It was a warm Labor Day Weekend in Missouri. Saturday morning I was at Viking Lake with the students from the Newman Center at Northwest Missouri State. We had Mass, then spent a few hours swimming and going out on the boat. Several of the priests from the Abbey take turns on the weekends celebrating Mass and ministering to the Newman students.
We had our annual Labor Day picnic, with both the seminary and monastic community coming together. The seminarians were on a Day of Recollection for the past 24 hours, and their silence concluded with the cookout.
Above: Fr. Pat, Fr. Albert, and the other chaplains are usually in charge of the grilling. We had steaks!
Below: The seminarians like playing hacky sack.
Below: The monks and seminarians make their way through the food line.