College Celebrates Benedictine Heritage Week

March 16, 2018

By Hannah Harper '18

From March 19 to 23, the college will celebrate its Benedictine history and culture during the annual Benedictine Heritage Week. Hosted by the Council on Being Catholic and Benedictine, the week will offer a variety of events designed for students to learn about Benedictine history, values, and way of life.

The celebration will kick off on Monday afternoon with a discussion of relics in the Abbey Church led by Abbot Matthew Leavy, O.S.B. Monday evening features a special lecture, “The Benedictines, Sugar and Slavery: Texts, Contexts and Material Culture from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic Worlds” by James Krippner, accomplished author, editor, and professor from Haverford College.

Another highlight will be the nursing panel on Wednesday evening. Saint Anselm student nurses, alumni, and faculty will discuss how they practice Benedictine values in their daily lives, and how their Anselmian experience has influenced their careers.

Other popular events include a tour of the Abbey Church led by Father Matheis Durette, O.S.B. and the Byzantine mass led by Father Patrick Sullivan, O.S.B. Thursday evening, “Beer and Benedictines” will be held in the Saint Anselm pub, during which Abbot Matthew Leavy, O.S.B. and Professor Kevin Staley, Ph.D. will discuss the history of Benedictine beer-making and offer tasting samples.

Friday will feature a “Soup and Spirit Lenten Lunch Series” led by Brother Titus Phelan, O.S.B., who graduated from Saint Anselm College in 2012.

According to Sue Gabert, chair of the Council on Being Catholic and Benedictine, “We try to plan things that will give the Saint Anselm students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to learn something new about the founders of the college and charism of the Abbey. It’s a nice way to celebrate and appreciate the monastic community.”

All members of the Saint Anselm community are invited to attend and enjoy Benedictine Heritage Week events.