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This past weekend was our annual Alumni Reunion Weekend.  We welcome more than 100 alumni.  Many of them were eager to return to see the newly renovated monastery, a capital campaign to which many of them contributed generously.IMG_8691

Bishop Pates (Diocese of Des Moines) was the Guest Speaker for Alumni Day and he also celebrated Mass for the seminary and monastery communities.IMG_8263 IMG_8301 IMG_8349

Below:  Fr. John Kappe (Hitchcock, Texas) received the Distinguished Alumnus Award.IMG_8377

Seminarians and alumni had the opportunity to take a tour of the monastery.IMG_8400

Seminarians enjoy posing for pictures in the monastery barbershop.IMG_8441 IMG_8455 IMG_8460

Friday evening we hosted the first annual Alumni Volleyball Tournament.  The freshmen, sophomore, juniors, seniors & pre-theology students had a team, as well as the alumni in the 5 team round robin tournament.IMG_8516 IMG_8555 IMG_8574  IMG_8638

The junior class wore all black clothes.  They finished 2nd overall, with the senior class winning it all.IMG_8641

Below:  My classmates and I graduated in 2005, and we celebrated our 10 year reunion.IMG_8671

Tuesday evening, the Feast of Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael was the annual open house for St. Michael Hall.  The freshmen and sophomore floors were open for other seminarians and monks to take tours.  Many of the men shared their musical talents.IMG_8707 IMG_8714 IMG_8719 IMG_8720 IMG_8724 IMG_8728 IMG_8729 IMG_8732 IMG_8733 IMG_8735 IMG_8739