College Celebrates Benedictine Heritage Week

March 14, 2019

By Kerrin Norton '19

March 18 - 22, Saint Anselm College will observe its third annual Benedictine Heritage Week, hosted by the Council on Being Catholic and Benedictine. The celebration of Benedictine heritage and culture will include a variety of events from lectures to a retreat.

This year, several new events offer the community a new perspective on the Benedictine, Catholic tradition including on Monday at 12:30 p.m., with Artifacts of the Abbey Church, a discussion on the objects and history of the Abbey Church hosted by Fr. Mathias Durette, O.S.B. On Monday evening, students, alumni, and faculty will discuss how the Benedictine hallmarks are integrated into social work, sociology, and service-based learning at a panel in the Living and Learning Commons (LLC).

“The Council for Being Benedictine tries 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 to celebrate our heritage and the impact of our Benedictine charism on the uniquely Anselmian education we offer,” says Susan Gabert, chair of the committee and Assistant Dean of Students/director of Campus Ministry.

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

Upcoming Events

Monday, March 18
12:30 p.m., Artifacts of the Abbey Church
Abbey Church
Father Mathias Durette, O.S.B., will discuss artifacts and the history of the Abbey Church.

7 p.m., Integrating the Benedictine Hallmarks into Social Work and Service
Living Learning Commons (LLC) meeting room
Join students, alumni, and faculty as they discuss how the Benedictine hallmarks are integrated into social work, sociology and doing service-based learning.

Tuesday, March 19
6:30–8:30 p.m., College Heritage Night
Geisel Library
The Archives & Special Collections will have open hours for the community to learn more about current projects and recent additions to the rare book collection as well as participate in hands-on activities. Drop in anytime.

Wednesday, March 20
12:30 p.m., Byzantine Mass and Reception
Chapel of the Saint Basil, lower Abbey Church
Father Patrick Sullivan, O.S.B., will celebrate a Byzantine Divine Liturgy. All are welcome to attend and learn more about the Eastern Catholic Rite. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

12:30 p.m., Soup and Spirit Lenten Lunch Series: Into the Wilderness–A Time for Challenge
Jean Student Center, Main Level
Elisabeth Pope ’19 will share her faith journey facing challenge. A simple Lenten lunch provided.

Thursday, March 21
10:30 a.m., Solemnity of the Passing of Saint Benedict
Abbey Church
Celebration of the Eucharist (modified class schedule)

5–8 p.m., Encounter Saint Benedict
Lower Abbey Church
Encounter Saint Benedict in a three-hour retreat for the busy college student. Find out how to develop a greater sense of God’s presence in your life by incorporating monastic practices and values. Dinner provided.

7 p.m., Beer and Benedictines
Professor Kevin Staley and Father Anselm Smedile, O.S.B., will lead a beer tasting as they discuss the history of Benedictines brewing beer. 21+

Friday, March 22
2:30 p.m., Haustus: Seeking a Purpose Driven Life
Haustus is a common monastic practice of coming together for food and community. Join us for snacks and conversation.

Members of the Council for Being Benedictine are Jordan Bergeron ’21, Professor Gary Bouchard (English Department), college archivist Keith Chevalier, Fr. Bernard Disco, O.S.B., Assistant Dean of Students/Director, Campus Ministry and committee chair, Susan Gabert, Christopher Millett ’21, Denise Reagan, and Professor Tauna Sisco (Sociology and Social Work Department).