College Celebrates Benedictine Heritage Week
March 10, 2020
March 15 - 21, Saint Anselm College will observe its fourth 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 a tour of the Abbey Church from Father Anselm Smedile, O.S.B., to a lunch with college president, Dr. Favazza.
This year, several events offer the community a new perspective on the Benedictine, Catholic tradition including a beer tasting to learn about the history of Benedictines brewing beers and a discussion on the topic “Can we live St. Benedict’s rule outside of an abbey?”
All members of the Saint Anselm community are invited to attend and enjoy Benedictine Heritage Week events.
Monday, March 16
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.
Tuesday, March 17
6:30–8:30 p.m., College Heritage Night
Geisel Library, Upper Level
The Archives & Special Collections will have open hours for the community to learn more about college history and view an exhibition of rare books from the Special Collections. Drop in anytime.
Wednesday, March 18
12:30 p.m., Tour of the Abbey Church
Father Anselm Smedile, O.S.B., the Prior, will give a tour of the Abbey Church.
Thursday, March 19
4 p.m., Poetry Reading: Twenty Poems to Pray
Campus Ministry, Jean Student Center
Professor Gary Bouchard will read passages from his new book Twenty Poems to Pray. A book signing will follow.
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 20
12:30 p.m., Humanities Institute, Come Friday Forum
Living Learning Commons
Professor Kyle Hubbard (Philosophy) will facilitate a discussion on the topic “Can we live St. Benedict’s Rule outside of an abbey?”
12:30 p.m., Soup and Spirit Annual Lenten Lunch Series: Famous Last Words – Forgiveness
Jean Student Center, Main Level
Jesus calls out to His father to forgive those who killed him, even in the midst of his suffering, showing us the power of forgiveness. Dr. Joseph Favazza, President of the College, will share with you his experiences on the power of forgiveness in his own life. A simple Lenten lunch provided.
7 p.m., Vespers
Join the Benedictine community in the solemn vespers of the solemnity of Saint Benedict.
Saturday, March 21
11:50 a.m., Solemnity of the Passing of Saint Benedict
Celebration of the Eucharist.