Page 1

Newsletter of the Benedictines of Saint Vincent Archabbey Latrobe, Pennsylvania, 15650

Volume 9, Issues 1, 2

Summer/Fall 1997

Dedication, Education Fund Announced

The Elizabeth J. Roderick Center, completed this fall, houses offices of both Saint Vincent Seminary and Archabbey, and provides additional housing for seminarians.

Construction Completed at Parish Center, Basilica, Seminary Visitors to Saint Vincent who have been away for more than two years might think they have arrived at a very different campus. But if they know their history, they should not be surprised. In the spring of 1995 Saint Vincent Archabbey, Parish and Seminary launched a joint campaign, “Preserving the Vision.” Framed around the words and deeds of Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B., the first Archabbot of Saint Vin-cent, the campaign sought to raise funds in order to preserve the institution’s past while taking it well into the future.

“Forward, always forward, everywhere forward,” were the words of Archabbot Wimmer, words the Bene-dictine community still lives by. The dedication of the Elizabeth J. Roderick Center and the Chapel of Saint Gregory the Great on October 28 will bring a triumvirate of construction projects and subsequent dedication and rededication projects to a close. The Roderick Center and the chapel projects conclude a major expansion for the Seminary, and follow the restoration work at Saint Vincent Basilica and construction of the adjoining Parish

Page 1

Center. “One of the goals of the capital campaign was to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Benedictines at Saint Vincent and to undertake projects that would reflect the strength and continued growth of Saint Vincent,” said Archabbot and Chancellor, Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. “The Monastery, the College, the Parish and the Seminary are all involved in major projects which reflect the growth and the direction in which we want to take the institution in the future. “We have been blessed with (Continued on P. 8)

The dedication of the Chapel of Saint Gregory the Great and the Elizabeth J. Roderick Center will be held Tuesday, October 28, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. The event is being hosted by Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., the Saint Vincent Benedictine Community and the Board of Regents of Saint Vincent Seminary. The Most Rev. Anthony G. Bosco, Bishop of Greens-burg, will be the principal celebrant at the 4:30 p.m. Celebration of (Continued on P. 10)

In This Issue.....

Archabbot’s Message ........2 News of Monks..................2 Fr. Earl Henry is Prior........3 Fr. Albert Bickerstaff Returns to BMS.........3 Archabbot in Brazil............4 Oral Histories.....................5 Archabbot to Visit China....5 An American Abbot .......6-7 Fr. Demetrius’ Book............7 Video, CD Available ..........7 More Construction .......8-10 Jubilarians.......................11 Auxiliary History ........11,16 College Rankings..............12 Abbatial Appointments....12 List of Donors..................12 College Construction........13 New Staff Member.........13 Obituaries....................14-15 Upcoming Events.............15 Memorial, Tribute Gifts....16

Heart to Heart

Summer/Fall 1997

Archabbot’s Message

Saint Vincent Archabbey University Press in December. Father Wulfstan Clough,

Dear Friends,

Wimmer, O.S.B., “Forward,

O.S.B., is assisting Richard Wis-

Greetings from Saint Vincent

always forward, everywhere

solik of the Saint Vincent Col-

forward,” we have renovated

lege English Department, and

After a brief hiatus, the Arch-

the Saint Vincent Basilica, built

Barbara Wissolik, in recording

abbey newsletter has returned,

a Parish Center next to it, and

oral histories of the monks at the

and, like many of the facilities at

completed a major expansion

Archabbey. An update on the

Saint Vincent, it has a new look

for the Seminary. These efforts

status of their project is included,

and a new editor.

are detailed in this issue, along

along with some excerpts from

Brother Nathan Cochran,

with our efforts to keep Saint

these oral histories.

O.S.B., who served as Director

Vincent College at the top of

And Father Demetrius Dumm,

of Monastery Public Relations

the rankings of America’s best

O.S.B., has published his second

for almost a decade, is pursuing


book and is working on a third.


graduate studies in New York.

We hope these worthy proj-

Once again Saint Vincent

Kim Metzgar, a former news

College has been named one of

ing was broadcast internation-

ects will keep us in touch

reporter and editor, has joined

the top ten ‘Best Values’ among

ally on the Internet’s World

with our past and keep us

the Development Office staff as

regional liberal arts colleges in

Wide Web.

moving “always forward” into

a writer and editor, doing both

the north by U.S. News and

Archabbey and Seminary Public

World Report, and as an

an opportunity to announce sev-


‘Exceptional Buy’ in the United

eral projects which focus on the

States by Money magazine. The

history of Saint Vincent.

Since we began the ‘Preserv-

This issue also provides us with

the future. Sincerely in Christ,

ing the Vision’ campaign a little

College recently broke ground

over two years ago, a great

for a $5.1 million Instructional

pleted his revision of An

Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B.

deal has changed on the Saint

Technology Resource Center

American Abbot, Boniface


Vincent campus. In keeping with

and renovation of the Saint Vin-

Wimmer, O.S.B., and the book

of Saint Vincent

the vision of Archabbot Boniface

cent Library. The groundbreak-

will be published by the Catholic

Jerome Oetgen has com-

News of Monks Br. Rogerio Miranda de Almeida, O.S.B., received a second Ph.D., also with highest honors, from the University of Metz, France. His first doctorate, in theology, was awarded by the University of Stras-bourg, France, in October of 1993. His second doctorate, in philosophy, was awarded on June 28, 1997. In addition, Br. Rogerio, who has been assistant professor of Religious Studies at Saint Vincent College for the past three years, was invited by the Abbot Primate, Most. Rev. Marcel Rooney, O.S.B., to teach philosophy at Collegio Sant’ Anselmo, Rome. In particular, he will assist in the

Page 2

creation of two degree programs, a licence and a doctorate. ***** Rev. Vernon A. Holtz, O.S.B., Chair of the Psychology Department, participated in a conference at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown on September 26, 1997. It was entitled “Healing the Spirit, Healing the Mind: Exploring Spirituality in the Therapeutic Process.” Fr. Vernon’s presentation addressed the issue of “Spirituality and Mental Health: Spirit and Psyche.” ***** Completing on his Ph.D. at Boston College is the Rev. Paul

Taylor, O.S.B., new director of the Admission and Financial Aid Office at Saint Vincent College. His doctorate will be in higher education administration. ***** Other Benedictines doing graduate work include: — Brother Nathan Cochran, O.S.B., who is studying art history at the Pratt Institute in New York. —The Rev. Mark Wenzinger, O.S.B., who is in the doctoral program in philosophy at the Catholic University of America. — The Rev. Millard Cook, O.S.B., who is studying for his doctorate at Fordham University. Fr. Millard recently joined the

faculty of Saint Vincent College in the History Department. — Rev. Patrick C. Cronauer, O.S.B., who is studying for his S.S.D. in sacred scripture at Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem. — Rev. Michael McKay, O.S.B., who is in the graduate program at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. — Rev. Ralph Tajak, O.S.B., who will receive a Sacred Theology Licentiate in systematic theology from Regis College, which is part of the University of Toronto school system. — The Rev. Nathan Munsch, O.S.B., who is in the doctoral program in theology at Boston College.

