The House that Wimmer Built

The American-Cassinese Congregation

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Schools for the Lord's Service

Benedictine Colleges and Universities

June 5 — August 15, 2014

By Appointment Only
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Free and Open to the public

 

  
 
 
oin the gallery this summer for two exhibits in honor of the Benedictine Pedagogy Conference and the Association of Benedictine Colleges and Universities meeting at Saint Vincent this Summer. The House that Wimmer Built: The American-Cassinese Congregation will feature photographs of all of the monasteries of the congregation. Also on view are highlights from the permanent art collections, including paintings donated to Saint Vincent by King Ludwig I of Bavaria in the 1850s, the Archabbey's sacred relics collection, and artifacts owned and used by Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B., the founder of Saint Vincent and the American-Cassinese Benedictine Congregation.
 
Schools for the Lord's Service—Benedictine Colleges and Universities will feature photographs of the campuses of all the Benedictine colleges and universities in the Association.

The Benedictine Pedagogy Conference is held annually on a different Benedictine college or university campus, which serves as host for two years. Over the past seven years, the Conference has established a reputation of providing a venue in which faculty, staff and administrators can share ideas and practices through which they have successfully integrated the Ten Hallmarks developed by the Association of Benedictine Colleges and Universities (ABCU) in the classroom, student life and collegiate environment. The conference will address a range of critically important themes that impact the changes within our campuses that relate to the maintenance and well-being of the unique Benedictine charism of our founders today. Presenters are among the faculty, staff and administrators of our institutions.

A complimentary booklet accompanies this display.

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 Deriving Beauty

Archabbot Aurelius Stehle, O.S.B. and Liturgical Splendor

June 5 - August 15, 2015

(Back by Demand for the Summer!)

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lifelong love of liturgy and service as the Master of Ceremonies at Saint Vincent for twenty-five years, inspired Aurelius Stehle, O.S.B., to publish his Manual for Episcopal Ceremonies in 1915. Aurelius gained a reputation both at Saint Vincent and among churchmen throughout the United States as an expert on the liturgy and was often sought out by diocesan liturgists around the country for advice on liturgical matters. This small display brings togther liturgical items worn and used by Archabbot Aurelius during his abbacy.

Aurelius was born in Pittsburgh in 1877 and as a child had moved with his family to Greensburg, Pennsylvania. There he attended the parochial school attached to the Benedictine church of the Most Blessed Sacrament and at the age of thirteen entered the scholasticate at Saint Vincent. Completing his studies in the college and seminary in 1899, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Richard Phelan of Pittsburgh and for the next nineteen years served at the archabbey in various capacities, first as professor in the classical (college) course, and then, after 1911, as prefect and professor of Latin and Greek in the seminary.

The election of Archabbot Aurelius in 1918 marked the beginning of a new era in the history of Saint Vincent. He was the first archabbot of the community not to have been educated by Boniface Wimmer and the first to have been born in the United States. He was also, forty-one, the youngest. Stehle assumed his position as leader of the community at a time when the First World War was coming to an end and when Saint Vincent, like the rest of America, was ready to embark on a dynamic and outward-looking engagement with the world at large.

 

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 Crowns and Palm Branches

Sacred Relics of Saint Vincent Archabbey

On View 

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anctæ reliquiæ. Holy Relics. Comprised of over 1,000 relics, Saint Vincent's relic collection encourages veneration and reverence of the saints. Many of the relics have been collected or authenticated by the founder of Saint Vincent, Archabbot Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B., (1809-1887). Saint Vincent is very blessed to possess a leg relic from a martyr of Otranto, canonized by Pope Francis this summer (The Otranto relic can be seen in the middle photo, above, during veneration on the day of their canonization). Many other relics were sealed and authenticated by Archabbot Denis Strittmatter, O.S.B., sixth Archabbot of Saint Vincent, who was also authorized to re-seal and re-document relics with broken seals or lost documentation.

In the Roman Catholic tradition, a relic is a piece of the body of a saint or holy person, an object or piece of an object owned or used by a saint or holy person, or some other important religious artifact that is maintained for veneration. In Christianity, the first scriptural mention of relics comes from Acts 19:11–12, and concerns Saint Paul’s handkerchiefs, which were said to be imbued with the healing power of God. They were sent to various Christian communities and many accounts of healings were reported. In the early church the graves, tombs and relics of martyrs and holy men and women were venerated. The Martyrdom of St. Polycarp, written, between 150 and 160 A.D., records that St. Polycarp’s relics were objects of veneration by the faithful.

In Rome, early Christians frequently went out to the catacombs on Sundays, spending the day worshiping, praying, eating and recreating near the tombs of holy men and women and family members. When Christianity was legalized in 313 A.D., Christians began building churches, many of which were built over the tombs of martyrs. A perfect example of this is the old Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome built between 326 and 363 A.D. over the tomb of Saint Peter the Apostle. As the Church grew, demand for the bodies of the saints (martyrs and holy men and women) also grew. By the early Middle Ages it was already a long-established practice to include the body of a saint or a significant relic of a saint in the altar on which mass was celebrated. In 787 A.D. the Second Council of Nicaea decreed that every altar should contain a relic.

A complimentary booklet accompanies this display.


This Exhibit was Featured on the New Liturgical Movement. Click for Story.

 

  

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Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B.
Visions of a Founder

On View 

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he greatest Catholic missionary of nineteenth-century America," is how the late dean of American Catholic Historians, John Tracy Ellis, described Boniface Wimmer, the founder of Saint Vincent and Benedictine Monasticism in North America. Coming from the Bavarian Abbey of Metten, Wimmer came to America in 1846 to establish the Order of Saint Benedict in the New World, to evangelize the immigrants, and to preserve and strengthen their Catholic faith and identity by providing them with pastoral care and formal education.

Numbers never tell the full story, but it is interesting to note that by 1880, only 34 years after Wimmer and his eighteen companions arrived in Pennsylvania, nearly 900 Benedictine monks and nuns were working and praying in 60 monasteries in the United States. These monastics served 138 parishes where they provided pastoral care for 44,000 souls, operated three major seminaries, six colleges, and 63 elementary schools, and educated an estimated 7,000 students. 

By 1880, Benedictine monks and nuns served in 21 American dioceses and vicariates apostolic (out of a total of 70), located in 20 states and territories of the Union. Most of the Benedictine monks and nuns who carried out this work of pastoral care, evangelization, and education in nineteenth-century America regarded Boniface Wimmer as their founder and their inspiration.

Today, American Benedictines who trace their roots back to Wimmer serve in more than 20 American states, as well as in Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Colombia, Brazil, Taiwan, and Japan.

To honor the 125th Anniversary of Boniface Wimmer's death (December 2012), the Gallery inaugurated a permanent exhibit made up of personal artifacts from Wimmer's life to honor his legacy and enduring contributions to the Church and monasticism.

A complimentary booklet accompanies this display.

This Exhibit was Featured on the New Liturgical Movement. Click for Story.

  

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