The Importance of Little Things
Posted by svobadm8230a on 02/24/14

The Importance of Little Things

Most of life consists of little things. Each day we receive an abundance of little things from God (which are really great things since they come from His heart of infinite love), and we are called to give generously to others in little ways. One might even summarize a Christian’s life of faith as an ongoing reception of graces from God, a growing capacity to receive these with a response of thanksgiving, and a readiness to share with others the generous bounty bestowed on us by God.

This past January 21st and 22nd, I once again attended the March for Life in Washington, DC. At least in retrospect, I recognized many reasons for gratitude, great and small: the bus driver’s cheerfulness and skill in driving on snowy roads, the gentle leadership of the seminarian who kept us all together and on schedule, the beauty of two special Masses at the National Shrine, the grace barely to escape being late for the second Mass, the joyful enthusiasm of hundreds of thousands of marchers (mostly young people), and the gratifyingly earlier-than-usual arrival home. One of the graces I received during last year’s march was the realization that I could use a new winter coat. The sentimentally valuable old coat had sustained a broken zipper that could not be replaced, snaps that were coming loose, velcro that no longer stuck together, and a belt that kept becoming unfastened. True to His providential care for small things, God moved someone to deposit on our monastery “beggars’ bench,” within a few weeks, another wonderfully warm winter coat. It kept me adequately warm this year, and for that I can give much thanks!

Fr. Donald


A Message from the Archabbot
Posted by svobadm8230a on 02/21/14

Dear Oblates and Friends of Saint Vincent,

In his first Apostolic Exhortation The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium), Pope Francis invites all Christians to a renewed encounter with Jesus Christ: “The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step toward Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms” (n. 3).

The Joy of the Gospel provides a wonderful source for spiritual reflection as we prepare to begin our Lenten season. Written in a clear and easily understandable manner, the Pope’s letter covers a wide range of issues which offer real guidance for a journey of faith, beginning with the need for a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. Without this personal encounter, our religious experience has the danger of being no more than an external show, lacking spiritual depth and meaning.

Pope Francis encourages us to be bold in our efforts to respond to some of the more daunting issues facing our society and world today. He challenges us not to be indifferent or to give up as we confront these issues. He notes, “One of the more serious temptations which stifles boldness and zeal is a defeatism which turns us into querulous and disillusioned pessimists, ‘sourpusses’” (n. 85).

The Holy Father notes that some of the daunting issues we confront touch upon the need for us to be concerned about “the vulnerable of the earth” – the poor, the homeless, the addicted, refugees, indigenous peoples, the elderly, migrants, and most especially “unborn children, the most defenseless and innocent among us. He reminds us that “the defense of unborn life is closely linked to the defense of each and every other human right” (n. 213).

May the forthcoming Lenten season be a time of grace,
a season of a renewed encounter with Jesus Christ.
Sincerely in Christ,

Archabbot Douglas


Presentations and talks for 2014
Posted by svobadm8230a on 01/28/14

We have a new lineup of Presentations for 2014

We will have presentations and talks every month.
They will be will be on Sundays at 3pm except for the January talk
Talks will be in Roderick rm 202.

January 19 ( 330 pm ) we have a talk on St. Benedict and His Holy Rule by Br. Bruno
February 16 we have a talk on Lectio Divina by Br. Etienne ( Conception Abbey )

March 16 we have a talk on Conversion of Heart by Fr. Killian
April 13 we have a talk on prayer in the Benedictine Spirituality by Br. Benedict

May 18 we have a talk on Holiness and the Benedictine Spirituality by Fr. Andrew
June 22 we have a talk on The Eucharist in Benedictine Spirituality by Br. Canice

July 20 we have a talk on Work in the Benedictine Spirituality by Fr. Thomas Hart
August 17 we have a talk on Silence by Fr. Robert Keffer, OCist

September 21 we have a talk on the Liturgy of the Hours by Br. Thomas Sanders ( St. Andrew Abbey )
October 19 we have a talk on Hospitality in the Benedictine Spirituality by Fr. Bill Beaver

November 18 we have a talk on Obedience in the Benedictine Spirituality by Fred
December 21 we have a talk on Poverty and Simplicity of Life by Br. Lawrence


8th Oblate Day of Recollection - October
Posted by svobadm8230a on 01/27/14

EIGHTH FALL OBLATE DAY OF RECOLLECTION
AT THE ARCHABBEY


October 12, 2013

Some 40 people, mostly Oblates, attended this annual event, with conferences in St. Gregory Chapel. Fr. Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., theretreat master, delivered conferences based on the verses
RB19: 1-2 (“We believe that the divine presence is everywhere .... But
beyond the least doubt we should believe this to be especially true when we celebrate the divine office.”) and included reflections on the importance of liturgy, on being attentive at liturgy, and
on being attentive to God’s presence in everyday life.

