On Saturday, March 21, faculty celebrated the Feast of Saint Benedict with a special Mass and retreat at Saint Anselm Abbey.
The retreat began with a welcome and gathering at 11:30 AM at Saint Anselm Abbey. The group celebrated Mass with the monastic community with special seating in the choir. During the Mass, Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B. enlightened the congregation about the life of Saint Benedict, knowledge that SBA’s teachers will take back to enrich our school community and identity.
After Mass, the group gathered in a suite of rooms near the Lady Chapel. The teachers explored the Benedictine value of balancing time – between prayer, work, and rest/recreation.
In the afternoon, Abbot Mark brought the faculty into St. Joseph Hall for a special presentation on the life of Saint Benedict as told through the new stained glass windows in the Abbey’s dining hall. The Abbot spoke about the themes that those windows revealed:
2. Stepping back and reflecting
3. Interacting with others with humility
4. Perspective – viewing with the eyes of faith
Afterwards, the Abbot brought the teachers into the monastery where they were able to see the windows. The teachers learned a little about life in the Abbey and were intrigued to learn more.
The teachers were inspired by the presence and words of the Abbot and the welcoming spirit of hospitality of the monastic community. A special thanks to Fr. Jerome Day, O.S.B. for helping to arrange this special day.