We are sad to share the news of the difficult decision to close
two divisions of our Abbey Press midyear next year. Please pray for
our co-workers and their families. Here is a link to the
full press release.
Some updates from Thanksgiving week:
We gathered after Compline on Wednesday night to share many of
the individual and community achievements for which we were
grateful from the past year.
Also on Wednesday, we had a blessing of the infirmary, our
infirm and the infirmary nurses as a way of concluding our move
back to the upgraded monastery.
We said "thank you" in a special way to our co-workers on the
Sunday before Thanksgiving by inviting them to join us for our
Eucharist and a reception after Mass
We shared our main meal on Thanksgiving together with family and
friends staying with us on the Hill.
We started a new book at table that we read during our main
meal, dinner: The Wright Brothers by David McCullough.
Our church and refectory (dining room) have taken on Advent
themes with wreathes and banners, as we anticipate Christmas.
Speaking of Advent, we had our first of four Advent conferences
this week. We heard from the "voices" of Advent. Brother Zachary
narrated, and we hard from Isaiah (Father Julian), the Angel
Gabriel (Father Noël) and John the Baptist (Father Denis R.).
Brother Francis' latest blog post: URGENT: Jesus is Coming.
Also, we have some bell issues! As we resolve, repair and/or
replace some of the bell issues, we have paused our custom of
manually ringing the bells before Eucharist and Office. Only the
quarter-hour bells will strike automatically as normal.
Some good news!: Novice Joshua passed chapter for his petition
to make temporary vows in January, and Candidate Joseph passed
chapter for his desire to begin his novitiate, also in January.
Pray for these men and their continued discernment.
An update from Father Jeremy to our community on his work with
the fourth International Oblate Congress taking place November
"Most of you know that I spent the first two weeks of November
working with Fr. Edward and our new Executive Director of the
Oblates, Janis Dopp, planning next year's Fourth International
Oblate Congress to be held in November 2017.
"The planning team of 18 oblates plus Fr. Edward and I were from
many different countries:
1 from France, 2 from Belgium, 2 from Germany (including a woman
originally from the USA), 1 from Spain, 2 from England (but
originally from Germany and Hungary), 1 from Holland, 1 from India,
1 from Australia, 1 from Canada, 1 from Malta, 3 from Italy and 2
from the USA (one of whom was born in Italy).
We worked each day for 3 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the
afternoon. The planning team met last year as well, and this year
they had to put flesh on the skeletal frame they built last year.
It is hoped to have at least 150 Oblates gather next November at
the Salesianum Conference Center outside of Rome.
My task was to help plan the liturgies for the congress. In the
past they have used both a multilingual approach and an all Latin
approach. They now want to try a combination of Latin and languages
of the Delegates to the Congress: English, Italian, German, French
and Spanish. Most of the delegates will be comfortable with one or
the other of these languages. A good number of Koreans are
expressing interest and so we will try to incorporate them and
other languages at the Preparation of the Gifts and Communion. It
will take a good amount of work but we have a good plan."
Whew! A lot to catch you, our readers, up on. Thanks for taking
the time to stay current with our happenings here. May you have a
fruitful and reflective Advent. Let us journey through Advent
together in prayer for one another.