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Supreme Court Justice To Speak At Red Mass U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas will deliver the main address following the 31st annual Red Mass to be held at noon, September 25, in the Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. The Mass is celebrated annually in over 25 cities across the United States, to invoke God’s blessings on members of the bench and bar at the start of the legal year. Greensburg Bishop Anthony G. Bosco will be the principal celebrant at this Mass, which is cohosted by the Diocese of Greensburg and Saint Vincent Archabbey, Seminary and College. Saint Vincent Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., will be a concelebrant. The Red Mass takes its name from the fact that celebrants of the 13th century in Europe were vested in red and the

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Making their solemn profession of vows before Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., and the Saint Vincent Benedictine Community were, from left, Brother Edward Mazich, O.S.B., Brother Matthew Laffey, O.S.B., Brother Hugh Lester, O.S.B. and Brother Anthony Grossi, O.S.B. Brother Liang Ho, O.S.B., of (Patrick) Hicks, and Brother Wimmer Priory in Taipei, Patrick (Stephen) Doering. Taiwan. Saint Vincent Joining the Benedictine Welcomes ABA community were six novSaint Vincent Archabbey ices: Brother Finnian (John) Gorg, Brother Ignatius (Jo- will host the convention of seph) Kury, Brother Vinh- the American Benedictine Linh Nguyen, O.S.B., Academy August 9-12. The Brother Cajetan (Paul) theme for the convention is Homick, Brother Boniface “Hospitality: Prism for the 21st Century.”

Cardinal Tomko To Receive Honorary Doctorate His Eminence, Cardinal Jozef Tomko, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical Urban University, will receive an honorary doctorate from Saint Vincent Seminary on Tuesday, September 29. Cardinal Tomko was born in Udavske, in the diocese of Kosice, Slovakia, on March 11, 1924. He completed his college studies in Bratislava and was sent to Rome by the (Continued On Page 7)

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Justice Clarence Thomas

Twelve members of the Saint Vincent Benedictine Community made solemn and simple professions or renewals of vows July 1011 in conjunction with the Community’s celebration of the Feast of Saint Benedict. Making solemn profession of vows on July 11 were Brother Edward M. Mazich, O.S.B., Brother Matthew T. Laffey, O.S.B., Brother Hugh D. Lester, O.S.B and Brother Anthony J. Grossi, O.S.B. Two novices made simple profession of vows on July 10, Brother Mark L. Floreanini and Brother Brian D. Boosel, O.S.B. At the same ceremony vows were renewed by junior monks Brother Lee Yoakam, O.S.B., Brother William Benthall, O.S.B., Brother Abel Rodarte, O.S.B., Brother Joseph Adams, O.S.B. and Brother Thomas Curry, O.S.B. Also renewing his vows was

Cardinal Jozef Tomko

Inside This Issue..... Archabbot’s Message ...... 2 Archabbey News ............. 2-4 Ordination ....................... 3 Gristmill Update .............. 4 Grant for Wetlands .......... 5 Paschal Hall .................... 5 Degrees Received ............. 5 Jubilarians ...................... 6-7 Book Reprinted ................ 7 Brazil: 50 Years ............... 8-9 Professions ...................... 10-11 Novices Join Community . 10 Memorial Contributions .. 10 An American Abbot ......... 12-14 Scholarship Honors Abbot 15 Appointment .................... 15 Prep Hall ......................... 16 Upcoming Events ............. 16 A Titanic Connection ........ 16

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Archabbot’s Message Summer is often a time of reunion, celebration and family. The past few months at Saint Vincent have been very busy, encompassing all of those elements. In April I joined our community in Brazil for two weeks, marking the 50th anniversary of Benedictine involvement at the priory there. While there I received the solemn vows of Brother André Osmar Melli, and the transfer of vows of Father Lucas Torrell de Almeida Costa. In May and June we celebrated 750 years of service of our 15 Saint Vincent Benedictines who marked their 25, 50, 60 and traveled from Brazil, 70 year jubilees. Brother Bernard Lewitzke has been Taiwan, Savannah and from the various parishes with us for 70 years. and places they serve Also this spring Brother across the United States Paul-Alexander Shutt was ordained to the priesthood to gather for our annual and several members of our community meetings. On July 11, we celcommunity completed ebrated the Feast of Saint advanced degree studies. This summer, members of Benedict, Patron of Western Civilization, with our Benedictine family

F a t h e r J a m e s F . P o d l e s n y , O . S . B . , recently gave two talks on The Ethics of Cloning to faculty and students at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park. Father James regularly teaches courses on bioethics at Saint Vincent. He is associate professor of moral theology in the Seminary and associate professor of religious studies in the College. ***** F a t h e r M a r k F . G r u b e r , O . S . B .., presented the keynote address at the CBE (Council of Biology Editors) Retreat which was held in Berkeley, California, February 20-22, 1998. The medical researchers, deans and editors who attended the conference, “Authorship in Biomedical Publication: Problems and Proposals,” explored

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four of our monks, Brother Edward M. Mazich, Brother Matthew T. Laffey, Brother Hugh D. Lester, and Brother Anthony J. Grossi professing their solemn vows. Brothers Brian Boosel and Mark Floreanini professed first vows and five of our junior monks renewed

their simple vows. Also in July we welcomed six new members to our community as novices. Once again we have welcomed the Pittsburgh Steelers to our campus for their pre-season training camp. Members of the American Benedictine Academy will arrive at our campus August 9 for their biannual four-day convention. The theme of the convention is “Hospitality: Prism for the 21st Century.” A committee has been appointed to engage in long-range planning as part of our preparation for the celebration of the new millenium. We hope to assure that Saint Vincent Archabbey, College and Seminary are prepared to meet the challenges of the new millenium in the spirit of Jesus Christ. Sincerely in Christ,

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

ways to reform the process of authorship ascription in medical research which is challenged with the multiplication of many authors listed in article bylines, when relatively few are able to assume full responsibility for their entire content. Father Mark’s paper, “Philosophical, Historical & Literary Correlates of Authorship in the Biomedical Sciences,” is being prepared for publication in the CBE Journal, as well as in Lancet, the premier medical journal of Great Britain. Father Mark has also received his copy of Between Desert and City: The Coptic Orthodox Church Today, which contains two chapters based on his doctoral dissertation, “Sacrifice in the Desert: An Ethnography of the Coptic Monastery.” In addition to his chapters, “Coping with God: Coptic Monasticism in Egyptian Culture,” and “The Monastery as the Nexus of Coptic Cosmology.” Father Mark’s dissertation is also quoted in the chapter, “Kyrillos VI: Planner, Patriarch and Saint,” by Nelly van Doorn-Harder. Between Desert and City “cov-

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Benedictine Ordained To The Priesthood 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” was also the motto of Cardinal John Newman. This newsletter is published by the Benedictines of Saint Vincent Archabbey.