Volume 9, Issues 1, 2

Heart to Heart

Heart to Heart From the Latin, “Cor ad Cor Loquitur,” or “Heart Speaks to Heart,” is the motto of Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. It refers to the archabbot’s prayer that giving and receiving authentic love may always be the chief characteristic of the Saint Vincent monastic community. “Cor ad Cor Loquitur” is also the motto of Cardinal John Newman. This newsletter is Published Quarterly by the Benedictines of Saint Vincent Archabbey. Publisher Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. Office of Development Director Edward P. Hager Writer/Editor Kimberley A. Metzgar Contributors to this issue: Director of Public Relations Donald A. Orlando Writer/Editor Theresa Schwab Alumni Director Rev. Gilbert J. Burke, O.S.B. Rev. Omer U. Kline, O.S.B. Rev. Wulfstan F. Clough, O.S.B. Rev. Noel H. Rothrauff, O.S.B. Saint Vincent Archabbey 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, Pennsylvania 15650-2686 412-539-9761 Ext.2601 e-mail:

Volume 9, Issues 1, 2

Summer/Fall 1997

Saint Vincent Archabbey

Father Earl Henry is New Prior at Saint Vincent Archabbey The Very Rev. Earl J. Henry, O.S.B., formerly Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Saint Vincent College, has been named the new Prior of Saint Vincent Archabbey. The appointment was made by Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., and became effective on July 1, 1997. Fr. Earl succeeded the Rev. Albert C. Bickerstaff, O.S.B., who has served in this position for the past five years and has returned to serve at Benedictine Priory and Benedictine Military School in Savannah, Georgia. As the Prior, Fr. Earl assumes a major administrative role in one of the largest monasteries in the world. Saint Vincent Archabbey is the first monastery of the Benedictine Order in the United States, and today has nearly 200 monks engaged in a variety of educational, pastoral and mis-

Very Rev. Earl Henry, O.S.B. sionary apostolates throughout the world. The Archabbey operates Saint Vincent College and Saint Vincent Seminary in Latrobe; Benedictine Priory and Benedictine Military School in Savannah, Georgia; 30 parishes

and chaplaincies in the eastern United States; the Pennsylvania State University Catholic Center in State College; and foreign missions in Brazil and Taiwan. In announcing the appointment of Fr. Earl, Archabbot Douglas said: "This is an extremely important position in the Benedictine Community, since it involves key leadership responsibilities in the administration of a monastery which provides educational, pastoral and missionary services and programs to thousands of people throughout the world. Fr. Earl brings many gifts and talents to the service of the Benedictine community in accomplishing these important tasks. I have full confidence in his abilities and I am grateful for his willingness to share them with the Saint Vincent Benedictine Community and the (Continued on P. 13)

Father Albert Bickerstaff Returns to Benedictine Military School

The Rev. Albert C. Bick-erstaff, O.S.B., who served as Prior of Saint Vincent Archabbey since 1992, has returned to serve the Bene-dictine Priory as Director of Campus Ministry at Bene-dictine Military High School in Savannah, Georgia. A native of Jeannette, Pennsylvania, Fr. Albert graduated from Saint Vincent Preparatory School, Latrobe. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Saint Vincent College in 1963, and a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1966. He completed a master of arts degree in history at Notre Dame University in 1971, and a master of education in guidance and counseling at Loyola College of Baltimore in 1977. Fr. Albert was professed as a

Rev. Albert Bickerstaff, O.S.B. Benedictine monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey in 1961, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 20, 1967. From August of

1967 to July of 1992, he was a member of the Benedictine Priory in Savannah, Georgia, and was on the faculty of Benedictine Military High School. In addition to teaching, Fr. Albert has served in a number of other capacities at Benedictine, including assistant basketball coach (1967-76), assistant football coach (1968-90), and golf coach (1969-76, 1987-92). He has also held key administrative positions at Benedictine Military High School. In 1977 he became director of guidance; and in 1987, assistant headmaster of the school. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Saint Vincent College and the Board of Directors of the Benedictine Order in Georgia.

Page 3

Heart to Heart

Summer/Fall 1997

Saint Vincent Archabbey

Brazil Visit 1997 In August Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., traveled to Brazil for the annual Visitation of Sao Bento Priory in Vinhedo, which is operated by the Bene-dictines of Saint Vincent Archabbey. During his visit, the Archabbot confirmed a group of young Brazilians (top photos) from the local parish, Our Lady of Lourdes, in Vinhedo. With the Archabbot at the confirmation, in the photo on the middle left, is Prior Cristiano A. Brito (at right). The Archabbot also dedicated the new bakery for the priory, as shown in the photo on the lower left.

Page 4

Volume 9, Issues 1, 2

Heart to Heart

Summer/Fall 1997

Saint Vincent Archabbey

Monastic Oral Histories to be Published Every monk at Saint Vincent Archabbey is a treasure-house of memories and stories which stretch back decades. Unfortunately, when a monk dies, those memories are lost. Now a project is underway to prevent that loss. Dr. Richard Wissolik professor in the Saint Vincent College English Department, his wife Barbara, and Rev. Wulfstan F. Clough, O.S.B., are spearheading an effort to record the monks on audiotape and so save their experiences for posterity. For the past few years the three, assisted by several student workers, have been interviewing many of the priests and brothers, and have obtained fascinating stories about Saint Vincent days long gone. The project was begun by the Wissoliks during the 1991-92 academic year. Fr. Wulfstan joined the project in 1994 and together they have amassed a collection of over 20 interviews. Many of the tapes contain invaluable and irreplaceable information about the prep, the

scholasticate, and life at the monastery before the disastrous fire of 1963. Many stories revolve around the impact of that fire, the effects of the changes of Vatican II on the monastery, and details of everyday monastic living in the 1940s and 1950s. Other interviews describe how Saint Vincent Archabbey took over Benedictine Military School in Savannah, Georgia, and Sao Bento Priory in Brazil. And the interviews give a personal touch to the stories that cannot be found in textbook history. "This is such an important part of our tradition, and I'm glad that it's being preserved," said Fr. Wulfstan. The present plan is to publish the interviews as a multi-volume set. The team hopes to have the first volume ready for sale some time during the spring of 1998. Jerome Oetgen, author of An American Abbot, has agreed to write an introduction to the collection, and the Rev. Albert C. Bickerstaff, O.S.B., the former prior of the monastery, and Rev.

Sebastian A. Samay, O.S.B., will serve as consulting editors. Plans are for the first volume to include interviews with Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Revs. Demetrius R. Dumm, O.S.B., Paulinus J. Selle, O.S.B., and

the recently deceased Brice T. Ryan, O.S.B., among others. Fr. Wulfstan sees this effort as part of a longstanding Benedictine tradition of interest in history and preservation.

Among the Stories They Tell

“Then in 1945, when the family crossed the German border (from Hungary) ... the Germans did capture me as well as several people like me, and in the last desperate effort to make us cannon-fodder they were marching us toward an undisclosed destination somewhere in Northern Germany ... I was captured in Graz, and we were marched north to Weinerneustadt. This is a town outside of Vienna. Then toward (what is) now Czechoslovakia, Prague and going west. I escaped finally somewhere in Germany.” — Rev. Sebastian A. Samay, O.S.B. “All of a sudden we heard an alarm go off. Then Father Oliver stepped in to inform us that what we heard was a fire alarm and that we should evacuate the building. ... We looked out the window and also saw smoke over what was then the Biology Lab and the Students Chapel. ... So we headed to Kennedy Hall where we watched the firemen coming and saw the fire begin to take off. It eventually went from the Bell Tower into different roofs of the buildings and just got rampant. ... (T)here was ice all over and searchlights on for safety. It really looked like something out of a Nazi war film.” — Rev. Albert C. Bickerstaff, O.S.B.

