The journey began for Saint Benedict when he walked up the hill in Subiaco, Italy seeking a deeper understanding of our loving God. It was in his spirit that the Benedictine monks walked to the top of this magnificent hilltop to found Saint Anselm College 125 years ago. Today we celebrate the past while embracing the future.
When our community last gathered together in May little did we know that two of our students would be called to their eternal rest so soon. Sarah Liamos died 10 days after receiving her diploma and Kayla Bertolami past away this summer, just four months shy of completing her degree. Let us not forget the joy and hope they brought to our campus community. We must find comfort in knowing that their spirits will guide us as we continue the journey of our founders.
Throughout this anniversary year and beyond we must continue to keep the mission of Saint Anselm College alive. Here are a few ways to accomplish this:
Let us begin all meetings and gatherings with a mission moment – a prayer, quiet reflection, or a reading that will allow us as, Saint Benedict says, to listen with the ear of our heart.
Let us respect one another, work collaboratively and always seek to find common ground.
Let us accept the charge of the 125th Anniversary Committee that our community conduct 125,000 acts of kindness. Good deeds that will pay it forward. Service for others, large or small, that will make this world a better place.
And let us give thanks to the monastic community, whose presence is felt here on the hilltop and beyond. They inspire us each and every day.
Today marks the beginning of our academic year and the beginning of our anniversary year. We walk together with great hope and faith in the future.
As President of Saint Anselm College, it is my pleasure to present this year’s recipient of the Father Bernard Holmes Senior Student Award. The award was made possible through the outstanding generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Davison, longtime friends of the College, who established a scholarship endowment in Father Bernard’s name.
According to the wishes of the donors, the purpose of the award is to encourage students to emulate and to carry into their life’s work those personal qualities of heart and mind that were so evident and so admirable in Father Bernard himself and which enabled him for more than fifty years to be a source of inspiration and wise counsel to generations of the Saint Anselm College community.
Students were nominated by full-time faculty, administrators and members of the monastic community. They received letters of support from their peers, wrote a personal essay and participated in an interview. From the many nominations that were reviewed, the selection committee has recommended one senior student as this year’s award recipient.
He will receive a full tuition scholarship for his senior year. Abbot Mark, the Chancellor of the College, joins me in congratulating an English major, and secondary education minor from Salisbury, Massachusetts, Mr. Cameron Wood.