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The afternoon sun is setting a little too quickly for my preference these days. While everyone enjoyed that extra hour of sleep for Daylight Savings Time, it is strange going to Evening Prayer while the sun is already set. Nevertheless, these days of fall have a beauty of their own, even if the leaves are past their peak.

The past week has been filled with meetings with the freshmen that live on my residence floor and deadline work on Tower Topics. Toward the end of the last week I made a trip to Wichita and spoke at Bishop Carroll high school about monastic vocations.  I also headed over to Tulsa, Oklahoma to celebrate Mass at the University of Tulsa and I spoke to a Confirmation group at St. Mary’s Church in Tulsa. Travel is tiresome for me, but it was enjoyable to share a little bit about monastic life with high school and college age students. I returned Monday afternoon to an inbox full of emails and plenty of work to do.

Below: Monastic Experience Weekend (Oct. 31-Nov. 2), we welcomed two men who are considering monastic life into the monastery for the weekend retreat. Saturday evening Brs. Placid and Michael joined us for some fun and games. We hope to have several other monastic vocation guests visit during Christmas break.

Below: Tuesday morning I took this picture as the sun was rising. It is one of my favorite ones I have taken this year.

Below: Tuesday afternoon I joined our Director of Communications, Jenny Huard, in sitting in on the Seminary Public Relations Committee meeting. We look at upcoming events and brainstorm how we want to cover the events with pictures and video. We are never short of ideas.

Recently, the Public Relations Committee had the opportunity to interview our newly installed bishop, Bishop James V. Johnston (Kansas City-St. Joseph).  Check out the video.

Below:  Sneak preview- The cover of the Fall-Winter issue of Tower Topics will look something like this. It features our new Rector (Fr. Brendan Moss, O.S.B.) and Vice-Rector (Fr. Pat York). I’m happy to have this issue finished and sent off to the printers. It always takes a lot of hard work to take photos, compile articles, and do the layout and design.

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