Archabbot to Visit China, and the Philippines Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., will be visiting China and the Philippines in December. He will be attending the Third Meeting of Benedictine Major Superiors of East Asia and the Philippines. It will be held at St. Scholastica’s Center of Spirituality, Tagaytay City, Philippines. Participants will come from Asian countries such as Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines. Also attending will be participants and guests from Australia, Europe and the United States. Following his meeting in the Philippines, the Archabbot will be meeting with the Fu Jen Alumni Association in Beijing. The original Fu Jen University was established by the Benedictines of Saint Vincent Archabbey in 1925.

Volume 9, Issues 1, 2

Brother Liang Ho, O.S.B., and Brother Joseph Adams, O.S.B., traveled to Wimmer Priory in Taipei, Taiwan, this summer and helped do some landscaping, painting and painting preparation work at the Priory. They also visited with Brother Liang’s family.

Page 5

Heart to Heart

Summer/Fall 1997

Saint Vincent Archabbey

‘An American Abbot’ Revision Due Out in December

Before Boniface Wimmer came to America, he was branded a projecten-macher, a planmaker or visionary, by some of his confreres, after failing to get approval to establish a monastic community and school at Mallersdorf. The term projectenmacher was used with great irony. After Boniface Wimmer came to America, however, the implications of the term were altered considerably. When he was a student at Saint Vincent College in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Jerome Oetgen began delving into Wimmer’s papers, curious about the man who had had the vision to make Saint Vincent what it is today. Dr. Oetgen’s fascination with Wimmer has never really ended, and in December his revision of An American Abbot, Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B., will be released by Catholic University Press. Dr. Oetgen completed his initial biography of Wimmer in 1976, a 344-page tome frequently cited in subsequent scholarly works on religion in America. His revision adds almost 200 pages. “With the expansion the book is about one-third larger,” Dr. Oetgen said. “One of the reasons it is larger is that a lot has been done on American Bene-dictine history in the last 20 years since the book was published. One of those books, published in the early 1990s, was by Father Joel Rippinger. It is a history of the Benedictine order in the United States. Much of what he said about Wimmer was based on my book. “The Benedictine Sisters, who had a conflict with Wimmer, have published a number of works which have given new insights into Wimmer. I took all this into account when I rewrote the section with the sisters, such as

Page 6

About the Author

Archabbot Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B. the historical pressures between Wimmer and the sisters which caused the disagreements, and how they eventually worked it out. “There was also a lot of work done on the immigration of Germans to the U.S. in the 19th century, a lot of published works on the period and on Wimmer, and this made me rethink some of the things I said in the first book.” Dr. Oetgen began working on the revision in 1994, reviewing many of the Wimmer materials, including 1,200 letters he had looked at previously. He also consulted 30 to 40 published books in the course of his work. Most of the research was done at Saint Vincent, although he did travel to the archives at St. John’s Abbey in Minnesota to do some work. “I couldn’t have done it without the many Bene-dictines who have been at Saint Vincent over the last 100 years,” he said. Dr. Oetgen was quick to point to the work of Father Felix Fellner, who traveled to abbeys and archives all over the world to photocopy or handcopy relevant Wimmer documents. “Everything essential is in the archives at Saint Vincent,” Dr.

Jerome Oetgen is a former Benedictine of Saint Vincent Archabbey. He has a doctorate in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto and has written extensively on 19th Century American Benedictines. He taught in the English Department at Seton Hill College, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, for 10 years before joining the U.S. Foreign Service in 1987. Since then he has been a cultural attache in Paraguay and at the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador. He has worked in Washington D.C. since 1994 and will be stationed in Spain next year. He is also finishing a history of Saint Vincent as a companion volume to An American Abbot, a history from 1790 to the 20th century. Oetgen noted. “The most significant thing about Wimmer’s vision was that he knew what needed to be done and he wasn’t deterred by the people around Bavaria,” Dr. Oetgen said. “What he planned to do when he got to the United States was establish Benedictine monasteries in the U.S., and to use the Benedictine tradition of missionary work in a way to address the needs in the American Church, and his success astonished everybody.” Dr. Oetgen noted that when Wimmer first came to America, he was primarily interested in working with German Catholics, and the German immigrants to the U.S. But soon his work spread to other immigrants, and he established St. Procopius Abbey for the eastern Europeans, and he established St. John’s Abbey in Minnesota and St. Benedict’s Abbey in Kansas, among others. He sent missionaries to the freed slaves, worked with the Indians, and even established a flourishing mission in North Carolina in a primarily Protestant area. “He eventually established monasteries and missions all over the U.S. and he was all over western Pennsylvania,” Dr. Oetgen

said. “He was everywhere and he pretty much did everything he set out to do. He had a boldness and fearlessness that few people had. “There was a lot of pressure on him not to spread himself too far and wide... he was starting communities and missions on a shoestring when everyone thought he couldn’t do it and they flourished.” Dr. Oetgen notes two characteristics of the Benedictines and how they applied to Wimmer: “The Benedictine life is highly focused on Scripture, and how it forms one’s life and work, and also on history. While Wimmer was interested in history, he never did a lot of original research and writing. But he was very conscious of the importance of the work and spread of the Benedictines. “Nothing was essential or clearer to me when I was working on the new revision. It was obvious how conscious Wimmer himself was even as he was engaged in his missionary work. He wanted to create a strong Benedictine community and a strong Seminary and College. He had a sense of history of the importance of what he was doing and he kept a lot of documents. Many times I felt

Volume 9, Issues 1, 2

Heart to Heart like he was specifically writing to me.” Dr. Oetgen said that the Benedictines of today carry on that sense of history. “The Benedictine tradition of history is not just something written or done, it’s lived. They have an enormous treasure of oral history, and a real consciousness of history as it applies to the present. It’s not dead in the past. They are carrying it on from the past and into the future, which is important, extremely important. We live in an age when what has happened

Father Demetrius Publishes Book To the Rev. Demetrius R. Dumm, O.S.B., the phrase in the Rule of St. Benedict, "Cherish Christ above all," embodies the most important aspect of St. Benedict's spirituality. For this reason, Fr. Demetrius has chosen that phrase as the title of his latest book, Cherish Christ Above All: The Bible in the Rule of Benedict, recently published by Paulist Press. This is Fr. Demetrius' second book. His first, Flowers in the Desert: A Spirituality of the Bible, was published in 1987 and continues to be popular and to inspire many.

Volume 9, Issues 1, 2

Summer/Fall 1997

What Others are Saying “A vivid and convicing portrait ... No one who is interested in the history of religion in America or in the fortunes of this venerable Benedictine order will want to overlook this fine work.” — Rev. Demetrius R. Dumm, O.S.B. “In his deft and eloquent revision of An American Abbot, Jerome Oetgen has rewritten our understanding of the founder of American monasticism, creating in the process a work of enduring value.” — Rev. Dom Paschal Baumstein, O.S.B. “Every so often a figure comes along who captures the spirit of the times and is able to use that insight to spread the gospel. Boniface Wimmer did just that.” — Most Rev. Rembert G. Weakland, O.S.B., Archbishop of Milwaukee The genesis of this book was a series of lectures which Fr. Demetrius gave in Mexico City. In preparing the lectures, he found himself thinking greatly about the importance of the scriptures to his own life as a monk living under Bene-dict's Rule. "I've tried to live the Rule for 50 years and taught scripture for 40,” he said. “Maybe it's time to put the two together. Benedict refers to the Bible almost 600 times, and I had never consciously dealt with that." Although Benedict's Rule plays a prominent part in the book, it is written for a much wider audience than just monks. In his "Foreword," he explains that "The Rule of Benedict is not some esoteric teaching intended for some elite group in the church. Rather, it is about living in the presence of God and in union with Christ a matter of deep concern for all Christians ... [The] essential elements of Benedictine spirituality can be lived by every Christian, and it is my hope that this book will help to make that more evident." The book is available at the Saint Vincent College Book Center. Fr. Demetrius is currently working on a third book, this one on

Saint Vincent Archabbey in the past is really as important as moving into the future. If we move into it without that base, it’s like building on sand.”

