Always Forward continues the account of the first Benedictine monastery in the United States, Saint Vincent Archabbey, taking up the story from Mission to America: A History of Saint Vincent Archabbey, The First Benedictine Monastery in the United States. Dr. Jerome Oetgen follows up the conclusion of Mission to America, which ended with the disastrous fire of January 28, 1963, adding in new material from the abbacy of Denis Strittmatter (1949-1963), and tracing the story of the Saint Vincent monastery, parish, seminary, college, prep school, and scholasticate in Latrobe through archabbots Rembert Weakland (1963-1967), Egbert Donovan (1967-1979), Leopold Krul (1979-1983), Paul Maher (1983-1990) and Douglas Nowicki (1991-2020).
Always Forward is not just the story of Benedictine monks in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. From the days of Saint Vincent founder Archabbot Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B., whose work brought Benedictine monasticism to America, his successors developed and continued missionary work in North America, such as Benedictine Military School in Savannah, Georgia; in South America, where Benedictines serve at São Bento Monastery in Vinhedo, Brazil; and in Asia, where they serve at Wimmer Priory in Taipei, Taiwan.
Softcover. 530 pages.
About the author:
Dr. Jerome Oetgen, a Saint Vincent alumnus, has taught at universities in the United States, Canada, and the Peoples Republic of China, Lithuania, and Ecuador.
He has published numerous articles on the history of the American Benedictines.
He has served as a U.S. diplomat in Latin America and as director of the Latin American Fulbright Program at the United States Information Agency in Washington, D.C.
His books about Saint Vincent include An American Abbot: Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B., 1809-1887; Mission to America: A History of Saint Vincent Archabbey, the First Benedictine Monastery in the United States; Always Forward: Saint Vincent Archabbey 1949-2020; Boniface Wimmer: Letters of An American Abbot; and The Saint Vincent Fire: January 28, 1963. He also helped produce the 2013 Telly Award-winning documentary about the Saint Vincent fire of 1963, Fire and Ice.