For over fifteen years, Abbot Gabriel, Abbot of Saint Benedict Abbey in Still River, along with Owen Murphy, former Editor of the Worcester Free Press, have been compiling the facts about the student center in Harvard Square and its spiritual guide, Fr. Leonard Feeney.
Together they have produced a well-written, highly personal account of the Center’s early days and the contentious debates with Harvard and ecclesiastical authorities, along with the Center’s struggles through the chaotic upheavals which terminated in some of the original members becoming the nucleus of a full-fledged Benedictine Abbey.
While we do not endorse the author’s editorial perspective, the book is a good read and is a valuable contribution to the literature available on Father Feeney and the history of Saint Benedict Center. Brother André Marie published a serialized review of it in the «Ad Rem» Email Message: Part I, Part II, Part III.