Sunday, 24 July 2016

Circular No 768

Newsletter for alumni of The Abbey School, Mt. St. Benedict, Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.
Caracas, 24 of July 2016 No. 768
Dear Friends,
The email from Kazim is the follow up to Circulars No. 762, 764 and 766 a discussion under the name The Mount as I see it.
This is the last of the series
Abasali <>
Apr 13 at 7:17 AM
Thank you, Jon, for sharing with us what you experienced first-hand in your time at the Abbey, MSB.
And thank you for sharing how you felt as the Boys do and somehow wish for some semblance of return
However, as you pointed out, those days are long gone and the Boys’ longing that is in their hearts should cherish the past memories.
Times are different now, as are circumstances.
And the Abbot, through no fault of his, did not share our past experiences of life at the Mount in our time.
So, be honest with him, we should understand from his point of view having no connection with our past.
And more importantly do not blame him.
Jon, I personally thank and appreciate you for sharing these thoughts about your time at the Mount.
It gives us a greater perspective.
I value your wisdom in thinking through the process from tender schooldays at Mount, to your volunteer time to assist the Abbot, and now. 
And last but not least, the training we acquired in school should be applied here.
To pray and pray for everyone involved past and present.
Personally, I cannot add anything to this sage advice.
And although, I too have always sought to pray that God's will be done, not my will, I have been here reminded by you that this is the divine path we should take.
Blessings to you, our Abbot, and all our Boys.
May we continue to work in love and unity for highest good for all concerned.
On Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 11:18 AM,
Jon Golding <> wrote:
Thank you, Fr Harold,
For your appreciation of the big picture of the past which we are fortunate that you were part of.
It is great that you can be a link to that era which many/most of the later post-Dutch staff and students would not have any depth of understanding for.
Not their fault.
For us earlier-days old boys we have tended not to want to let go of the past and only blame the poor Abbot, including myself, my apologies to this forum!
Any new initiatives need a totally fresh and different 2016 outlook with close appreciation, respect and cooperation for the Church-appointed Head of the monastery, Fr Abbott, whoever he may be. 
Not what we old boys wish thru pure nostalgia, and in some cases ego and personal politics.
God is in charge so let's ask Him to lead the way and try to become aware of His response in prayer, as we were taught by our School and Church.
Amen, and let's continue our camaraderie in good Faith and giving.
Keep well.
Jon Golding <>
Apr 13 at 7:34 AM
Thank you, Kazim.
Much appreciated and let’s look to the future with the benefit of our past experience!
God bless
On 13 Apr 2016, at 02:15,
Father Harold Imamshah <> wrote:
Thank you, Jon, 
You have put into perspective and described a beautiful past and Abbey School legacy.  You have helped us understand the present Abbot's inability to appreciate a wonderful Institution which was in its last year when he joined in 1984;  the very same year I had brought the CXC O'level Art Class to complete its Form 4 level and found a Teacher who would replace me and bring the boys through Form V O'level Art after I left in July 1984.
I have an interest because I gave 5 years as a monk/Teacher and saw some fruits of having been there, so, yes, it's understandable that I can maintain some interest and the present Abbot can't.
I agree with you, let's move the blog into an appreciation of the years that all of you received and keep our eyes and ears open to what we can donate to, whether it's a building's upkeep or whatever might be needed currently.
If Joe can help start another Institution with a unique approach to Formation, it would still be a tribute to what you just described.
To Life, to the Future, and to the Past, 
Fr. Harold
Van Duin, Adelbert (Rt. Rev.) - O.S.B.
Lord Abbot, Mount St. Benedict
Old Abbot van Duin, from Holland, once the man in charge of Abbey at Mount St Benedict, had suffered with his heart.
When he retired he was succeeded by Abbot Hildebrandt, then Abbot Francis.
Anthony Milne <>,
Under the leadership of Abbot Adelbert Van Duin (1947-1972), the impulse of liturgical renewal had already begun at Mt. St. Benedict.
By November 1960, the altar already faced the people, (much to the discomfiture, I understand, of Archbishop Finbar Ryan who could do nothing about it since the Abbey was outside of his jurisdiction) and, with the help of Frs. Ildefons Schroots, Augustine Schreurs and Bernard Vlaar, the so called Dialogue Mass was in place, and the people were singing the Missa de Angelis.