To Order:

Prepublication Offer: 15% Discount Available in December 512 pp., 20 Illus. Cloth $33.95 To order call: 410-516-6953 Also will be available in the Saint Vincent College Book Center after publication at a cost of $39.95.

Saint Vincent 150th Year Video and CD-ROM Available Copies of Saint Vincent: 150 Years , the video produced by Saint Vincent Archabbey in conjunction with its sesquicentennial, are still available. The video may be purchased by mail for $12 by sending a check or money order (payable to Saint Vincent Archabbey) to Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archab-bey, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, 15650-2690. Saint Vincent: The Journey Forward, a detailed CD-ROM documentary that tells the story of the Saint Vincent community, is available from Mindworks Multimedia, Inc., a new company dedicated to producing multimedia CD-ROM documentaries and reference titles. In Saint Vincent: The Journey Forward, the history of the Saint Vincent community is told with rare archival photos, narration by professional actors, interactive exploration of the campus, and samplings of original Saint Vincent music and treasured art from the Saint Vincent collection. Users can spend hours exploring the many in-depth subjects, rich in history, faith and intrigue, in the founding of Saint Vincent. Saint Vincent: The Journey Forward can be purchased for $39.95 (plus $2 for shipping and handling) by calling toll free 888-MINDWRK or by writing to Mindworks Multimedia, Inc., P.O. Box 427, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, 15650. VISA and Mastercard accepted.

Page 7

Heart to Heart

Summer/Fall 1997

Saint Vincent Archabbey

Construction Completed (Continued from P. 1)

growth in all of these areas and we really look forward to making a contribution to the future through the new programs and facilities that will enable us to meet the needs of the people through the years to come,” Archabbot Douglas said. The recently-completed Seminary projects included construction of a new chapel, which will seat up to 120 seminarians, and the extensive renovation and construction project at the Roderick Center, formerly Gregory Hall. The addition and renovation created 21 additional student rooms, five guest rooms and faculty and administrative offices. The Center now contains 14,250 square feet on three floors, with a reception area, conference room and student lounge. The major gift for the center came from Mr. David M. Roderick, former chairman and chief executive officer of USX, and is named in memory of his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth “Bettie” J. Roderick. In addition to the construction, the campaign also raised money for seminary scholarship and library needs and the Monastery Health and Welfare Fund. The Basilica Parish Center was dedicated on July 5. The twostory brick center has 37,000 square feet of space and includes an assembly area on the second floor, parish offices, a conference room, library and lounge. The Basilica exterior renovation project included replacing the roof, repointing the bricks and restoration of 27 stained glass windows. The interior project included painting, lighting, upgrading the sound system and construction of new restrooms.

Page 8

Exterior and interior views of the Chapel of Saint Gregory the Great

A few projects inside the Basilica remain to be completed. The Basilica was rededicated at the conclusion of the Saint Vincent Sesquicentennial last year. Architect for the projects was Tasso Katselas of Pittsburgh, who designed the new Pittsburgh International Airport. He has designed many of the buildings on the Saint Vincent campus. General Campaign Chairman is John C. Marous, Jr., former chief executive officer of Westinghouse, Inc. Other campaign

Steering Committee members include Dr. John E. Murray, Jr., president of Duquesne University, Monastery Division Chairperson; Bishop William J. Winter, Auxiliary Bishop of Pittsburgh and Wesley W. von Schack, former chief executive officer of DQE, Seminary Division co-chairpersons; and Mario J. Ferretti, President of Kattan-Ferretti Insurance Agency, Parish Division chairperson. “The campaign sought multiyear gifts or pledges from friends

of the Monastery, parishioners, alumni and friends of the Seminary,” said Director of Development Edward P. Hager. “The combined campaign has raised more than $10 million in cash and pledges, with the pledge period extending from 1995 through 1998. “We started the projects based on the commitments made from the pledges and based on that response we proceeded with the restoration and construction (Continued on P. 10)

Volume 9, Issues 1, 2

Heart to Heart

Summer/Fall 1997

Saint Vincent Archabbey

The recently refurbished Saint Vincent Basilica (above, left). It was rededicated at the end of the Saint Vincent Sesquicentennial last year. Community Room (above, right) in the new Basilica Parish Center (below). The dedication ceremony for the Parish Center was July 5.

Volume 9, Issues 1, 2

Page 9

Heart to Heart

Summer/Fall 1997

Saint Vincent Archabbey

Campaign Leadership Board of Regents Chairman Most Rev. Anthony G. Bosco.


Mr. John C. Marous, Jr. Campaign Steering Committee Members Very Rev. Thomas P. Acklin, O.S.B.; Most Rev. Anthony G. Bosco; Rev. Gilbert J. Burke, O.S.B.; Mr. Frank V. Cahouet; Mr. John E. Connelly; Mr. J. Wray Connolly, Jr.; Mr. Patrick J. DiCesare; Mr. William J. Donahue; Mr. Thomas J. Donnelly; Mr. Mario J. Ferretti; Rev. Mario A. Fulgenzi, O.S.B.; Mr. Carl G. Grefenstette; Mr. Edward P. Hager; Dr. George J. Magovern, Sr.; Dr. John E. Murray, Jr.; Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B.; Mr. Ronald N. Raimondo; Mr. James E. Rohr; Mr. Daniel M. Rooney; Mr. Wesley W. von Schack; Mr. James F. Will; Most Rev. William J. Winter; Most Rev. Donald W. Wuerl.

Advance Gifts Chairman Rev. Thomas J. Kram Regional Gifts Chairmen Rev. John R. Haney, Pittsburgh; Rev. Lawrence R. Kiniry, Greensburg; Msgr. John R. Sasway, Altoona/Johnstown; Msgr. Francis M. Kumontis, Harrisburg; Msgr. Paul A. Lenz, District of Columbia/ Maryland/Virginia; Rev. Thomas J. Tyler, Erie.



Chairman Mr. Mario J. Ferretti


Committee Chairs Mrs. Mary E. Andrighetti, Parish Council Chair; Mr. Vincent S. Detore, Advance Gifts Chair; Mr. Edward G. Nemanic, Leadership Gifts Chair; Mr. Mark J. Burkardt, Special Gifts Chair; Mr. William J. Fromme, Mr. Russell F. Upholster, Jr., General Gifts Co-Chairs.

Chairman Dr. John E. Murray, Jr. Co-Chairmen The Most Rev. William J. Winter. Mr. Wesley W. von Schack.

