The summer has been wonderful, but it is going by quickly. From June 10-July 3 I was in Omaha taking classes at Creighton. It required full days of being in class and studying. I was in class between 4-6 hours a day and had about 3-4 hours of homework each day. I am working on a Master’s degree in Christian Spirituality.
Above: View of downtown Omaha across the Missouri river from Iowa.
Below: View from the Lewis and Clark monument near Council Bluffs, Iowa, looking toward downtown Omaha.
One evening while in Omaha, I was able to visit Sam Mellender at his family’s house. Sam is studying for Conception Abbey in our seminary college. He is one of eleven children, and I’m pictured with Sam and the eight younger siblings. It was on my birthday, so we celebrated with cake!
I was asked to be Conception Seminary’s representative for the Diocese of Tulsa and Archdiocese of Oklahoma City ordinations. My friend Fr. Jerome Krug was ordained for Oklahoma City. He is pictured below right before he celebrated his First Mass at St. Monica’s in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Below: Conception Alumni, from left to right: Fr. Bill Cremers, Deacon Travis Crotty, Fr. Jerome Krug, Dillon Cott, Thomas Maddock.
July 5-6 I traveled to St. Louis to visit with two monastery vocation candidates. We had great visits and I was able to tour St. Louis with one of our candidates, visiting the popular sights like the Gateway Arch, the Old Courthouse, and the Cathedral.
Above and Below: The Old Courthouse and dome.
Below: St. Louis Cathedral- a beautiful church!
Below: After all of the travels and busyness, it is wonderful to be at the monastery. We have had beautiful summer weather.