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June 25– We hosted our Benedictine friends from Missouri and Kansas for the blessing of the monastery.  Abbot Gregory presided over the brief ceremony which took place in the monastery chapter room.  It included a greeting, singing of a Psalm, reading, hymn, and blessing of the newly renovated monastery with holy water.  Afterwards the Benedictine brothers and sisters from different communities, were invited to tour the first floors of the monastery and enjoy refreshments and conversation.

This was a historic day for our monastic community.  God be praised!         

Below:  Guests pay a visit to the monastery dining room.  

Below:  Fr. Macario, playing the role of “Mr. Hospitality.”  

Below:  Fr. Xavier (right) explains to Prior Jeremy (St. Benedict’s, Atchison) about how monasteries were built in the good ol’ days (or they were talking sports).        
Below:  Br. Maximilian shows one of the sisters (Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles) a picture of a monk’s room.