Construction Completed (Continued from P. 8)

projects in anticipation of fulfillment of all pledges,” Mr. Hager added, noting that many volunteers contributed to the success of the campaign. Archabbot Douglas also said: “We are grateful for the tremendous leadership which was provided for the campaign by John Marous and also by the leadership of the Seminary Campaign with Bishop Winter and Wes von Schack, and also in the Monastery Division with John Murray, and the Parish Division with Mario Ferretti. We’re also grateful for the leadership in the College, from Jim Will, Chairman of the Capital Campaign and Jim Murdy, Chairman of the Board. “The leadership played an important role in helping us get the message to the different constituencies that we serve and the

Page 10

response has been an overwhelming vote of confidence through the support which we have received in all of these areas,” Archabbot Douglas said. “It was the generosity of the parishioners; the generosity of the alumni of the College, the Seminary and Prep; the generosity of the community and the various dioceses to all of these endeavors that made this expansion possible,” he concluded. “As a result of the leadership of Archabbot Douglas and the volunteers, the campaign has been successful in meeting its goals,” Mr. Hager said. “We appreciate all those persons who supported the campaign with the leadership, volunteer efforts and financial support. These individuals have made it possible to preserve the vision of Boniface Wimmer and our forefathers for future generations.”

Dedication Planned (Continued from P. 1) the Eucharist. Homilist will be the Most Rev. Donald W. Wuerl, Bishop of Pittsburgh. The dedication of the Chapel of Saint Gregory the Great and the Elizabeth J. Roderick Center will take place at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. at Placid Hall. Mrs. Mary Ann Johanek, National President of The First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, will make the announcement of the Svate Pismo i Katolicka Viera Education Fund for Saint Vincent Seminary. The Elizabeth J. Roderick Center is named in memory of the late Mrs. Elizabeth Judith Costello Roderick, a deeply religious person who was devoted to her family and her Catholic faith. She helped spread the Christian message through her care

Mrs. Elizabeth J. Roderick of those in need throughout the world, and through her response to Christ’s command “to go forth and to preach the Good News.” Her deep desire to spread the message of Christ will continue in the future through the generations of priests and religious who will be educated at the Elizabeth J. Roderick Center at Saint Vincent Seminary.

Volume 9, Issues 1, 2

Heart to Heart

Summer/Fall 1997

Saint Vincent Women’s Auxiliary Has Been Active for Nearly 60 Years By Father Noel H. Rothrauff, O.S.B. The origins of the Women’s Auxiliary date back to September 1939, when Mrs. Harry M. Staley and Mrs. Stephen W. Nealon were visiting Saint Vincent and happened to walk through a corridor nicknamed “Old Main,” which was being repaired. The women later asked Fr. Edmund R. Cuneo, O.S.B., whether their bridge club could hold a private card party to raise some funds to support the work. With the help of Fr. Edmund and other monks of Saint Vincent, the original plans expanded into a large party held at the Hotel Schenley in Pittsburgh. Various groups of friends of Saint Vincent, who had already proposed an organization to assist with funding projects at the institution, were invited. Notable among the monks was Fr. Hugh J. Wilt, O.S.B., who became the first moderator and “permanent treasurer” of the Auxiliary. An initial dinner meeting on November 9, 1939, was the occasion of planning the “Dessert Bridge” at the Schenley, and of the election of the first four officers, who in turn appointed the necessary committees. The party at the Schenley on December 9, attended by over 600 friends of Saint Vincent, “was a tremendous success both socially and financially” and “far exceeded the expectations of our best optimist,” wrote Fr. Hugh. The purposes and aims of the organization, as later stated in its constitution, were envisioned as assisting Saint Vincent in the development of its educational program, assisting deserving youths to obtain the advantages of higher education, and

Volume 9, Issues 1, 2

Through the years the Auxiliary has contributed over $100,000 in scholarship funds to deserving students. Following the 1963 fire, it raised $50,000 for the building fund. Today, it continues to help fund scholarships and projects. adopting other specific goals, as determined by the members, to support various projects at Saint Vincent. The organization grew rapidly during the early 1940s. Fr. Alcuin W. Tasch, O.S.B., helped the women draw up a constitution and bylaws, and a temporary version was adopted in February 1940. Committees were formed to propose a final draft, which was finally accepted in 1944. During the first year it became obvious that a major problem was the development of autonomous units because so many members lived in outlying districts. In January 1940, the members of the Auxiliary in Latrobe formed a “Latrobe Chapter,” later named the “Hugh Chapter,” in honor of Fr. Hugh Wilt, O.S.B. This set the pace for other chapters: The Saint Scholastica Chapter in Forest Hills, Pittsburgh; the Edmund Chapter from Saint Mary Parish, Pittsburgh; the Homestead Chapter; the Saint Benedict Chapter in Erie, and the Aurelian Chapter in Mount Lebanon. All of these were formed by 1944. By 1965, chapters also were established in Johnstown and in St. Marys, Elk County, and the Homestead Chapter was replaced by the Saint Boniface Chapter, Pittsburgh. Each chapter met as often as the members wished. Some conducted meetings along strictly social lines, whereas others adopted the aim of a study club as well. While the annual membership dues and occasional par-

ties raised funds, the goal of the regular meetings was not to raise funds, but rather to spread an interest in the organization and to fulfill social and intellectual needs. The membership increased from 468 in 1940 to 815 in 1943. Over the years the Women’s Auxiliary of Saint Vincent College has contributed generously to special projects at Saint Vincent College and Archabbey, as well as to student scholarships. It began its support by donating $7,000 for the renovation of the main hall. After that, funds, unless otherwise designated, were deposited into the Auxiliary Scholarship Fund, which amounted to $9,400 by February 1944. In the 1950s, the Auxiliary accepted as a special project the installation of a new main altar in the Saint Vincent Basilica. In 1957, the organization assisted in the construction of the new library building, which now serves the needs of the College, Seminary and Archabbey. In 1965, the eight chapters were helping the institution to meet a goal of $1 million for a construction program to replace buildings destroyed by the fire of January 28, 1963, which caused about $2 million in damage. They ultimately contributed $50,000 to the building fund. By 1965, the Auxiliary had already contributed over $100,000 in scholarship funds for the College and Preparatory School. More recently, the women raised $2,600 in the (Continued on Page16)

Saint Vincent Archabbey

1997 Jubilarians 70 Years Profession Father Flavian G. Yelinko, O.S.B., July 2, 1927

50 Years Ordination Father Canice T. Welsh, O.S.B., June 15, 1947 Father Demetrius R. Dumm, O.S.B., Dec. 7, 1947

Profession Father Noel H. Rothrauff, O.S.B., July 2, 1947

25 Years Ordination Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., May 20, 1972 Father Vincent de Paul R. Crosby, O.S.B., May 20, 1972 Father Anthony Wesolowski, O.S.B., May 20, 1972

Profession Father Kurt J. Belsole, O.S.B., July 10, 1972 Father David R. Griffin, O.S.B., July 10, 1972 Father Aaron N. Buzzelli, O.S.B., July 10, 1972 Father Cyprian G. Constantine, O.S.B., July 10, 1972

Page 11

Heart to Heart

Summer/Fall 1997

Saint Vincent Archabbey

New Abbatial Appointments

SVC is ‘Exceptional Buy,’ ‘Best Value,’ in Magazine Rankings Saint Vincent College was named once again as one of the top ten “Best Values” among regional liberal arts colleges in the north in U.S. News and World Report’s eleventh annual edition of America’s Best Colleges. Saint Vincent was also named one of the top five schools in the region in a new category, entitled “Debt Load -- Least Debt,” recognizing that the graduates of its class of 1996 graduated with loan obligations that are among the smallest in the region. This marks the fifth time that Saint Vincent has been named to U.S. News best value rankings, with previous recognition in 1992, 1994, 1996 and 1997. “We are very pleased to be ranked again by U.S. News and World Report,” commented the Rev. Martin R. Bartel, O.S.B., college president. “The fact that we have been recognized five times in the past seven years as one of the best buys in the region is a significant verification of the high quality educational experience offered by Saint Vincent College at a reasonable cost. We extend our thanks to all of our students, faculty and staff as well as our alumni, friends and benefactors who continue to share in this honor.” Among regional liberal arts colleges in the north, Saint Vincent was ranked third in the category

