., Robert S. Carey Student Center Auditorium. APRIL 22—Honors Convocation, Wednesday, April 22, 2009. Groundbreaking for The Sis and Herman Dupre Science Complex. MAY 28-30—Benedictine Pedagogy Conference, Saint Vincent College. JUNE 26-July 1—North American Association of Benedictine Oblate Directors Conference, Saint Vincent Archabbey. JULY 11—Saint Benedict’s Day, Solemnity of Saint Benedict, Solemn Profession of Monastic Vows. 27—Anniversary of Boniface Wimmer being designated Abbot and President for Life, 1866. AUGUST 1—Anniversary of Boniface Wimmer’s Ordination to the Priesthood, 1831. 10—Boniface Wimmer embarks for the United States, 1846. SEPTEMBER 15—Boniface Wimmer arrives in New York City. 17—Boniface Wimmer elected Abbot of the Saint Vincent community for the first time, 1855. 18-20—Oktoberfest event, Saint Vincent College Homecoming. 30—Boniface Wimmer arrives at Hart’s Sleeping Place, Carrolltown. OCTOBER 2-11—Benedictine Heritage Tour, Bavaria. October 9 the tour will visit and participate in a tribute to Boniface Wimmer in Thalmassing, his hometown. 18—Boniface Wimmer arrives at Saint Vincent, 1846. NOVEMBER 19—Founders’ Day, Mass with Cardinal Justin Rigali, Wimmerfest. Official closing of the Bicentennial year. Bishop, abbots of foundations of Saint Vincent Archabbey, and all entities of Saint Vincent: Archabbey, College, Seminary, parishes, high school, missions. DECEMBER 8—Anniversary of Boniface Wimmer’s death, 1887. 29—Anniversary of Boniface Wimmer’s solemn profession of monastic vows, 1833.

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Archabbey News Father Stephen. R. Honeygosky, O.S.B., Ph.D., was promoted to Assistant Professor of English at Seton Hill University in June. That same month he attended a conference on Religion in the Public Forum at Trinity Conference C e n t e r, We s t p o r t , Connecticut. He was one of three faculty members representing Seton Hill. Participants developed and presented specific plans for their respective programs to promote and discuss religious literacy on campus. Seton Hill’s plans were to review course syllabi with faculty and discover ways to implement the university’s objectives on religion, spirituality, and Catholic social teaching across the curriculum, and assess where and how the objectives were being met. Father Stephen also received a grant from Seton Hill to continue work on his book about John Milton’s epic Paradise Lost and the Psalms, during the month of July, at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. His paper, entitled, “Merismus and Milton’s Poetic Liturgy: Late Protestant Poetics in Paradise Lost” was accepted for the “Milton 400” Conference at Saint Anselm’s College, Manchester, New Hampshire, Nov. 7-8. The conference commemorates John Milton’s 400th birthday. The paper will figure into Father Stephen’s book on John Milton’s Protestant Poetics. ***** The Rev. James F. Podlesny, O.S.B., was invited to speak at Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell’s Civic Commemoration of the Holocaust on Tuesday, May 6, 2008. Father Jim’s message, “Remembering Dachau and the Holocaust,” was delivered in the Governor’s Reception Room at the Main State Capitol Build-

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ing in Harrisburg. The talk, given in the presence of Governor Rendell, members of the Pennsylvania House and Senate, and Holocaust survivors, was broadcast on PCN, the Pennsylvania Cable Network. Father Jim is pastor of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Palmyra, and Catholic EcumenistTheologian for the Pennsylvania Conference on Interchurch Cooperation, the ecumenical agency of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and the Pennsylvania Council of Churches. ***** Father Maurus Mount, O.S.B., is pursuing g r a d u a t e degrees in Latin and Greek at The University of Illinois, UrbanaChampaign. During that time he will be residing at the rectory of Saint John’s Newman Center near the heart of campus. ***** Nine Saint Vincent College Honors Program students traveled to Ireland in May to see many of the places that were discussed in their Modern Ireland class taught by Father Rene Kollar, O.S.B. While in Ireland the students toured Trinity College, viewed the Book of Kells, Kilmainham Gaol and Kilkenny Castle. They also visited significant religious sites such as Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Christ’s Church, Glenstal Abbey and Kylemore Abbey. In addition, the group went to the Altamont Gardens, the Connemara region of County Galway, the

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Cliffs of Moher, the Rock of Cashel and several students went horseback riding along the Irish coast. ***** Father Tom Hart, O.S.B., gave the first presentation of the fall series, Tapping T h e o l o g y, sponsored by Saint Vincent College Campus Ministry. His presentation was entitled ‘The New Atheism.’ Father Tom was among those representing Saint Vincent at the Second Annual “Benedictine Pedagogy Conference” held at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois, which is sponsored by Saint Procopius Abbey, a daughter house of Saint Vincent Archabbey. Father Tom offered a presentation at the meeting entitled “Catholic Identity: small c, or Capital C?” The conference brought over 60 participants from Benedictine schools around the country. The Third Annual Benedictine Pedagogy Conference will be held at Saint Vincent in 2009. ***** The Latimer Family Library at Saint Vincent is featuring an initial exhibit of selections from the Boniface Wimmer Music Collection. This is the beginning of several such presentations to continue through 2009. The collection consists of over 3,500 entries, still to be evaluated and finalized for any direct use by those interested in it. Cataloguing the collection is a special project being done by Father Jerome Purta, O.S.B. ***** Father Mark Gruber, O.S.B., professor of anthropology, addressed 150 stu(Continued on Page 10) Volume 19, Number 2


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Two Ordained To Diaconate In August Two monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey were ordained to the diaconate on Saturday, August 9, by Most Rev. Lawrence E. Brandt, J.C.D., Ph.D., Bishop of Greensburg. Brother Benoit Alloggia, O.S.B., who is currently completing priesthood studies in Rome, and Brother Joseph Adams, O.S.B., who is studying at Saint Vincent Seminary, are from Noiseau, France, and Lusby, Maryland, respectively. Brother Benoit is the son of Dante Alloggia and Margueritte Rabette of Noiseau. His siblings are Pierre of Paris; Rev. Samuel, a Passionist missionary in Jamaica; Sebastien of Paris; Jean Baptiste of Noiseau and Claire of Paris. He is a 1986 graduate of Saint Jean Baptiste de le Salle High School in France. He earned a degree in philosophy from Saint Thomas Pontifical University in Rome in 1991 and a degree in nursing in 1995 from the school of nursing in Rieti, Italy. He began graduate studies at Middlebury College in Vermont in 2003. He has also studied at Saint Vincent Seminary and currently attends The Angelicum, Saint Thomas

Taking part in the diaconate ordination on August 9 were, from left, Brother Joseph Adams, O.S.B.; Most Rev. Lawrence E. Brandt, Bishop of Greensburg; Brother Benoit Alloggia, O.S.B. and Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. University, Rome. 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 monastic vows on July 11, 2005. In 2002-2003 he served on the staff of the monastery infirmary and was an assistant in the vocation office. In 2004, he was named socius of novices at Saint Vincent Archabbey and food service liaison for monastery food services. He was appointed to the Saint Vincent College faculty in 2004, teaching French and Italian until 2006, when he began studies in Rome.

Meeting with Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., recently to discuss ongoing educational exchanges with students from China, were visitors, from left, Professor Chen Rong, Chairman of the MBA School, Jiangxi University; Darcy Ye, Director of the International Office, Jiangxi University; Dr. Liao Jinqiu, Chairman (Equivalent to Chancellor), Jiangxi University; David Luo, Chinese Agent for Saint Vincent College; Glow Wan, Chinese Agent for Saint Vincent College.

Brother Joseph is the son of Paul V. and Rita A. Adams of Lusby. His brothers are Paul of Chapel Hill, N.C., and David of Gaithersburg, MD. His sisters are Julie M. Gonzales of Dale City, VA, and Jennifer M. Adams of Lusby. He attended Saint Catherine Laboure Parochial School in Wheaton, MD, and is a 1982 graduate of Wheaton High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from Saint Vincent College in 2001. In 2002 he began emergency medical technician and licensed practical nurse training at Bowman Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas. In 2003 he began studies in facilities management and electronics at Triangle Tech, Pittsburgh. He began studies at Saint Vincent Seminary in 2005. He made simple profession of vows July 10, 1997, and solemn profession of vows July 11, 2000. He has served as miller at the Saint Vincent Gristmill, socius of novices (through 2000), and was captain of the Saint Vincent Fire Department until his appointment as fire chief in 2001. He served as chief until 2005, when he became assistant chief upon entering the seminary. In 2000 he was named a dorm moderator for Saint Vincent College and assistant director of vocations (2001-2002). In 2001-2002 he served as building manager for the Saint Vincent Gristmill. In 2004, he was named electrician’s assistant in Facilities Management at Saint Vincent College.

