Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Thank You From MAS Journalism

by Sister Hilda Kleiman, OSB

During our last meeting for the semester, the Fall 2014 journalism students invoked the patron saints of writers, journalists, and photographers as we reviewed our accomplishments and shared our gratitude for those who support MAS Journalism.

Saint Francis de Sales, pray for us!
Saint Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us!
Saint Veronica, pray for us!

We are grateful for these accomplishments:

44 new posts on MAS Journalism, 30 of which were written by this semester's journalism students

15 new subscribers to the MAS Journalism blog

A banner with the MAS Journalism logo to use at MAS events

Frank Villanueva and Sister Hilda Kleiman, OSB, celebrate
the first use of the new banner at the third press conference this semester.

Expanded coverage of MAS sports, the MAS faculty, and courses in the college and graduate school

Higher quality photo essays

Publication of several MAS posts in the Hilltop News, the newsletter for employees of Mount Angel Abbey

Publication of the work of MAS Journalism in the Catholic Sentinel

We also thank those who helped to make these accomplishments possible:

The students and faculty who presented at our press conferences: Brother Lorenzo Conocido, Father Theodore Lange, Dr. Andrew Cummings, Dr. Katy Leamy, Chad Hill, Paul Grandi, Father Peter Arteaga, Father Ralph Recker, Stephen Kenyon, Father Terry Tompkins, John Hesla, and Dr. Elizabeth Farley.

Each member of the hilltop community who agreed to be interviewed and photographed for MAS Journalism

Our guest speaker, Dr. Jodi Kilcup, the Director of Development for the Abbey Foundation of Oregon

Phillip Shifflet, for his service in the Writing Center and feedback on story drafts

Paul Grandi, who served as our proofreader

Brother Lorenzo Conocido, for his feedback about the MAS Journalism blog

Monsignor Joseph Betschart, President-Rector of Mount Angel Seminary, Dr. Owen Cummings, Academic Dean of Mount Angel Seminary, and Dr. Creighton Lindsay, Associate Dean of the College.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Scriptural Stations of the Cross: A Photo Essay

Mosaics by Louisa Jenkins (c.1955)
Photographs by Phillip Shifflet

The First Station
Jesus is Condemned to Death

Pilate said to them, "Then what shall I do with Jesus called Messiah?"  They all said, "Let him be crucified!"  Then he released Barabbas to them, but after he had Jesus scourged, he handed him over to be crucified. - Matthew 27:22, 26

The Second Station
Jesus is Made to Bear the Cross

And carrying the cross himself he went out to what is called the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha. - John 19:17

The Third Station
Jesus Falls the First Time

Those whose steps are guided by the LORD; whose way God approves, may stumble, but they will never fall, for the LORD holds their hand. - Psalm 23:23-24

The Fourth Station
Jesus Meets His Afflicted Mother

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. - John 19:25

The Fifth Station
Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus to Carry His Cross

They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. - Mark 15:21

The Sixth Station
Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. – 1 Corinthians 13:12

The Seventh Station
Jesus Falls the Second Time

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, / I will fear no evil, for you are with me;your rod and your staff comfort me. – Psalm 23:4

The Eighth Station
Jesus Speaks to the Women of Jerusalem

A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him. - Luke 23:27

The Ninth Station
Jesus Falls the Third Time

You restore my strength. You guide me along the right path for the sake of your name. – Psalm 23:3

The Tenth Station
Jesus is Stripped of His Garments

They divided his garments by casting lots. - Luke 23:34

The Eleventh Station
Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus in the middle. Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, “Jesus the Nazorean, the King of the Jews.” – John 19:18-19

The Twelfth Station
Jesus Dies on the Cross

After this, aware that everything was now finished, in order that the scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I thirst.” There was a vessel filled with common wine. So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop and put it up to his mouth. When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “It is finished.” And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit. - John 19:28-30

The Thirteenth Station
Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross

When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph, who was himself a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be handed over. - Matthew 27:57-58

The Fourteenth Station
The Body of Jesus is Placed in the Tomb

Having bought a linen cloth, he took him down, wrapped him in the linen cloth and laid him in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance to the tomb. - Mark 15:46

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Architecture of Mount Angel Abbey Library

a photo essay by Huong Dinh

Looking outside of the library, it has a simple architecture.  However, it is very different when we enter inside.  It has an exquisite architecture.

The back of the library and its design allows the sun to light up the building.

The front of the library

The circulation desk is the first place we encounter when we enter the library.

The wood of the ceiling is rounded in the same way as the desk.

The floors are terraced like steps, one after another.

The bookstand holds the dictionary.

The library has both rounded edges and sharp angles.

The reading table curves with the bookcases around the shape of the floor.

The design of the library lets us see how each floor mirrors the other.