During ceremonies at 1:30 P.M. in St. Gregory Chapel, Fr. Donald received the following:
Oblates:Rev. Thomas M. (Boniface Henry) Lutz
Raphael H. (Martin de Porres) Walton

Oblate novices:
Janice M. Heagy
Patricia L. “Pat” Hicks
Father Lutz is the pastor of St. Augustine

Church in Highland and a priest of the New York Archdiocese. Raphael belongs to the
Pittsburgh Deanery. Janice has long been attending Oblate events in Pi
ttsburgh and Latrobe. Pat is the wife of Oblate David Hicks.
Most of the retreatants joined the monastic community for Vespers and then stayed for supper, which ended with the singing of the
Benedictine “Ultima.”


Oblate Day - September
Posted by svobadm8230a on 01/27/14

OBLATE DAY : SEPTEMBER 22, 2013

Over 60 people, Oblates and family members and other guests, came to the Archabbey for our 26th annual Oblate Day. Archabbot Douglas celebrated Mass at 10:30 A.M. for the group and offered the Mass in particular for deceased Oblate Nadeem Feroze of Pakistan. After Midday Prayer, lunch, and some free time for a tour, shopping, or prayer, Oblation ceremonies were held in the basilica at 1:45, during which Fr. Donald received the following:

Oblates:

Michele (Mary) Bloch
Craig A. (Joseph) Gilbert
Terri Helfer
Lora Anne (Egbert) Jacob
Andrei (Michael) Sergueev
 

Oblate novices:

Blaze Bingham
Carol J Haile
Gabriel S. Pellathy
Elizabeth “Betty” Wass

Gabriel is a retired professor of political science at St. Vincent College and continues to teach one course each semester. Blaze is the brother of Oblate Xavier Bingham. After confessions in the basilica, there was a social in the Parish Assembly Room. Then at 3:45 Fr. Jacques Daley, O.S.B., gave a presentation on humility, with references to the Rule and the teaching of St. Thérèse. The key to the spiritual life, he said, is to accept
God’s will and to do it with love. Thus we learn to look at other people, even those whom we don’t especially like, through the eyes of Christ. We learn to say, as Blessed Mother Teresa said, “Do what You will with me without consulting me!” God’s will for us includes working on our attachments, about which we learn when we lose our peace. God uses all things to draw us into intimacy with Christ.

We grow in this intimacy by falling in love with Christ and learning to love what He gives us.
Then the Oblates joined the monastic community for Vespers. The day’s events ended with supper and the singing of the Benedictine “Ultima.”

 

 


JULY 11 – COMMEMORATION OF FEAST OF ST. BENEDICT
Posted by svobadm8230a on 08/29/13

Oblates and their guests, some 73 people, participated in the Archabbey’s celebration of the Feast of St. Benedict, Patriarch of Western Monasticism. Some of the Oblates arrived o n July 10 and thus were able to witness the first profession at Evening Prayer of Br. Lawrence Machia. At the concelebrated Mass at 10:00 on July 11, Archabbot Douglas, the principal celebrant and homilist, received the solemn profession of vows of Br. Mat thew Lambert and Br. Isaac Haywiser. At 2:00 in St. Gregory Chapel Thomas Acklin gave an animated, practical, and in - depth presentation on the three Benedictine vows: conversatio morum , stability, and obedience.

During Oblation ceremonies at 3:00 in St. Gregory Chapel,
Fr. Donald invested the following as Oblate novices :

Randi Anderson
of St. Marys, PA

Barbara Franz
of Canonsburg PA

Jana L. Gruber
of Eighty Four, PA

Michael G. Gruber
of Eighty Four, PA

Amy Jones
of Greensburg, PA

Rev. Kevin L. Mackey
of Leechburg, PA

Kyle Martin
of Dilliner, PA

Karolyn R. McPeek
of Venetia, PA

Paula F. Palombo
of McMurray, PA

Geraldine Petro
of McMurray, PA

Elizabeth L. Pocchiari
of Butler, PA

Eleanor “Ellie” Puskarich
of McMurray, PA

Margaret “Maggie” H. Shaffer
of Latrobe, PA

Michael and Jana are husband and wife. Rev. Mackey is pastor of Hebron Evangelical Lutheran Church in Leechburg. Kyle is the son of Oblate Diana Martin and, at age 14, is the youngest Oblate novice in our whole Oblate community. Maggie is the daughter of Oblate John Hudock. A number of the new Oblate novices are parishioners of St. Benedict the Abbot Church in McMurray, whose celebration of its 50 th anniversary as a parish attracted some members to co nsider the Oblate Program a couple of years ago.. After the investiture s the following Oblate jubilarians were honored: Ethel (Mary Grace) Galli – 50 years, Martha Banda – 20 years, James (Benedict) & Nancy (Jane) Barlock – 15 years, William (Gregory) G ibson – 15 years, Susan (Gertrude) Krouse – 5 years, Nancy (Rose) Premoshis – 5 years, Bernard (Romuald/Modomnoc) Hughes – 5 years. Also honored in absentia were Michael (Gerard) Rocca - 50 years, Dolores (Francis) Monaco – 30 years, Hazel (Scholastica) P earsall – 30 years, Mary Jane (Placid) Duggan – 25 years, Carl (Neri) Eckels – 25 years, Ann (Monica) Pakos – 15 years, Peg Palfy – 5 years, and Johnny (Mark) Kitchens – 5 years. The Oblates joined the monastic community and other guests for Vespers at 5:0 0, and some 34 stayed for supper in the Seminary Dining Room ; the meal closed with the singing of the “Ultima.”
 

