Abbot Giles’ Book Signing Postponed

Apr 12, 2012 | All, Giles Hayes
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[Webmaster's Note: According to library, this presentation has been postponed.]

Explore the history of these two schools, both built by St. Mary’s Abbey. Rt. Rev. Giles Hayes, the current Abbot at St. Mary’s, and Dr. Tom McCabe, a former teacher at St. Benedict’s, share their research and intimate knowledge of the two institutions. Both presenters are also authors and will have copies of their books on sale for $20 (cash or check only please). Refreshments will be served. This program is co- sponsored by the New Jersey Catholic Historical Commission. Please join us.

Throughout their history, the Benedictine monks have made education a major part of their mission and no two places better demonstrate that mission than their two sister schools in Morristown and Newark. Interestingly enough, the Abbeys that support those schools share a very connected history. St. Mary’s Abbey originated in Newark and built St. Benedict’s there in 1868, and later built Delbarton in Morristown in the 1920s. Despite urban unrest in Newark in the 1960s and a temporary closing of the school in 1972, St. Benedict’s has seen a renaissance in recent years under the aegis of the Newark Abbey. Delbarton has also seen growing prestige and a growing student population in just over six decades since its first graduating class in 1948. Join two authors with great knowledge of both schools for an evening examining this unique history. Rt. Rev. Giles Hayes, the current Abbot at St. Mary’s and Dr. Tom McCabe, a former teacher at St. Benedict’s share their research and intimate knowledge of the two institutions. The program is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Catholic Historical Commission.

The authors will have copies of their books on sale for $20 (cash or check only please). Refreshments will be served. Please join us.

The Rt. Rev. Giles P. Hayes, O.S.B. is the present Abbot of St. Mary’s Abbey and the President of Delbarton School, both of Morristown. Abbot Giles joined the Benedictine order and was ordained in 1965, earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy at St. John’s University in Minnesota and has pursued graduate work at four universities: Princeton

Theological Seminary (Sacred Scripture), Catholic University of America (History), Seton Hall University (Psychology) and Rutgers University (Education). In 1987, Georgetown University awarded him a Doctorate in Humane Letters, honoris causa. In addition to his duties at Delbarton, Abbot Giles was a Trustee of the Morris County Urban League, and currently serves as a trustee of the Princeton Academy and President of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men.

Tom McCabe is a writer and Visiting Professor in the History Department at Rutgers University-Newark. He teaches seminars on race and ethnicity in the United States, American cities and suburbs, and the history of soccer. McCabe received his PhD in American History from Rutgers University in 2006. He also worked as an administrator and teacher at St. Benedict’s for over 15 years. He lives in South Orange with his wife and two children.

The New Jersey Catholic Historical Commission (NJCHC) [founded in 1976, and formerly known as the New Jersey Catholic Historical Records Commission] is a specially appointed board sponsored by the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey and Seton Hall University with its administrative offices within the Archives & Special Collections Center. The objective of this Commission is to collect, preserve and publish works related to the New Jersey Catholic history experience. Each year the NJCHC sponsors educational seminars on topical issues that highlight important aspects of Catholic history and works to support various projects in line with its ongoing mission of scholarship and public awareness.

Delbarton and St. Benedict’s: A Linked History
Thursday April 26, 2012
7:00 PM

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