Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Father Damasus and the Founding of Mount Saviour

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Father Damasus and the Founding of Mount Saviour

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Roarke, J. Madeleva. Father Damasus and the Founding of Mount Saviour. (Pine City, New York: Madroar Press. 1998. Pp. ix, 254. Paperback.)

This interesting book is a biography of Father Damasus Winzen, O.S.B., the founder of Mount Saviour Monastery in Pine City, New York. Born on April 1, 1901, Winzen attended the Gymnasium in Hanover, Germany, then studied history and philosophy at the University of Gottingen. Not deeply religious at the time, in 1920 he attended a lecture by Albert Hemmenstede, the Benedictine prior of the Abbey of Maria Laach. Profoundly impressed by the conference, Winzen visited the abbey in 1921, entered the novitiate, and was professed the following year. In 1923 he went to the Benedictine College of Sant'Anselmo in Rome, where he was awarded a doctorate in philosophy in 1929.

Folowing the rise of Hilter, in 1938 the abbot, fearful that Maria Laach would be suppressed, sent Damasus to the United States to establish a place where the monastery assets would be secured. …

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