Thursday, November 13, 2014

Annual Appeal underway at St. Bernard

The 35th Annual Appeal sponsored by St. Bernard Abbey and School officially opened with the new fiscal year which began in July 2014.    During the month of November, St. Bernard alumni, friends and benefactors receive an official letter from the Office of Development asking for their support of this year’s appeal.

Abbot Victor Clark
This year’s appeal is dedicated to Abbot Victor Clark (ret) who is celebrating his 65th anniversary as a monk and his 60th anniversary as a priest this year.  “Our abbey is also celebrating its 123rd anniversary since its founding this year,” said Fr. Marcus Voss, Director of Development.  “Since Abbot Victor has been a member of this community for over half its existence, to dedicate this year’s appeal in his honor just seemed the right thing to do.”

Abbot Victor’s journey began in 1949 when he took his first vows before Abbot Boniface Seng.  During his years as a monk he has been a teacher, dorm director, dean, department head, business manager, pastor and Abbot.  He continues to serve daily and is the senior monk of the thirty-five monks who form the membership of St. Bernard Abbey today. 

“The Annual Appeal is an invitation to join Abbot Victor and so many others and play a vital role in the overall wellbeing of St. Bernard Abbey and School,” Fr. Marcus continued.  “Part of the firm foundation of our financial house, depends upon those who support us.”

“I am grateful to everyone who supports us and especially this annual appeal,”  said Fr. Marcus.  “Their tax-deductible donation is another manifestation of God’s blessing on the dedication and work of monks like Abbot Victor.”

The 35th Annual Appeal assists St. Bernard in meeting the fiscal obligations that are necessary as part of the day-to-day operations of the school and the community.  To support the work at St. Bernard, donations may be made by mail or online at by clicking the donate button. 

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