Winter 2021

Fr. Peduru Fonseka became an American citizen in October.

Br. Simon Herrmann participated in two virtual vocations panels, on November 2 for Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis, IN, and on November 15 for the Unveiling Religious Life (URL) discernment panel sponsored by several religious orders.

Fr. Guerric DeBona and Fr. Mateo Zamora attended the annual meetings, held virtually this year, of the Catholic Association of Teachers of Homiletics on December 2 and the Academy of Homiletics on December 3-5.

Fr. Jonathan Fassero was honored with a plaque featuring his name and photo on the Wall of Faith at Marian High School in Mishawaka, IN. He was a member of the Class of 1968.

Fr. Mateo Zamora directed the first online Advent retreat for the oblate community, “Recollection as Getting It Together.” Nearly 100 oblates registered for the retreat.

Fr. Luke Waugh coordinated joint Christmas Eve Masses at Perry Central High School gym. The Masses included Holy Cross, St. Augustine and St. Marks parishes in addition to his parish of St. Isidore the Farmer.

Fr. Harry Hagan gave a virtual evening conference for Mepkin Abbey on the hymns of Advent. Thirty people joined the conference.

Fr. Harry Hagan was commissioned by Gary Marvin, an alumnus of Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, to write a hymn for the 50th anniversary of Epiphany Parish in Louisville, KY. Br. Michael Reyes produced a musical score for what became a Communion hymn with more than 20 stanzas.

Fr. Peduru Fonseka completed the required 900 clinical hours for state licensure as a psychological counselor in Indiana in December.

Br. James Jensen was appointed director of the vestry for the monastery in January.

Fr. Eugene Hensell marked his 40th year of writing for Weekday Homily Helps and Sunday Homily Helps. Currently, he writes about six weeks a year of the Daily Homily Helps, as well as doing exegesis for every Gospel for the Sunday Homily Helps. The homily aids are published by Franciscan Media.