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Archabbey News (Continued from Page 8) dents from various campuses of universities in Pittsburgh, August 31 in the social hall of Saint Paul’s Cathedral. Father Mark was invited by the Oratorian Fathers who oversee campus ministry at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, Robert Morris University, and others to speak about an anthropological insight into the phenomenon of romance among the young, as well as the Christian approach to social and mutual attraction. Father Mark also gave a weekend seminar to the Poor Clare Sisters of Barhamsville, Virginia, from August 22 to 24. The community of contemplative sisters, founded from Saint Clare of Assisi, is in the process of integrating newer members from nations and cultures outside of the western purview, and had enlisted Father Mark to provide an anthropological and Catholic perspective to address them on various topics related to acculturation, ethnocentrism, multi-cultural appreciation and linguistic relativism. Father Mark provided an hour-long interview on August 7 from Green Bay, Wisconsin on Relevant Radio, a nationally-syndicated Catholic radio station. He appeared on the Drew Mariani Show, and spoke on the anthropological approach to religious diversity based upon respectful listening to differing religious traditions according to the discourses held within each community more than any religion’s public presentation to the outside world. Father Mark dealt especially with Islam based upon his doctoral ethnographic fieldwork in Egypt. The book, Journey Back to Eden by Father Mark, published by Orbis

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Books, entered a sixth printing in July. Originally published in 2002, the book tells the story of his year of anthropological doctoral fieldwork in Egypt. Father Mark has addressed various chapters of Legatus, a Catholic faithbased organization, this summer in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Houma, Mobile, Lexington, Toledo, Covington, Atlanta, Detroit, and Appleton, Wisconsin. He has spoken about lay Catholic responsibility to cultivate cross-cultural respect in the present climate of world religions in tension. He is also presenting a series of conferences at the Cistercian Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky. This Trappist monastery is most remembered popularly for its prolific author and spiritual commentator, Thomas Merton. Father Mark’s series of eight lectures concern aspects of the “Theology of the Body” especially as it involves the biblical tradition and the monastic life. Father Mark gave an interview recently at WDUQ, Duquesne University, with Liane Hansen for National Public Radio, NPR. The interview concerned the delicate ecological equilibrium of Egypt’s Sahara Desert in the vicinity of the Nile River Valley after the Aswan High Dam. Hansen invited Father Mark for the interview after reading his ethnographical research, Sacrifice in the Desert that concerns the desert communities of the Copts. The interview is part of an ongoing NPR series on global warming that airs on the Sunday morning edition, Climate Connections. The program is available online at NPR.com. ***** Father Paul Taylor, O.S.B, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Saint Vincent College, gave a presentation on “Honoring God with Our Work,” during a Campus Ministry Late Night Catechism meeting held recently.

***** Father Mark Wenzinger O.S.B., assistant professor of philosophy, presented a paper at the biennial conference of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy of the University of Nottingham (UK). The conference, entitled “The Grandeur of Reason,” was held on the campus of the American University in Rome, Italy. The title of Father Mark’s paper is: “‘Philosophy Always Comes Too Late’. Michel Henry on the Priority of Natural Consciousness.” ***** F a t h e r Shawn Matthew Anderson, O.S.B., is pursuing graduate studies at Virginia Commonwealth U n i v e r s i t y, Richmond. ***** In his latest book, Eros e Tânatos: a vida, a morte, o desejo (i.e., Eros and Thanatos: life, death, desire), published by the Jesuit publishing house Loyola, one of the largest in Brazil, Brother Rogério M. de Almeida, O.S.B., addresses the constant tensions between life and death, love and hatred, creation and annihilation, inclusion and separation, as perceived by relevant phi(Continued on Page 12)

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Scholarship Honors Archabbot Douglas Mr. John C. Marous, Jr., Chairman of the Saint Vincent Seminary Board of Regents, recently announced the establishment of the Archabbot Douglas Nowicki, O.S.B. Minority Scholarship Fund at Saint Vincent College to recognize Archabbot Douglas for his leadership in providing educational opportunities to minority students.The eleventh Archabbot of Saint Vincent Archabbey and Chancellor of Saint Vincent College and Seminary, he is also the Major Superior of the Benedictines at the Priory and Benedictine Military School in Savan-

nah, Georgia, and the Benedictine Priories in Brazil and Taiwan. The Archabbot’s service to minority students has a long history. In 1967, as a junior monk, he helped to establish Project Headway, a program for youths from Pittsburgh’s North Side, where the Benedictines have served for 150 From left, Duane Ashley, Reggie Butler, Julius Thomyears. These students as, Dr. Veronica Morgan-Lee, Melissa Parks, Archabbot came to Douglas and Amy Tran at Martin Luther King Day festiviSaint Vincent ties at Saint Vincent College, 2008. Dr. Morgan-Lee is on to participate the College Board of Directors and is Executive Director in a variety of of the Crossroads Foundations. The others are all current educational Saint Vincent students. and motivational programs to enhance Side, where he was actively involved their skills and interest in or- with St. Peter’s School (now Cardinal der to prepare them for col- Wright School). He was Chairman of lege. the Saint Vincent College Department of Prior to his election as Ar- Psychology for six years and in addition, chabbot, he served as Sec- served on the staff of Children’s Hospiretary for Education of the tal of Pittsburgh and as a psychological William Thomas, a 2000 Saint Vincent College Diocese of Pittsburgh, and consultant to Mister Rogers’ Neighborgraduate, Janard Pendleton, a 2001 Saint Vincent as pastor of Queen of Peace hood. Parish on Pittsburgh’s North In his role as Chancellor of Saint VinCollege graduate, and Archabbot Douglas. cent College, Archabbot Douglas has taken a special interest in serving the needs of economically disadvantaged Two Benedictines were among degree in philosophy and theology students, working with the Extra Mile seven new full-time faculty members from Sant’ Anselmo in Rome in 1996. Education Foundation and the Crossnamed this fall at Saint Vincent ColFather Stephen was ordained a Bene- roads Foundation in the Diocese of lege dictine priest at the Abbey of Monte- Pittsburgh to provide opportunity, and Father Stephen Concordia, O.S.B. cassino in Cassino, Italy in 1995. education, to these students. is an assistant Brother FerYour gift will pay tribute to Archabbot professor of fine nando Lanas, Douglas, who has committed his priestarts. He earned O.S.B. is an ly life to Saint Vincent and especially a bachelor’s instructor of to helping minority students from ecodegree in piano modern and nomically disadvantaged backgrounds. performance classical lanThrough contributions to this special and a master’s guages. A native scholarship fund, donors will help to degree in theoof Ecuador, provide a college education to a student retical studies Brother Ferwho otherwise would not have this opfrom the New nando earned portunity. England Conservatory of Music in his bachelor’s degree from the UniverFor more information, contact: Rev. Boston in 1980 and 1984, respecsidad San Francisco de Quito in 1997, Paul Taylor, O.S.B, Vice President of Intively. He also received diplomas in a Master of Divinity from Saint Vincent stitutional Advancement, Saint Vincent organ and Gregorian chant from the Seminary in 2005 and a Master of Arts College, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in in Latin American Literature from the Latrobe, PA 15650-2690, Phone: (724) Rome. He was awarded a bachelor’s University of Pittsburgh in 2008. 805-2527.

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Archabbey News (Continued from Page 10) losophers through the ages. Moving from the pre-Socratics to Plato, and especially through Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Freud, Brother Rogério presents the constant game of opposing forces that make us who we are. He starts and concludes his book with the same question formulated by Saint Augustine: Is our existence a mortal life, or a vital death? Or both at the same time, reiterating the tension noted by the authors he considers? ***** Father Michael Gabler, O.S.B., is pursuing graduate studies in art at the Savannah College of Art and Design and residing at Benedictine Military School in Savannah. ***** Saint Vincent College faculty members participated in a summer reading and discussion session during July and August through the Saint Vincent Science and Theology Forum. The group discussed the impact that recent discoveries in neuroscience have on theology, the understanding of consciousness and the variety of religious experiences. The group read and discussed Mark Salzman’s Lying Awake and The Accidental Mind: How Brain Evolution Has Given Us Love, Memory, Dreams and God by David J. Linden. The Forum consisted of two face-to-face meetings including a guest speaker who gave an overview of neuroscience. Participants interacted using on-line discussion forums to share their insights about the readings. Benedictine participants included Father Campion Gavaler, O.S.B., associate professor of Theology; Brother Norman Hipps, O.S.B., associate professor of mathematics and Dean of the Boyer

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School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computing; Father Vernon Holtz, O.S.B., associate professor of psychology and Father Thomas Hart, O.S.B., instructor in Theology. The Forum works to bring current issues in the dialogue between science and religion to the Saint Vincent community. The forum is funded by a generous grant from the Metanexus Institute, with matching funds provided by the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computing, the School for Humanities and Fine Arts, and the Office of Mission. ***** Benedictines from Saint Vincent have been conducting a series of monthly spirituality classes, coordinated by Father Donald Raila, O.S.B., director of Oblates. Presenters have included Father Maurus Mount, O.S.B., “Conversion of Heart”; Father Philip Kanfush, O.S.B., “Prayer in Benedictine Spirituality”; Father Fred Byrne, O.S.B., “Holiness in Benedictine Spirituality”; Father Brian Boosel, O.S.B., “Obedience in Benedictine Spirituality”; Father Sebastian Samay, O.S.B., “The Eucharist in Benedictine Spirituality”. ***** Father Philip Kanfush, O.S.B., was among twelve Saint Vincent College faculty members awarded ten research grants for the 2008-2009 academic year.

