The Feast of Saint Benedict

A cross hangs in the Abbey ChurchDear Members of the Saint Anselm College Community,

Today we celebrate the Feast of Saint Benedict, founder of Western monasticism and author of the rule that guides monastic life for our Benedictine community.  Some 1,400 years after his death, we are still called to emulate his life and works, sharing in the spiritual wisdom and guidance lived out to this day by religious communities around the world as we “listen with the ear of your heart.”

In our Conversatio program, Saint Anselm students learn of Benedict’s life at Subiaco and Monte Cassino and study his preeminent work, The Rule of Saint Benedict. We also look to our own Benedictine community for inspiration and direction on living a life of meaning, and for one Anselmian, this particular feast marked the beginning of a journey of spiritual formation. Yesterday, Ryan Sarasin, Class of 2017, received the religious name Brother Aloysius and over the coming year will consider his calling to the holy vocation of Benedictine life.

Please join me today in contemplative reflection for all that our Benedictine roots bring into our lives, and in thankful prayer for our own Benedictine community of Saint Anselm Abbey.

May God continue to bless Saint Anselm College, our Abbey, and all who live, work, and study here.

Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D.