The week after Seminary Graduation was our monastery retreat week. The monastic community was on retreat from Monday, May 13 until Friday, May 17. It was a transition period from our academic year into our non-academic year. It’s a time when the students are back in their respective dioceses and the monks focus on other work.
This May it has been very rainy and stormy. Most of the states in the midwest have experienced large amounts of rain and some flooding. We have also had some of the most beautiful days. Take a look at some of these spring photos from around campus.
Below: I officiated at the wedding of a couple from the local area: Alex Holtman and Danae (Schieber). The wedding was on Saturday, May 18, and it was a very joyful and fun occasion. Both Alex and Danae had been in my Bible Study the past two years.
Below: On Tuesday evening I talked Abbot Benedict and some others into playing The Catholic Card Game. It is like the game Apples to Apples except all the cards have various Catholic references. One player reads one of the yellow prompt cards and the others play a card that best completes the prompt. It’s a pretty entertaining game.
Below: An example of one my winning hands.
Below: In the evenings and on weekends I have been taken with the game Spikeball. It can be best described as a combination between volleyball and four-square. I am playing with three kids from the local area.
Below: I biked to Guilford and took a look at the Platte River flooding into the local farm lands. It is not a very big river normally, sometimes it looks more like a stream or a creek, but as of Wednesday, May 29, it looks more like a lake!