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.
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.