Greetings, beloved readers. My name is Tyler Johnson and, like this journal’s usual author, Jake Kutina, I am a Benedictine Volunteer from Collegeville, Minnesota, USA, serving at Sant’Anselmo. Jake is spending some time traveling throughout Italy with his family, so I have the pleasure of contributing this article during his absence.
I am writing to you from an area colloquially referred to as “The Box”, a glass-enclosed workspace at the entrance of the library here at Sant’Anselmo, where I spend a few hours each morning doing volunteer work. This is a new job for me; unlike the other volunteers I landed in Rome just a short six weeks ago, upon which my main responsibilities were studying Italian language and washing dishes. Once my daily Italian course (which I took for four weeks at Scuola Leonardo da Vinci) ended, I became available and comfortable enough for more work. Hence, the library.