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Father Philip, instructor in education, will team with Dr. Kristin Harty, assistant professor of education, to work together on a project entitled, “Using Systemic Reading Instruction to Improve the Comprehension Skills and Behavior for Children At-risk for these Deficits.” The purpose of their research is to determine if a systematic reading intervention using regular classroom materials will increase reading comprehension and decrease the behavior problems of atrisk students or those with behavior problems. ***** Saint Vincent College Campus Ministry featured several Benedictines during its Breakfast with Benedict series, held in the fall of 2008. Father Philip Kanfush, O.S.B., procurator, spoke on “Goods of the Monastery.” Brother Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., spoke about “Artisans of the Monastery.” “Tools for Good Works” was the topic by Father Brian Boosel, O.S.B. Archabbot Douglas Nowicki, O.S.B., talked about the prologue of the Rule of Saint Benedict. ***** Father Paschal A. Morlino, O.S.B., Founder and Director-Emeritus of Adelphoi Village, U.S.A., spoke during the Adelphoi Founders’ Day celebration, marking 37 years of service to the community. The Adelphoi system on the Vincent Center campus, Latrobe, represents only a part of the entire operation. “This system could not exist without the over 800 (Continued on Page 21) Volume 19, Number 2


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Children’s Literature Day At Rogers Center By Zheilla Cordero On Saturday, September 6th, the Saint Vincent College School of Social Sciences, Communication, and Education teamed with the Western Pennsylvania Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators to hold its first Children’s Literature Conference, organized by Dr. Marybeth Spore, Dean. Twenty-three children’s authors, including Saint Vincent Benedictine Father Philip Kanfush, met at the Fred M. Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media for “Good Books in Your Neighborhood.” The day began with an introduction by Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. (top, left, photo) and was followed by a warm welcome from Joanne Rogers (top, right) thanking everybody who made the day, as well as the Fred M. Rogers Cen-

ter, possible. Each of the authors had something different to offer those who attended the conference—the subjects of their books ranging from science or

College Marks Coeducation Anniversary Twenty-five years ago, Saint Vincent College students greeted the arrival of coeducation with a day-long celebration to mark the historic change. On Aug. 27, students celebrated the 25th anniversary of coeducation and the contributions women have made at Saint Vincent during the past quarter-century. While the college enrolled about 250 freshmen in the fall of 1983, this year’s freshman class is topping 450, confirming a steady growth in student enrollment during that time. The percentage of women in that first freshman class was 33 percent while the current class is about 50 percent. The move toward coeducation began

in 1977 with a feasibility study which endorsed the admittance of women. Three years later, an ad hoc committee to study coeducation noted that the positive indicators favoring coeducation far outweighed the negative factors. In the fall of 1981, the Board of Directors passed a resolution endorsing the concept, and in January of 1982, the Board of Directors unanimously endorsed coeducation. In addition to the opening ceremony, the college will present exhibits, lectures and special events throughout the year. The Saint Vincent Gallery presented “Women artists from around the world and from around the corner” this fall.

nature-related to adventure, puzzles or bedtime storybooks. Each author had a table where parents, children and educators could visit and speak one-on-one to the authors. In addition to having tables, each visiting author gave a twenty minute presentation, discussing his or her works and inspirations. Also attending were Rita Catalano, of the Rogers Center; Maxwell King, Executive Director of the Rogers Center, and Bill Isler, former Executive Director of the Center. In the bottom photo, Father Philip, a member of the Education Department faculty at Saint Vincent, demonstrates how a wetlands works with a model he created to Tessa, Michael Perez and Madeline Douglas, college student Alex Lynch, second from right, and other visitors. His book, Emma’s Wetlands Adventure, is the story of the passive acid mine drainage treatment wetlands at Saint Vincent and is aimed at readers in grades four and up.

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Two Monks Profess Solemn Vows Brother Bonaventure Curtis, O.S.B., an attorney from southern California, and Father Peter Augustine Pierjok, a priest from the Diocese of Peoria, professed solemn vows as Benedictine monks before Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., July 11, in the Archabbey Basilica. Brother Bonaventure, a native of southern California, was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After successful business ventures in insurance, he entered Western State University/ Thomas Jefferson College of Law, San Diego, in the fall of 1975, where he completed his studies for the Doctor of Law degree in December of 1977. He was admitted to the State of California Bar Association and practiced law continuously thereafter in California. Following the death of his wife, Roswitha, in 2000, he continued to practice law until he was admitted to the novitiate at Saint Vincent Archabbey. He has three daughters, now in San Diego: Christina, a first grade teacher at Clearview Elementary School, Chula Vista; Stephanie Anne, a CPA and senior analyst for the Corky McMillian Com-

Making their solemn profession of monastic vows before Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. were, at left, Brother Bonaventure Curtis, O.S.B., and at right, Father Peter Augustine Pierjok, O.S.B. panies, a publicly traded regional real estate developer; and Katherine Rose, a registered nurse in the Emergency Room at San Diego Hospital. Brother Bonaventure has served as an assistant in the Archabbot’s Office (2005-2007), was named assistant director of Archabbey vocations and is a member of the faculty of Saint Vincent College. Father Peter Augustine is a 1965 graduate of Nashville Community High School, Nashville, Illinois. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in design from

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Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in 1969, and studied philosophy at both Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, and at Saint Vincent College. He 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 careeer in sales and marketing. On April 16, 1987 he made perpetual vows with the Benedictine Community of St. Augustine, Peoria. He was ordained a priest on May 28, 1988 by Bishop Edward W. O’Rourke of the Diocese of Peoria. He served in various capacities in the Diocese of Peoria, and as pastor of several parishes. In June 2004, he transferred from the Diocese of Peoria to Saint Vincent Archabbey. In August 2005, he was appointed Chaplain at Latrobe Area Hospital, where he served until 2006. He also served as the socius of novices and postulants for the Archabbey (2005-2007), as well as director of Archabbey guests and guest facilities and the assoicate director of vocations (2005-2007). From October of 2006 to August of 2007, he served as administrator of Forty Martyrs Parish, Trauger. In 2007, Father Peter Augustine was named pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Youngstown, and Saint Cecilia Parish, Whitney. Volume 19, Number 2


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Four Profess Simple Vows, Two Renew Vows Four novices made first vows as Benedictine monks during vespers July 10 at Saint Vincent Archabbey. The men include a Saint Vincent College graduate from Jeannette, Brother Michael Antonacci, O.S.B.; a Carnegie native recently graduated from Saint John’s University, New York, Brother Gabriel Myriam Kurzawski, O.S.B.; a former Kissimmee, Florida resident who served as a counselor in both Florida and South Carolina, Brother Jeremiah Lange, O.S.B.; and a former account manager from Philadelphia, Brother Maximilian Maxwell, O.S.B. All four men entered the novitiate in July 2007, and have spent a year in the monastic community prior to professing their first vows. Two junior monks, Brother Nathanael Polinski, O.S.B., and Brother Elijah Cirigliano, O.S.B., renewed their profession of vows. Once simple vows are made, junior monks renew their vows for two more years before being considered for solemn vows. All of the simply professed monks, as well as the junior monks, are enrolled in the graduate program of Saint Vincent Seminary. Brother Maximilian is assistant campus minister for athletics and assistant director of Archabbey Guests and Facilities. Brother Jeremiah is student advisor for the Opportunity Program, assistant archivist in the monastery, assistant director of the Oblate Program and assistant baker of Saint Vincent bread. Brother Michael is a teaching assistant in the Physics Department of Saint Vincent College and assistant miller of the Saint Vincent Gristmill. Brother Gabriel Myriam is assistant master of ceremonies and sacristan, assistant to the Director of Vocations and an assistant in the summer retreat program. Brother Nathanael is socius of novices for the abbey, assistant to the director of Archabbey Finances and Investments; and a faculty member at Saint Vincent College. Brother Elijah is assistant organist/

choirmaster and schola director for the abbey, an assistant in the Archabbey

and Seminary Development Office and Benedictine resident in Wimmer Hall.

Making their first profession of vows on July 10 were, from left, Brother Michael Antonacci, O.S.B., Brother Maximilian Maxwell, O.S.B., Brother Jeremiah Lange, O.S.B., and Brother Gabriel Myriam Kurzawski, O.S.B.