Thus, when, in #11 of the Constitution on the Liturgy, Pastors of souls are told that: it is their duty also to ensure that the faithful take part fully aware of what they are doing, actively engaged in the rite, and enriched by its effects. such was already in effect at the Abbey, and continued during and after the Council.  deVerteuil Chairman of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission.]
2. The Seminary: The Benedictines were responsible for the Seminary at Mt. St. Benedict.  In order the better to equip those who taught at the Seminary, Fr. Augustine Schreurs was sent to St. John’s Collegeville, USA, in 1963, and in 1964 Fr. Hildebrand Greene was sent to the Benedictine University, San Anselmo in Rome to study Liturgy.
In this way the decision of the Council was fulfilled:
15. Professors who are appointed to teach liturgy in seminaries, religious houses of study, and theological faculties must be properly trained for their work in institutes which specialize in this subject.
16. The study of sacred liturgy is to be ranked among the compulsory and major courses in seminaries and religions houses of studies; in theological faculties it is to rank among the principal courses.
It is to be taught under its theological, historical, spiritual, pastoral, and juridical aspects.
Both these men absorbed the liturgical ferment centred around Fr Godfrey Diekmann, at Collegeville, and Fr. Augustine Mayer, at Sant Anselmo, and, upon their return, transmitted learning, insights and enthusiasm to both Seminary and the home Community.
3. The Vernacular: The Constitution on the Liturgy recognised that there could be a distinct advantage in praying in one’s own language: #36.
1. Particular law remaining in force, the use of the Latin language is to be preserved in the Latin rites.
2. But since the use of the mother tongue, whether in the Mass, the administration of the sacraments, or other parts of the liturgy, frequently may be of great advantage to the people, the limits of its employment may be extended.  At Mt. St. Benedict, the need to pray the Liturgy of the Hours in English arose primarily because fewer and fewer candidates for the monastic life had a sound formation in Latin.
When the Constitution, promulgated in December 1963, opened the possibility of praying in the vernacular, the Monks seized on the opportunity.
This coincided with the return from studies at the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem of one of the Monks, Fr. Francis Friesen in 1965.
At once the Community was given copies of the 1953 Grail Translation of the Psalms, and those in formation were encouraged to have this English translation alongside their Latin breviaries.
Subsequently, through the untiring efforts of Fr. Augustine Sehreurs, an in-house edition of the Monastic Breviary in English appeared between 1967 and 1969, in a series of booklets for the Seasons of the Liturgical Year.
In 1970, the Abbey chose to adopt the Interim Roman Breviary in English, so that all who joined them in prayer – clergy, religious and laity – could pray with understanding.
Thus, from 1974 to the present, we have used the Roman Breviary in English.
The appearance, in 1969, of the Missal of Paul VI meant that, from then onwards, English was used in the celebration of the Eucharist.
4. Liturgy:  Fr. Ildefons Schroots.  From 1971 three Monks from Mt. St. Benedict – Frs. Ildefons Schroots, Hildebrand Greene and Bro. Paschal Jordan – were members of the Liturgical Commission of the Archdiocese of Port-of-Spain.
Through them, and together with Fr. Brendan Ryan, OP and Fr. Cyril Ross, a campaign of liturgical education began.
The Liturgy Bulletin, a monthly periodical aimed at educating clergy, religious and laity, saw the light of day in January 1973; the Liturgical Ordo was prepared and printed at the Abbey; the Seminary and the Abbey were designated authorised places of liturgical experimentation; and, in 1977, in collaboration with the Seminary and the Archdiocesan Pastoral Centre, the Antilles School of Liturgy was born – a summer school of liturgical education and experience, which continues up to the present time (2013). 
7 of July 1982.
Greetings from the Old Mount – Inside!
I was in Holland earlier this year, I met with Fr. Bernard.
His speech has not improved.
The burns he suffered last year he is unable to stand and so is confined to a wheel chair.
He is in a rehabilitation centre where they are giving him therapy to see if they can make him able to walk.
It seems he will be coming back in September to the Mount.
He surely is carrying a heavy cross!
You will remember him specially, I am sure.
When last you visited T´dad, you give me some book-markers with Teen-agers’ 10 Commandments printed on it.
As I have passed that age unfortunately!
I give them away and people have been asking if I had more of them.
On your next visit or in some other way, could you bring some of them if possible?
