Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Plenary Assembly 2014

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Abbot Peter Novecosky is attending the annual plenary meeting of the Canadian bishops at Beaupré, Quebec, Sept. 15 – 19. It is along the St. Lawrence River, near the famous shrine of St. Anne de Beaupré.


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Prior to the annual CCCB meeting of bishops, Abbot Peter joined them for the celebration in Quebec City of the 350 anniversary of the founding of Notre-Dame de Québec, the first Catholic parish founded north of the Spanish colonies.


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In Memoriam – Leonard Novecosky (1933-2014)

          Leonard Novecosky was an Oblate of St. Peter’s Abbey and related to several of the monks of the community, he was Abbot Peter’s elder brother.  May he rest in peace.


March 27, 1933 – September 9, 2014
It is with saddened hearts that the family of Leonard Novecosky of Humboldt, SK, announces his passing on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon, SK, at the age of 81 years. Leonard will be lovingly remembered by his wife of five years, Jane Novecosky; his six children and their families: Jerome (Loretta) Novecosky of Burr, Kurtis (Kendra), Raelynn (Glen) Qualie, and Dustin (Jenna); Theresa (Lorne) Niekamp of Humboldt, Mathew (Michelle) and children Leina and Easton, Kyle (Tara) and son Seamus, and Jessica; Francis (Donna) Novecosky of Humboldt, Adam (Sarah) and son Kayden, and Josh (Jennifer) and son Jake; Lawrence (Gail) Novecosky of Regina, Kristopher, Daniel and Jonathan; Philip (Michele) Novecosky of Courtenay, BC, Jessica and Ryan; and Dona Novecosky of Whitehorse, YT; Jane’s children: Cindy (Myles) Stumborg, Kelly (Alvin) Tarnowski, Kurtis (Arlene) Hall, Greg Hall, and Colin Hall; four sisters and two brothers: Edith (Peter) Knaus, Emma Zubot, Freda (Ardel) Paproski, Agnes (Walter) Trotic, Arnold (Pat) Novecosky, and Abbot Peter Novecosky, OSB; and by brother-in-law, Vince Knaus. He was predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Sadie (nee Kaminski) Novecosky (March 1, 2006); parents, Martin and Elizabeth (nee Suchan) Novecosky; sister, Irene Knaus; and by brother-in-law, Emmett Zubot. The Prayer Service for Leonard will be held on Thursday, September 11, 2014, at 8:00 p.m., led by Nestor Trach, and the Funeral Mass will be offered on Friday, September 12, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., concelebrated by Abbot Peter Novecosky, OSB, and Fr. Rudolph Novecosky, OSB. Both services will be held at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church, Humboldt, SK. Interment will take place at St. Scholastica Roman Catholic Cemetery, Burr, SK. Memorial donations may be directed to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), 1705 McKercher Drive, Saskatoon, SK, S7H 5N6. Schuler-Lefebvre Funeral Chapel, Humboldt, SK. (306-682-4114)



Campus Ministry Event

On Friday September 5, Men in Black Campus Ministry is inviting all students of St. Peter’s College to join them in celebrating an hour of Eucharistic Adoration from 8:15pm – 9:15pm in the Abbey Church after the Office of Vigils.

The Men in Black Chaplain, Fr. Paul Paproski will be presiding at Benediction.

All are welcome!!



Priest and Parish Celebrate Milestones

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Bruno, SK. — On August 21, 2014, more than 250 parishioners and visitors celebrated the 110th anniversary of the St. Bruno Parish, Bruno, Sask. and the 90th birthday of Fr. Joseph Ackerman, OSB, pastor (left). The celebration included a festive mass and pot luck supper. Beside Fr. Joseph is Abbot Peter Novecosky representing all the Benedictine pastors who have served the parish for the past 110 years.


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Fr. Joe speaks with some parishioners at the potluck supper at the parish celebration.

Rock the Mount 2014

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Carmel, SK–  Several monks took part in the youth rally of Rock the Mount at Mount Carmel on Saturday, Aug. 16. More than 400 young people attended. The 5:00 mass was celebrated by Bishop Donald Bolen of Saskatoon, an oblate of St. Peter’s Abbey.


Cosmas Epifano, O.S.B. ordained to the Diaconate of Christ

Whitney Pier, Sydney, N.S. — On July 30, in the year of our Lord 2014, on the feastday of St. Peter Chrysologus, Rev. Br. Cosmas Joseph Epifano, O.S.B. was ordained to the Diaconate of Christ by the laying on of hands by His Excellency, Most Reverend Brian Dunn, Bishop of Antigonish. The Rite of Ordination was celebrated at Holy Redeemer Church.   Deacon Cosmas will be serving St. Augustine Catholic Church in Humboldt, SK, until he returns to Rome for his final year of study before being ordained to the Priesthood.  May God bless his vocation.  Axios!

Br. Cosmas' Solemn Profession

Deacon Cosmas Epifano, O.S.B. after professing his Solemn Vows, July 11, 2014, on the Feast of St. Benedict.

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Juniors attend Summer School in Latrobe, PA, USA.

The Benedictine Junior Summer School of the year of our Lord 2014 took place at the historic St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.  St. Vincent is the first Benedictine Abbey established in North America and the “grandmother house” of our own St. Peter’s Abbey.   Brs. Stephen Predy and Dominic Leo attended the summer school this year from July 14-28, and came away with many great experiences and new Benedictine confreres from across the USA.   The topic this year was: Building a Dynamic and Joyful Community Spirit, Unity in the midst of our diversity and diversity in the midst of our unity.

Br. Lorenzo Conocido, O.S.B., junior monk of Mount Angel Abbey in Oregon, USA, made this slide show of the trip: 2014 Benedictine Junior Summer School

Br. Lorenzo’s photo gallery on Flickr:  Photo Gallery