Publisher Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. 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. Noel H. Rothrauff, O.S.B. Saint Vincent Archabbey 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, Pennsylvania 15650-2686 724-539-9761 Extension 2601

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A Latrobe native and Benedictine of Saint Vincent Archabbey was ordained to the priesthood at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 23, by the Most Rev. Anthony G. Bosco, Bishop of Greensburg, at Saint Vincent Basilica. Father Paul-Alexander Shutt, O.S.B., 44, is the son of P. Arthur and Grace (Ross) Shutt of Latrobe and the brother of Adam Shutt of Irwin. The 1971 graduate of Greater Latrobe Senior High School received a bachelor of arts degree in French from Thiel College in 1975, and a master of arts degree in French from Middlebury College in 1980. He has done other studies at the Université de Strasbourg and the Université Catholique d’Angers. He received a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1997. He made simple profession of vows in July of 1993, and solemn profession in July of 1996 at Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. He was ordained a deacon in April of 1997 at Saint Vincent. Before entering the monastery, Father PaulAlexander was a foreign language teacher at Sewickley Academy for 12 years and a

Father Paul-Alexander Shutt, O.S.B. cellist with the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra.

At Saint Vincent, Father Paul-Alexander worked at the gristmill (1992-1993), sacristy (1992-1993), and was an assistant in the vocations office (1993). He served as assistant master of ceremonies (1994-1997), socius of novices (1994-1997), and as assistant coordinator of Archabbey music (19941997). Since 1995 he has taught Latin at Saint Vincent Seminary and French, Italian and Latin in the Modern and Classical Languages Department at Saint Vincent College. He said his first Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, May 24, at the Archabbey Basilica.

Most Rev. Anthony G. Bosco, Bishop of Greensburg, presides at the ordination of Father Paul-Alexander Shutt, O.S.B. at the Archabbey Basilica May 23.

(Continued from Page 2) ers for the first time the most important aspects of the contemporary Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt, bringing together new knowledge which would otherwise remain largely inaccessible except to a small number of specialists.” It was published in Oslo, Norway, in 1997 by Novus Forlag: The Institute for Comparative Research in Human Culture. Father Mark received a grant from the University of Norway in 1993 for his contribution to the work which enabled him to return to Egypt for further research on the Coptic monasteries during the Christmas break of 1993-94. ***** From the news clips: —“Archabbey gift shop balm for the spirit,” read the headline in the Tribune-

Review noting the opening was a “souvenir shopper’s salvation.” The Basilica Gift Shop “has really been well received,” Brother Philip M. Kanfush, O . S . B . , who manages the store, told writer Paul Peirce. ”It enables us to be a ministry of presence, a way of fostering spiritual growth.” The gift shop is open from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, and from 1 to 6:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. — The Saint Marys Daily Press, in a Q&A on Catholic Schools week, turned to Saint Vincent College President, Father Martin R. Bartel, O.S.B., and to A r c h a b b o t D o u g l a s R . N o w i c k i , O . S . B . , for their thoughts on Catholic education. The feature, which ran during Catholic Schools Week, noted that “it is now 104 years since the Smith-Garb Act forced religious (Continued on Page 4)

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Interest In Gristmill High Media interest in the Saint Vincent Gristmill is running high since the announcement of $250,000 in grants to help renovate the 144-year-old structure. The Spring, 1998 Old Mill News, a quarterly magazine published by the Society for the Preservation of Old Mills, included a bit on the renovation. Brother Joseph Adams, O.S.B., recently gave a tour to a writer from Westylvania Magazine, a relatively new, slick publication out of Hollidaysburg, the results of which should appear sometime before year’s end. Brother Joseph and Brother Mark L. Floreannini, O.S.B., were pictured in the Pittsburgh PostGazette on March 4, the photos accompanying an article by writer T.J. Martin on the mill. Brother Joseph and Father Paul Taylor, O.S.B., had their photos in the Latrobe Bulletin, accompanying an interview by staff writer Jeannette Wolf. Father Paul was pictured, in color, on the cover of The Highlander, published by The Dispatch, Blairsville, and included as a supplement in the TribuneReview. Brother Joseph was also in some of the nine photos accompanying the article, entitled “Bread of Life. Preservation Grant Money is Grist for the Mill.”

(Continued from Page 3) teachers out of the public school system and in effect launched the parochial school system in the United States.” “At a time when we face a crisis in educating our youth, our Catholic schools provide sound and value oriented education. In my opinion our Catholic schools are essential for the future of the nation,” Archabbot Douglas said. Father Martin concurred, noting that “These are great times for Catholic education and I am optimistic about the future. Statistical data is showing that independent educational facilities are providing students with the tools to lead fulfilling lives. Society is clamoring for the inclusion of a religious perspective and ethical values in the education of our children and our schools are satisfying that demand.” ***** B r o t h e r N o r m a n W . H i p p s , O . S . B .., represented Father Martin R. Bartel, O.S.B., on a study tour of colleges and universities of Northern Ireland from February 18-25. The tour was sponsored by the Business Education Initiative, which is the agency that enabled Anie Brolly to spend the past year at Saint Vincent. Anie’s school, Queens University in Belfast, was one of six campuses that Brother Norman visited. Of particular interest to Brother Norman was an environmental remediation project being conducted at Sligo Regional Technical College which is similar to the Monastery Run Project where constructed wetlands are providing a treatment system for abandoned mine drainage. Participating in the study tour were presidents from 45 colleges and universities throughout the U.S. ***** F a t h e r G o d f r e y F . B u r k h a r d t , O . S . B . , and F a t h e r A n t h o n y J . B u r l a s , O . S . B . , were recently elected as honorary members of Delta Mu Delta, Theta Tau Chapter, Saint Vincent College. Delta Mu Delta is

