Junior Formation Seminar

Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B. and the monastic community at St. Anselm Abbey, Manchester, NH welcomed more than thirty monks in simple (temporary) vows for the annual formation seminar from June 14-23, 2018. The program included a variety of conferences and cultural activities, including Abbot Matthew Leavy, O.S.B on lectio divina and conversatio, Father Jerome Day, O.S.B. on good zeal, Father John Fortin, O.S.B. on obedience and stability. The program included a visit to the J.F.K. Presidential Library in Boston, MA. During the program, Abbot President Elias Lorenzo, O.S.B. lead a discussion with the junior professed on the upcoming Synod on Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment.  There was also some free-time during the seminar for optional basketball, volleyball, bowling and hiking.  Many of the participants in this formation seminar were monks of our monastic congregation, including juniors from Latrobe, Collegeville, Atchison, Morristown, Belmont, Cullman, Shawnee, Richardton, Peru, Manchester, Newark and Richmond.  In addition, juniors from the Swiss American Congregation were among the participants, including those from St. Meinrad Archabbey, St. Joseph Abbey and Prince of Peace Abbey.   Many thanks to the program coordinators, Brother Francis McCarty, O.S.B and Brother Ignatius Membrino, O.S.B.


Praesidium Board

Abbot President Elias Lorenzo, O.S.B. and Father Roman Paur, O.S.B. (Collegeville) attended the biannual meeting of the Praesidium board on June 6-7, 2018 at their national offices in Arlington, TX.  Praesidium works with various secular and religious organizations in the USA and abroad to develop best practices in organizational abuse prevention.  Since 2004, the Conference of Major Superiors of Men has engaged religious institutes of men and societies of apostolic life to adopt these policies and to achieve third-party accreditation by Praesidium.


Association of Benedictine Colleges and Universities

Educational and monastic leaders from the thirteen Benedictine colleges and universities in the USA met at St. Anselm Abbey and College, Manchester, NH on May 30-June 2, 2018. The annual meeting was composed of concurrent sessions for the Benedictine Leadership Formation Institute and the Benedictine Pedagogy Conference. In addition, there was a track for the university presidents and the monastic superiors of their sponsoring monasteries. Among the many highlights of the meeting were presentations by Father Columba Stewart, O.S.B. (Collegeville) on Wisdom Tradition and Modern Culture; Father Jerome Day, O.S.B. (Manchester), Brother Norman Hipps, O.S.B. (Latrobe), Sister Nicole Kunze, O.S.B. (Bismarck), Sister Thomas Welder, O.S.B. (Bismarck) on various aspects the Benedictine Hallmarks; Sister Cecelia Dwyer, O.S.B. (Bristol) on Leadership in the School of the Lord’s Service; Abbot Matthew Leavy, O.S.B. (Manchester) on Humility and Patience in Benedictine Education. The annual meeting concluded with an address by Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B. (Manchester) entitled, From Leaves of Gold: Saint Anselm offers an approach to Education. The participants joined the monastic community for prayer and Mass each day. Heart-felt gratitude to Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B. and the monastic community in Manchester for their gracious hospitality!

Union of Superiors General

The heads of religious institutes of men and societies of apostolic life gathered at the Paulist Fathers’ conference center in Ariccia, Italy, near Castel Gandolfo on May 23-25, 2019.  Abbot Primate Gregory Polan, O.S.B., and Abbot President Elias Lorenzo, O.S.B, joined Abbots President and other Superiors General for this 90th biannual assembly.  The topic for discussion was the upcoming Vatican Synod on Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment.  At the conclusion of the assembly, ten Superiors General were elected to attend the XV Ordinary Synod of Bishops at the Vatican on October 3-28, 2018.

Priesthood Ordination

Two monks from Saint Vincent Archabbey were ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, May 19, 2018 by the Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, Bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg, at Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica, Latrobe, PA. Father Joachim Morgan, O.S.B., is the son of Charles and Laura Morgan of White Lake, Michigan. Father Lawrence Machia, O.S.B., is the son of Keith and Louise Machia of Swanton, Vermont.  Ad multos annos!