Page 12

of “Best Values” as one of the schools that offer a high quality education at a reasonable cost. Five other Pennsylvania schools were also ranked, including Grove City (ranked second), Seton Hill (4th), Elizabethtown (6th), York (8th) and Susquehanna (10th). Marymount Manhattan College was ranked first in the category. Saint Vincent College was ranked third among the five northern regional liberal arts colleges recognized for having the lowest percentage of graduates with debt and the lowest average amount of debt after they graduate. In addition to the latest U.S. News rankings, Saint Vincent was also named once again by Money magazine as one of the top 100 “exceptional buys” in the entire United States. This marks the third consecutive year in which Saint Vincent was recognized by Money. The 1998 rankings appear in the September 1997 issue. Saint Vincent was also named one of the top 25 “best buys” in the Mid-Atlantic region. It has been a consistent honoree in all of the national rankings including those by The National Review College Guide, Barron’s, Peterson’s, and The Templeton Honor Rolls for Education in a Free Society.

The Rt. Rev. Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Archabbot of Saint Vincent Archab-bey, announced the following new appointments, effective July 1, 1997. Prior: Very Rev. Earl J. Henry Formation Program: Father Sebastian A. Samay, Novice Master and Coordinator of Formation Programs. Archabbot’s Office: Father Athanasius C. Cherry, Administrative Secretary to the Archabbot. Vocations Office: Father Thomas More Sikora, Director of Vocations. College Apostolate: Father Ralph M. Tajak, Assistant Director, Admission and Financial Aid Office; Father Paul R. Taylor, Director, Admission and Financial Aid Office; Father Millard Cook, History Department; Bro-ther Edward Mazich, Math Department. Seminary Apostol-ate: Father Ralph M. Tajak, adjunct faculty member. Juniorate: Brother Edward Mazich, Faculty of Saint Vincent College, Math Department;

Brother Matthew T. Laffey, Socius of Novices; Brother Hugh D. Lester, Associate Director of Summer Retreats. Brother Anthony J. Grossi, Academic Counselor in the Opportunity Program, Dorm Moderator at Saint Vincent College; Brother Lee Yoakam, Adjunct Nurse at Saint Vincent College and Seminary, staff on the Monastic Infirmary and Assistant Guestmaster at the Monastery; Brother William Benthall, Director of Sacristy and Assistant Master of Ceremonies. Brother Abel Rodarte, Staff in the Admission and Financial Aid Office at Saint Vincent College; Brother Matthew Bodnar, Assistant Guestmaster at the Monastery, Assistant Master of Ceremonies and Sacristan; Brother Joseph Adams, Socius of Novices, Miller at Saint Vincent Gristmill, Captain of the Saint Vincent Fire Department. Brother Thomas Curry, Assistant in the Summer Retreat Program, Assistant Director of the Vocation Office; Brother Liang (David) Ho, Assistant Master of Ceremonies/Sacristan.

Memorial Gift, Tribute Gift, Donors Listed Tribute gift and Memorial gift donors to Saint Vincent Archabbey during the quarter from June 1 to October 1, 1997, include: In honor of Rev. John F. Murtha, O.S.B., Mr. and Mrs. Ken Shimko. In memory of Mr. Anthony Bione, Mrs. Helen R. Bione. In memory of Dorothy Maher, Ms. Linda A. Cohn, Ms. Tribute Nancy L. Kierstead, Mr. Carl E. Testo, Caryn A. Converse, Mr.

Michael Kokoszka, Ms. Charisse E. Hutton, Ms. Karen M. Netherton. In memory of Rev. Method J. Mraz, O.S.B., Mr. and Mrs. John Barchiesi, Ms. Mary Z. Collins, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mraz, Ms. Lorel Ann Cerutti, Ms. Christina Gruska, Ms. Mary D. Patchell, Mrs. Katherine S. Church, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mraz. In memory of Rev. Norbert Rupprecht, O.S.B., Ms. Jeanne C. Rafferty.

Volume 9, Issues 1, 2

Heart to Heart

Summer/Fall 1997

College Breaks Ground for Resource Center

Saint Vincent College held a virtual groundbreaking ceremony on Aug. 9 that signalled the beginning of construction of a $5.1 million Instructional Technology Resource Center and renovation of the Saint Vincent Library. The program was broadcast internationally on the Internet’s World Wide Web. Taking part in the groundbreaking were, from left, architect Tasso Katselas; Saint Vincent Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B.; robot (student Carrie Morgan, C ‘97); College President, the Rev. Martin R. Bartel, O.S.B.; David J. Pevarnik, vice president of PDC Builders, Inc., of Latrobe; and James F. Pevarnik, president of PDC Builders, Inc., general contractor for the project.

Father Earl Henry Appointed Prior

(Continued from p. 3)


in 1958 and solemn profession of

(1982-84). In the fall of 1984 he

A native of Whitney, Pennsyl-

vows in 1961. He was ordained

studied at the International Bene-

vania, Fr. Earl is the son of Cyril

a priest by the late William G.

dictine College of Sant' Anselmo,

and Stella Henry, and is one of 11

Connare, Bishop of Greensburg

Rome, Italy, and then served for

children. He attended St. Cecilia

in 1964.

seven months in 1985 as admin-

Grade School in Whitney, and

Following ordination, Fr. Earl

istrator of St. Nicholas Parish,

graduated from the former Saint

was associate pastor at St. Ger-

Nicktown. From 1985 to 1987, he

Vincent Preparatory School in

trude Parish, Vandergrift, and

was rector of Penn State Catholic

Latrobe. He received a bachelor

then returned to Saint Vincent,

Center, State College. He then

of arts degree in philosophy from

where he held the positions of

returned to Saint Vincent College

Saint Vincent College in 1960,

director of food service, director

to assume his most recent position

and a master of divinity degree

of intramurals, and residence hall

as dean of admission and financial

from Saint Vincent Seminary in

moderator (1965-67), dean of

aid. As Prior he continues to

1964. He entered the novitiate of

students (1967-75), and director

serve as president of Wimmer

Saint Vincent Archabbey in 1957,

of admission (1975-82), and direc-

Corporation, a post he has held

made simple profession of vows

tor of admission and financial aid

since 1990.

Volume 9, Issues 1, 2

Saint Vincent Archabbey

Writer, Editor Joins Staff

Kimberley A. Metzgar of Export RD 2 has joined the administrative staff as a writer/editor in the Public Relations Department. She will be handling publicity for Saint Vincent Seminary and Saint Vincent Archabbey. A 1984 graduate of Seton Hill College, Greensburg, she has a bachelor of arts degree in English with a minor in art. She has a certificate in scriptwriting from Hollywood Script-writing Institute. Before joining the staff at Saint Vincent, Ms. Metzgar served as family page editor, staff writer and photographer for The Indiana Gazette newspaper in Indiana, Pa. She is also a former editor of The Latrobe Bulletin newspaper, and was a part-time video-grapher for WPXI-TV, Pittsburgh. She has edited and coauthored a 374-page book for the Mid-Appalachian Region of the National Speleological Society (NSS), and is currently editing a 600-plus page book for the NSS, to be published in 1998. This past summer she and her husband Tom received a national award from the NSS for their work in spelean history. She is a contributor to the Sierra Club Allegheny Group Chapter's forthcoming book on hiking trails in the Laurel Highlands, and is working on a number of other publication proj-ects involving local history and speleology. She is the daughter of Ronald J. and Marian A. Opatka of Derry.