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The Saint Vincent Gristmill exterior renovations are well under way. The cedar clapboard siding has given the gristmill a new appearance. Also part of the project was the installation of 96 new windows. Contractor for that phase of the renovations was JM Builders of Latrobe. A new roof is next on the list.

the national honor society in business administration. Father Godfrey. among other duties, was an accounting instructor at Saint Vincent College, assistant treasurer, accounting and finance professor and fiscal manager. He has been professor emeritus since 1985. Father Anthony was an instructor in accounting at Saint Vincent College, and later was named associate professor and chairman of the College Business Administration Department. He has been pastor at St. Mary’s Parish, Forbes Road, since 1977. ***** F a t h e r W i l l i a m F . W u r m , O . S . B . , Director of the Opportunity SVC/Act 101 Program, participated in a meeting of Act 101 directors in Hershey, February 19-20, 1998. Dr. Michael Poliakoff, Deputy Secretary of Post-Secondary and Higher Education, addressed the directors at the opening luncheon, expressing the gratitude and appreciation of the Commonwealth’s Department of Education for the success of the over 70 programs across the state. Father William was among 22 high school and college/university German teachers selected to participate in the twentieth Wiesneck Seminar: Zwei Städte in Deutschland: Freiburg und Jena, from June 23 to July 8 at the Institut für politische Bildung, Studienhaus Wiesneck, near Freiburg in Baden-Württemberg. Wiesneck is situated in the Black Forest of Southern Germany. The information seminar is co-sponsored by the Goethe Institute and the AATG. After returning to the United States, participants will present one to two workshops to colleagues in their area or at regional, state or national conferences during the 1998-99 school year. Father William will incorporate this experience into his fall 1998 course on contemporary Germany. ***** Two Benedictines of Saint Vincent Archabbey were installed to the ministry of acolyte at Saint Vincent Seminary this past spring.They are B r o t h e r P h i l i p M . K a n f u s h and B r o t h e r M a t t h e w T . L a f f e y .

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Benedictines Given Grant For Wetlands Project Congressman John Murtha visited Saint Vincent recently to announce federal funding for a second wetlands on the campus, on property owned by the Wimmer Corporation and the Benedictine Society of Westmoreland County. The wetlands project is part of the Monastery Run Project, which is aimed at treating acid mine drainage flowing into Monastery Run and Four Mile Run by allowing the water to flow through various wetland ponds, which naturally allow the pollutants to filter out of the drainage before the water enters Monastery Run. Because the run is a tributary to the Loyalhanna Creek, treating this large discharge will go a long way toward improving the quality of water for the next 21 miles to where the creek meets the Conemaugh River to form the Kiskiminetas River at Saltsburg. The first wetlands, situated next to the gristmill, was dedicated last year and two others are under construction on nearby property, also owned by the Benedictines. Congressman Murtha announced a $216,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Re-

Taking part in the press conference to announce funding for the second phase of a wetlands project on the Saint Vincent campus, aimed at alleviating acid mine drainage entering the Loyalhanna Creek, were, front, from left: Father Martin R. Bartel, O.S.B., Saint Vi ncent College President; Congressman John Murtha, D-12th District; Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B.; back, from left, Brad Clemenson, aide to Congressman Murtha; Greg Phillips, Westmoreland Conservation District manager; Linda Boxx, representing the Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation; Lysle Sherwin, Loyalhanna Watershed Association; Dr. Caryl Fish, Saint Vincent College assistant professor of chemistry and director of the Summer Institute in Watershed Restoration; Wes Gordon, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service; and Father Earl J. Henry, O.S.B., President of Wimmer Corporation. sources Conservation Service to build the second wetlands. Major contributions have come from the

state Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a number of local partners, including the Westmoreland Conservation District, the Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation, the Loyalhanna Watershed Association, numer-

ous local government agencies, foundations, private industries and individuals. Congressman Murtha noted that the Monastery Run Project, along with another in Somerset County, “have become the model for comprehensive cleanups across Appalachia.”

Benedictines Receive Degrees

Father Paschal N. Kneip, O.S.B., pastor of Saint Gregory Parish in Virginia Beach, was pleasantly surprised and honored when he discovered parishioners wanted to name the new library and technology center there Paschal Hall. Above, he stands near the plaque in front of the new building.

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Receiving graduate degrees this past spring were: — F a t h e r P a u l R . T a y l o r , O . S . B .., who received a doctorate in higher education administration from Boston College; — F a t h e r M i c h a e l M c K a y , O . S . B . , who received a master’s degree in nursing at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore; — B r o t h e r A n t h o n y J . G r o s s i , O . S . B . , who received a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary, with honor; and — B r o t h e r E d w a r d M . M a z i c h , O . S . B . , who received a master of arts degree from Saint Vincent Seminary, with highest honor.

