Fr. Wulfstan Clough, O.S.B. came to Saint Vincent Archabbey in 1990. He made first vows in 1991 and began teaching part time in the English department in 1992. He became a full time member of the department in 1996.
Fr. Wulfstan enjoys the small class sizes at Saint Vincent because the interaction allows for the Benedictine charism of hospitality to be exhibited in the relationships between the faculty and students. “This is the kind of place where students may stop by my office just to say hello, or where our classes often take on a more informal atmosphere. I love it when students raise challenging questions in class and present new ideas.”
It should not come as a surprise that Fr. Wulfstan loves to read. His favorite subjects are mythology, folklore and legend, and fantasy. He teaches classes in Classical Greek Poetry and Drama, Science Fiction, and the works of J. R. R. Tolkien (who is his favorite writer).
“He’s been my favorite writer ever since I first read The Lord of the Rings some time in the early 70s. He has a powerful imagination, an ingenious ability to synthesize from different traditions. He was a very devout Catholic as well as a scholar of early Germanic language and literature—just like me, in fact; if I had had a chance to meet him, we would have had a lot to talk about.”