Category Archives: Visitors

To Light a Fire on the Earth

We are currently reading Bishop Robert Barron’s To Light a Fire on the Earth: Proclaiming the Gospel in a Secular Age.  The book is co-authored by John Allen.  We have read a couple of books by John Allen previously at … Continue reading

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Canonical Visitation

The Abbey this week is pleased to welcome visitators from our Congregation, the American-Cassinese Congregation.  The two visitators are Abbot John Klassen, OSB (St. John’s, Collegeville, MN) and Father James Flint, OSB (St. Procopius, Lisle, IL). Every five years or … Continue reading

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Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews of MSNBC recently broadcast his show “Hardball” from the College.  I got to meet him and had the rare opportunity to thank an author of a book we read at table, in the case, Tip and the Gipper, … Continue reading

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Sean Cardinal O’Malley

We were recently visited by Cardinal O’Malley, who in staying for lunch was able to enjoy monastic table reading in the refectory.  We were reading the Pope‘s book that day.  Cardinal O’Malley describes his visit to Saint Anselm’s in his … Continue reading

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A Visit from the Stanley Cup

Thanks to College alumnus, Hubie McDonough, ’86, several monks got to see the Stanley Cup on campus yesterday.

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The Catholic Writer Today

Dana Gioia has an interesting piece in First Things entitled “The Catholic Writer Today” where he ventures to describe a Catholic worldview that a writer might manifest: “Catholic writers tend to see humanity struggling in a fallen world.  They combine … Continue reading

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Annual Retreat 2013

We have begun our annual retreat.  Abbot Aidan Bellenger, O.S.B. of Downside Abbey in England is our retreat master this year.  Please keep us in your prayers.  The retreat lasts from Monday evening until Friday morning.

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Abbot Matthew in Hungarian

Our retired abbot, Abbot Matthew, is still in Hungary, where he recently preached a retreat to the Norbertines there.Apparently, the Norbertines and Benedictines are on friendly relations in Hungary. Alas, I do not know Hungarian, but if you are more … Continue reading

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Visiting Abbots aid in election prep

As part of our ongoing preparations for the abbatial election on June 5, we have asked various abbots to come and speak to our community about the office of the abbot. Abbot Damian Carr, O.C.S.O. of St. Joseph Abbey, Spencer … Continue reading

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Bishop Designate comes to dinner

Yesterday morning, Rome announced the appointment of Bishop Peter Libasci as the new Bishop Designate for the Diocese of Manchester.  Yesterday evening, the monks were pleased to host both Bishop McCormack and Bishop Libasci for dinner. Bishop Libachi will be … Continue reading

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