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Saint Vincent Benedictines Mark 750 Years Of

Brother Bernard J. Lewitzke, O.S.B. 70 Years, Profession July 2, 1928

Father Emmeran A. Rettger, O.S.B. 60 Years, Ordination June 12, 1938

Father Clement J. Heid, O.S.B. 60 Years Profession July 2, 1938

Father Louis S. Sedlacko, O.S.B. 60 Years, Profession July 2, 1938

Father Emeric J. Pfiester, O.S.B. 50 Years, Ordination June 13, 1948

Father Aelred J. Beck, O.S.B. 50 Years, Ordination June 13, 1948

Father Brinstan G. Takach, O.S.B. 50 Years, Ordination June 13, 1948

Father Alphonse H. Meier, O.S.B. 50 Years, Ordination June 29, 1948

Archabbot Paul R. Maher, O.S.B. 50 Years, Profession July 2, 1948

Father Philip P. Ghys, O.S.B. 50 Years, Profession January 6, 1948

Father Joachim R. Fatora, O.S.B. 50 Years, Profession July 2, 1948

Father Arthur Holtz, O.S.B. 50 Years, Profession July 2, 1948

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Father Daniel C. Wolfel, O.S.B. 50 Years, Profession July 2, 1948

Father Myron M. Kirsch, O.S.B. 25 Years, Ordination May 12, 1973

Brother Subprior David Kelly, O.S.B. 25 Years, Profession July 10, 1973

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Cardinal Tomko To Visit Saint Vincent (Continued From Page 1) Most Rev. Joseph Carsky, Bishop of Kosice, for his theological studies. He was ordained on March 12, 1949. He completed doctorates in both theology and church law at the Pontifical Lateran University. He was a professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University and authored several books and articles on theological and historical topics. His expertise is on marriage and the family. His works have been published in Slovak, English, Italian and German. In 1961 he was appointed to the staff of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith and served as the secretary of the commission on mixed marriages at the first Synod of Bishops in 1967. He was also appointed a member of the Commission of the Roman Catholic-Lutheran and Reformed Churches’ study on the theology of marriage. He served as a consultor on the Papal Commission on the Family. On two occasions he served as special representative of the Vatican to the meeting of the Asian Bishops Conference in Manila and the Pacific Bishops Conference in Sydney. In 1974 Pope Paul VI named Msgr. Tomko the Undersecretary of the Congregation of Bishops, serving under Cardinal Sabastian Baggio. He was named a Chaplain of His Holiness, with the title of Monsignor by Pope John XXIII and Pope Paul VI named him a Prelate of Honor. With the electin of Karol Wojtyla as Pope John Paul II in October of 1978, the internationalization of the Vatican was intensified. When Polish born Bishop Wladislav Rubin was named

a Cardinal and subsequently named Prefect of the Congregation of the Oriental Churches, the position of Secretary of the International Synod of Bishops was open. Bishop Rubin had served as Synod Secretary, a body created by the post-Vatican II Church, since 1967. Pope John Paul II named Msgr. Joseph Tomko titular Archbishop of Doclea and Secretary General of the Bishops Synod. The Holy Father personally ordained him to the episcopacy on September 15, 1979 in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican. Since then, Archbishop Tomko has served as Synod Secretary and has coordinated the Synods of 1980, 1982 and 1984. At the time of his appointment to the College of Cardinals, Archbishop Tomko was planning the Extraordinary Synod, which the Holy Father called for in November of 1985. With the appointment of Archbishop Tomko as a Cardinal, the Holy Father also announced that he had appointed him Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, formerly known as the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith. In

1996 Pope John Paul II named Cardinal Tomko a Cardinal Priest assigning as his titular church the ancient Basilica of Santa Sabina. Cardinal Tomko has enjoyed a close association with the American Slovak community over the past nearly four decades. He has worked closely with the Slovak Catholic Federation, an umbrella organiation representing Slovak Catholic fraternals, parishes and institutions in the United States which addresses issues related to the pastoral concern of American Catholics of Slovak ancestry. As a founder of the Slovak Institute of SS. Cyril and Methodius in Rome (now the Pontifical Slovak Institute and College of SS. Cyril and Methodius), he visited many Slovak parishes and communities in the United States in the early 1960s. He has enjoyed a close association with the work of the Slovak Catholic fraternals in the United States, namely the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, the First Catholic Slovak Union, the Slovak Catholic Sokol and the Ladies Pennsylvania Slovak Catholic Union.

Book Reprinted St. Bede’s Publications has reprinted the first book of Father Demetrius R. Dumm, O . S . B . , Flowers in the Desert. The widely-acclaimed book has been a steady seller. It was followed by Cherish Christ Above All: The Bible in the Rule of Benedict. The book is available at the Saint Vincent College Book Center, the Basilica Gift Shop, and by mail order from St. Bede’s Publications. Mail orders can be made by writing to St. Bede’s Publications, 271 North Main St., P.O. Box 545, Petersham, MA 01366-0545. Orders can also be placed by phone at 1-800-507-1000 or facsimile at 1-800-919-5600. Cost is $14.95, plus $4 shipping and handling for the mail orders. Father Demetrius has begun work on his third book.

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Saint Vin Benedictines milestone in April as they the 50th anniv their arrival at S Archabbot Do Nowicki, O.S.B., fourteen Bened São Bento in a events held dur week per

Saint Vincent Benedictines in Brazil in the early days were visited by Archabbot Egbert H. Donovan, O.S.B., at right in the photo. The Benedictines in Brazil were, from left, Father Mario A. Fulgenzi, O.S.B.; Brother Anthony Kirsch, O.S.B. and Father Ermin R. Smith, O.S.B.

A look at the monastery at São Bento in the early years of Saint Vincent’s involvement there. At the time the grounds included 1,000 acres of land and a winery. The winery was closed a number of years ago, and is now a chapel.

Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. received the solemn vows of Brother André Osmar Melli, O.S.B., left, on April 20 and the transfer of vows of Father Lucas Torrell de Almeida Costa, O.S.B., on April 22.

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Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland, O.S.B., third from left, then Archabbot of Saint Vincent, is pictured in one of his visits to Brazil with Father Mario A. Fulgenzi, O.S.B., left; Father Leo P. Rothrauff, O.S.B., second from left; and Brother Miguel Savieto, O.S.B.

Pictured during the April visit of Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B to Brazil are, from left, Father Leo P. Rothrauff, O.S.B.; Mrs. Luciano Duva Mr. Luciano Duvali; Archabbot Douglas; Mr. Antonio Bertasoli and Fathe Prior Cristiano A. Brito, O.S.B.

Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., left, Father Prior Cristiano A. Brito, O.S.B., right, and Milton Serafim, mayor of Vinhedo.

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ncent s marked a Brazil in celebrated versary of São Bento. ouglas R. joined the dictines of number of ring a tworiod.

On Saturday, April 18, 1998, Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., presided at the blessing of the cemetery for the monks of São Bento in Vinhedo. The remains of the founding fathers were brought from the city cemetery for mass, blessing and re-interment. They were Benedictines Dom Aidano Erbert, Dom Udalrico Reichel, Dom Matias Marschall and Dom Martinho Roth. In the top left photo, Monsignor Favorino (right) presented the urns of the Monastery’s founding fathers for their blessing and re-interment in the new cemetery at São Bento. He is photographed on his way to the cemetery with Father Leo P. Rothrauff, O.S.B.

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The São Bento monastic community in 1998 includes, front, from left: Father Leo P. Rothrauff, O.S.B.; Brother Miguel Savieto, O.S.B.; Saint Vincent Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B.; Father Prior Cristiano A. Brito, O.S.B.; Brother Subprior Anthony Kirsch, O.S.B.; middle row, from left, Brother Agostinho Rocha, O.S.B.; Father Luís Antonio Carqueijo Sé, O.S.B.; Father Claudio Moraes, O.S.B.; Father Lucas Torrell de Almeida Costa, O.S.B.; Brother Paulo Sergio Panza, O.S.B.; last row, from left, Brother Ismael Ferreira Dos Santos, N. O.S.B.; Brother Vicente Antonio Marani, O.S.B.; Brother Osvaldo Cássio Batista, O.S.B.; Brother André Osmar Antonio Melli, O.S.B.

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São Bento’s Roots Grow Deep The Benedictine roots of São Bento’s monastery go all the way back to when the Benedictine Monastery of Our Lady in Exile was founded on January 1, 1650. The Benedictines flourished until the mid-nineteenth century when antireligious sentiments on the part of the government discouraged new vocations — a decree from 1855 actually forbade monasteries from receiving any new members. By 1895 there were only ten monks left and the two youngest were in their 60s. With the help of Pope Leo XIII monks were sent from the Abbey of Beuron. In 1900 Dom Miguel Kruse was assigned to take charge of the Monastery in São Paulo. In 1907 the Monastery of Our Lady in Exile in Santos was incorporated and the first German monks settled there. In 1925 this monastery became autonomous again. During the second world war the government ordered the German monks to leave Santos — the sea port city — and their monastery on the hillside. They lived in São Paulo from 1945 to 1946 and then moved to Jundiaí (19461948.) It was in 1948 that Dom Aidano Erbert, O.S.B., and the other monks bought “Fazenda Bela Vista” in the town of Rocinha (now Vinhedo) and reopened the Monastery of Our Lady in Exile in Santos.

— Father Noel H. Rothrauff, O.S.B.

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Two Make Simple Profession Two novices of Saint Vincent Archabbey made simple profession of monastic vows on July 10. They are Brother Mark L. Floreanini, O.S.B. and Brother Brian D. Boosel, O.S.B. Brother Mark was born June 15, 1956 in Alliance, Ohio. He is a son of the late Bruno and Betty Floreanini. He has two sisters, Debbie Scott of Sebring, Ohio and Faith Babbit of San Antonio, Texas; and two brothers, Tim Floreanini of Sebring, Ohio and Harry Floreanini of Lisbon, Ohio. He attended St. Joseph’s Elementary School, Alliance, Ohio and is a 1974 graduate of West Branch High School, Beloit, Ohio. He received an associate degree in fine art from Sinclair Community College in 1987. At Saint Vincent he has worked on stained glass ornaments. Brother Brian was born in Butler, Pennsylvania, on December 16, 1973. He is a son of Jean (Campsie) Boosel and Ralph L. Boosel of Butler. His brothers are Jason A. Boosel of Indiana, and Adam C. Boosel of Butler. He attended Butler Catholic Elementary School and Butler Area Senior High School, where he graduated in 1992. He received a bachelor of arts degree in history from Saint Vincent College in 1996 and was a graduate student in history at Slippery Rock University from 1996 to 1997. As a college student he was named to Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities in 1996 and also received the Student Government Service Award in 1996. He was a four-year member of the Saint Vincent College Student Government Association and was executive and student body president of

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Brother Mark L. Floreanini, O.S.B.

Brother Brian D. Boosel, O.S.B. the Saint Vincent College Student Government from 1995 to 1996.

Six novices began their novitiate with investiture ceremonies at Saint Vincent Basilica on July 10. The novitiate is a year of prayer and study designed to aid postulants in determining their vocation as Benedictine monks. Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., received Brother Finnian (John) Gorg, of Herndon, Virginia; Brother Ignatius (Joseph) Kury of Akron, Ohio; Brother Vinh-Linh Nguyen, M.D., of Chester, Pennsylvania, a native of Vietnam; Brother Cajetan (Paul) Homick of Brackenridge; Brother Boniface (Patrick) Hicks, of Groton, Connecticut; Brother Patrick (Stephen) Doering, of Denver, North Carolina. Brother Finnian earned a bachelor of landscape architecture degree from Virginia Tech in 1994. Brother Ignatius earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from John Carroll University in 1998 and is also a 1998 graduate of Borromeo Seminary. At

John Carroll he was a member of the Student Union, choir, Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society, and a dean’s list student. He also received the Political Science Outstanding Scholar Award.. Brother Vinh-Linh earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Temple University in 1994 and a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998. Brother Cajetan earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Saint Vincent College in 1991, with highest honor, and a juris doctor degree from Duquesne Law School in 1994. Prior to his arrival at Saint Vincent he served as an attorney for Fried, Kane, Walters, Zuschlag and Grochmal of Pittsburgh (1994-1998); vice president of the Catholic Cemeteries Association, Inc., of the Diocese of