Page 13

Heart to Heart

Summer/Fall 1997

Saint Vincent Archabbey

Obituaries Rev. Giles L. Nealen, O.S.B. The Rev. Giles L. Nealen, O.S.B., 73, a priest-monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, died Sunday, December 29, 1996, in the monastic infirmary from heart failure. He was born in Nicktown, Pennsylvania, September 6, 1923, attended St. Nicholas Grade School there, and was a 1942 graduate of Spangler Public High School in Spangler. He received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Saint Vincent College in 1948, and did his priesthood studies at Saint Vincent Seminary. Fr. Giles entered the Benedictine monastic community of Saint Vincent Archabbey in 1945. He made simple profession of vows on February 13, 1946, and solemn profession of vows on February 13, 1949. He was ordained a priest in Saint Vincent Archabbey Church by the late Bishop John Dearden of Pittsburgh on May 15, 1951. His service to the monastic community included assistant in the maintenance department (1944-51) and 1954-63); scholasticate prefect (1949-51); assistant pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in St. Marys (1951-54); prefect at Saint Vincent Scholasticate (1954-63); director of Food Service (1954-63); Master of Brothers (1956-63); pastor of St. James Parish, Waynesburg, Ohio (1964); subprior at Saint Benedictine Priort, Vin-hedo, S.P., Brazil (1964-67); administrator of St. Benedict Parish, Marguerite (1967-68); assistant pastor at Queen of the World Parish, St. Marys (1968-71); pastor at St. Bruno Parish, South Greensburg (1971-72); pastor at St. James Parish, Waynesburg, Ohio (1972-80); pastor at

Page 14

Sacred Heart Parish, St. Marys (1990-92). In 1992, Fr. Giles retired to the Archabbey where, until his death, he remained active as chaplain to the Latrobe Carmelite Monastery of Nuns and assistant to the Prior. He is survived by his brothers and sisters, John, Gertrude Augustine and Martha Ager, all of Nicktown. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Margaret (Bender) Nealen; his brother, William; and three sisters, Mary Sutton, Clare Noll and Ruth Nealen. Memorial contributions may be made to the Health and Welfare Fund of Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, 15650.

Rev. Norbert A. Rupprecht, O.S.B The Rev. Norbert A. Rupprecht, O.S.B., 88, a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, died Saturday, December 28, 1996, after an extended illness. Fr. Norbert was born in St. Marys, Pennsylvania, on September 22, 1908, and was graduated from St. Mary’s Parochial School there. He then went to Saint Vincent and was graduated from Saint Vincent Scholasticate, College and Seminary. He also pursued graduate studies at Catholic University of America and at Western Reserve University. He professed his first monastic vows on July 2, 1928, and was ordained to the priesthood June 17, 1934, by the late Bishop Hugh C. Boyle of Pittsburgh. As a member of the Saint Vincent Community, Fr. Norbert served in many administrative and teaching posts of the institution. From 1934 to 1939 he

was prefect and teacher in the Preparatory School, where he also served as director of athletics for two years. At the College, he served as dean of men and as director of athletics. During World War II, he preached missions to American military personnel, and from 1945 to 1969, he became well known for his work in the Mission Band by preaching throughout the United States and Canada. In 1969 he was appointed pastor of St. Boniface Parish in North Side, Pittsburgh, and in 1985 he became pastor emeritus. He returned to Saint Vincent Archabbey in 1989. Fr. Norbert is survived by a sister, Helene Benton of St. Marys and by numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Rose (Rumpelein) Rupprecht, and by a sister and eight brothers, including the late Rev. Melvin C. Rupprecht, O.S.B., and the late Rev. Jerome J. Rupprecht, O.S.B.

Rev. Method J. Mraz, O.S.B.

The Rev. Method J. Mraz, O.S.B., 91, a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, died on Monday, June 9, 1997. He had been in failing health for the last few years. Fr. Method was born in Knox Run, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, on February 19, 1906. He attended Winburn Grade School, Saint Francis Preparatory School in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and was a 1925 graduate of Saint Vincent Preparatory School. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Saint Vincent College and completed his ordination studies at Saint Vincent Seminary. He entered the Bene-dictine

monastic community of Saint Vincent Archabbey in 1927. He made simple profession of vows on July 2, 1928, and solemn profession on July 11, 1931. He was ordained a priest in Saint Vincent Archabbey Church by the late Bishop Hugh C. Boyle, of Pittsburgh, on June 17, 1934. Fr. Method served the Archabbey in its pastoral apostolates. He was an assistant at Saint Benedict Parish, Carrolltown (1934-40), and Blessed Sacrament Parish (now Blessed Sacrament Cathedral), Greensburg (1940-41). He was pastor at Saint Bartholomew Parish, Crabtree (1941-55), Saint Bruno Parish, South Greensburg (1955-70) and Saint Martin Parish, New Derry (1970-84). Since 1984 he had been in residence at the Archabbey. While he was pastor of Saint Bruno, he directed the building of the present church and opened the grade school there. Fr. Method was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary (Petkac) Mraz, and three siblings. He is survived by his brother Joseph and sister Mary Backa, both of Fairview Park, Ohio; and a brother, Michael of Cleveland, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to the Health and Welfare Fund of Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, 15650.

Rev, Xavier R. Mihm, O.S.B The Rev. Xavier R. Mihm, O.S.B., 81, a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, died on October 29, 1996 after an extended illness. He was born on the North Side of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on July 2, 1915, and attended Saint Marys Parochial School there.

Volume 9, Issues 1, 2

Heart to Heart He was a 1933 graduate of Saint Vincent Preparatory School. He received a bachelor’s degree from Saint Vincent College in 1942, and a master’s degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1948. In 1951 he was granted a doctorate in chemistry from Purdue University. Fr. Xavier entered the Benedictine monastic community of Saint Vincent Archabbey in 1935. He made simple profession of vows on July 2, 1936, and solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1939. He was ordained a priest in Saint Vincent Archabbey Church by the late Bishop Hugh Boyle of Pittsburgh, on June 6, 1943. Fr. Xavier taught in the chemistry departments of Saint Vincent College (1943-45 and 1951-58); Gannon University (1958-64); and Walsh College (1964-69). He was a member of the American Chemical Society and a fourth degree Knight of Columbus. He retired in 1986 and in 1992 returned to the Archabbey due to ill health. Fr. Xavier is survived by a brother, Thomas of Detroit, Michigan; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Margaret (Schmitt) Mihm; and two sisters and a brother.

