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'Peregrinatio Alterius Pauli' (The Sabbatical Travels of Br. Paul Diveny, OSB)

After his ten year tenure as Delbarton headmaster ended on June 30, 2018, Br. Paul Diveny, OSB enjoyed the gift of a six-month sabbatical of travel from June 2018 to November 2018.

A talented photographer and blogger, Br. Paul documented his various trips with stunning photography (all images were captured on an iPhone 8 Plus and, no, Apple did not pay for this plug) and an online blog. Click here for the Spark presentation of his sabbatical travels, and here to read Br. Paul's blog in its entirety. Thank you to Delbarton art teacher Dom Rodi for his assistance with the Spark presentation which we encourage all to enjoy.

Need a quick free sample? Check out the eye candy below of some of Br. Paul's photographs.

In June, 2018, Br. Paul began his travels in Sydney, Austrailia where he was still on the clock as Delbarton headmaster, representing the School at an International Boys School Coalition (IBSC) conference and visiting our Global Delbarton exchange partner, Rosebank College. In Sydney, Br. Paul photographed this schoolgirl modeling a gown of recycleables...

Then it was to Ireland. The Benedictine Glenstal Abbey School, another Delbarton global exchange partner, was to be his European home base for several months. In Limerick, he took this photo of the lush Irish countryside...

Next, it  was on to Scandinavia. In Copenhagen (a new favorite city) Br. Paul photographed this collection of Roman busts...

Back to Dublin, where a friendly taxi driver advised him on the best places to indulge in a pint of lager...

Br. Paul continued to enjoy documenting and sharing his experiences with his loyal blog readers. His next stop was the Italian countryside where, among other rural Italian destinations, Br. Paul and his family gathered for 8 days in a rented Umbrian villa. Here, Castiglione del Lago appears to rise out of the waters of Lake Trasimeno.

Onto Rome, a city that Br. Paul (the former Prior of the Benedictine Collegio Sant' Anselmo) was deeply familiar with, yet still found new places to explore. One day, he spontaneously wandered into this courtyard of the Palazzo Mattei...

After a brief return to Morristown, Br. Paul's final sabbatical destination was Vienna, Austria, where he had studied in the 1980s. There, he enjoyed visiting this Christmas market...

After many legs of travel by plane, train, bus and taxi, here is the view from the terminal window as Br. Paul prepared to board his flight back from Austria to Newark Airport in November, 2018. 

We thank Br. Paul Diveny, OSB for sharing his sabbatical travels with us. His images and words inspire us to look forward to a post-Covid world where compelling global destinations will once again be open for all to experience and explore!