Bishop Peter Jugis of Charlotte designated the abbey basilica as a pilgrimage church with a Holy Door for the Jubilee Year of Mercy for the Solemnity of Saint Joseph on March 19. The abbey and college communities made a jubilee year pilgrimage Friday evening, March 18, with Mass, dinner and the solemn opening of the Holy Door at First Vespers of Saint Joseph.
The annual Bishop’s Youth Pilgrimage for the Diocese of Charlotte was hosted by the abbey on Saturday, March 19, the Solemnity of Saint Joseph with about a thousand middle and high school students attending. Abbot Placid presided at the Mass together with priests of the diocese. Bishop Peter Jugis addressed the gather later in the day and presided at the Eucharistic procession and Benediction.
The monastery and college communities began Holy Week with the celebration of Palm Sunday on March 20.
Seven men from our college community joined the monastic community for the annual Easter Triduum Retreat from Wednesday, March 23 through Easter Sunday.
At the Easter Vigil on March 26 one of our students was baptized and confirmed and received the Eucharist, and another made a profession of faith for full communion with the Catholic Church and was likewise confirmed and received the Eucharist.
On Friday, April 1, the monastery and college communities celebrated the dedication of the new renovations to the Abbot Vincent Taylor Library in the college.
Tuesday, April 5, was the celebration of St. Benedict’s Day, transferred from March 21 this year because of Holy Week. Bishop Peter Jugis and priests of the diocese, along with the Sisters of Mercy, joined the monastery and college communities for Mass and a luncheon.
On Wednesday, April 6, Belmont Abbey College welcomed Dana Gioia, internationally renowned poet, for the annual Cuthbert Allen Lecture. Mr. Gioia talk was entitled: “Why Beauty Matters: Not Just in Art but in Faith and Society”. The lecture series is named in memory of Father Cuthbert, a monk of the abbey and leader in the college, who died in 1977.
Dr. William Thierfelder and Abbot Placid dedicated the new lights at the baseball field on Friday evening, April 8.
Brother Gregory presented a paper entitled “Malory’s Enigma: Arthur, Lancelot, and Fate in Le Morte Darthur” at Longwood University’s (Farmville, VA) 10th Annual “Meeting in the Middle” Undergraduate Research Conference in Medieval Studies on April 8.
On April 9, Brother Anselm presented a paper “Reflecting on the New Jerusalem: Perfecting Man’s Political Nature” at the spring conference of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists, which was held at Belmont Abbey College. Brother Ephrem served as moderator for the session during which Brother Anselm presented his talk.
On Monday evening, April 18, Belmont Abbey College hosted a lecture by Brother Colmán Ó Clabaigh, O.S.B., of Glenstal Abbey, Co. Limerick, Ireland. Br. Colmán is a leading scholar of medieval Ireland. His lecture on Monday was on the subject of “Saints, Shrines and Sinners in Late Medieval Ireland”. The event is sponsored by the St. Gregory the Great Program in Christianity and Culture at the college.
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