The American Monastic Newsletter

Volume 30, Nr. 3, October 2000             Richardton, ND 58652

The Grey Yellow Pages

Dorothy Neuhofer, OSB, has published her doctoral dissertation under the title In the Benedictine Tradition: The Origins and Early Development of Two College Libraries. This work is essentially a case study of the early history of the libraries at Saint John's University and the College of Saint Benedict. It is available from University Press of America, ISBN 0-7618-1463-9, l999, $48.00. Sister Dorothy has also published "Cataloging and Classification in Catholic College Libraries of the 19th and Early 20th Centuries: A Case Study" in Catholic Library World 69:4 (1999).

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The Monastic Institute at Sant'Anselmo has issued a first call for papers for its fiftieth anniversary symposium, May 27-June 1, 2002, "Classic Texts and Themes of the Christian Monastic Tradition: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow." Founded in 1952 for the purpose of studying sources of monastic spirituality, the Monastic Institute of the Faculty of Theology will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of its foundation in 2002. Among its faculty have been such noted scholars as K. Hallinger, B. Steidle, J. Leclercq, B. Studer, J. Gribomont, and A. de Vogüé. In addition to numerous studies, editions of texts and translations by its faculty, the Institute has also granted doctorates to more than twenty candidates and the degree of licentiate to numerous students.

The completion of fifty years' work offers the occasion to take stock of what has been achieved until now in the study of the Christian monastic tradition and to indicate future directions for research. Possible areas for contributions include sources, classic texts, fundamental themes of monastic spirituality (e.g., purity of heart, hesychasm), and the history of Eastern and Western monasticism. Other possibilities include the status questionis in different areas, or the most important discoveries and controversies of the last fifty years.

Papers offered may be of two types: communications (15 minutes) and lectures (40 minutes). Those interested in presenting a paper at the symposium should send the title and a brief description (100 words) no later than October 1, 2001. Papers may be presented in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. For major presentations it may be possible to offer simultaneous translation.

Information should be sent to:


or to:

Prof. M. Bielawski, OSB
Pontificio Anteneo S. Anselmo
Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta, 5
I-00153 Roma, ITALY
Fax: (39) 06574.8312

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The 2001 wall calendar from Benetvision is entitled "O Light Most Lovely." It is 11" x 17" and illusrated with photography by the Benedictine Sisters of Erie and quotations from Sister Joan Chittister's recent book Illuminated Life. The book itself, containing stories from the desert mystics and commentaries by Sister Joan, is also available, as are meditation cards with the quotes. Information on all these may be obtained from

355 East Ninth St.
Erie, PA 16503

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The Abbey of St. Walburga also has a calendar with black and white photos of the monastic life there. These may be purchased for $9.95 from

Abbey of St. Walburga
1029 Benedictine Way
Virginia Dale, CO 80536-7633

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Keep in mind also the products represented by Monastery Greetings ( Their catalogue offers, in a single convenient location, products made by members of many religious communities.

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Celebrating the fifth anniversary of the web site, the "Benedictine Information Technology" section of the American Benedictine Academy, in conjunction with the ABA convention, hosted a pre-convention workshop entitled "ABA Web Designers' Guild: From Scriptorium to the Wild and Wooly Web." The workshop was intended for those with some experience in web site design to familiarize them with techniques and tools helpful for improving web site accessibility.

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