Thanks a million in advance.
God´s abundant blessing be with you and your Family!
Very best wishes and kindest regards.
Adalbert van Duin
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Sunday, 17 July 2016

Circular No 767

Newsletter for alumni of The Abbey School, Mt. St. Benedict, Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.
Caracas, 17 of July 2016 No. 767
Dear Friends,
I am resending an old conversation with Cornel de Freitas, interesting because it contains information on the Circulars and a special view on Brothers.
Cornel de Freitas
12 Mar
Dear Ladislao,
(Please read all the way to the end of 'your' email to me)
{I am deliberately 'pasting' this response to your email 'inside' of the one from Nigel, Re:"SENIOR MOMENT', so I could point out the ones you could use with my other my photographs.}
I am so sorry that I may have expressed myself incorrectly when inquiring why you didn't 'Publish' all of the photographs at the same time.
I do understand that this - what you are doing - takes up a lot of your time and at the same time, takes away from 'family' time.
I need you to know, as I can probably assure you, that I am not the only one that greatly appreciates what you do for us.
When you first made contact with me, It opened up memories, and in a way gave me new 'life' to be able to be reconnected with those brothers at the Abbey School, that played a very important part of my life  They were 'my brothers' and I do 'miss' them.
Getting back to your email: (please see my responses embedded - "por supuesto".... did I get that right...?  )
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2009 23:29:17 -0400
Subject: Re: Where are the Circulars ...
Dear Cornel,
The pictures are with me or at least I believe that they are, as I have not opened the February emails.
[You are obviously very busy, so I can understand the backlog.]
I try to mix the photos to keep the old old and the recent ALUMNI interested. So I publish four per issue to keep the Circulars alive
I did not know about this before, but I can see your reasoning.
I have your letters in Circular No.389 also at least two photos.
Since I regard the Circular as a leisure stress free work, I take longer than some of you would like me to be. I get a little frustrated after being over 8 hour in front of the computer at work, as I do this between supper and going to bed, sometimes my eyes hurt at seeing the screen.
This is a 'good' thing then, I myself enjoy being able to sit down and spend my time sending out emails to my MSB brothers, instead of looking at TV.
I find it relaxing and there is usually a 'return on the investment of time' - which is the response.
My idea of the Circulars is to gather ALUMNI and give them food of thought and be reunited with long lost friends. I started issue No. 1 with 10 ALUMNI and we are now with a few more than the number of Circulars published, I am sure Nigel agrees with the numbers.
Absolutely astounding...!
I have about ten Circulars ready in draft format. So some news might wait for at least three months before published.
I only publish life or death news immediately. Sorry, that I have not reached to your photos as yet.
It does seem to take a long time, but when you take the amount of info you have to deal with I can understand why.
Please think that the Circulars need material, but if I use all materials as soon as they get to me then there would be times when I cannot publish the weekly Circular for lack of material.
Exactly what kind of 'material'? you mean photographs?
This is the only reason that the Circulars are still being published while other have failed. Old news remains old even if published as soon as I get it.  I place importance on keeping a regular mailing system, to keep the MSB memories alive..
An example, those that wrote us five years ago quite long essays, have not been heard ever since, they do not have even an updated photo to share for us to know if they are alive.
Usually I hear from their friends after they pass away, this has happened in over a dozen of cases.
This is sad, am I to understand that shorter messages and an accompanying photo help?  I am hoping that of the group of my form V class, most are still alive and doing well.
At this time I also hope Richard Anderson, whom I haven't heard from since I did send an email/letter, is doing well and his family.  Is he currently living in Florida, and Stephen is still in Trinidad?
I have no excuse but please bear with me, and hope this is not going to keep you from writing.
Oh yes, You do!  This what you are doing is quite an undertaking, I cannot imagine how much time you have devoted to this amazing gift to all of us MSB boys  ....Thank you so very much.
Because of you, I was able to re-connect with Terrence Fereira, one of my class mates, contact and call Nigel, visit with him, organize an evening and even include the wives, reminisce about old times, laugh a lot, even eat a delicious 'Roti' and drink a real Carib beer, and I had the astounding privilege of introducing my son and my two grandsons whom I am so very proud of, thanks to you...!
Have a look at those pictures again and see the look on our faces.
What do you see, and this got started with a simple message from Nigel, that one of my classmates was coming up. 