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Memorial Contributions Noted Tribute gift and Memorial gift donors to + R E G I S L . K E D D I E Saint Vincent Archabbey from January 1, Ms. Mary Ann Acton 1998 to July 16, 1998 include: General Motors Corporation IN HONOR OF +RT. REV. LEOPOLD J. KRUL, O.S.B. THE SAVANNAH Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Kruly BENEDICTINE COMMUNITY +REV. BRICE T. RYAN, O.S.B. Mr. J. Harry Haslam, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence E. Moore, Sr. RT. REV. EGBERT H. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Moore, Jr. DONOVAN, O.S.B. +REV. HERMAN F. UBINGER, O.S.B. Rev. Thomas J. Kram, D.D. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Claybaugh, Sr. DR. AND MRS. GEORGE +REV. REMIGIUS BERNARD MAGOVERN, SR. VEROSTKO, O.S.B. Ms. Dorothea T. Magovern Mr. and Mrs. Albert F. Behrend, Jr. Ms. Frances M. Magovern Mr. M. Brian Biggins Ms. Frances N. Maher Mr. Carl E. Brickner Mrs. Thomas Welsh C&C Lumber SAINT VINCENT ARCHABBEY Ms. Martha R. Hazlinsky Very Rev. Carl J. Gentile Ms. Pat Kearney Ms. Dolores J. Koslosky IN MEMORY OF Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Manoli, Sr. +EMMILIA BORRIS Mr. and Mrs. Donald S. Pawlak Mr. Bernard G. Borris Mr. and Mrs. John W. Pickering +JOHN H. BROWNFIELD, JR. Catherine Verostko and Family Mrs. Annette C. Brownfield Mr. and Mrs. Roman J. Verostko +JOHN S. AND ANNA GRAZIANO Mr. James G. Virosco Mr. John V. Graziano

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Brother Matthew T. Laffey, O.S.B.

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Brother Hugh D. Lester, O.S.B.

Brother Anthony J. Grossi, O.S.B.

Four Make Solemn Profession of Vows Making their solemn profession of vows on July 11 were Brother Edward M. Mazich, O.S.B., Brother Matthew T. Laffey, O.S.B., Brother Hugh D. Lester, O.S.B., and Brother Anthony J. Grossi, O.S.B. Brother Edward is the son of Alice (Connolley) Mazich of Danville and the late John Mazich. He was born February 10, 1972. He is one of six children. His sister is Theresa Mazich of Doylestown; and his brothers are Paul Mazich of Yorktown, Virginia; Richard Mazich of Fleetwood, John Mazich of Potter's Mills; and James Mazich of Hellertown. He attended St. Joseph School in Danville, and is a 1990 graduate of Danville Area High School. He received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Penn State University in 1994. He received a master of arts degree in theology from Saint Vincent Seminary in May of 1998, with highest honor. He is a member of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and Phi Beta Kappa. Brother Edward made his simple profession of vows July 10, 1995. At Saint Vincent, he has served as an assistant to the sacristan (1994-1998), assistant to the master of ceremonies (1995-1998), computer lab tutor in the Computer and Information Science Department of Saint Vincent College

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(1995-1997) and instructor in the Mathematics Department (1997). Brother Matthew was born February 19, 1954 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Alice (Kredell) Laffey of Pittsburgh and the late Edward Laffey. He is one of twelve children. His brothers and sisters are Regina Caldwell, Regis, Edward, Roseann Parker, Alice Leone, Meg Vaughan, and Brendan, all of Pittsburgh; Theresa of Medina, Ohio; Monica Radkowski of St. Marys and Helen Kondrich of Erie. A brother, Matthew, is deceased. He attended St. Lawrence O'Toole Grade School in Pittsburgh, and is a 1972 graduate of Central Catholic High School there. He has attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Community College of Allegheny County. He made simple profession of vows on July 10, 1995. Before entering the monastery he worked for Allegheny Valley School for the mentally and physically impaired as a health provider. Brother Hugh 45, is the son of Daniel and Patricia (Sill) Lester, formerly of Washington, Pennsylvania and currently of Marathon, Florida. He is one of five children. His brothers and sisters are David of Greensburg; Mark of East Hampton, New York; Keith

of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin; and Maryanne Kildosher of Bayonne, New Jersey. He attended John F. Kennedy Grade School in Washington, and is a 1970 graduate of Immaculate Conception High School there. He received a bachelor of science degree from Fordham University in 1974; and a master of science degree in accounting from Appalachian State University. In addition to his educational pursuits before entering the monastery, he served in the U.S. Army. Brother Hugh made simple profession of vows on July 10, 1995. He currently serves as director of the Archabbey retreat program. Brother Anthony was born October 31, 1970, the son of James and Linda (Fagan) Grossi of Butler. He is one of four children John W. Grossi of Butler, Mark A. Grossi of Butler and Mrs. Deanna Weaver of Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Butler Catholic Grade School and is a 1989 graduate of Butler High School. He received a bachelor of arts degree in history from Saint Vincent College in 1993 and a master of divinity degree, with honor, from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1998. Brother Anthony made his simple profession of monastic vows on July 10, 1995.

At Saint Vincent, he has served as assistant sacristan (1994-1996), an academic counselor at Saint Vincent College (1996present), and as a dormitory moderator at the College since 1997.

Novitiate (Continued From Page 10) Pittsburgh (1996-1998); vice president of the Pennsylvania Fire Services Institute, Inc., Harrisburg (1996-1998). He is presently a member of the American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Allegheny County Bar Association. Brother Boniface earned a bachelor of science degree in computer science from Penn State University and a master of science degree in computer science in 1997 from Penn State. At Penn State he was a member of the Tau Beta Pi Honor Fraternity and the Penn State Newman Club. Brother Patrick attended Southeastern Louisiana State University and Louisiana State University, where he majored in history. He is a 1995 graduate of Elon College with a bachelor of arts degree in history, with honors. He also studied in the pre-theology program at Saint Vincent Seminary.

