After 21 years of faithful and exemplary service as the Director
of our Benedictine Oblates, Father Meinrad asked and was granted to
step away from that position. And, as Archabbot Kurt responded: "I
grant his request reluctantly, for our Oblate program has benefited
greatly from his initiative and his administrative and pastoral
skills. But I grant his request gratefully, acknowledging his
tireless work, and I grant it confidently, knowing that our 1,300
Oblates will continue to benefit from the programs and the people
he has put in place."
On Wednesday alumni and friends from our local area joined our
community for Vespers, after which they enjoyed a dinner together
hosted by our Development Office and attended by several members of
the monastic community.
A full house of priests participated in a retreat led by Father
Eugene through our Guest House this week. His topic: Biblical
Reflections on Pastoral Leadership.
We had a culpa service this week in the monastery.
Archabbot Kurt presided and preached. We meet as a community in our
Chapter Room and individually publicly share our grievances against
the community. As Abbot Kurt mentioned, it is an act of humility to
share our faults, and it is a great opportunity to grow in mercy
and grace together.
We had a piano, oboe and viola concert here last Saturday
performed respectively by Christy D'Ambrosio, Celeste Johnson and
Brother James gave a talk last Sunday at our Monte Cassino
pilgrimage on "Mary, Woman of Compassion." Father Denis R. will
present on the 23rd and Father Noël on the 30th. Click here for more information.
We heard some great news from our Director of Physical
Facilities: we are receiving several energy rebates for our
geothermal HVAC system and related energy upgrades, as well as
ongoing installation of LED lighting around the Hill.
Another update from Father Guy, our forester, on "What Work do
the Abbey Woods Require?" The short answer: The main ordinary work
in the woods includes three things: keeping the property
posted and maintaining boundary markers; maintenance of roads in
the big woods in Perry County; control of invasive species;
post-harvest silvicultural enhancement aka Timber Stand