College Celebrates Benedictine Heritage Week

March 10, 2020

By Katherine Buck ‘20

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. 

Upcoming 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

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

Abbey Church

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

Abbey Church

Celebration of the Eucharist.