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Author Recalls Legacy of Boniface Wimmer “Faith and History: The Legacy of Boniface Wimmer” was the topic of speaker Dr. Jerome Oetgen, foreign service officer, author and former professor, at the annual Honors Convocation of Saint Vincent College on April 23. Dr. Oetgen was presented with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree at the convocation at which students were recognized for academic excellence and outstanding service, and several awards were given to faculty members. In his address, Dr. Oetgen, the author of An American Abbot, a biography of Boniface Wimmer, told students that he spoke as one “whose life has been indelibly marked by the seal of a Benedictine education.” Referring to the Benedictines who had taught him, he said they were “practical, fair-minded, intelligent men. They were interesting and knowledgeable. And what’s more, they treated their students, inside and outside the classroom, as if we were interesting and knowledgeable, too.” A 1969 graduate of Saint Vincent, Dr. Oetgen said, “the Benedictine education one has always received at Saint Vincent is value-centered, and among the preeminent values that a Benedictine education instills in those who open themselves to it are a firm and practical faith, a deep respect for history and tradition, a sense of community, and a life-long commitment to hard work and frequent prayer.” In describing the life of Saint Vincent founder Boniface Wimmer, Dr. Oetgen said, “Wimmer was a man of faith and of clear historical vision. Today, as a consequence of his faith and vision, more than 30 Benedictine communities exist in the United States, Canada, Latin America and

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Jerome Oetgen, left, author of An American Abbot, received an honorary doctorate and spoke on the legacy of Boniface Wimmer at the Saint Vincent College Honors Convocation on April 23. Also attending the event were Father Omer U. Kline, O.S.B., Archabbey archivist and historian; and Dr. Oetgen’s wife, Cecilia Lopez. Dr. Oetgen’s history of Saint Vincent will be published next year. Asia. And attached to these communities are schools where thousands of young men and women — like those at Saint Vincent College — experience the benefits of a Benedictine education. Boniface Wimmer’s achievement was not that of one man but, rather, of a tradition, a tradition of which you too are now part. What he accomplished, he accomplished because his work was deeply rooted in a rich and living Benedictine heritage and because he himself was deeply rooted in his Christian faith.” “Wimmer emerged at a moment in history when Christian faith was at low ebb; when cynicism, materialism, and spiritless rationalism were dominant in the world. How did he respond? With boldness and intelligence, with strong faith and a deep understanding of history, and with an ability to look at the world with both eyes. ... “Wimmer was a man of strong faith -- faith in himself, of course, but above all faith in God. When the students who were to accompany him to America expressed grave doubts about the wisdom of leaving their families and home-

land and accompanying Wimmer to an unknown fate, he wrote them: ‘We should consider it a great privilege that God deigns to use us as instruments in founding an institutuion which, if the foundation is well laid, will confer untold benefits on the people of the United States ... If these are your sentiments, you will never have cause to regret having followed me to America. The main reason is not that you are in quest of beautiful surroundings, a comfortable home, or a life of ease, but rather that you are seeking the opportunity to carry the cross of self-denial after the crucified Jesus, to save or regain souls that otherwise would be lost ...’” “Many years later, when he had nearly completed his life’s work and had time to reflect on what he and his companions had accomplished, he wrote one of those same students who had been reluctant to come to the United States, but who, in the end, had come and who for forty years had been a Benedictine at Saint Vincent: ‘No one imagined us capable of accomplishing anything significant, and yet we did accomplish some-

thing. God’s grace was obviously with us ... 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.’” A 1972 graduate of Saint Vincent Seminary, Dr. Oetgen has been a member of the United States Foreign Service since 1987. He currently is cultural affairs officer at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain. Prior to his assignment to Spain, he was director of the Latin American and Caribbean Fulbright Program at the United States Information Agency in Washington, D.C. He has also served as a diplomat at the United States Embassies in Paraguay and Ecuador. Before entering the foreign service, Dr. Oetgen was associate professor of English at Seton Hill College. Earlier he taught on the faculties of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, the University of Toronto and Saint Vincent College. In addition, he has taught at universities in Ecuador, in the People’s Republic of China, and in Lithuania, where he was senior Fulbright lecturer. Dr. Oetgen earned a master of arts degree from the University of North Carolina and a Ph. D. from the University of Toronto. In addition to An American Abbot, Dr. Oetgen is the author of numerous articles on the history of the Benedictine Order in the United States. With his wife, Cecilia Lopez, he is also author of Echos and Soundings from Ecuador (Quito: Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, 1994). He has recently completed work on a history of Saint Vincent which will be published next year and is tentatively titled Saint Vincent in Pennsylvania: A History of the First Benedictine Monastery in the United States.

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Minority Scholarship Named In Honor of Archabbot Saint Vincent College officials recently announced the creation of a new scholarship program designed to assist minority students in pursuing higher education opportunities there. The Rev. Martin R. Bartel, O.S.B., president of Saint Vincent College announced that $150,000 of unrestricted scholarship endowment funds which were contributed by alumni and friends during the College’s current capital fund raising effort, Campaign 150, have been designated to establish the Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. Minority Student Scholarship at SVC. “Awards will be made from this fund each year with preference given to minority applicants,” Father Martin explained, “or to other deserving students identified by the Director of Admission and Financial Aid. The creation of this new scholarship is an appropriate living tribute to Archabbot Douglas and his lifelong interest and dedication to minority youth, particularly those who are financially disadvantaged. This new initiative symbolizes Archabbot Douglas’ interest in young people now

being extended to collegebound students in need of support and assistance. We are also hopeful that others who share his commitment will contribute additional funds in order to expand the amount of assistance we will be able to provide to qualified minority students. This new scholarship comes at an opportune time since applications to Saint Vincent from minority students are increasing and we are optimistic that the number who enroll will grow each year. Applications for the new scholarship program and further details may be obtained from the Office of Admission and Financial Aid at Saint Vincent. Archabbot Douglas has been the 11th archabbot of Saint Vincent Archabbey, the first Benedictine monastery in the United States, and the chancellor of Saint Vincent College and Saint Vincent Seminary since January 8, 1991. In addition to his responsibilities as the major religious leader of Saint Vincent, he is also responsible for directing the efforts of Saint Vincent monks who conduct parishes and chaplaincies in Pennsylvania, Maryland and

