Christmas Message 2022

December 21, 2022

Saint Anselm friends and family,

A few years ago, Saint Anselm was selected as the college with the most Christmas spirit and if you have the opportunity to walk around the Hilltop this month, it would be easy to argue the same for 2022. Davison Hall, with its giant Christmas tree and festive decorations throughout, was filled with students enjoying the traditional feast just prior to finals. The tree is surrounded by gingerbread houses, the handiwork of the hundreds of students who enjoyed the friendly competition of the annual gingerbread-making contest. A giant wreath and candles adorn Alumni Hall and you can still hear the beautiful echoes of DecemberSong in the Abbey Church.

And sitting in front of the Jean Student Center, an illuminated manger offers the most powerful symbol of Christmas, with Mary and Joseph caring for the baby Jesus. Here, we recall and reflect on why we celebrate. In this current Advent season of preparation, we rejoice in the knowledge of Christ’s coming, and in the grace and hope He offers the world. Christmas is a simple story of the ultimate gift presented to humankind.

In an age marked by strife and division, let us be guided by the lessons of Christ and the peace and joy offered us through His birth. As Anselmians, let us deeply embrace the true spirit of the season.

On behalf of the Saint Anselm community, we wish you and your families health and happiness this Christmas and throughout the New Year.

Joseph A. Favazza, Ph.D.

Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B. ’71 H.D. ‘04

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