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These past few days we have been having our “Monastery Visitation.” Each monastery has a visitation where three monks appointed by the Abbot President of the Congregation visit the house and speak individually with every member of the monastic community individually. It is a time for “self-evaluation” as a community, to recognize one’s strengths and weaknesses, and to help us prepare for the future and grow. Our visitation started Thursday evening and will conclude this afternoon.

On Thursday and Friday of last week we had some beautiful weather and I was able to get outside for a couple of bike rides. You can see the leaves have fallen off of the trees and the angle of the sun is now casting some really long shadows.

The “Monks on Mission” (i.e. those serving out in parishes) will be home by tomorrow in preparation for our own community meetings and celebration of Thanksgiving. It is an enjoyable time to be together with everyone in community.

Sunday morning we woke up to snow. There was about 1.5 to 2 inches of snow that fell, just enough to cover the ground. Much of it melted as the sun came out, but some still remains.

For the past few years I have been working on a stained glass window project and now I am happy to announce that it is complete! It started with making a stained glass window for the monastery Mass chapel. I completed that sometime in May 2016. The Mass chapel window is a single window, but a double panel, identical to the one seen below. However, in the chapter room, there are two windows and a total of four panels. Pictured below is one of the windows from the chapter room. An identical window is on the south side of the room as well.

You can read more about my stained glass experience and some of the progress along the way in a previous blog post. Now I just have to figure out what will be the next project!