“Boniface Wimmer: An American Abbot,” a special commemorative exhibition of artifacts owned and used by Saint Vincent founder Boniface Wimmer, will be featured by The Saint Vincent Gallery from Friday, October 30 to Sunday, December 13 in honor of the 200th anniversary of his birth. Admission is free and open to the public.
An opening reception will be held in the Gallery on Thursday, October 29 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
The exhibit includes Wimmer’s prayer books, pectoral crosses, pontifical rings, crozier, and snuff boxes (including one from Tiffany and Company); his gold pen, various hand-written letters and diaries, and handwritten letters from King Ludwig I of Bavaria will also be included. There will be gifts from King Ludwig on display, as well as gifts given to Saint Vincent over the years by various members of the Royal Wittlesbach of Bavaria and made of fine porcelain from the Schloss Nymphenburg Porcelain Factory. An added feature of the exhibition is a display of photographic portraits of Wimmer and his 10 successor archabbots of Saint Vincent Archabbey, including the current archabbot, the Rt. Rev. Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B.
The Saint Vincent Gallery is located on the third floor of the Robert S. Carey Student Center at Saint Vincent College and is accessible to those with physical challenges.
Gallery hours are noon to 3 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and noon to 3 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The Gallery is closed on Mondays.
Further details are available at www.stvincent.edu/gallery or by contacting the Gallery at 724 805-2197.