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College Celebrates Benedictine Heritage Week

March 15, 2017

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7242

During the week of March 20-24, the Council on Being Catholic and Benedictine will honor Saint Anselm College's Benedictine heritage with a series of events.

This year's highlight, the Gospels and Acts volume of The Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition, will be available for hands-on access every day of the celebration in Archives & Special Collections on the upper level of the Geisel Library. In addition, the paper supplier used for the Heritage Edition of The Saint John's Bible, The Monadnock Paper Mills in Bennington, N.H., will present on the mill's history, the papermaking process, and its role in the creation of The Saint John's Bible on Wednesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. in Perini Hall of Goulet Science Center.

Other events include a beer tasting, a tour of the Abbey Church, and a discussion on Benedictine education.

"It's an opportunity for us to pause and celebrate the Benedictine community and charism that guides our institution," says Sue Gabert, director of Campus Ministry and head of the Council on Being Catholic and Benedictine. "We take time in prayer, education, and celebration throughout the week."

All members of the Saint Anselm College community are invited to enjoy the week's planned events and learn more about Benedictine tradition.

Monday, March 20

9 - 11 a.m., Open Hours with The Saint John's Bible*
Geisel Library
The Gospels and Acts volume of The Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition will be available for hands-on access.

12:30 p.m., Tour of the Abbey Church, Monastery, and Cemetery
Abbey Church
Father Mathias Durette, O.S.B., prior of Saint Anselm Abbey, will give a tour of the Abbey Church, the monastery, and St. Leander's Cemetery.

4 p.m., With the Gospel as our Guide: Scripture, the Rule of Saint Benedict, and The Saint John's Bible
Periodicals Reading Room, Geisel Library
Brother Isaac Murphy, O.S.B., will explore Saint Benedict's citations of Gospel passages in his Rule for Monks, as illuminated in the Gospels and Acts volume of The Saint John's Bible.

Tuesday, March 21

10:30 a.m., Feast of Saint Benedict
Abbey Church

1 - 3 p.m., Open Hours with The Saint John's Bible*
Geisel Library

7 p.m., Integrating Benedictine Charisms into Education
West Wing, NHIOP
Student volunteers share their Spring Break Alternative experience at St. Benedict's Preparatory School in Newark, N.J. They will be joined by a St. Benedict's alum and one of the monks from Saint Anselm Abbey.

Wednesday, March 22

11 - 12:30 p.m., Open Hours with The Saint John's Bible*
Geisel Library

7 p.m., Monadnock Paper Mills and The Saint John's Bible
Perini Hall, Goulet Science Center
Monadnock Paper Mills in Bennington, N.H., is the oldest continuously operating paper mill in the U.S. In addition to supplying the paper for The Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition, they are also an innovative producer of paper products. Learn more about the paper mill's history, the papermaking process, and their role in the creation of The Saint John's Bible.

THURSDAY, MARCH 23

9 - 11 a.m., Open Hours with The Saint John's Bible*
Geisel Library

12:30 p.m., Byzantine Mass and Reception
St. Basil's Chapel, lower Abbey Church
Father Patrick Sullivan, O.S.B., will celebrate a Byzantine Mass. Learn more about the Eastern Rite Chapel. Refreshments will be served after Mass.

7 p.m., Beer and Benedictines with Abbot Matthew, O.S.B., and Kevin Staley, Ph.D.
The Pub
Join Abbot Matthew Leavy, O.S.B., and Professor Kevin Staley as they regale and inform participants of the rich and complex history of the Benedictine heritage of making beer. 21+

Friday, March 24

12:30 p.m., Soup and Spirituality
Campus Ministry, lower Abbey Church
Join us as members of our community to share stories of "seeking God" in their lives while also sharing a simple soup lunch. Soup is provided.

2 - 4 p.m., Open Hours with The Saint John's Bible*
Geisel Library
* All open hours with The Saint John's Bible are in the Archives & Special Collections on the upper level of the Geisel Library

2017 Council on Being Catholic and Benedictine
Gary Bouchard (English Department), Keith Chevalier (Head Archivist), Fr. Bernard Disco, O.S.B. (monastery), Nicole Francischelli '18, Susan Gabert (Campus Ministry), Kayla Patten '17, Denise Reagan (Faculty Assistant), Joseph K. Smith '18, Kelly Spoerl (Theology Department)



Story by Christine Balquist '17

Photo credit, Milkweed and Butterfly, Chris Tomlin, Copyright 2002, The Saint John's Bible, Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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