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There are many activities in these final days of Advent as we prepare for Christmas. The monks began decorating the monastery, with the church decorations to follow on Sunday afternoon.
Below: Construction on the monastery’s water tower is coming along nice. The new water tower on the southeast side of campus will allow the monks to activate their fire sprinkler system throughout the monastery.
Below: On Wednesday I led a group of 13 college students on a Day of Recollection. They arrived at 2:00 PM and stayed at the Abbey until 10:30 PM. The schedule involved, games, volleyball, Bible Study, Reconciliation, Evening Prayer, Holy Hour, and group reflection. The Holy Spirit was really present and active in their lives!
Below: December 17-23 we have been chanting the O Antiphons. We display our nicely decorated book which we incorporate at Evening Prayer.
Above: Novice Walter and Fr. Macario decorate the monastery dining room.
Below: Br. Cyprian adds ornaments to the tree in the monastery recreation room.