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Happy Feast of St. Benedict!

Normally the Feast of St. Benedict is on March 21, but due to Lent and Holy Week, and then the Octave Week of Easter, St. Benedict’s feast day (Transitus) was transferred to April 5.

The seminarians returned from Easter vacation on Sunday evening. Since the monks celebrate this day as a Solemnity, there were no classes in the seminary.

Instead, today the seminarians welcomed their pastors to the seminary for the annual Pastors Day. We also welcomed His Excellency, Bishop James Johnston, the bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph who celebrated Mass. Abbot Gregory preached The seminarians are now enjoying a relaxing, but windy spring day!

Above: Archbishop Paul Coakley (OKC), Bishop James Johnston (KC-St. Joe), and Archbishop Jerome Hanus, O.S.B.
Below: Abbot Gregory preaches12957677_1153767464674655_2834651090690512137_o
12419154_1153767554674646_6899777026341472241_oAbove: The icon of St. Benedict in the southeast apse of the Basilica is decorated and has his relic on display.