Benedictines: November 2012 Archives

zielinski-sisinono.jpgThe Pope appointed Benedictine Abbot Christopher Michael John Zielinski to the be the Head of the Office (office manager) of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on Saturday, 24 November 2012. He is the number 3 person in the Congregation serving with Antonio Cardinal CaƱizares, Archbishop Arthur Roche and Father Anthony Ward, SM.

Dom Michael, 59, a native of Lakewood, Ohio, is a monk of the Olivetan Congregation of Benedictines having professed monastic vows in 1972, who studied at Sant'Anselmo and ordained in 1977. Dom Michael is a past religious superior of the Abbey of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Pecos, NM). Until now and since 8 May 2008, he's been the vice president of the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church and the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archeology.

He is also a consultor to the same Congregation. 

Dom Michael gave an interview that covered his thinking on the Tridentine Mass in 2007.

Saint Benedict, pray for us.
Saint Bernard Tolomei, pray for Abbot Michael in his new work for the Church.
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Petersham 25th anniv logo.tifToday is the 25th anniversary of the founding of Saint Mary's Monastery, Petersham, MA. 

In 1987, Saint Mary's became a dependent house on Pluscarden Abbey, Scotland. Some might say that 3 men started the monastery in 1985, and they're right to a degree. But in 1987 it was aggregated to Pluscarden in a formal way and to the Subiaco Congregation.

Saint Mary's Monastery is a small colony of Benedictine monks whose central work is the praying of the traditional Divine Office (in Latin) with a small guest house welcomes visitors.

A delightful place to visit, pray and just spend time with the Lord.
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In the Year of Faith please join Father David Borino and Benedictine Sister Zita Wenker for a discussion "Christian faith through lens of the Creed" on Saturday, December 1, 10:30 to 2:00pm.

The discussion will be held at the Monastery of the Glorious Cross61 Burban Drive, Branford, CT 06405

The day includes Mid-day prayer and Mass in the Monastery Chapel, the presentations and time for Q&A. Please bring a brown bag lunch.

Father David Borino is a priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford and Sister M. Zita Wenker, OSB is a Benedictine nun of Jesus Crucified residing at the Monastery of the Glorious Cross (61 Burban Drive, Branford, CT 06405). Both presenters bring pastoral and theological expertise to the exploration of what we believe Catholic faith to be through what we profess Sunday after Sunday in the Creed.

The day is free, open to the public with a good will offering taken.
The Benedictine monks of Sant'Anselmo unveiled an impressive strategic plan for its work as an international university in Rome. 

Historically, the Pontifical Athenaeum Sant'Anselmo (Rome) was founded in 1687 by Pope Innocent XI and renewed and re-established by Pope Leo XIII in 1887 and given as a work to the worldwide Benedictines.

Read the first section of the Strategic Plan:

And, a most important part of the Plan,

The vital parts of the Strategic Plan are noted here.
Looking good and abundant blessings....
anselmo arms.jpglYou're likely going to say big deal... there's already been too much info on the 2012 Congress of Abbots on the Communio blog. Well, you're correct. But a few statistics set a context.

Meeting at the Primatial Abbey of Saint Anselm in Rome for the September 2012 Congress of Abbots, there were:

  • 250 abbots
  • 380 monasteries represented: 205 abbeys, 45 independent priories, 130 dependent priories
  • 21 Benedictine Congregations of monks
  • 7,358 monks represented
  • 62 Benedictine Congregations of women
  • 13,650 Benedictine nuns and sisters represented.
Father Luke MacNamara OSB, a monk of Glenstal Abbey (Ireland) oversaw the simultaneous translation work of 5 languages.

Benedictine All Souls

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May the memory of the deceased monks, nuns, sisters, and oblates be eternal.

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Historically [supposing that your view of history goes back before 1900], today is the traditional date for the liturgical memorial of All Benedictine Souls. You are not going to find many American Benedictine monasteries observing this commemoration. Sad, I think. They will offer the argument that the Church's November 2nd commemoration of All Souls (and for that matter, All Saints) to include the monks and nuns of the Order.

As a monk noted, monasteries who hold this idea are employing "the same argument that was used at the time of the Reformation to eliminate the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed, since we are all 'saints.' Whatever the theological merits of this position, even the Episcopal Church has recognized its psychological deficit and has restored All Souls on November 2."

Old fashioned or not, there is a good value in retaining the observances of All Saints and All Souls of Monks and Nuns. Informed opinion indicates that when monasteries remember the nuns and monks who have gone before us in faith and perseverance, remembers not only persons but also puts eschatological hope that eternal life is possible and indeed ought to be sought.

We pray for graces of light, peace and mercy for our departed monks and nuns, sisters and oblates ask for their prayers for us.

Martin Boler, OSB RIP

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Fr Martin Boler.jpgThe second and longtime Prior of Mount Saviour Monastery, Father Martin Thomas Boler will be laid to rest today.

Father Martin was born in 1924. After his medical education he entered the newly formed  (1951) Benedictine monastery of Mount Saviour in Elmira, New York.

At a certain point in 1969 Father Damasus decided a younger man ought to lead the monastery and so he resigned. Father Martin was elected the Father Prior of the community, a diakonia he held from 1969-2008. He'd been in declining health for the last few years and reposed in the Lord on November 7.

Father Martin's life was beautifully captured by Br John of Weston Priory in A Memoir on Fr Boler by Br John.pdf

May God be merciful to Father Martin, and may his memory be eternal.

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]



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