July Update

July continues to go by quickly! Earlier this month, July 13-15, a few of my classmates and I were able to get together at Conception Abbey to spend time together for the weekend. Our graduating class had close to 30 men, but about eight tried to get together, and five of us were able to […]

Summer Program

The reason I haven’t posted any new blogs for the past few weeks is because I have been away from the monastery. On June 10th I headed to Creighton University in Omaha to begin a 4 week summer program in Spirituality. I am taking six credit hours toward a Master’s in Christian Spirituality. It took […]

Adventures in Bicycling

On Saturday, seminarian John Paul Hartnedy (Diocese of Little Rock) and I headed out on a little biking pilgrimage. Our plan was to ride the Wabash Trace Nature trail from Blanchard, Iowa to Imogene, Iowa and visit St. Patrick’s Church in Imogene. The monks have been reading the history of the Diocese of Des Moines […]

Picturesque

These past 10 days or so have been absolutely beautiful. It has been sunny and in the 70’s and 80’s. It is certainly a good start for the summer. By the end of the week, it will be into the 90’s. The seminarians have been away for a few weeks. Three of them returned this […]

Witnessing the Faith

On Sunday early afternoon, seminarian Chris Davis (Diocese of Salina) and I decided to bike to Maryville to participate in Life Chain Sunday.  I tried getting others involved, but not too many were thrilled about the 35 mile round trip.  We planned to do this a couple days before, but when Sunday rolled around, it […]

1,500 Miles…and Counting

As the temperatures get cooler, I am happy to announce that this week I reached my 1,500 mile biking goal for the year.  All of my bike rides for the year began at the Abbey.  The outdoor biking season is not necessarily over, but I prefer not to bike in temperatures below 50 degrees, especially if […]

Adventures in Ministry

It is a great joy and blessing to be a monk and a priest.  I enjoy the benefits of common prayer, community life, and I am able to take pastoral assignments, particularly on the weekend.  Several weeks ago, I saw on the calendar that I would be assigned for three weekend Masses at St. Gregory Barbarigo parish in […]