SVC Distributing Books Which Reflect 'the Necessary, the Useful and the Beautiful' in Honor of Boniface Wimmer

by Public Relations | Nov 10, 2017

Nov. 10, 2017

Saint Vincent College is archiving books that Br. Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., associate professor of art, found in the building which formerly housed the Archabbey Press from the Boniface Wimmer Lecture Series and is distributing extra copies to the Saint Vincent community with the help of Kim Metzgar, Archabbey director of public relations. So far, they have distributed approximately 400 books to more than 35 members of the campus community and still have hundreds left.

The Archabbey Press printed books, cards, programs and stationery for the use of the campus community, but closed about 15 years ago.

In 1946, an annual lecture series in honor of Archabbot Boniface Wimmer was established. Although the series was discontinued, Archabbey Publications has been reprinting one book of the series per year. Fr. Rene Kollar, O.S.B., dean of the school of humanities and fine arts and professor of history, has written a new introduction to the lectures to place the texts in the proper context and develops footnotes for the lectures, as some phrases, texts or topics might not be familiar to the present-day reader.

Fr. Rene wrote an introduction to the series in which he reflects on a famous quote said by Boniface Wimmer in regard to students and instructors, urging them to “seek first what is necessary, then what is useful, and finally, what is beautiful.”

“As one can see from the list of speakers and their topics, the Wimmer Lectures still offer valuable insights into Archabbot Boniface Wimmer’s approach to a Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts education which stresses the necessary, the useful, and the beautiful as the foundation for a productive and meaningful life,” Fr. Rene wrote in his introduction. “Consequently, over the next several years, the Wimmer Lectures which have already been published by Archabbey Press will appear again in a new format with an introduction, and those unpublished lectures will also be edited and published.”

The Boniface Wimmer Lecture series includes the following titles: Kenneth J. Conant, “Benedictine Contributions to Church and Architecture” (1947); Erwin Panofsky, “Gothic Architecture and Scholasticism” (1948); Gerald B. Phelan, “The Wisdom of Saint Anselm” (1949); Pitirim A. Sorokin, “The Crisis of Our Age Grows” (1950); Jacques Maritain, “Man’s Approach to God,” (1951); William Foxwell Albright, “Towards a Theistic Humanism” (1952); Hugh S. Taylor, “The Catholic Intellectual in the Christian Economy” (1953); Helen C. White, “Prayer and Poetry” (1954); E. A. Lowe, “The Finest Book in the World” (1955); Stephan G. Kuttner, “Harmony from Dissonance: An Interpretation of Medieval Canon Law” (1956); Henri Maurice Peyre, “The Problem of Sincerity in Contemporary French Literature” (1957); John Ching-Hsiung Wu, “Christian Influences in the Common Law” (1958); Christopher Dawson, “The Movement Towards Christian Unity in the Nineteenth Century” (1960); Ignatius T. Eschmann, “Moral Theology Today” (1960); Paul Oskar Kristeller, “Renaissance Philosophy and Mediaeval Tradition” (1961); Gerhart Burian Ladner, “Ad Imaginem Dei: The Image of Man in Mediaeval Art”  (1962); Frederick D. Rossini, “Some Reflections on Science and Thermodynamics” (1963);
Jean Alfred Ladriere, “Possibility and Task of a Philosophy of Nature” (1964); John Tracy Ellis, “A Commitment to the Truth” (1965); Henry Marenau, “Scientific Indeterminism and Human Freedom” (1966); Gunnar Myrdal, “The Problem of Objectivity in Social Research” (1967); Howard Mumford Jones, “History and Relevance” (1969); Paul Weiss, “Theology and Verification” (1969); and Paul Goodman, “Silence, Speaking, and Language” (1970).

Many of these titles are still available. Contact Kim Metzgar at ext. 2601 for more information.

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