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Benedictine Heritage Week Commemorates Saint Anselm Founding

March 29, 2016

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7242

Stained glass in Abbey ChurchSaint Anselm College is celebrating our founding legacy with Benedictine Heritage Week, April 2 to 8. This week provides students, faculty, and staff with opportunities to study the college's history, tradition, and intellectual values.

Event organizer and theology professor Kelley Spoerl is excited for this year's traditional and new programming.

"This year we have a ‘Learn to Meditate: Presentation on Christian Meditation,' Benedictine Hallmark where people can make fun bracelets," says Professor Spoerl. "We will also be doing a film screening of actual archival footage, which was recently digitized, from the day the Abbey Church was consecrated almost 50 years ago."

Events will be both celebratory and educational, including a beer event with monks, a retreat, and the film on the dedication of the Saint Anselm Abbey Church, sponsored by Delta Epsilon Sigma and introduced by college archivist Keith Chevalier.

Benedictine Heritage Week is sponsored by the Council on Being Catholic and Benedictine and co-sponsored by the Office of Campus Ministry.

Learn more about our Benedictine Tradition: What does being Benedictine mean?

Benedictine Heritage Week Events

An Easter Journey: Alumni Day of Reflection
Saturday, April 2, 2016
Saint Anselm Abbey Church
For more information or to register please contact the Alumni Office at 1-888-444-1889 or

Chapel Art Center Preview Day and Open House
Mon., April 4, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center

Monastery Tours
Mon., April 4, 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and Thurs., April 7, 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m.
Entrance of Abbey Church

Learn to Meditate: Presentation on Christian Meditation
Mon., April 4, 7:45 p.m.
Led by Br. Isaac Murphy, O.S.B.
Meditation Room, Lower Abbey Church

Feast Day Open House in Campus Ministry
Tues., April 5, All Day
Lower Cushing Center

Benedictine Hallmark Make and Take
Tues., April 5, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Fri., April 8, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Learn about being Benedictine while making a keychain complete with a St. Benedictine medal.
Campus Ministry, Lower Cushing Center

Feast Day Mass
Tues., April 5, 5:15 p.m.
Abbey Church

Encounter Lenten Retreat
Tues., April 5, 5:15 - 9 p.m.
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to retreat to focus on Benedictine heritage. If interested, contact

Meditation Practice
Weds., April 6, 8 a.m.
Meditation Room, Lower Abbey Church

Byzantine Mass and Reception
Weds., April 6, 12:30 p.m.
Eastern Rite Chapel in Lower Abbey Church

Film: The Consecration of the Saint Anselm Abbey Church, 1966
Weds., April 6, 4 p.m.
Sponsored in cooperation with Delta Epsilon Sigma and introduced by Keith Chevalier, College Archivist
Gadbois Room 4

Beer and Benedictines with Abbot Matthew, O.S.B. and Kevin Staley, Ph. D.
Thurs., April 7, 8 p.m.
Learn about the history of monastic brewing and enjoy a tasting of monastic beers.
Campus Pub

Unplugged Challenge
Fri., April 8, All Day
UNPLUG from screens, smartphones, social media, and technology.
Take the challenge for an hour or for the day.

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