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It is community retreat week.  That means that all of the ‘monks on mission’ return and we have two spiritual conferences a day led by the retreat director.  This year’s director has been Abbot Peter Eberle.  Abbot Peter is the retired abbot of Mount Angel in Oregon.  He has been leading the monastic community through a variety of spiritual reflections and conferences on the Book of Sirach and the Rule of St. Benedict.  We have enjoyed his presence among us.

Above:  Abbot Peter gives an afternoon conference.

 After supper, Br. Jacob, Postulant Luke, and Novice Eric take advantage of the nice and sunny day.
 Fr. Macario navigates the rough terrain on the west side of the monastery.  Plenty of construction still going on!IMG_3538
  After supper, the monks take a tour of the monastery to see the progress. In less than one month we will return to our newly renovated home!IMG_3548IMG_3549IMG_3551IMG_3554

Below:  Earlier this week, construction workers started tearing up the sidewalks between St. Joseph and St. Michael’s Hall.  The sidewalks, which were in poor condition in areas, are being replaced.

 Frs. Victor and Guerric visiting before Compline.
Below:  Frs. Xavier and Quentin take a stroll on the east side of the monastery.IMG_3570
 Br. Blaise and Archbishop Jerome survey the work on the sidewalks.IMG_3576