Fire and Ice - the Saint Vincent Fire DVD

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Fire and Ice - the Saint Vincent Fire DVD

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Now available - the Telly Award-winning documentary about the Saint Vincent Fire of 1963!


Stunning original footage along with archival photos and narrative accounts by those who lived through the day of "fire and ice" allow Fire and Ice to trace the story of the devastating fire of 1963 and the subsequent rebuilding of the Saint Vincent Campus, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the blaze. 


In addition to the documentary, the DVD also includes remarks by Br. Norman Hipps, O.S.B., college president; the entire raw footage of the fire from which the documentary was produced; and clips from the event held at Saint Vincent in January of 2013 honoring Fire Chiefs Ed Hutchinson of Greensburg and Earl Dalton of Latrobe, and the firemen who fought the blaze.

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Now available - the Telly Award-winning documentary about the Saint Vincent Fire of 1963!

When Boniface Wimmer arrived near present-day Latrobe, Pennsylvania in 1846 to establish a Benedictine monastery--the first in North America-- he brought 18 followers with him. Modeling their work after the self-sufficient monasteries in Wimmer's native Bavaria, the monks began farming and herding livestock. They worked the soil to provide grains, fruits and vegetables for themselves and their students. And they expanded by building, with wood, bricks and stone.

Living a life of prayer and work, the Benedictines had been praying, working, evangelizing and teaching every day for 117 yeares. Until a day unlike any other in the history of Saint Vincent. On January 28, 1963, just before the start of the spring semester, fire broke out in a biology laboratory, a fire that devastated the campus. Five buildings were devastated by the flames and two others severely damaged, taking out the heart of campus, which included a preparatory school, a college and a seminary. The monks were devastated by what seemed to be an apocalyptic destruction of their monastery and schools. But even as the flames burned, the monks' daily routine of prayer continued, and they resiliently began planning for the rebirth of a campus.

Using original footage, archival photos and narrative accounts by those who lived through the day of "fire and ice," Fire and Ice traces the story of the fire and the subsequent rebuilding of the Saint Vincent Campus, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the blaze. 

In May 2013, Fire and Ice was awarded a Bronze Telly Award in the history and biography category of the 34th annual Telly Awards, a national competition that honors excellence in film and video productions.

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