Renewing their vows on July 10 were junior monks Brother Nathanael Polinski, O.S.B., left, and Brother Elijah Cirigliano, O.S.B.

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The monastic community of São Bento Monastery in Vinhedo, Brazil includes, front, from left, Father Filipe de Almeida, O.S.B., Prior Paulo S. Panza, O.S.B., Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Abbot Joaquim de Arruda Zamith, O.S.B., Brother Miguel Savieto, O.S.B.; back, from left, Postulant José Octávio Aranha, Brother Osvaldo Batista, O.S.B., Brother Rogério Miranda de Almeida, O.S.B., Brother Pedro Fonseca, O.S.B., Brother João Batista de Araújo Santos, O.S.B., Brother Elias Pinheiro da Silva, O.S.B., Brother José Matias, O.S.B., Brother Plácido Maria da Silva, O.S.B., Brother André Melli, O.S.B., Postulant Rafael Bressane de Oliveira.

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Pictured, from left, are Archabbot Douglas, Father Filipe de Almeida, Prior Paulo Panza, O.S.B., and Br. João Batista, O.S.B. Archabbot Douglas and Father Filipe listen to the words of gratitude of Prior Paulo, on behalf of the Community of São Bento Monastery, for the courage and love shown by so many of their confreres from Saint Vincent Archabbey who accepted the challenge to go to Brazil and serve God and His People there over the years. He also thanked Archabbot Douglas for the ongoing support of the mission in Brazil.

Archabbot Douglas and Brother André Melli, O.S.B., with Brother André’s family after Sunday Mass at São Bento Monastery in Vinhedo. Brother André, who is from Vinhedo, has been studying and serving at Saint Vincent Archabbey for the past four years. He was in Vinhedo during Archabbot Douglas’s visitation for the celebration of his parents’ Golden Jubilee.

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Archabbot Douglas with Father Alexandre Souza e Silva de Moura, who completed his priestly formation at Saint Vincent Seminary, in December 2007, and was ordained by Archbishop Bruno Gamberini, on June 7, 2008. Archabbot Douglas visited Father Alexandre at the Parish of Saint Anthony in the city of Indaiatuba, where he served as a Deacon and which will now be under his care.

Archbishop Bruno Gamberini met with Archabbot Douglas during the Archabbot’s visitation of São Bento Monastery, which is located in Archbishop Gamberini’s Archdiocese of Campinas. The Archbishop presented Archabbot Douglas with the Commemorative Medal of the 100th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, which was celebrated on June 7, 2008. Archbishop Gamberini thanked Archabbot Douglas and the monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey for the ongoing service provided through the Monastery in Vinhedo since 1964, as well as through the formation of priests for the Archdiocese at Saint Vincent Seminary in Latrobe.

On Monday, July 21, 2008, during the celebration of Vespers, Father Paulo S. Panza, O.S.B., was installed as the new Prior of São Bento Monastery in Vinhedo. Father Paulo renews the vows of his monastic profession before Archabbot Douglas and his community, and promises to serve them in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church and the Constitutions of the American-Cassinese Congregation. Father Filipe de Almeida, O.S.B., was the Master of Ceremonies.

During his visitation of the São Bento Community, Archabbot Douglas visited one of the nearly 400 poor children who are assisted by the Missionary Sisters of Christ at their two schools and daycare centers. Saint Vincent Archabbey has been contributing to the sisters in their work with the children, which consists of caring for them in all their physical and emotional needs, as well as supplying them with the education and formation that they would not have access to otherwise. Also, during spring break, students from Saint Vincent College go to Jundiaí, Brazil, to work with the sisters and the children they serve.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers spent their 42nd summer at once again Saint Vincent College was declared “the Illustrated columnist Peter King. Top row, from le Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., with Dan Ro ers (center) and Sy Holzer, president and chief exec Bryant McFadden intercepts a pass; running back row, from left, Ben Roethlisberger warms up; wide round draft pick Rashard Mendenhall turns the cor Steeler mascot and Archabbot Douglas with Mend leaping reception; running back Gary Russell outru a Ben Roethlisberger pass; Max Starks, Sen. Robe Polamalu observes from the sidelines.


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t Saint Vincent, opening training camp July 27. And e best training camp in the NFL� by popular Sports eft, Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin and family; ooney, owner and chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelcutive officer of PNC Bank, Pittsburgh; cornerback k Willie Parker observes from the sidelines. Middle receiver Linus Sweed; Steeler helmets; rookie first rner; autograph seekers meet Steely McBeam, the denhall. Bottom row, from left, Hines Ward makes a uns Bruce Davis; Brett Keisel tries to knock down ert P. Casey, Jr., and Hines Ward; and safety Troy


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From left to right are, Brother Pio Adamonis, N.O.S.B., Brother John Paul Heiser, N.O.S.B., Brother Isidore Minerd, N.O.S.B., Novicemaster Father Sebastian Samay, O.S.B., Brother Albert Gahr, N.O.S.B. and Father Jean-Luc Zadroga, N.O.S.B.

Five Enter Novitiate In 2008 Five men have entered the novitiate at Saint Vincent Archabbey, where they will spend a year of discernment before professing first vows as Benedictine monks. They hail from Upland, Kersey, Bethel Park, Connellsville and Greenock. BROTHER PIO ADAMONIS III Brother Pio (Peter Paul) Adamonis, III, is the son of Peter P. and Catherine Adamonis of Upland. He has two sisters, Debbie of Boothwyn and Lisa Kei of San Diego, and one brother, Michael of Upland. He is a 1986 graduate of Saint James High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in marketing from Penn State University in 1990. BROTHER ALBERT SCOTT GAHR Brother Albert Scott Gahr is the son of Raymond and Diana Gahr of Kersey. He is the brother of Wendy Gahr Noll, Grafton, WV; Stacy Gahr McKee, St. Marys; Andrew Gahr, St. Marys and Shelly Gahr Straub of Round Rock, Texas. He is a 1991 graduate of Elk County Christian High School, St. Marys. He earned a bachelor of science degree in biology in 1995 from Saint Vincent Col-

lege and a doctorate in genetics and developmental biology from West Virginia University in 2002. BROTHER JOHN PAUL HEISER Brother John Paul Heiser is the son of Randy and Sherry Heiser of Bethel Park. He has three brothers, all of Bethel Park, Jeffery, Steven and Brennan. He is a 2004 graduate of Bethel Park High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in international politics and psychology from Penn State University in 2008. While at Penn State he served in various leadership roles, including as president of the Newman Catholic Student Association. He was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Eta Sigma. BROTHER ISIDORE KENNETH MINERD Brother Isidore Kenneth Minerd is the son of Timothy and Laura Lee Szepesi of Connellsville. He has a sister, Gina Marie Szepesi of Connellsville. He is a 2002 graduate of Connellsville Area High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in computing and information science from Saint Vincent College in May 2006 and a bachelor of arts in Catholic theology from Saint Vincent in December 2006.

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FATHER JEAN-LUC ZADROGA Father Jean-Luc (Clinton Paul) Zadroga is the son of Pamela Faulk Bassett of Greenock and the late Paul A. Zadroga. He has a brother, Zachary of Irwin, and two sisters, Sarah Zadroga Cole of Irwin and Alexis Zadroga Yaroscak of Belle Vernon. He is a 1992 graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy in 1997, a master of divinity degree and a master of arts in theology from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2001. He was ordained a deacon in 2000 and a priest in May 2001 in the Diocese of Pittsburgh by Bishop Donald Wuerl. From 2001-2002 he served as parochial vicar of Saint Margaret of Scotland, Green Tree. He served as secretary and master of ceremonies to Bishop Wuerl from 2002-2003, then as parochial vicar of Saint Sebastian Parish, Ross Township from 2003-2005. In December of 2005 he was named parochial vicar of Saint James Parish, Sewickley, where he served until July 2008, when he entered the novitiate at Saint Vincent. Additionally, he served as chaplain for North Catholic High School from 2004-2008.

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Jubilarian Day Jubilarian day was celebrated this summer at Saint Vincent Archabbey. Pictured at left is Father Flavian Yelinko, O.S.B., 75 years, ordination. Above are Father Louis Sedlacko, O.S.B., 70 years profession, and Archabbot Paul Maher, O.S.B. In the photo at top, left, are, from left, Father Daniel Wolfel, O.S.B., sixty years profession, Father Prior Earl Henry, O.S.B. and Father Roland Ripoli, O.S.B., 50 years profession. Also celebrating jubilees were Father Donald Raila and Father Mark Gruber, 25 years ordination; and Brother Nathan Cochran, O.S.B., 25 years profession.

