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Recap of the 54th General Chapter
From June 19 until June 25, representatives from nineteen monasteries of the American Cassinese Congregation gathered at St. Benedict’s Abbey, Atchison, Kansas. Representing monasteries in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Central America, the monks were attending the 54th General Chapter of the Congregation. Fr. Prior Edward Seton Fittin, OSB and Br. Paul Diveny, OSB attended from St. Mary’s Abbey. A General Chapter is held every three years and is a combination of both business and enrichment. A series of virtual presentations on the first two days focused on the effects of the pandemic on monastic communities. The primary order of business, however, was the election of a new Abbot President for the Congregation. The election was to find a successor for Abbot John Klassen, OSB, of St. John’s Abbey in Minnesota. Abbot John assumed the role of president when his predecessor, Abbot Elias Lorenzo, OSB (of St. Mary’s Abbey) was named auxiliary bishop of Newark. With great joy, the monks elected Fr. Jonathan Licari, OSB, also a monk of St. John’s. Now Abbot Jonathan had been serving as administrator at the abbey of Mary, Mother of the Church, in Richmond, Virginia. It just so happened, that Abbot Jonathan had been named administrator for St. Mary’s Abbey a few weeks prior to his election.
The monks of St. Benedict’s were most gracious hosts and welcomed the abbots and delegates with typical Benedictine hospitality. At the end of the workday, there was time for the monks to socialize with one another, renew old acquaintances and make new ones. The host community also welcomed us into their own dining room for a festive meal. Mid-week, attendees of the General Chapter had the opportunity to spend some the afternoon in Kansas City, Missouri. The outing concluded with dinner of classic Kansas City barbeque.
Back to School
Delbarton school begins classes on Monday, August 29th. Fr. Edward Seton Fittin, O.S.B. and Fr. Demetrius Thomas, O.S.B. will be returning to the theology department while Br. William McMillan, O.S.B. will return to the English department. Br. William is especially excited for a journalism elective he will be teaching. Fr. Michael Tidd, O.S.B. will continue in his role as Headmaster.

Br. Finnbar McEvoy, O.S.B. is stepping away from teaching at Delbarton School as he begins studies at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, PA in pursuit of ordination to the priesthood. He begins classes also on August 29th. 

Please pray for our teachers and students!
Help Wanted for Infirmary
St Mary’s Abbey Home Health Care center is in need of per diem LPNs for 1st shift every other weekend 7AM-3PM. Contact Anita at 973-559-5538 between 10 and 1 or at

We're Open for Prayer!
The Abbey Church is OPEN to the public for the following times before masses: M-F, 7AM-6PM p.m.| Saturday, 7AM-6PM | Sunday, 8AM-6PM. 

Mass Livestream
We will continue to livestream Mass daily from the Abbey Church at the following times on our Youtube page here: Sunday, 11 a.m. | Monday-Friday, 5 p.m. | Saturday, ca. 8 a.m.
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Fr. Demetrius explains the steps of Lectio Divina in this video.

Pray with the Sunday Mass readings for the month.

+ 8/7 Wis 18:6-9Heb 11:1-2, 8-19Lk 12:32-48

+ 8/14 Jer 38:4-6, 8-10Heb 12:1-4Lk 12:49-53

+ 8/21 Is 66:18-21Heb 12:5-7, 11-13Lk 13:22-30

+ 8/28 Sir 3:17-18, 20, 28-29Heb 12:18-19, 22-24aLk 14:1, 7-14

August 2022
1. St. Alphonsus Liguori, memorial
4. St. John Vianney, memorial
6. Transfiguration, feast
7. XIX Sunday (Bishop Elias)
8. St. Dominic, memorial
10. St. Lawrence, feast
11. St. Clare, memorial
14. XX Sunday (Prior Edward Seton)
15. Assumption of Mary, Solemnity*
20. St. Bernard, memorial
21. XXI Sunday (Fr. Michael)
24. St. Bartholomew, memorial
27. St. Monica, memorial
28. XXII Sunday (Abbot Richard)
29. Passion of John the Baptist, memorial

*Since the Assumption falls on a Monday, the precept to attend Mass is abrogated (CIC 1246)
This calendar follows the Order of Worship as approved by the Congregation for Divine Worship on 22 June 1972 in Rome for the American-Cassinese Congregation of Benedictine Monasteries.

Retreat Center News

The Retreat Center has reopened and our newly renovated Vincent House is available for individuals and groups.
The fee schedule is as follows:
Individual guests: $100/night
Married couples: $140/night
Long term/sabbatical: $1350/month (priests/religious)
Long term/sabbatical: $1850/month
There are conference rooms available as well to rent in Vincent House with full and half-day options. Please contact the Retreat Center or Br. Kieran Sheik, O.S.B., Guestmaster,
Our August collection was $5,112. Thank you to our benefactors!
Please consider making a donation to support the abbey! 

St. John Vianney, August 4
A man with vision overcomes obstacles and performs deeds that seem impossible. John Vianney was a man with vision: He wanted to become a priest. But he had to overcome his meager formal schooling, which inadequately prepared him for seminary studies.

His failure to comprehend Latin lectures forced him to discontinue. But his vision of being a priest urged him to seek private tutoring. After a lengthy battle with the books, John was ordained.

Situations calling for “impossible” deeds followed him everywhere. As pastor of the parish at Ars, John encountered people who were indifferent and quite comfortable with their style of living. His vision led him through severe fasts and short nights of sleep.

With Catherine Lassagne and Benedicta Lardet, he established La Providence, a home for girls. Only a man of vision could have such trust that God would provide for the spiritual and material needs of all those who came to make La Providence their home.

His work as a confessor is John Vianney’s most remarkable accomplishment. In the winter months he was to spend 11 to 12 hours daily reconciling people with God. In the summer months this time was increased to 16 hours. Unless a man was dedicated to his vision of a priestly vocation, he could not have endured this giving of self day after day.

Many people look forward to retirement and taking it easy, doing the things they always wanted to do but never had the time. But John Vianney had no thoughts of retirement. As his fame spread, more hours were consumed in serving God’s people. Even the few hours he would allow himself for sleep were disturbed frequently by the devil.

Who, but a man with vision, could keep going with ever-increasing strength? In 1929, Pope Pius XI named him the patron of parish priests worldwide.
(borrowed from Franciscan Media)

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