Rev. Bertrand H. Dunegan, O.S.B. The Rev. Bertrand H. Dunegan, O.S.B., 66, a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, died Wednesday, December 18, 1996, after an extended illness. Fr. Bertrand was born January 24, 1930, in Eben-sburg, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Holy Name Elementary School there. He attended Saint Vincent Preparatory School and Saint Vincent College, graduating magna cum laude in 1953 with a bachelor of arts in biology

Volume 9, Issues 1, 2

Summer/Fall 1997 and philosophy. He joined the Benedictine order in 1950. He made his first profession of vows on July 2, 1951, and his solemn profession on July 11, 1954. He attended Saint Vincent Seminary, was ordained a priest on May 26, 1957, and received a master of arts in theology in 1959. After ordination he taught biology at Saint Vincent College before doing graduate work in cytology at Detroit University during the summer of 1958. He then studied genetics at Johns Hopkins University from 1959 to 1960, and zoology and limnology at Franz Stone Lab at Ohio State University, where he received a master of science in 1961. He pursued further graduate work in marine science education at the University of Loyola the next year, and received National Science Foundation grants for graduate studies in paleontology at Vassar, and oceanography, marine biology, and geology at the University of Virginia in cooperation with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. In addition to teaching at Saint Vincent College, Fr. Bertrand was on the faculty of St. Marys Central Catholic High School in St. Marys, Pennsylvania, from 1961 to 1962. He also taught at James BarryRobinson School in Norfolk, Virginia, from 1962 to 1967. In 1967 he began teaching at Benedictine High School in Savannah, Georgia. He served at Benedictine High School until 1992, when he returned to Saint Vincent Archabbey because of ill health. Fr. Bertrand’s teaching was highly honored over the years. He was named “Outstanding Science Teacher in First District of Georgia” in 1969; STAR teacher in 1971, 1976 and 1979; “Outstanding Biology Teacher in Georgia” in 1974; and “Red Cross Small Craft Teacher of the Year 1974.” In 1979, he received the “Distinguished Service Award” from the Georgia Association of

Saint Vincent Archabbey

Independent Schools, and in 1979 the “Best Photography Award” from the Explorers Club of New York. In 1991 the New York Institute of Photography awarded Fr. Bertrand its prestigious Certificate of Graduation in Professional Photography. Fr. Bertrand is the author of three books, Beachcombing in Virginia, Beachcombing on Hilton Head Island, and

Beachcomber’s Guide to the Golden Isles. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Howard Dunegan. He is survived by a brother, Robert Dunegan of Charlotte, North Carolina; and a sister, Mary Siebert, of Peoria, Illinois. Contributions can be made to the Bertrand Dunegan Memorial Scholarship Fund, Benedictine Military School.

Upcoming Events OCTOBER 28

The Elizabeth J. Roderick Center and The Chapel of Saint Gregory the Great dedication, 4:30 p.m., Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica.

DECEMBER 5, 7, 12-14

Saint Vincent Camerata Christmas Concerts, 8 p.m., Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. For ticket information call 412-537-4579.


Christmas Eve Mass, 5 p.m., Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. Christmas Vigil Service, 11:20 p.m., Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. Midnight Liturgy, with Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., as principal celebrant. A reception at the Parish Center will follow the Mass.


Christmas Day Mass, 6 a.m., Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. Christmas Day Mass, 7:30 a.m., with Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., as principal celebrant, Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. Christmas Day Mass, 9:30 a.m., Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. Christmas Day Mass, 11:30 a.m., Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. Christmas Day Evening Prayer, 4:30 p.m., Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica.


Saint Vincent Camerata Lenten Concert, 8 p.m., Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. For ticket information call 412-537-4579.


Voices of Saint Vincent Concert, 7 p.m., with the Saint Vincent College Singers, the Saint Vincent College Troubadours, the Saint Vincent Seminary Schola Cantorum, and the Saint Vincent Camerata Chamber Orchestra, Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. For ticket information call 412-537-4579.

MAY 23

Saint Vincent Benedictine Priesthood Ordination, Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica, 10 a.m.

Page 15

Ora Et Labora

Summer/Fall 1997

Saint Vincent Auxiliary

(Continued from P. 11)

mid-1980s to recondition and reinforce the Saint Benedict and Saint Scholastica windows in the renovated chapel of Leander Hall. The Auxiliary has provided a variety of programs for its members. During the 1950s, at the suggestion of Fr. Hugh, plans were made to hold religious forums in the homes of members to discuss subjects such as philosophy, the lives of the saints, the liturgy of the Church, and the Papal Encyclicals. Guest speakers at the Auxiliary’s regular meetings during the 1950s and 1960s delivered talks about higher education, current events, pilgrimages and foreign missions. Father Hugh, in particular, kept the Latrobe Chapter informed about China an area of the world dear to his heart. In the 1960s, annual picnics were held during the summer at the campus of Saint Vincent. Through the 1970s and 1980s, programs for the Auxiliary’s meetings included benefit card parties, fashion shows, outings to the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre, travelogues and trips to nearby shrines. Days and

evenings of recollection, directed by monks of Saint Vincent, were also held regularly at Saint Emma Retreat House and at the Crypt of Saint Vincent Basilica. The Auxiliary has appreciated the guidance of its Benedictine moderators from the time of its foundation. After Fr. Hugh left to help in the establishment of a Benedictine mission in Taiwan, in the 1960s, Fr. Clarence C. Karawsky, O.S.B., and Fr. Clair F. Gannon, O.S.B., became moderators. From the mid-1960s until his death in September of 1974, Fr. Melvin C. Rupprecht, O.S.B., guided the Auxiliary. With Fr. Melvin’s death, the Latrobe Chapter was renamed the “Hugh-Melvin Chapter,” and Archabbot Egbert Donovan, O.S.B., appointed Fr. Gilbert J. Burke, O.S.B., to be the moderator. Since August 1982, Fr. Noel H. Rothrauff, O.S.B., has served as the moderator for the Women’s Auxiliary of Saint Vincent College. Present officers for the Latrobe chapter are Philo-mena Rich, president; Dorothy Herrholtz, vice president; Helen Fajt, secretary and Helen Martin, treasurer.

Gift, Tribute Programs a Way to Honor Loved Ones

The death of someone who has touched our lives or that of a friend prompts shock and grief. Yet that grief may be relieved only with the passage of time. So, we help by “being there” for each other. It is presence, then, which is the essence of our sympathy; we are available to the bereaved as an expression of our caring. But, our physical presence is not always possible. We often seek a more tangible expression of our presence by sending flowers or giving memorials. For many of us memorial giving is a thoughtful expression of showing our presence. Such gifts say “we care,” pay tribute to the deceased, and serve the living. Please consider Saint Vincent Archabbey’s apostolates when making such a memorial gift. Saint Vincent has an established program for notifying the family of your sympathy. A note of sympathy is sent to the family attesting to your concern and thoughtfulness, but the amount of your gift is never disclosed. A separate letter of thanks is mailed to you. The tribute gift program honors individuals you care for during their lifetimes, on special occasions. Many of us have trouble finding a meaningful way to recognize friends and family. If you have struggled with the problem of deciding what to give people on these occasions, perhaps this tribute program will be an answer. You may wish to consider making a tribute gift on these occasions: birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, retirements or holidays. Perhaps you have your own special reason for making a tribute gift or maybe you just wish to send a unique “thank you” to someone. If you choose to make a tribute gift, we will send an acknowledgment to you, the donor, for making the gift and an appropriate note will be mailed to the person you are recognizing. All memorial/tribute names will be listed in the next issue of the Archabbey newsletter, but the amount of your gift is never disclosed. For more information call or write the Saint Vincent Archabbey Development Office at 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, 15650, 412-532-6740.

SAINT VINCENT ARCHABBEY 300 Fraser Purchase Road Latrobe, PA 15650-2686

Volume 9, Issues 1, 2

Non-profit Organization U.S. Postage Paid Latrobe, PA Permit No. 110

Address Service Requested

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

Heart to Heart Summer/Fall 1997  
Heart to Heart Summer/Fall 1997  

The redesign of the Archabbey newsletter, its name change to Heart to Heart and the initial "computerized" version begin with this issue. It...