Archabbey News (Continued from Page 12) dedicated staff that we have working tirelessly day in and day out with troubled youth and families,” he added. ***** Father Myron Kirsch, O.S.B., was recently inducted into the Saint Vincent College Athletic Hall of Fame. Father Myron graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy in 1969. An exceptional baseball player, Father Myron earned a master of divinity degree with highest honors in 1972 from Saint Vincent Seminary. A member of the Benedictine community since

1966, he has worked as a campus minister, dorm moderator, assistant professor of business administration, dean of students, and has been athletic director for Saint Vincent College since 1983. Father Myron has overseen the addition of numerous new varsity sports and has led the athletic department in facilitating a smooth transition into NCAA Division III. In 2008 he was given the Boniface Wimmer Faculty

Award, which recognizes continuing, distinguished achievement and loyal service to Saint Vincent College. ***** Brother Timothy Brown, O.S.B., is working with a local television station to get students from Benedictine Military School in Savannah in “shorts” for broadcasts during the fall football season. He is also working with a local historian to get the Benedictine campus identified as an “historic site.”

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Rogers Center Grand Opening By Liz Cousins It was a beautiful evening in the Fred M. Rogers’ Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media. The Rogers family, Public Broadcasting, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, joined with faculty and staff members from Saint Vincent Archabbey, College, and Seminary for the dedication and blessing of the new building on Thursday, October 2. “Fred Rogers was a national champion of children and education,” Maxwell King, executive director of the Fred Rogers Center said. “And he was a champion of media that would serve children and parents, not exploit them for gain. The goal of the Fred Rogers Center is to develop and sustain a strong array of programs dedicated to helping parents and children. “Our goal is to combat harmful programs, and to champion programs that help children cope with an increasingly complex and fast-paced world,” he

added. The center is a two-story, 36,500 square foot, ultramodern green building which houses the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, the Fred Rogers Archive, the Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery, the Conference Center at Saint Vincent College, an Interactive Exhibit about Fred Rogers’ life and work, and WIM—the Upsidedown Mural by Roman Verostko. The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media was established by Saint Vincent College in September 2003 to serve as a national and international resource for addressing emerging issues affecting children and families. Staying true to the vision of Fred Rogers, and emulating the guiding principles of his life’s work, the center’s mission is to advance the state of early learning and children’s media by acting as a catalyst for communication, collaboration, and creative change across both fields.

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“Fred invited children beyond the barriers,” Wayne Godwin, chief operating officer, Public Broadcasting Service, said. “They weren’t watching a television program, they were making a visit to the neighborhood.” “What Fred gave to PBS and our children will never be forgotten,” Godwin said. “This center will make sure of that.” Archabbot Douglas Nowicki, O.S.B., thanked the attendees for turning the vision of the Fred Rogers Center into “the reality we celebrate today. “I am honored that he entrusted the care of his great legacy to Saint Vincent College,” the Archabbot said. “Thank you with a big hug for everyone here to celebrate this special night,” said Joanne Rogers, who serves as the honorary chair of the Fred Rogers Center Advisory Council. Ralph Smith, who served as the keynote speaker, talked about attending a (Continued on Page 24)

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Blessing, Dedication Photos Photos from the Fred M. Rogers Center October 2, 2008 dedication include, on this page, clockwise, from top, Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., blessing the exhibit area, with Brother David Kelly, O.S.B., archivist, and Father Brian Boosel, O.S.B., assistant to the Archabbot in the background; Archabbot Douglas with Nancy Crozier, sister of Fred Rogers; Mrs. Leslie Brockett Wohl, wife of the late (Chef) Dan Brockett of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Joanne Rogers and Archabbot Douglas; a video of Fred Rogers shown at the opening of the ceremony; Maxwell King, Executive Director of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, Saint Vincent College. On the opposite page are, at top, a view of the $14 million green building at night; bottom left, current Saint Vincent College President Jim Towey introducing keynote speaker Ralph Smith executive vice president of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and chairman of the board of the Council on Foundations; past Saint Vincent College President Jim Will with Brother Norman Hipps, O.S.B.

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Rogers Center Grand Opening, Dedication Held October 2 conference where he heard Fred Rogers. “It was a privilege to listen to and learn from a person who brought to a group of adults the same gentle persuasion that he brought to a group of children,” said Smith, executive vice president of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and chairman of the board of the Council on Foundations. “The world we live and work in is the world we are creating for our children.” Rogers had a “quiet insistence that all children matter, and all children should matter to all of us,” Smith added. “This

institution is poised to make the greatest possible contribution to the work of the media and to the work of the nation.” Music was provided by Michael Moricz, former music director of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, who performed on a Steinway D grand piano that was recently given to the center by Joanne Rogers. The piano, made in 1920, was purchased for Fred Rogers in 1941 and was the instrument on which he composed many of the songs that he performed on his television show. It was completely restored by Steinway prior

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to its installation at the Rogers Center. Moricz was accompanied by Katy Shackleton Williams, soprano, and Jeanne Tupper, cellist. Archabbot Douglas reminded the audience of Rogers’ words before taping each episode: “Dear God, let some word that is heard be yours.” The Rogers’ Center, he added, will “carry on the legacy of Fred Rogers for future generations.” The audience joined in a rousing rendition of Won’t You Be My Neighbor? before the Archabbot blessed the facility.

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Blessing, Dedication Photos On this page, clockwise, from top, are, from left, Becky Kent, David Demor, Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Brian McCarl, son of Foster and Muriel McCarl, who donated the American coverlet collection to Saint Vincent College, and his daughter, Maura McCarl; guests browsing the first exhibit of the Foster and Muriel McCarl American Coverlet Collection, located on the ground floor of the Fred M. Rogers Center; retired Saint Vincent College faculty member Charles Manoli, Roman Verostko, a graduate of Saint Vincent College who designed the WIM exhibit on the ground floor of the Rogers Center and Brother Norman Hipps, O.S.B., Executive Vice President, Dean of The Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computing, and Associate Professor of Mathematics at Saint Vincent College; Cameron and Susan Eisaman, Joanne Rogers, Lauren Raimondo, Father Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B., Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Saint Vincent College and Ronald Raimondo. Below, the guests gather for the evening’s program in the large banquet room. On the opposite page, clockwise, from top, left, Ralph Smith, keynote speaker; Wayne Godwin, chief operating officer, Public Broadcasting Service; William Isler, first Executive Director of the Fred M. Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media chatting with Milton Chen, Board member of the center; Michael Moricz, former music director of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

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Benedictine Heritage Tour Visits Rome

Above, left, Father Brian Boosel, O.S.B., with Abbot Wolfgang Hagl of Metten Abbey, in Rome during the Saint Vincent Benedictine Heritage Tour this fall. The tour group, pictured below, celebrated Mass at Santa Ana with Archbishop Joseph De Andrea.

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Heritage Tour Members of the Benedictine Heritage Tour had the opportunity to meet with Cardinal Jozef Tomko while in Rome. Above left, with Cardinal Tomko, second from left, are Archabbot Douglas, right, and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Stastny. Peter Stastny played for the Quebec Nordiques in the National Hockey League. In the photo at right are Dr. Robert and Rosemary Mazero, of Latrobe, who participated in the trip. Dr. Mazero was recently honored by Saint Vincent College for his service and visionary leadership in the health care of the people of the Latrobe area as a physician, medical director, educator, philanthropist, husband, father and man of faith.

Gigapan Features Saint Vincent Shots Arnold Palmer’s trophy room, a view of downtown Latrobe from the hospital roof, and some shots of the Saint Vincent campus, including training camp and the Basilica, are among the images one finds when searching under Latrobe, Pa. on a new website. Gigapan.org is a site featuring panoramic photography of various places around the globe. As part of a summer job on campus, Kelly Bridges, a recent Saint Vincent graduate, learned about the Gigapan project from the Greater Latrobe Community Network. The GLCN had been given the opportunity to borrow one of the specialized cameras from Carnegie Mellon. A few members of the GLCN met with Kelly in order to discuss what areas of the campus would be great to photograph. She took pictures highlighting the campus, Latrobe, Chuck Noll field, the Archabbey Basilica, and the monastery, all of which are posted on Gigapan’s website. One of the hardest, but most successful photographs was of the Basilica. The lighting and scope of the structure made it difficult to take a panoramic picture. After several attempts, Kelly found a central location near the altar in order to take over 875 pictures in order to create one seamless panoramic photograph. Gigapan consists of three technological developments. The first is a robotic camera mount that is use for capturing high-resolution images using a standard digital camera. The second is custom software in order to construct the gigapixel panoramas, and finally the website itself where users can upload their own photographs as well as explore others. Volume 19, Number 2

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Publications Catalogue Now Available The 2008-2009 Archabbey Publications catalogue is now available. It is full of descriptions of more than fifty of the latest hand-crafted gifts, ornaments and books produced by and about monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey. There are two new books by Archabbey Publications this year, which will be available in December. The first is a compilation of 200 of the most important letters written by Boniface Wimmer, edited and compiled by Wimmer’s biographer Jerome Oetgen. The second is a picture book containing many never before published images from the Archabbey’s glass plate negative collection. The book traces Saint Vincent in a visual journey, from its Benedictine life to a growing college to early sports teams, local scenes and more. For a free copy of the catalogue write to Archabbey Publications, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650, or email archpub@email.stvincent.edu. Most items are also available in the college bookstore, the Basilica Gift Shop, and on the webstore, http://www.stvincentstore.com.

