* A fascinating look behind the walls of one of the most influential Benedictine monasteries and colleges in the world. Penned by a monk and former professor at Sant' Anselmo, this engaging narrative surveys important events in the university's history; illuminates the guiding spirit among teachers and students; offers a glimpse of college life; and more. 296 pages, softcover from Liturgical Press.
SantAnselmo in Rome was founded in 1888 by Pope Leo XIII for the training of Benedictines from all over the world in philosophy and theology. To this day, SantAnselmo is characterized by the interplay between the Benedictine College and the university entrusted to it, the Pontificio Ateneo di SantAnselmo, which for decades has also welcomed non-Benedictine students.
For well over a century SantAnselmo has had a strong influence on Benedictine monasteries in every continent while providing a lasting service to the Universal Church through the pursuit of academic liturgical and theological studies. What were the burning issues and events in the history of SantAnselmo? What was the guiding spirit among professors and students in the different periods of SantAnselmos existence? How did one live in the College? These are just a few of the questions addressed by Abbot Pius Engelberts history of the College and University.
Includes four-color images
Pius Engelbert is a Benedictine monk and former abbot of the Abbey of St. Joseph at Gerleve in Westphalia, Germany. For many years he was professor of ecclesiastical history at SantAnselmo, where he was also responsible for the reorganization of the institutes archives.
"And Sant'Anselmo has in fact become the central place of Benedictine studies and is today a place for dialogue with the modern world. Over the past one hundred years, about two-thirds of all abbots studied there. Sant'Anselmo has become a unifying element for the Benedictine Order as a whole and all the more important today when Benedictines are present all over the world."
Abbot Primate Notker Wolf, OSB
"Pius Engelbert has written a very fine book. It is a joy to behold the attractive layout and the excellent photos. This is a book that needed to be written."
Terrence Kardong, OSB, Tjurunga
"Liturgical Press merits a note of gratitude for providing a translation of the German original and packaging it in a durable, elegant edition. Engelbert has certainly given us the historical groundwork for an institution that until this book has lacked a scholarly and synthetic treatment."
Joel Rippinger, OSB, American Benedictine Review
"From cover thru interior, the combination of black-and-white with color photography should make a good presentation on any coffee table."
Catholic Press Association award, 2nd place