Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Architecture of Mount Angel Abbey Library

a photo essay by Huong Dinh

Looking outside of the library, it has a simple architecture.  However, it is very different when we enter inside.  It has an exquisite architecture.

The back of the library and its design allows the sun to light up the building.

The front of the library

The circulation desk is the first place we encounter when we enter the library.

The wood of the ceiling is rounded in the same way as the desk.

The floors are terraced like steps, one after another.

The bookstand holds the dictionary.

The library has both rounded edges and sharp angles.

The reading table curves with the bookcases around the shape of the floor.

The design of the library lets us see how each floor mirrors the other.

There is a pattern of shapes in the floors, the tables, and even the ceiling of the library.

One aspect of the ceiling, seen standing to the left of the circulation desk.

The same aspect shown again, this time from the right side.

The light from the windows makes the gentle curves of the ceiling glow.

Looking from the bottom floor, you can see the patterns of the library in a different light.

The library has study carrels where the students can work hard.

Looking through the stacks, we can see a chair, table, and out through a window.

The library also has special furniture to help provide quiet places for reading.

The furniture even repeats the curves and materials used in the library.

There are many different designs of furniture throughout the library.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Anselm Chapel: A Quiet Place at MAS

a photo essay by Greg Snyder

The entrance to Anselm Chapel is located on the basement floor on the basement floor on the east side of the building. Its welcoming cross window to the left of the door is one's first experience.

Upon entering Anselm Chapel, your eyes sweep across the room to take in the warmth of the layout, with its mix of traditional charm and modern simplicity.

From the right side of the chapel, chairs are laid out beneath the creatively covered south facing windows.

As you move your eyes back to the center of the chapel, the intimacy of the simple space offers a sense of peace and rest that is needed for prayer.

The altar, while simple, does not fade into the overall design of the chapel but commands the appropriate presence in the center of the room, guiding one's eyes to the crucifix and the tabernacle.

Eyes panning to the left of the makeshift redos to the right, one sees the beautiful stained glass windows.  On the left is Jesus and his Sacred Heart, which was created in 1903 and refurbished and donated in 2008 by Joseph and Gloria Denault.  On the right is an angel, created in 1903 and refurbished and donated in honor of David Schill, Sr.

In the place of honor, the tabernacle of a more modern design rests behind the altar and below the crucifix.  The tabernacle was donated by Raymond and Beatrice Waibel in 1987.

The bronze crucifix welcomes all to contemplate the Passion.

From the right, the sanctuary lamp signifies the presence of God in the tabernacle.

To the right of the altar, the stained glass windows of an angel and the Blessed Virgin Mary with her Immaculate Heart.  The angel with a censor was created in 1903 and refurbished and donated in honor of Valentine and Darleen Schill.  To the left of the angel is the Virgin Mary with her Immaculate Heart, which was created in 1903 and refurbished and donated in honor of Harold Schill, Sr. 

Near the entrance of the chapel is a statue of Saint Joseph holding a lily.  The flower represent's Joseph's virtue, holiness, innocence, and obedience to God.

The south facing exterior windows let in a great deal of light.  The window covering with the transparent panel design with a reed design allows for warm but tempered light diffusion.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Bringing Back Classics

a photo essay by Garrett McGowan

Father Theodore Lange of the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon is the state chaplain for the Knights of Columbus and a member of the formation faculty of Mount Angel Seminary. With the help of professional automobile restorers and seminarians from Mount Angel Seminary, Father Lange is restoring classic automobiles for the Knights of Columbus to raffle off to raise money for charities in need.

1954 Chrysler Imperial

Side View
The color is mixed between two shades of gray.  The paint will have to be sanded down and new paint will have to be applied.  The new paint will protect the metal and give the car a new look.

Front of the Car
The front of the car is equally important as the side because it is the first part of the car people see when a car drives up.  The front has as much potential to catch people's attention as the side.

On every vehicle is an emblem.  They must be detailed to show people what model the vehicle is, and it should stand out on any part of the vehicle.  Many people will look to see where it is located.