Heart to Heart Mailing List Has Been Updated Many of our Heart to Heart (Archabbey newsletter) and Leaven (Seminary newsletter) readers have been very patient with us during the past few months as we have been in the process of updating our mailing lists, and we thank you for your patience. The previous system involved combining two mailing lists and in that process, some duplication had occurred. In combining the newsletters into one mailing list, that duplication should be eliminated. However, if it has not been, please continue to let us know your address changes. Please also let us know if you do not wish to receive one or both of our magazines as well, or if you wish to receive a free subscription to both Heart to Heart and Leaven. Email editor Kim Metzgar at kim.metzgar@email.stvincent.edu with your updates or call 724-805-2601.

2008 Ornament Now Available The 2008 Christmas ornament from Saint Vincent Archabbey is now available. This popular series of collectibles features aspects of the Archabbey Basilica. The new ornament completes the series of four triptych windows with the scene of the Transitus of Saint Benedict. The 2007 ornament featured the Guardian Angels window, the 2006 ornament portrayed the Saint Benedict and Saint Scholastica triptych window and the 2005 ornament featured the Saint Vincent de Paul window. All of the triptych windows are available for $14.95 each, and are on sale in the campus bookstore, Basilica Gift Shop and the Archabbey Publications web store, http://www.stvincentstore. com. Previous ornaments in the series, which are still available, include the Baptism of the Lord window, the Agnus Dei, a facade of the front of the Basilica, the Childhood of Jesus window, the Adoration of the Magi window, and the Nativity Window. Supplies are limited.

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Demonstrates Art

Father Thomas More Sikora, O.S.B., demonstrates his weaving to a volunteer in period dress at the Kutztown Arts Festival near Allentown this summer. Father Thomas More and Brother Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., attended the festival for Archabbey Artisans to display their handcrafted work. Father Thomas More demonstrated weaving and presented many woven pieces to sell. Brother Mark had numerous stained glass pieces for sale, pictured at left. Their website is http://www.stvincentartisans.com/.

Benedictine Community Welcomes New Member

Father Stephen Concordia, O.S.B.

Father Stephen Peter Concordia, O.S.B., has transferred his vows to Saint Vincent Archabbey. The son of John J. Concordia of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts and the late Joan B. Concordia, he has six siblings: George of Chicago; John of Westwood, Mass.; Patricia Concordia Lloyd of Hyde Park, Mass; Ann Concordia O’Connor of Mashpee, Mass.; Mary Concordia Quinn of Pawtucket, Rhode Island and Joan Concordia O’Brien of Worcester, Mass. He is a 1974 graduate of Saint John’s High School, Shrewsbury. He has a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from New England Conservatory, Boston (1980), where he also earned a master of music in theoretical studies (1984). He studied organ and Gregorian chant at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music, Rome, receiving the mag-

istero in organ in 2000 and in Gregorian Chant in 2004. He is a graduate of the Pontifical Athenaeum of Sant’ Anselmo, Rome, where he earned a baccalaureate in philosophy (1993) and a baccalaureate in theology (1996). He made simple profession of monastic vows in 1991 at Montecassino, Italy, and solemn profession there in 1994. He was ordained a deacon at Montecassino by Archbishop Vincenzo Fagiolo on July 11, 1995 and a priest at Montecassino by Archbishop Loris F. Capovilla on Sept. 17, 1995. Since coming to Saint Vincent, he has been named choirmaster, director of scholas, assistant director of monastery music and assistant organist at the Archabbey, and assistant professor of music at Saint Vincent College, director of the Saint Vincent Camerata and the Saint Vincent College Choir.

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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, 724-532-6740. Donors from May 10, 2008 to September 30, 2008, include:

IN HONOR OF: BR. MICHAEL ANTONACCI, O.S.B. Mrs. Mary Ann E. Polinski ROBERT N. AND SYLVIA S. BELLINOTTI Ms. Irene E. Surmik BENEDICTINE PRIESTS WHO HAVE SERVED AT ST. PAUL PARISH CHICAGO Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Sniegowski BR. BONAVENTURE CURTIS, O.S.B. Rev. Deacon and Mrs. John M. Hanchin REV. WILFRED M. DUMM, O.S.B. Ms. Lois M. Dowell INFIRMARY STAFF AT SAINT VINCENT ARCHABBEY Mrs. Helen K. Barnett REV. PASCHAL N. KNEIP, O.S.B. Mrs. Barbara Sauter BR. GABRIEL MYRIAM KURZAWSKI, O.S.B. Mrs. Mary Ann E. Polinski BR. JEREMIAH LANGE, O.S.B. Mrs. Mary Ann E. Polinski BR. MAXIMILIAN MAXWELL, O.S.B. Mrs. Mary Ann E. Polinski REV. PETER AUGUSTINE PIERJOK, O.S.B. Rev. Deacon and Mrs. John M. Hanchin Mr. and Mrs. Peter D. Hanley BR. NATHANAEL POLINSKI, O.S.B. George and Carolyn Haller Mrs. Mary Ann E. Polinski Mr. Joseph Seman REV. DANIEL C. WOLFEL, O.S.B. Mrs. Ada Steinbach REV. FLAVIAN G. YELINKO, O.S.B. Dr. and Mrs. Ferdinand L. Soisson REV. JEAN-LUC C. ZADROGA, O.S.B. Ms. Mary Lou Einloth Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Hajdukiewicz Mr. and Mrs. S. Clayton Saftner Mr. and Mrs. Alan C. Veeck

MEMORIAL: +TONY ADAMIK Ms. Pearl Karawsky +REV. ALBERT C. BICKERSTAFF, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. William W. Shearouse, Jr. +REV. BONIFACE BUERKLE, O.S.B. Jeanne and Jim Murray

+MR. FREDERICK BYRNE Marian Goetz +DONNA CHELKO BONO Mrs. Lena A. Chelko +REV. J. DAVID CROWLEY Mrs. Patricia A. Crowley Stark +ALBERT DEMICHELE Ms. Pearl Karawsky +REV. THOMAS W. DEVEREUX, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Guskiewicz Zoltan and Laurene Kristof Mr. and Mrs. John M. Lally Mr. and Mrs. Roland J. Mueller Mrs. Josephine M. Smart Mrs. Winifred Yanity +BENJAMIN B. DIAZ Syma and Patrick Mulich +MR. HENRY DI PIETRO Dr. Beth A. Troy +MRS. MARY FOLBY Jack and Maryann Cherubini Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Guskiewicz Ben and Barbara Troy +SHIRLEY GRAY Tom and Kathy Herald +JIMMIE GREEK Tom and Kathy Herald +MRS. SOPHIE GROSSWEILER Mrs. Naomi S. Costello +MR. AND MRS. WALTER HARVEY Mrs. Loretta M. Durishan +HARRY HASLAM, SR. Mr. J. Harry Haslam, Jr. +BROTHER GERARD F. KLARIC, O.S.B. Mrs. Helen K. Barnett Mrs. Anne K. Byrne Rev. Robert R. Byrnes Mr. John S. DeLorme Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Douglass Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Fennell Ms. Madeline Ferrarotti Jim and Mary Forbes Mr. Michael R. Halligan Dr. and Mrs. Douglas A. Hanzel Harry and Kimi Haslam Ted and Lucy Haviland Mr. and Mrs. Leonard J. Hvizdos Ms. Marie Klaric Ms. Catherine Koncul Mr. and Mrs. Mark J. Lieb Dr. Ronald J. Lieb Ms. Theresa Lieb Richard and Lucille (Hvizdos) Marsh Mr. Melvin J. Matty Bob and Marion Neiman Ms. Carolyn M. O’Hayer