He said, how about we get together and have a "Roti", and our tiny "ROTILICIOUS" mini-reunion was born.
Had it not been for you telling me that an MSB old boy was living near to me and gave me his telephone number. ---
This all happened thanks to you!
Am I grateful - you bet your ass I am!
But you can always be sure that I answer all emails, sooner or later.
I extended my reply because those of the 1950s claim that I do not take care of them, it is difficult to cover 40 years in each Circular.
God Bless
I need you to know, that all of your efforts are greatly appreciated, how does that little phrase go again?
"You can please some of the people some of the time, but you can never please all of the people all of the time..."
Thank you sincerely for your great work,
GOD bless you and your loved ones, and reward you for all the lost time with them, they, I am sure, understand and must love you a lot for your devotion.
Cornel de Freitas..
P. S.:
Just so you know, I am using the colour purple in honour of the really great Brother I lost recently.  Carlos and I were closer than I even imagined, I realized how close now that he is gone.
Cornel de Freitas <>
Hello again Ladislao,
Got your email, I saw the picture of me as a boy sitting on the playing field, but you did not publish the 'string' of pictures, any particular reason why?
I thought they would give a perception of my growing 'older' and what I look like now.
I am also aware that Nigel sent you the pictures of the 'Mini-reunion' we had up here.
I was a really great evening that just happened with a few suggestions.
I have already written to you about that evening, but it is also my hope that the others in attendance would take a minute and write a few words of their perception of that really nice get together. 
The photographs of that same evening that shows me, my son Michael, and his two boys, my two angels, could also be included.
Let me know what you think.
GOD bless you and yours,
Cornel ... ...
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2009 07:38:50 -0500
Hi Terrence,
I'm afraid that I really made a boo-boo when I sent out my first report on "Roti Night" by referring to you as 'Trevor'. Please forgive me - as Egan suggested, I must have had a 'Senior Moment'. Cornel, Egan and you too have asked me to correct the report.
I have now had the time to edit the report, such as it was, and to use your name as your parents and not I, wanted, and I've attached this hereto, for your records.
It was really great seeing all you guys again, and how marvellous that, in spite of the fact that some of us had never met the others, we were able to instantly connect and share our common memories. 
I look forward to another visit from you in the future.
Don't forget - Lent starts tomorrow. 
God bless you.
Well, Roti Night has come and gone and we're left with some beautiful memories of friendships formed and associations re-made.
Terrence Ferreira had come in from New Jersey to visit his mother and we decided to get together to meet other OB's, even though we might have come from different MSB "eras", to share a roti and a Carib together.
And so it was that Terrence (59-65), Egan Baichoo (59-60), Cornel de Freitas (60-65), Carlos Guio (74-79), Hudson McKoy (69-74) and myself (55-60) met at Rotilicious. Cornel brought along his son Michael and his two grandsons, Lorenzo and Christian. We also were privileged to have our wives, Maureen Baichoo, Linda McKoy and my wife, Jackie, with us. 
It turns out that Carlos and his brother, Luis, were the last two Venezuelans to attend school at the Mount.
Apart from the fact that the roti was wonderful, we were given a special treat when Terrence revealed his treasure box of memorabilia, containing masses of sports and athletic medals, his scout uniform, bushman's thong, scout belt, scarf, and badges including the treasured and now seldom seen Queen's Scout Badge.  Terrence seems to have been quite an athlete and sportsman, and, as I understand, he was also the Captain of the Football and Cricket teams.
And therein lays a story.
Apparently, the Abbey School was in the habit, as we know, of regularly challenging St. Stanislaus College in Guyana to a number of sporting events, and, from what I hear, we seldom, if ever, won at football.
Apparently, Terrence's dad, Mr. Ferreira, had always said that the Abbey School would never win until a Ferreira led the team.
And so said, so done.
After his death, a neatly filed collection of newspaper reports was found among Mr. Ferreira's belongings, and Terrence presented these to us during our 'Roti Night'.
He asked me to hold onto his medals, paraphernalia and reports, and it just might be that these would be nice to have in any proposed Abbey School Old Boy Museum at MSB.
I have these items in my keeping now, and would be willing to hand them over to someone responsible, once the Museum idea is further developed. 
Thanks, everyone, for coming along.
Enjoy the pix.
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