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“He Was Afraid of the City”: Abbot Patrick, the Monastic Family, and Postwar Newark, 1945—1967

Thomas A. McCabe

in Miracle on High Street

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780823233106
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823234950 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823233106.003.0008
“He Was Afraid of the             City”: Abbot Patrick, the Monastic Family, and Postwar Newark,             1945—1967

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This chapter discusses the reservations of Abbot Patrick for the building of a new and greater St. Benedict's and moving the school, and the consequences of transferring the title of abbey to Morristown. Ironically, as Abbot Patrick and his fellow monks debated their future in Newark in the late 1950s and early 1960s, St. Benedict's was a thriving, self-confident institution at the peak of its influence. In May 24, 1956, Abbot Patrick asked his fellow monks to discuss two proposals: the first, to keep the abbey on High Street and develop the site in Newark while keeping Morristown as a dependency; and the second, to transfer the title of the abbey to Morristown and establish Newark as a dependency. The sense of accomplishment and timelessness at St. Benedict's was shattered by the dramatic changes wrought by events of the 1960s, including the civil rights movement and the Second Vatican Council.

Keywords: Abbot Patrick; Second Vatican Council; civil rights; Newark; Morristown

Chapter.  7781 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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