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Mrs. Josephine M. Smart John and Shirley Tague Mr. and Mrs. James M. Taylor Mary Ann Wuyscik Mrs. Rita A. Zellner +WILLIAM L. KUBIC Anonymous Ray and Linda Charles Mrs. Naomi S. Costello Mr. Mike Kubic Mr. and Mrs. John Lauro Mr. and Mrs. Paul C. Ohr QZO Construction Services Ms. Michele L. Solaroli Ms. Pauline M. Sullivan +DIANE L. MARTIN Mr. Leonard Gantler +VINCENT T. MENDICINO Dr. and Mrs. Michael T. Jamison Carole A. Lawson Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas A. Petrucci +LOUIS MERSKY Floyd Browne Group Paul and Sandra Harton Daniel and Sherren Elias Pensiero +MARJORIE METZLER Mr. Patrick A. Mulich +MR. CALLISTUS W. MILAN Ms. Mary Diane Zelenak +JAMES P. RAMETTA Mr. and Mrs. Salvatore Fasano Mr. and Mrs. Vito Palatella +JOHN AND CATHERINE REBI Mrs. Irene B. Pocratsky +MRS. CLARE RICHARDS Ms. Pearl Karawsky +ROBERT A. SEABOL Mrs. Margaret Seabol +WILLIAM W. SHEAROUSE, SR. Mr. and Mrs. William W. Shearouse, Jr. +REV. SIMON J. TOTH, O.S.B. Anonymous Mary Jean Hasychak Ms. Marilyn Hillin Mr. and Mrs. John M. Lally Ms. Doris I. Lang Mr. John P. McKeown Miss Dorothy M. Petrosky +MRS. AGNES E. URIK Mr. Brian D. Urik +REV. REMIGIUS B. VEROSTKO, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Donald S. Pawlak +LUELLA WEBER Tom and Kathy Herald +ARTHUR ZITTERBART, JR. Mrs. Jane Zitterbart and Family +ARTHUR ZITTERBART, SR. Mrs. Jane Zitterbart and Family Volume 19, Number 2


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2009 Archabbey Retreats Scheduled Brother Hugh Lester, O.S.B., Retreat Program Director, has announced the dates for the 2009 Archabbey retreats. Father Donald Raila, O.S.B., will give a retreat directed toward Oblate men and women from May 15-17. Director of the Saint Vincent Archabbey Oblate Program since 1988, Father Donald is also assistant director of monastery music. Father Wulfstan Clough, O.S.B., will conduct the retreat for married couples May 29-31. Father Wulfstan is currently an assistant professor in the English Department at Saint Vincent College. He also serves in various parish apostolates in the Diocese of Greensburg on weekend mission.

Father Thomas More Sikora, O.S.B., will give the silent retreat June 5-7. Father Thomas More has served on the Saint Vincent College faculty and has been a director of spiritual formation for Saint Vincent Seminary. He is socius of novices for Saint Vincent Archabbey, and is the director of Saint Vincent Archabbey Artisans. Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., will conduct the charismatic prayer retreat June 26-28. Ordained a priest in 2004, he is a faculty member at Saint Vincent College.

Father Thomas Hart, O.S.B., will give the men’s retreat July 23-26. The Archabbot’s Advisor for Educational Missions. Father Thomas is also a member of the Religious Studies Department at Saint Vincent College. Father Fred Byrne, O.S.B., will conduct the father and son retreat July 31-August 2. The Vocation Director for Saint Vincent Archabbey, Father Fred has also served as campus minister for Saint Vincent College and the Penn State University Catholic community. For more information on the Archabbey retreat program, visit the website: http://www.saintvincentretreats.org/.

Brother Nathan Receives Medal of Honor Br. Nathan Cochran, O.S.B., was recently awarded the Civilian Medal of Honor “Signum Memoriae” by H.I.R.H. Otto von Habsburg, Crown Prince of Austria and King of Hungary. The medal was awarded in honor of Archduke Otto’s 95th birthday. Archduke Otto is the last Crown Prince of Austria and the last King of Hungary (although uncrowned). The medal is only awarded in jubilee years of the Austrian monarch. The last time it was awarded was in 1898 during the reign of Emperor Franz Josef in honor of his 50th jubilee on the AustroHungarian throne. Volume 19, Number 2

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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 and Welfare Fund provides older priests and brothers the care they need after their many years of service to the people of God. Enclosed is my gift of: $50 $100 $500 $1000 Other __________ My company will match my gift. Enclosed is the form.

Gifts are tax-deductible. Name Address

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Father Philip Kanfush Elected To College Board of Incorporators Father Philip M. Kanfush, O.S.B., has been elected to the Saint Vincent College Board of Incorporators for a six-year term. He was also elected to the Saint Vincent Archabbey Council of Seniors in 2008. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of Benedictine Military School in Savannah, Georgia in 2007. His service to the college has also included working with three Saint Vincent College committees in 2008: the Student Faculty Administration Board, the Faculty Compensation Committee, and the Who’s Who Committee. He was also named an alternate faculty representative to the Hourly Employee Grievance Board of Saint Vincent College in 2008. Before entering the monastery, Father Philip was Assistant Director of Financial Aid and served as a part-time faculty member at the Community College of Allegheny County. He has served as an adjunct member of the faculty at Saint Vincent College in the Business Administration and Education Departments since 1993. He has been an assistant in the Benedictine Annual Appeal (1994-1996), assistant at the Archabbey Gristmill (19941996), director of the Basilica Gift Shop (1997-2001) and founder and director of the Gristmill General Store (2001-2002). From 1998 to 1999 he was Administrative Secretary to the Archabbot. He served as parochial vicar of Saint Vincent Basilica Parish (2000-2003), and has been a weekend assistant at various parishes in the Diocese of Greensburg, including All Saints Parish, Masontown (2003-2007), Saint Martin Parish, New Derry and Saint Joseph Parish, Derry (2007-2008), as well as a chaplain for the Carmelite Nuns, Latrobe, and other parishes as assigned. He was a teacher at Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children from 2002 to 2007. In 2007 he was named Procurator of the Archabbey. He assumed a full-time position in the Education Department at Saint Vincent College in August 2007. He holds teaching certifications in the areas of Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Business, Computers and Technology Education; and Special Education.

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Additionally, he is certified as a Reading Specialist and as a Program Specialist in English as a Second Language in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Vocation Office Sponsoring Pilgrimage The Saint Vincent Archabbey Vocation Office is sponsoring a trip to Norcia, Italy, birthplace of Saint Benedict, for young, single Catholic men who are discerning a religious vocation. Taking place from December 27, 2008 to January 4, 2009, the trip will include daily Mass and Liturgy of the Hours. Guests will stay at Sant’ Anselmo, the International Benedictine House of Studies in Rome. Pilgrims will visit Saint Benedict’s birthplace, as well as his first monastery, Subiaco. They will attend solemn vespers of New Year’s Eve at Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome, and attend Mass on January 1 in one of the four major basilicas of Rome. They will visit Montecassino Abbey, where Saint Benedict wrote the Holy Rule, the Roman Forum, Vatican Museums and other ancient and sacred sites in and around Rome. For further information, contact Father Fred Byrne, O.S.B., Archabbey Vocation Director, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650, 724-532-6708, fred. byrne@email.stvincent.edu.

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Obituaries

Rev. Thomas Devereux, O.S.B. Father Thomas Devereux, O.S.B., died Saturday, June 21, 2008. He was born May 23, 1932 in St. Marys, Pennsylvania, a son of the late William and Isadora Devereux. He had one brother, the late Father Alexander W. Devereux of Saint Vincent Archabbey, and one sister, the late Mrs. James (Mary) Case of New Jersey. He is survived by three nieces, Jane Case of Tampa, Florida; Susan Constant of Pittsburgh; Kathrynn Hammaker of Mechanicsburg; and one nephew, William Case of Courtland, Ohio. He is also survived by five grand nieces and one grand nephew. He attended Saint Vincent Preparatory School, earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1952 from Saint Vincent College, and graduated from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1959. He also studied drama at Catholic University of America. He made simple profession of monastic vows on July 2, 1953, and solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1956. He was ordained a priest on May 23, 1959 by the late Bishop Hugh L. Lamb of the Diocese of Greensburg. Father Tom served with the stage

department of the Saint Vincent Preparatory School from 1955 to 1960 and was appointed director of the Saint Vincent Stage Guild in 1961. In 1969, he was named producer of Saint Vincent Summer Theatre. For more than 40 years, he shaped and molded the theatre. He directed and produced hundreds of shows, including Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story and Arsenic and Old Lace. “Father Tom built a web of friendships that runs across the country and across generations,” said Joe Reilly, longtime theatre director and friend, along with his wife, Pat, and daughters Colleen and Anne. The Reilly family worked closely with Father Tom directing and producing performances for Saint Vincent Summer Theatre. He also worked with hundreds of actors and actresses, including Stuart Pankin, well known from television and films, and Mrs. Joy Pankin, who performed with the theatre in its early days. “Something that I’ve always loved here is the relationship between the Benedictines and the theatre,” Joy Pankin stated. “Our friendship not only with Father Tom­—for whom we have more respect, admiration and affection than we can say—but also friendships with other monks has been a wonderful part of our lives.” Until 2003, when Father Tom suffered a stroke, he could be seen before every performance, standing at the top of the hill near the Science Center Amphitheatre, waiting for theatre patrons to arrive, where he greeted them and directed them to a parking space. In 1984 he received the Community Service Award at the 40th annual meeting of the Latrobe Area Chamber of Commerce. He also received the Saint Vincent College Student Faculty Award and a Special Award in honor of his outstanding contributions to the improvement of student life on campus. He was a member of the National Catholic Theater Association and the

American National Theater Association. In 2007, Saint Vincent College established The Father Tom Devereux, O.S.B., Endowed Directorship in Drama and Stage, recognizing his contribution to the cultural heritage of Saint Vincent and the region. The event was highlighted with a tribute, “Father Tom Devereux: A Celebration of Service,” an evening of memories and laughter. In addition to his theatre work, Father Tom served as assistant pastor at Sacred Heart Parish, Jeannette (1960-1961); residence hall counselor at Saint Vincent College, dean of students at Saint Vincent College (19751984); director of campus safety; and director of sports recreational facilities and special events (1989-2003). Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in the Archabbey Basilica by Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., on Wednesday, June 25, followed by the rite of committal in Saint Vincent Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Father Tom Devereux, O.S.B., Endowed Directorship in Drama and Stage at Saint Vincent College, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650-2690.

