Monday, November 16, 2009
St. Vincent abbey will celebrate the 200Th birthday of its founder, Boniface Wimmer, on Thursday. Wimmer came to America in 1846. He founded St. Vincent as the first Benedictine monastery in the United States that year and eventually was able to establish seven abbeys, 150 parishes and 75 Benedictine schools. Attending the Thursday celebration for Wimmer are Prince Ludwig of Bavaria, descendant of the king who funded Wimmers trip to America, Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia and Abbot Primate Notker Wolf of Germany. Thursdays celebration will include a concert and a mass to celebrate Wimmers birthday.