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Endowment for Landscaping Initiated in Memory of Fr. Sebastian Samay

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Posted: Tuesday May 13, 2014

May 13, 2014

Nearly a hundred Saint Vincent alumni, friends and Benedictine monks gathered in Sebastian’s Garden on the campus of Saint Vincent Archabbey, College and Seminary on May 3 for a tea and formal dedication ceremony to initiate the Father Sebastian Samay Endowment Fund for Landscaping and Gardens.

The new fund is designed to provide for enhancement of the campus, conservation and sustainability, education and community enrichment.

“Replacement trees and shrubs are needed for many campus plantings that are aging,” noted Br. Elliott Maloney, O.S.B., a professor of theology who also tends to many of the gardens around campus. “Also, new plants must be purchased for perennial and annual flower beds throughout the campus environment. These new plantings, where possible, will make use of native species to enhance the diversity of plants on campus.”

Sustainability is another goal of the fund. “We wish to begin small pilot projects aimed at increasing the best use of energy, water and other natural resources,” Br. Elliott said. “These pilot projects will serve as the foundation for writing grants to fund larger projects to help cover the cost of planning and for the conservation and enhancement of our natural resources.”

The Samay fund also plans to collaborate with the college’s science departments. “We hope to create outdoor classrooms that blend into the natural land configuration,” Br. Elliott explained. “Inside and outside of classrooms, we will offer programs to educate the community through our example to understand the value of sustainable designs. We plan to fund a student summer internship to work with campus beautification and sustainability projects. With this endowment the Archabbey and College are committed to finding ways to attract others within and beyond Saint Vincent community to help us maintain the new design features and beautification projects.”

“Fr. Sebastian was a true Renaissance man who was an outstanding scholar of the arts and sciences, a gifted linguist who was fluent in at least six languages, an accomplished musician, a symphony orchestra cellist and composer, a skilled carpet weaver and tapestrist, an extraordinary horticulturalist and a brilliant philosopher, author and teacher,” commented Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. “Yet, despite his exceptional intellect and gifts of spirit, mind and body, he was a genuinely humble man. He devoted his life to service to Saint Vincent as a professor of philosophy and in numerous administrative assignments in the College, Seminary and Archabbey including academic dean, director of institutional research and member of the board of directors. For nearly 50 years, Fr. Sebastian helped to beautify the Saint Vincent campus by his dedication to landscaping and gardening.”

Further information about the Father Sebastian Samay Endowment Fund is available by contacting the Office of Institutional Advancement at 724-805-2895.

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Photo: Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., right, unveiled the new marker that has been placed in Sebastian’s Garden in memory of the late Fr. Sebastian A. Samay, O.S.B., who helped to beautify the campus through his lifelong devotion to the enhancement of trees, shrubbery, flower beds and lawns. Also participating in the event were, from left, Fr. Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B., executive vice president; Fr. Chad Ficorilli, O.S.B., of Saint Vincent Archabbey; and Joseph A. Scarpo Jr., a 1984 graduate of Saint Vincent.

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