 


"Cyber Deanery"
Posted by svobadm8230a on 06/06/13

Oblates who live at some distance from the Archabbey and from locations of deanery meetings have expressed interest of having a deanery over the Internet. Oblate David Hicks has agreed to initiate this project. You need a yahoo email account to join the deanery. When joining make sure you choose the ( No Email Web Only ) delivery option to avoid spam. Click here ( deanery ) to join the online deanery.


Presentations for 2014
Posted by svobadm8230a on 01/21/13

We have a new lineup of Presentations and talks for 2014

We will have presentations and talks every month.
They will be will be on Sundays at 3pm except for the January talk
Talks will be in Roderick rm 202.

January 19  we have a talk on St. Benedict and His Holy Rule by Br. Bruno
February 16  we have a talk on Lectio Divina by Br. Etienne ( Conception Abbey )

March 16  we have a talk on Conversion of Heart by Fr. Killian
April 13  we have a talk on prayer in the Benedictine Spirituality by Br. Benedict

May 18  we have a talk on Holiness and the Benedictine Spirituality by Fr. Andrew
June 22  we have a talk on The Eucharist in Benedictine Spirituality by Br. Canice

July 20  we have a talk on Work in the Benedictine Spirituality by Fr. Thomas Hart
August 17  we have a talk on Silence by Fr. Robert Keffer, OCist

September 21  we have a talk on the Liturgy of the Hours by Br. Thomas Sanders ( St. Andrew Abbey )
October 19  we have a talk on Hospitality in the Benedictine Spirituality by Fr. Bill Beaver

November 16 - Obedience in the Benedictine Spirituality by Fr. Fred ( Rm 301 )
December 21  we have a talk on Poverty and Simplicity of Life by Br. Lawrence

 

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Oblate Day - September 23, 2012
Posted by svobadm8230a on 11/26/12

Nearly 70 people, Oblates and family members and other guests, came to the Archabbey for our 25th annual Oblate Day. Fr. Prior Earl Henry celebrated Mass at 10:30 A.M. for the group and preached about the disciples’ slowness to understand the message of the Cross. Oblate novice Brian Myers, a senior at St. Vincent College, graciously played the organ for the Mass and also led a student choir to enhance the singing and to render some chanted parts.

After Midday Prayer, lunch, and some free time, Oblation ceremonies were held in the basilica at 1:45, during which Fr. Donald received the following:

Oblates: Craig (Ambrose Barlow) Callan of Bethesda, MD
Marie A. Callan of Bethesda, MD
Nellie (Mary Martha) Dias of Ayr, Ontario Canada
Robert W. Gerwing of Pittsburgh, PA
Rev. Joel B. (Damien of Moloka’i) of Hanover PA

Oblate novices: Theresa K. Gerson of Mt. Pleasant, PA
Terri Helfer of Renfrew, PA
Lora A. Jacob of Greensburg, PA
Andrei Sergueev of Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada

The Callans are a married couple, and Pastor Hummel is a United Church of Christ minister who is chaplain of a health-care facility in Hanover.

After confessions in the basilica, there was a social in the Parish Assembly Room. Then at 3:45 Fr. Andrew Campbell, O.S.B., gave a presentation on the urgent need for Benedictine spirituality in today’s world. He led a “shared lectio” on the temptations of Christ, divided into nine parts, and read from e-mail messages sent to him from spiritual directees, some of them Oblates, who had powerful insights about Benedictine values in their lives. Some of the themes emphasized were the need for silence and solitude, our wayward world’s radical lack of love and community, the importance of fasting, our ultimate call to continual (and contemplative) prayer, and the saying “Listen well; pray regularly; see everyone as Christ.”

Then the Oblates joined the monastic community for Vespers. The day’s events ended with supper and the singing of the Benedictine “Ultima.”


RETREAT SCHEDULE FOR 2013
Posted by svobadm8230a on 11/14/12

The retreats at St. Vincent for summer, 2013, have been scheduled. The retreats on Benedictine spirituality are to be held on May 18-20, 2013, and June 8-10, 2013. The first, to be directed by Fr. Donald, will probably include a Mass for priestly ordination. The second, also to be directed by Fr. Donald, will be a silent retreat.
 


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