July 6

 Father Olivier Sarr, O.S.B., (pictured at right) a monk from Senegal, was the second student at Sant’ Anselmo to receive the Perchak Scholarship at Sant' Anselmo. He is from Abbaye de Keur Moussa, Senegal. He entered the monastery in 1997 and was sent to France by his abbot to study theology in Solesmes and complete his bachelor’s degree in Avignon in 2005. Father Olivier-Marie was then sent to Sant’ Anselmo in 2006 where he was ordained as a deacon in Rome that year. He was ordained to the priesthood on January 6, 2009 at his home monastery.

The topic of his thesis in 2009 was “Notae Ecclesiae—Notae Musicae Sacrae. The relations between Sacred Music and the Church.” Father Olivier-Marie is now working on his doctorate focusing on “the celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours and our conception of time.”

He said he looks forward to starting class again this “John and I are Grateful for God’s Blessings”—Laurie Perchak fall as he begins to draw closer to finishing his dissertation and is very grateful for his time in Rome where he interacts with people from over 45 nations. “I am seeing the world through Sant’ Anselmo where I get to see many different styles of monastic living.… This is a big moment in my life to increase my vocation, my culture, and my knowledge.” His abbot sent him abroad to study in order to help contribute to the formation of young monks and to build for the future of Abbaye de Keur Moussa.