Mission to America tells the story of the first Benedictine monastery in the United States. It provides an account of the development of monastic life in America.
Using American and European archival sources, as well as documents and letters in Saint Vincent records, Oetgen covers the entire 150-year history of the monastery, its missions and schools, in chronological order.
Dr. Jerome Oetgen, author of An American Abbot, the highly acclaimed biography of Saint Vincent founder Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B., now traces in this sequel the history of the monastery, parish, seminary, college, prep school and scholasticate, from the founding of the Sportsman’s Hall parish in 1790 to the beginning of rebuilding efforts after the devastating fire of January 28, 1963.
The book fills a significant gap in American Benedictine history and offers an outstanding contribution to the history of the American Catholic Church.
Hardcover. 607 pages.