Virginia; the Benedictine Military School in Savannah, Georgia; and foreign missions in Brazil and Taiwan. Born in Everson (Fayette County), Pennsylvania, Archabbot Douglas graduated from Saint Vincent Preparatory School, Saint Vincent College and Saint Vincent Seminary before earning a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Tennessee. He also did graduate studies at Harvard University. Secretary of Education for the Diocese of Pittsburgh from 1986 to 1991, Archabbot Douglas served as pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, North Side, Pittsburgh from 1984 to 1986. Prior to his work in Pittsburgh, he served as associate professor and chairperson of the Psychology Department of Saint Vincent College and as director of Project Headway, an educational program for inner-city minority youths. Archabbot Douglas has given numerous lectures in the area of clinical child psychology. He has been a psychological consultant for Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the award-winning

children’s television program on PBS. From 1977 to 1983 he served as a staff clinical child psychologist at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He has written articles in the field of child psychology and is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. He has also been active in educational issues at the local, state and national levels. In 1989 he was a member of a group of ten educational leaders representing Catholic schools who met with President George Bush to discuss the issue of schools of choice. Archabbot Douglas is a member of the Board of Trustees of the McFeelyRogers Foundation and the Board of Directors of Saint Vincent College Corporation. He is also an active member of the Board of Directors of the Extra Mile Education Foundation which has been recognized for its successful work with youths.

Clarence Thomas Red Mass Speaker (Continued From Page 1) lord high justices of the day also dressed in scarlet. Justice Thomas was nominated to the Supreme Court by President George Bush and took his seat on October 23, 1991. Prior to that, from 1990 to 1991, he served as a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. From 1981-1982 he was Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, and from 1982 to 1990 he was Chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity

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Commission. He was admitted to law practice in Missouri in 1974, and served as an Assistant Attorney General of Missouri from 1974 to 1977, an attorney with the Monsanto Company from 1977 to 1979, and Legislative Assistant to Senator John Danforth from 1979 to 1981. Justice Thomas received a parochial education in Savannah, Georgia, attending Saint Benedict the Moor Parochial School , Saint Pius X High School and Saint John Vianney Minor Seminary. He continued in the seminary for a year (1967-

1968) at Immaculate Conception Abbey in Missouri, which like Saint Vincent, is operated by Benedictine monks. He then transferred to Holy Cross College, Worcester, Massachusetts, where he received an A.B., cum laude , in 1971. He earned a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1974. Born in Pin Point, Georgia, near Savannah, June 23, 1947, Justice Thomas is married to Virginia Lamp. He has one child, Jamal Adeen. An invitational reception and luncheon, hosted by Bishop Bosco and Archabbot Douglas, will follow the Mass and speech.

Honored Father Godfrey Burkhardt, O.S.B., was honored recently by the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) for his 50 years of membership. In recognition of this achievement, Father Godfrey’s name will be placed on a special plaque in the lobby of the IMA office in Montvale, New Jersey.

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Upcoming Events AUGUST 1 Ordination to the diaconate, Brother Anthony J. Grossi, by Bishop Anthony G. Bosco, Archabbey Basilica, 10 a.m.

AUGUST 4 Priests Day, 11 a.m., Archabbey Basilica, principal celebrant Bishop Anthony G. Bosco.

AUGUST 7 TO AUGUST 9 Saint Vincent Alumni Reunion Weekend

AUGUST 9 TO AUGUST 12 Construction is nearly completed on the new $5.1 million Instructional Technology Resource Center on the Saint Vincent College campus. The center, to be named Prep Hall, will serve as the hub of communication technologies on campus. Work is being done by PDC Builders, Inc., of Latrobe.

The Titanic - A Benedictine Connection The words “blockbuster,” and “award-winning”, or a song from the movie soundtrack might come to mind when one mentions the mega-hit movie “Titanic,” but should Benedictine? Anyone who has seen the movie, especially those fans who have viewed it more than once, might have noted the heroic efforts of the priest who gave up a seat on a lifeboat to console those left behind to drown. He was among 1,503 men, women and children who drowned on the ill-fated ship, which sank April 15, 1912. One of the four priests who died on the ship was Father Josef Peruschitz, a Benedictine. While it is not certain if the movie priest was based on Father Josef, or is a composite character of the four priests on board, it is interesting to note that he also had a Saint Vincent tie. He was sent to the United States from Scheyern Abbey in Germany, which had sent Saint Vincent a novice master in the same time period. Father Josef had been scheduled to stop at Saint Vincent Archabbey while on his way to Saint John’s Abbey in Minnesota, where he

Convention of the American Benedictine Academy, Saint Vincent Archabbey.

AUGUST 15 Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

SEPTEMBER 25 Red Mass, noon, Archabbey Basilica, with U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas giving the main address.

SEPTEMBER 29 Dedication of Ludwig Platz. Cardinal Jozef Tomko to receive honorary doctorate from Saint Vincent Seminary. was to teach math and music at its prep school. Father Omer U. Kline, Archabbey Archivist, did uncover this reference to Father Josef in the Saint Vincent College Journal in June of 1912: “It may be of interest to our readers to know that of the four priests who came to an untimely death in the fatal disaster of the Titanic, there was one Benedictine priest, Rev. Joseph Peruschitz, O.S.B., from the abbey of Scheyern, Bavaria. He was forty-two years of age and was on his way to St. John Abbey, Minnesota. We commend his soul to the pious prayers of the readers of the Journal.” An article on the German Benedictine and his heroism on the Titanic recently appeared in Der Scheyerer Turm, and several other German magazines.

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Heart to Heart Summer 1998  

Contents of this issue include an article on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' visit to Saint Vincent, an article on the planned visit...

Heart to Heart Summer 1998  

Contents of this issue include an article on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' visit to Saint Vincent, an article on the planned visit...