The Infirmary addition construction is coming along nicely. This past week workers sprayed on a foam insulation on the exterior of the building.
Below: On Sunday morning there was a fog descending upon the Abbey. One of our neighbors took this picture and shared it with me.
The workers are making lots of progress on the Infirmary addition. The framework for the chapel was built up during this past week. I decided to take some aerial photos of the progress to give an interesting perspective.
We continue to enjoy beautiful and sunny weather with just enough rain to keep everything green.
There are plenty of good things happening around the Abbey during this first week of June. For example, Br. Anselm received three queen bees in the mail for his beehives. I saw him walking back from the post office in front of the monastery, looking rather closely at the box he tore open. I just figured someone had sent him some chocolate and he was really hungry. But, instead, I saw a sight I’ve never seen. Bees shipped in the mail! Have a look yourself.
For several years Br. Anselm has been keeping bees on the Abbey property, but since he lost one of his hives during the winter, he is working to replace it and continue his work.
In other news, a seminarian who is working here this summer was flying a small drone (not the drone I fly) and he got it stuck in the tree outside the westside of the monastery. I called our friendly neighbor and electrician, Darrell Schieber, to see if he would retrieve it for us. Darrell gladly assisted, venturing up to the upper part of the large tree in his bucket lift and plucking it off the branch with his hand. It’s wonderful to know such good people.
Speaking of aerial photography, I took a few more beautiful pictures during sunset the other evening. We are having some gorgeous evenings.
I’ve been working on some videos lately, so be sure to check back to see some of the videos when I publish them.
I flew the drone on Wednesday to capture these beautiful pictures of the monastery.
One evening Fr. Etienne (just one week ordained) and I tested out a new board game the other evening: Forbidden Island. It is a 2-4 player cooperative game. There is one way to win, but four ways to lose! We ended up winning both times and determined that we really enjoy this game.
In the evenings I’m working on finishing up the last two stained glass windows for the monastery. They will be installed in the monastery chapter room. Take a look at the pattern and assembly process below.
The past few days have been beautiful. Yesterday I flew the drone around to catch some of the sights of campus.
Fortunately I got those two pictures and many more taken before workers started demolition and construction on the front Basilica steps. This morning and afternoon a worker was tearing up the steps that had become damaged over the course of time and weather.
A few evenings ago, I took to the skies with the aerial drone to capture some beautiful pictures of campus. The generous rains have kept everything nice and green. Br. Etienne used the camera to take pictures of the drone in the air. It’s a pretty awesome invention.
Enjoy the pictures!
The Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Clyde, Missouri (just two miles down the road) asked me to do some aerial photography and videography with the aerial drone. I had been wanting to take pictures of their beautiful grounds. They have a nice community and many extraordinary buildings. Enjoy these pictures from the air.
The weather has been beautiful this week and the sun finally broke through the clouds today to unveil some vibrant colors. Just during this week we have seen a remarkable difference with the amount of foliage on the trees. We still have a ways to go, but spring is off to a great start. This week’s forecast calls for highs in the 70’s and 80’s.
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Some recent rain has brought the nice green color out in the grass and signs of spring are starting to bud everywhere. After yesterday’s rain, the sun came out later in the afternoon and campus looks beautiful at sunset. This aerial shot captures all of the buildings on campus.
In the monastery chapter room, the Tuesday evening conferences for the Year of Mercy continued. Yesterday Br. Jude gave his conference to the monastic community on the corporal/spiritual work of mercy “To bury the dead” and “To pray for the living and the dead.”
The monastery Tuesday evening custom of haustus continued in the monastic dining room, where the monks gathered for refreshments and supper. The food provided is simpler during these weeks in order to keep with the penitential practices of Lent, but there is still plenty of opportunity to enjoy the company of brothers.