“Come to their aid, O Saints of God; hasten to meet them angels of the Lord; taking up their souls, presenting them in the sight of the Most High. May they be received by Christ who has called them, and may the angels bring them into the bosom of Abraham”

-- Song of Farewell, Order of Christian Funerals

November 2019

Dear Alumni and Friends of Saint Anselm College and Saint Anselm Abbey,

On June 5th of this year, our community received word that our beloved confrere Father William Sullivan, O.S.B. returned to the Lord after having struggled with health complications from a stroke suffered a number of years earlier. Father William had been a much-beloved professor in the History department and served in many leadership roles in the college and monastery. He served the college as Dean of Students, Dean of Freshmen and assistant Dean of Academics. For a number of years, he was a member of the college's governing board, and later, a member of its board of trustees. In 1985, Fr. William was assigned to our monastery in Portola California where he was prior of the community and President of the Woodside Priory School, serving there for more than a decade. Father William’s humor, infectious laugh and strong leadership abilities will be greatly missed by all of us on both coasts. Though he is now with his Lord, his presence will continue to be with our communities.

Every year during our community retreat we gather in the monastic cemetery to pray for our departed confreres. Next year when we gather, Fr. William’s headstone will be there alongside those of our deceased monastic confreres. Above the name of the deceased monk is inscribed on the headstone the phrase, “Here Will Rise.” A simple yet profound statement which expresses our belief that with Christ’s second coming the dead will rise and return to the Father in glory. One day all will join the Lord in everlasting life.

As is our custom, we are sending you, alumni and friends of Saint Anselm, the names of the deceased members of our monastic family for your prayerful remembrance during the month of November. We invite you to send us a list of those deceased for whom you wish us to pray. Throughout the month of November their names will be kept in the Abbey Church’s Blessed Sacrament Chapel, where all will be invited to pray for them.

Sincerely in the Lord,
Abbot Mark's Signature

Abbot Mark and the Monks of Saint Anselm Abbey

Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them, with your saints forever, for you are merciful

-- From the Roman Missal

Names for Remembrance can be submitted by emailing abbey@anselm.edu