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Saint Anselm College

Saint Anselm College is a nationally ranked, Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts college in Goffstown, New Hampshire.


100 Saint Anselm Drive


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The first bishop of Manchester, Denis Mary Bradley, invited the Benedictine monks of St. Mary's Abbey in Newark, New Jersey, to form a college and preparatory school in his diocese. The monks that came to Manchester from Saint Mary's were primarily of German descent. This is due to the fact that Manchester was heavily populated with French Canadian and Irish immigrant mill workers, and Bradley was unable to find a suitable religious community that would not stir up ethnic tensions. The German monks accepted, and founded the third Catholic college in New England. A six-year curriculum in philosophy and theology was developed. In 1892, as Alumni Hall neared completion, a fire destroyed the college on a cold winter night in February. The fire was most likely caused from an ember from the heating stove's gate as it was not closed properly. Thankfully, no one was seriously hurt because of the fire. The monks were forced to rebuild the college, spending considerably less money on the construction, as they had received only $55,000 from the Insurance Commissioner of the State of New Hampshire.To save money, many bricks were salvaged from the previous structure and pieces of granite were cut from large granite rocks still visible on the current quad. In 1893, the current building that remains the center of campus was completed; the fire delayed the first academic semester by one year. The monks rebuilt the college, and on October 11, 1893 the college was officially rededicated. To avoid the possibility of another fire, a power house, which today serves as the college print shop, was constructed separately from the building. Two years later, in 1895, the New Hampshire legislature granted Saint Anselm College the right to bestow standard academic degrees upon its graduates. In 1912, the bell tower and ivy were added to the building; in 1923, the college's second chapel (the first being located on the second floor at the present-day business office) was constructed as a connecting wing. The second chapel serves today as the Alva deMars Megan Chapel Arts Center. The Abbey Shield was designed by Pierre de Chaignon la Rose of Harvard University. It incorporates the personal coat of Saint Anselm of Canterbury and the first seal of the state of New Hampshire. In 1927, by a monastic vote, the shield design was incorporated as the official shield of Saint Anselm Abbey and the college. The drops in each quadrant represent the three drops of blood on Anselm's coat of arms, and the sheaf of five arrows is taken from the first shield of the State of New Hampshire, representing the five original counties of the state. Hence, the Abbey Shield has been interpreted as Saint Anselm of New Hampshire. One goal of the early college was to be a self-sufficient institution. The college had a farm that was over 100 acres (0.40 km2) in size, complete with chickens, pigs and cows. The farm also included a full vegetable garden which extended from the lawn of Alumni Hall to the current parking lot located between Joan of Arc Hall and Davison Hall. Due to the hard work of the monks and several lay members from the local community, the college was agriculturally independent of the local community. Fr. Bonaventure Ostendarp, O. S. B. founded the Studio of Christian Art in 1893 in order to sell paintings to local Catholic churches throughout the region. The current Raphael House of the Courts dorms was the original art studio for the monks, built in 1895. The Benedictines who established Saint Anselm founded a preparatory school, as well. The preparatory school was a prestigious boarding school for elite men from around New England. In 1935, the monks decided to close the preparatory school to save money for the college's expansion. A notable alum of Saint Anselm Preparatory was Connecticut Senator Thomas J. Dodd. In 1942, Saint Anselm became one of the institutions selected by the War Department for training of Army Aviation cadets. Thousands of young men were sent to the college to receive training and education before entering World War II.] Cadets trained on large open fields which were located directly behind the present-day Coffee Shop. The U.S. government paid the college for training the cadets, and after the war, the college acquired two prefabricated government buildings which have been transformed into the modern-day coffee shop and bookstore. During World War II, several members of the monastic community served as Army chaplains; their names are inscribed on a monument in front of Alumni Hall dedicated to all graduates who have served in the armed forces.Also inscribed on the monument is the Latin and English versions of the Benedictine community's song. For more information see Saint Anselm Abbey Community Song. Saint Anselm came out of the tumultuous decade of the 1960s with no major disturbances or riots on campus despite various bomb threats called into campus, often from parties outside the college. Fr. Placidus Riley, O.S.B. successfully lead the college through these challenging times. Despite the backlash against the U.S. military on college campuses nationwide, the presence of a National Guard armory did not result in any major problems. However, in May 1970, final exams for that year were made optional as students showed support for the students of Kent State after the massacre of several unarmed college students protesting the Vietnam War. Students, faculty and members of the monastic community held prayer services and rallies throughout campus after the shootings. The Institute of Saint Anselm Studies was founded in 2000, and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics was founded in 2001. In 2009, the college lost a notable trustee, Dominic DiMaggio, an All-Star center fielder for Boston Red Sox who served on the college's Board of Trustees from 1978 to 2009.

