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The monks were ready for the Solar Eclipse 2017. Br. Cyprian and Br. Matthew were so excited they wore their eclipse glasses around in the morning.

It ended up being a most cloudy day- not the ideal conditions for viewing the eclipse. We happened to be just within the path that would get about 16-20 seconds of total eclipse.

Below: Monks, seminarians, and faculty watch the eclipse.

The rays still shined through the mostly cloudy sky. With the glasses one could see the moon blocking out a significant portion of the sun, but as the time for total coverage came close, then thick clouds prevented us from seeing it.

It was still a great experience and the best thing was that we didn’t have to travel to see it! It was remarkable how dark then light it got as the moon was blocking out the sun.