Brother Richard Oliver OSB

Monk of Collegeville, Minnesota

Monk Photo, 2006 Some of my websites:
"What’s New OSB" - current news items about the Order of Saint Benedict or monasticism. The Benedictine Blog.

"Bro. Richard’s Favorite URLs" - an early collection of classified links assembled before there was Google.

"The Scumblers" - a group of early 20th century artists in Pennsylvania.


Local Weather * Local TV * OSB Web Store * Abbey Market

The following "Favorite" pages are a bit better maintained than some of the other sections:

Catholic Web Resources
Orders, Congregations and Religious Institutes
Tools for Searching: News * Search at



My first day of employment on the staff of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, Silver Spring, Maryland, was Monday, 17 August 2009. My work as Coordinator of Information and Records includes maintaining the website: <>. I live in the nation’s capital on the campus of The Catholic University of America.

Picasaweb and Fotolog

12 June 2007 Google offers a helpful method for sharing photos at Picasaweb where I have published several galleries or photo essays.

I also post some of the better shots I make using a 2007 Panasonic™ Lumix DMC-LZ7® at "Cybermonk Fotolog." The LZ7 replaces the obsolescent Canon™ Super Shot G3® digital camera from 2003. is an online community of photographers populated mainly by South American teenagers, but " Gold Camera Members" generally post excellent fotos.

The photo upper left shows Cypripedium reginae, also know as the pink and white moccasin flower, or "Showy Lady Slipper." It was adopted as the official state flower of Minnesota on 19 February 1902 and appears in the "Arms of the State of Minnesota."

The American Benedictine Academy: President Emeritus.


Br. Richard Oliver OSB MA
620 Michigan Ave. NE
Curley Hall Annex - CUA
Washington, DC 20064
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Rev. 01-Nov-2014 / © 2014 by Richard Oliver OSB /
Autumn Reflections

Some essays:

"Ellis A. Oliver (1872-1937)," my grandfather, was a member of The Scumblers, Pennsylvania plein air artists who gathered in Edison, PA, in the first decades of the 20th century. The watercolor above, "Autumn Reflections," was probably painted near Neshaminy Creek.

To learn more about where the Scumblers spent their summers visit the Edison Gallery: Then and Now or Chuck Rudy’s photo essay about his neighborhood, "Personal Stories of Bucks County."

"St. Richard of Chichester (1197-1253)," my amiable baptismal patron.

"Germany: 1987-1992"

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