Mission to America: A History of Saint Vincent Archabbey, The First Benedictine Monastery in the United States

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. Using American and European archival sources, as well as documents and letters in Saint Vincent records, Dr. Oetgen covers 117 years of the monastery’s history, its mission and schools.

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