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Saint Anselm is a Catholic, Benedictine College providing all its students a distinctive liberal arts education that incorporates opportunities for professional and career preparation. It does so in a learning community that encourages the lifelong pursuit of the truth and fosters intellectual, moral and spiritual growth to sustain and enrich its graduates' personal lives, work, and engagement within local, national, and global communities.



L. A. "Skip" Bafalis � 1952 � Member of the United States House of Representatives from Florida's 10th congressional district, 1973 to 1983 Harvey C. "Barney" Barnum � 1962 � Medal of Honor recipient (Vietnam) William J. Baroody, Sr. � 1936 � President of American Enterprise Institute, and appointed Chairman of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars by President Richard Nixon Richard Bready � 1965 � Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nortek Inc. Leon Brodeur � 1951 � President of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company Michael Buckley � 1997 � YouTube celebrity host of the "WhattheBuck!?" show Jason Case - 2003 - Co-winner of The Amazing Race television series in 2013. Vincent Colapietro, Ph.D. � 1973 � Philosophy professor at Pennsylvania State University, author of many published articles and several published books Thomas J. Dodd � 1926 � U.S. senator from Connecticut; influential force at the Nuremberg Trials Bishop Joseph John Gerry � 1950 � former Bishop of Portland, Maine, and former Abbot of Saint Anselm Abbey Robert W. Heagney � 1975 � Connecticut state representative (Simsbury) Daniel T.K. Hurley � 1964 � lawyer and judge, serving on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida Tim Karalexis � 2001 � professional soccer player in the USL First Division G�rald Lacroix - Roman Catholic cardinal, Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada Martin F. Loughlin � 1947 � lawyer and judge, served on the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire Dr. Marc LaForce � 1960 � Director of the Meningitis Vaccine Project of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation William C. Martel � Associate Professor of International Security Studies at The Fletcher School, Tufts University Hubie McDonough � 1986 � NHL player for the Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks and the New York Islanders Ray "Scooter" McLean � 1940 - NFL player for the Chicago Bears and coach of the Green Bay Packers John McNamara - 2011 - professional basketball player for the Maine Red Claws Henry J. Meade � 1951 � Chief of Chaplains of the U.S. Air Force Richard Meelia � 1971 � Chairman & CEO of Covidien, formerly known as Tyco Healthcare Ralph Mollis � 1978 � current Secretary of State of Rhode Island R�mulo O'Farril, Jr. � 1937 � multi-millionaire Mexican businessman; founder of Televisa in Mexico City Dr. Maurice Provost - 1935 - Director of the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, a noted specialist in the study of mosquitoes and insect control. Archbishop Joseph Rummel � 1896 � Archbishop of New Orleans and civil rights activist who desegregated New Orleans Catholic Schools in 1962 Michael Sheehan � 1982 � Chief Executive Officer of American ad agency Hill Holliday Mark J. Sullivan � 1977 � former director of United States Secret Service Rob Surette � 1993 � public motivational speaker and speed painter Matthew Szulik � 1978 � former chief executive officer and president of the S&P 500 Red Hat software company; 2010 Chairman of the Science and Technology Board for State of North Carolina's Economic Development Board



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