Feast of Saint Anselm of Canterbury

State of AnselmToday we observe the feast of our patron, Saint Anselm of Canterbury.

In celebrating his life and works, may we reflect on the many blessings afforded to each of us as members of the college community named in his honor. Let us also give special thanks to our own monastic community, and all that they bring to our campus, and each of our lives.

Chapter 72 of The Rule of St. Benedict, reminds the reader that: “no one is to pursue what he judges better for himself, but instead, what he judges better for someone else.” This humbling text, which calls all of us to “listen with the ear of your heart,” guides our monastic community, and inspires us to live meaningful lives as humble servant-leaders.

The true spirit of Saint Anselm lives today in each of you who share a common character as Anselmians. Every day as we live and work together on this beautiful Hilltop campus, we must never forget those who have come before us, or those who will one day follow in our footsteps.

With God’s blessings on this Feast Day of Saint Anselm,

Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D.

An Easter Message

A cross hangs in the Abbey ChurchThe past few days have been a pleasant reminder that spring has arrived on our hilltop campus. So too is it a reminder that the semester is quickly drawing to a close. In the midst of our many commitments this time of year, the ongoing observance of Passover and coming celebration of Easter brings with it a most-welcomed pause in our busy lives.

As we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ during the holy days ahead, let us share in the delight of rejuvenation that the Easter season brings. Through humble prayer and reflection, may we also prepare for a successful conclusion to the academic year.

Let us be forever thankful for the abundant blessings shared by our Saint Anselm College community, particularly as we gather with friends and family in the coming days. Among us are some of God’s most humble servants. May we be eternally thankful for His blessings upon each of us, and those who provide for our good fortune. We must also be mindful of all who are suffering, in our local communities and around the world. Let our continued prayers and acts of compassion lift up those in need.

You are in our prayers during this Holy Week, and always. May God continue to bless us all throughout this Easter season and beyond.

Steven and Eileen DiSalvo

Responding to the White House Executive Order

The following message was shared with the Saint Anselm College campus community on Monday, January 30. In addition, I have co-signed statements from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (excerpt/link below), and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, in which nearly 50 higher education associations present a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly requesting a meeting to ensure any efforts to safeguard our nation do not interfere with our nation’s long tradition of educating students from around the world.

On Friday afternoon, the White House issued an Executive Order entitled “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States,” which addresses new standards for refugee, immigrant, and nonimmigrant entry into the United States.

At present, the ultimate outcome of this order (and subsequent orders and legislation) is uncertain and it may take months for clear policies to develop; however, we know that this may directly impact members of the Anselmian community, from students, faculty and staff to alumni and friends. We advise that those from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen legally residing in the United States avoid travel outside the U.S. during this period if possible and consult an immigration attorney if travel is necessary.

Saint Anselm College is an institution that values the contributions of our international students, faculty and staff deeply. We are committed to providing support and resources to those in need, and to upholding our mission and values of diversity and inclusiveness.

In that spirit, today I am in our nation’s capital, participating in the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU). I would like to share with you an excerpt from the statement released yesterday by this organization:

"Pope Francis has said that 'authentic hospitality is our greatest security against hateful acts of terrorism.' As ACCU gathers…to celebrate the value of diversity within Catholic higher education, we reaffirm the commitment of our institutions to creating inclusive, welcoming campus environments that embrace people of all faiths and cultures. Catholic higher education was founded precisely to serve the children of Catholic immigrants who in their own time were excluded from higher education. This is a legacy that we proudly pledge to continue."

Indeed, hospitality is not only our greatest security against hatred and violence, but also one of the core Benedictine values which we as Anselmians seek always to live. I know that you will join me in keeping the immigrants and refugees of every nation in your thoughts and prayers today and every day.