There is a pattern of shapes in the floors, the tables, and even the ceiling of the library.

One aspect of the ceiling, seen standing to the left of the circulation desk.

The same aspect shown again, this time from the right side.

The light from the windows makes the gentle curves of the ceiling glow.

Looking from the bottom floor, you can see the patterns of the library in a different light.

The library has study carrels where the students can work hard.

Looking through the stacks, we can see a chair, table, and out through a window.

The library also has special furniture to help provide quiet places for reading.

The furniture even repeats the curves and materials used in the library.

There are many different designs of furniture throughout the library.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Anselm Chapel: A Quiet Place at MAS

a photo essay by Greg Snyder

The entrance to Anselm Chapel is located on the basement floor on the basement floor on the east side of the building. Its welcoming cross window to the left of the door is one's first experience.

Upon entering Anselm Chapel, your eyes sweep across the room to take in the warmth of the layout, with its mix of traditional charm and modern simplicity.

From the right side of the chapel, chairs are laid out beneath the creatively covered south facing windows.

As you move your eyes back to the center of the chapel, the intimacy of the simple space offers a sense of peace and rest that is needed for prayer.

The altar, while simple, does not fade into the overall design of the chapel but commands the appropriate presence in the center of the room, guiding one's eyes to the crucifix and the tabernacle.

Eyes panning to the left of the makeshift redos to the right, one sees the beautiful stained glass windows.  On the left is Jesus and his Sacred Heart, which was created in 1903 and refurbished and donated in 2008 by Joseph and Gloria Denault.  On the right is an angel, created in 1903 and refurbished and donated in honor of David Schill, Sr.

In the place of honor, the tabernacle of a more modern design rests behind the altar and below the crucifix.  The tabernacle was donated by Raymond and Beatrice Waibel in 1987.

The bronze crucifix welcomes all to contemplate the Passion.

From the right, the sanctuary lamp signifies the presence of God in the tabernacle.

To the right of the altar, the stained glass windows of an angel and the Blessed Virgin Mary with her Immaculate Heart.  The angel with a censor was created in 1903 and refurbished and donated in honor of Valentine and Darleen Schill.  To the left of the angel is the Virgin Mary with her Immaculate Heart, which was created in 1903 and refurbished and donated in honor of Harold Schill, Sr. 

Near the entrance of the chapel is a statue of Saint Joseph holding a lily.  The flower represent's Joseph's virtue, holiness, innocence, and obedience to God.

The south facing exterior windows let in a great deal of light.  The window covering with the transparent panel design with a reed design allows for warm but tempered light diffusion.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Bringing Back Classics

a photo essay by Garrett McGowan

Father Theodore Lange of the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon is the state chaplain for the Knights of Columbus and a member of the formation faculty of Mount Angel Seminary. With the help of professional automobile restorers and seminarians from Mount Angel Seminary, Father Lange is restoring classic automobiles for the Knights of Columbus to raffle off to raise money for charities in need.

1954 Chrysler Imperial

Side View
The color is mixed between two shades of gray.  The paint will have to be sanded down and new paint will have to be applied.  The new paint will protect the metal and give the car a new look.

Front of the Car
The front of the car is equally important as the side because it is the first part of the car people see when a car drives up.  The front has as much potential to catch people's attention as the side.

On every vehicle is an emblem.  They must be detailed to show people what model the vehicle is, and it should stand out on any part of the vehicle.  Many people will look to see where it is located.

Tire and Wheels
 Far too often tires and wheels can be overlooked.  Many people place an emphasis on them, but too many people allow them to collect rust and corrode.  The wheels and tires must be cared for to give the car a great finishing look.  It may be a small detail, but in the long run it will make a big impact on the car's image.

These are another piece that grabs people's attention.  If the mirrors are cared for and match the car, they will complement the car.  If they do not match or if they have cracks or any other imperfection, the car loses its beautiful image.  This is another small detail that goes a long way.

The Grill
This is the part of the car located below the hood and above the bumper.  It is important to keep this part looking beautiful because it helps to give the front a finishing touch along with the headlights.

The windows on this car will have to be replaced.  The right windows for the doors must be purchased and they must properly fit.

Windshield Wipers
Most people do not pay much attention to the windshield.  Windshield wipers must be properly fitted to the car.   Finding vintage wipers is going to be important in helping to restore the look.

The Trunk
The trunk complements the rest of the car.  It must look beautiful like the rest of the car for when people look at it as it drives away.

Older cards had slides over the keyholes.  Most cars no longer have these, and it is rare to find.  Because it is so rare to find these they will stand out when someone looks at the doors of the car.

This will be a hard project, but it is as equally important as the exterior.  Everything must be perfect just as the outside is.  This is important because it complements the outside of the car.