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Obituaries (Continued from Page 33) Brother Gerard J. Klaric, O.S.B., a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, died Monday, August 4, 2008. He was born in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 2, 1912, a son of the late Joseph and Anna Klaric. He is survived by three sisters, Anne Byrne and Marie Klaric of Apollo, and Helen Barnett of Timmonium, Md. He entered the novitiate of the Benedictine monastic community of Saint Vincent Archabbey on May 29, 1935. He made triennial vows on July 2, 1936, and perpetual vows on July

Rev. Louis Sedlacko, O.S.B. Father Louis S. Sedlacko, O.S.B., a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, died Friday, October 10, 2008. He was born in Hostetter, Pennsylvania, on August 17, 1917, a son of the late Stephen and Anna (Sobota) Sedlacko. He was one of six children. His brothers were the late Joseph and George Sedlacko. His sisters are Mrs. Andrew (Helen) Pavlock of McKeesport, Mrs. John (Magdalen) Hertneky of Aliquippa and Mrs. Richard (Josephine) Pav-

2, 1939. In 1942 he was appointed to the Archabbey’s farm on Chestnut Ridge. His duties included overseeing the farm and the blacksmith shop, as well as fixing tractors, digging coal, logging, and cutting fence posts. He was active in sports, and enjoyed ice skating, hunting, and watching sporting events. In 1967 he was assigned to the Benedictine Priory in Savannah, Georgia, working in the maintenance department at the Priory and at Benedictine Military High School. He retired in 1986, but continued to work part time at the School and Priory for the next 15 years. Following Brother Gerard’s re-

tirement, Benedictine Military High School presented him with the Benedictine Gold Medal of Excellence for his valuable contributions to the Priory and School for over 25 years. He continued living and working at the Priory there until 2002, when he returned to the Archabbey. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on August 4, 2008, at Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica, followed by interment in the Saint Vincent Benedictine Community Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Benedictine Health and Welfare Fund, Saint Vincent Archabbey, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650-2690.

lock of McKeesport. He attended Saint Cecilia Grade School in Whitney, and is a graduate of Saint Vincent Prep School, College, and Seminary. He also did graduate studies in mathematics and chemistry at Notre Dame University. He entered the Benedictine community at Saint Vincent in 1937, making solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1941. He was ordained a priest on June 11, 1944. Father Louis served the Archabbey both in its educational and pastoral apostolates. At Saint Vincent Prep he was a teacher of Latin, mathematics and chemistry, and served as headmaster from 1956 to 1966. At Saint Vincent College, Father Louis served as registrar and director of admission from 1966 to 1985. In 1975, he was appointed pastor of Saint Boniface Parish, Chestnut Ridge, serving in that position until his retirement in 1991. He was an avid gardener. In Slovak Sedlack means farmer, a man of the earth. Sedlacko means a small farmer, that is, a gardener. Father Louis loved to share what he had been given by the Lord: his talents as teacher, headmaster, and pastor, the Job’s Tears rosaries that he made, his vegetables— the last, even with animals as long as they were not too greedy.

Father Louis shared his life with a generous spirit because he was given the gift of sharing in the self-giving life and love of the Lord. A life of generous sharing in the Spirit of Jesus may be the gift of Father Louis’ legacy to us. If we accept the gift of Jesus giving himself to us as our bread and wine, because we thereby share his life, we too must become bread and wine for the life and joy of others. Father Louis got a special kind of enjoyment when he brought a basket of those wonderful vine-ripened tomatoes from his garden to share with his confreres. Perhaps we too will discover that the deepest joys in life come in giving ourselves to others with generous love. Jesus seems to be telling us this deep truth about life when he was explaining the meaning of his dying at the Last Supper: “All this I tell you that my joy may be yours, and your joy may be complete.”( John 15:11). A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on October 13, 2008, at Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica, followed by interment in the Saint Vincent Benedictine Community Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Benedictine Health and Welfare Fund, Saint Vincent Archabbey, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650-2690.

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Development Corner An End of the Year Christmas Gift It is hard to believe that the Christmas season is almost upon us. I thought it might be helpful to offer some Christmas gift ideas I recently read. “Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.” All of us could take heed to these words of wisdom from author Oren Arnold. This time of year is a wonderful time to reflect on the gifts that have been bestowed on us, and how we might share those gifts with others. As the Director of Development for Saint Vincent Archabbey, I am constantly humbled and amazed by the charity we experience from our friends and benefactors. As one simple example, we have a very generous business owner who tithes a percentage of his income to the vocations program here at Saint Vincent. The concept of “tithing” is unfamiliar to most of us in the Catholic faith, yet in this case, it is an important and disciplined manner in which this donor shows his support for vocations to the priesthood.

Paul R. Whiteside Director of Development

Father Fred Byrne, O.S.B. has done an excellent job recruiting vocations for Saint Vincent Archabbey. In the last two years, nine new monks have joined the Order of Saint Benedict at Saint Vincent. That is a tremendous track record, superceded only by the quality of the men who are now novices and junior monks in the community. Your support of the Archabbey is vital to the ongoing success of this recruitment effort. Other areas of need in the Archabbey include the Health and Welfare Fund that is used to support the

elderly and retired monks of the community. If your main interest is education, you have the opportunity to assist the young monks who are studying to hone their skills so that they may be effective in their particular area of service to the people of God. Finally, the Archabbey has several building and maintenance projects in various stages of completion. The renovation of the crypt, upgrades to the Basilica, and the construction of a new guest house are on the near term list of physical plant upgrades. As you are developing your Christmas list for 2008, please remember to add Saint Vincent Archabbey. As always, we promise to be good stewards by ensuring that your gifts are put to good use for the ultimate goal of continuing to spread the Good News of the Gospel to the People of Christ’s Church. You, in turn receive the peace of mind and heart that you are helping to promote the Church in our area and in far-reaching areas throughout the world. Please feel free to write or email me at paul.whiteside@email.stvincent.edu. Paul R. Whiteside Director of Development Saint Vincent Archabbey 300 Fraser Purchase Road Latrobe, PA 15650 724-532-6740 Thank you and have a peaceful and grace-filled holiday season.

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Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., received the North Side Hall of Fame Award for his support of the Cardinal Wright Regional School by North Side Friends and Neighbors Committee during a recent banquet in the East Lounge at Heinz Field. Taking part in the award presentation (at right) were Pittsburgh Pirates owner Kevin McClatchey, Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney and Most Rev. David Zubik, Bishop of Pittsburgh. The Archabbot is pictured with students and recent graduates of Saint Vincent College who have benefited from his work with the Extra Mile Education Foundation and the Crossroads Foundation in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Both foundations help students from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods with scholarship funds for college. Pictured are, from left, Melvin Cherry (SVC ‘04), Lloyd Cheatom (Senior at SVC), Arnel V. Farmer, Jr. (Freshman at Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School), Janard Pendleton (SVC ‘01), Archabbot Douglas Nowicki, O.S.B., John Hill (SVC ‘99), Eris Symms (SVC ‘01) and Brandi Cheatom (SVC ‘05). In recognition of his work

Photo by Douglas Kaup, Pittsburgh Catholic

Hall of Fame Dinner at Heinz Field

with these students, Saint Vincent College recently established the Archabbot Douglas Nowicki, O.S.B., Minority Scholarship Fund, an opportunity to recognize Archabbot Douglas for his leadership and service to Saint Vincent and the community, as well as his com-

mitment to minority students. For more information on the special scholarship contact: Rev. Paul Taylor, O.S.B., Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Saint Vincent College, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650, 724-805-2527.

Saint Vincent Archabbey 300 Fraser Purchase Road Latrobe, PA 15650—2690 724-539-9761 http://www.saintvincentarchabbey.org

The First Benedictine Monastery in the United States, Founded in 1846

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Heart to Heart Fall 2008  

This 36-page color issue includes a feature on Boniface Wimmer: Letters of An American Abbot, a new book edited by Jerome Oetgen. Brother Be...

Heart to Heart Fall 2008  

This 36-page color issue includes a feature on Boniface Wimmer: Letters of An American Abbot, a new book edited by Jerome Oetgen. Brother Be...

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