Tire and Wheels
 Far too often tires and wheels can be overlooked.  Many people place an emphasis on them, but too many people allow them to collect rust and corrode.  The wheels and tires must be cared for to give the car a great finishing look.  It may be a small detail, but in the long run it will make a big impact on the car's image.

These are another piece that grabs people's attention.  If the mirrors are cared for and match the car, they will complement the car.  If they do not match or if they have cracks or any other imperfection, the car loses its beautiful image.  This is another small detail that goes a long way.

The Grill
This is the part of the car located below the hood and above the bumper.  It is important to keep this part looking beautiful because it helps to give the front a finishing touch along with the headlights.

The windows on this car will have to be replaced.  The right windows for the doors must be purchased and they must properly fit.

Windshield Wipers
Most people do not pay much attention to the windshield.  Windshield wipers must be properly fitted to the car.   Finding vintage wipers is going to be important in helping to restore the look.

The Trunk
The trunk complements the rest of the car.  It must look beautiful like the rest of the car for when people look at it as it drives away.

Older cards had slides over the keyholes.  Most cars no longer have these, and it is rare to find.  Because it is so rare to find these they will stand out when someone looks at the doors of the car.

This will be a hard project, but it is as equally important as the exterior.  Everything must be perfect just as the outside is.  This is important because it complements the outside of the car.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

MAS Holds Theological Symposium on Liturgy

Photo and story by Phillip J. Shifflet

St. Benedict, Ore. — On Monday, November 24 and Tuesday, November 25, Mount Angel Seminary held its annual theological symposium. This year, Monsignor Kevin W. Irwin was the keynote speaker.

Msgr. Irwin is one of the foremost liturgists in the United States. Born in 1946, he was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of New York in 1971. He now teaches at the Catholic University of America, where he previously served as the Dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies and now holds the Walter J. Schmitz Chair of Liturgical Studies. He is a prolific writer and speaker. His books include Context and Text; Liturgy, Prayer, and Spirituality; and Liturgical Theology: A Primer.

Msgr. Irwin’s symposium was entitled “The Benedictine Charism and Liturgical Formation in Seminaries,” and it spanned across three conferences: a morning and an afternoon conference on the 24th and a final morning conference on the 25th. In his conferences, he spoke on liturgy as a privileged act, liturgy as a communal experience, and liturgy as a unique act that makes present the Paschal Mystery.

From left to right: Rev. Msgr. Joseph Betschart, President-Rector of MAS; Rev. Jeremy Driscoll, OSB, professor of theology at MAS; Rev. Msgr. Kevin Irwin; and Rev. Dr. Owen Cummings, Academic Dean of MAS. 

In his Letter to Seminarians, Pope Benedict XVI wrote on the importance of studying the liturgy: "The proper celebration of the Eucharist involves knowing, understanding and loving the Church’s liturgy in its concrete form. In the liturgy we pray with the faithful of every age – the past, the present and the future are joined in one great chorus of prayer." This year’s theological symposium was certainly a part of the knowing, understanding, and loving the liturgy that Pope Benedict XVI called for.

After the community Mass in the Abbey Church on Monday, November 24, the faculty, staff, students, and guests of MAS gathered in the Damian Center for the beginning of the theological symposium. Each conference was followed by an extended period for questions. Symposiums are a standard part of the formation program at MAS, and typically they focus on theological or human formation-related issues. Earlier this year, to celebrate the inauguration of its Master of Arts in Philosophy program, MAS held a special philosophical symposium.

Mount Angel Seminary, established by pioneer monks, began forming men for the priesthood in 1889.  MAS is the oldest and largest seminary in the Western United States, and the only seminary in the West that offers both a college and a graduate school of theology.

This year, MAS celebrates its 125th anniversary. Since its inception, it has formed thousands of priests with sound philosophical and theological studies for service to the people of God in nearly 100 dioceses and religious communities across the country and around the world.