The First Week of May

There were plenty of activities going on this past week, and the next week it looks like it will continue. May 13-14 is graduation weekend for Conception Seminary College. On Saturday, April 29, we had some bad weather, mainly strong winds and rain. A large branch from the tree in the cemetery split from the base. The […]

Abbey Trails 2016

Saturday morning we had our 21st Annual Abbey Trails 5K run/2 mile walk. It was a great success as we welcomed 175 participants. It turned out to be a beautiful May morning, with the exception of one small rain cloud and one bolt of lightning that occurred partway through the race. I participated in the […]

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 […]

Racing to the Wedding

I’m in Maryville, Missouri today, just 18 miles from the Abbey on pastoral assignment.  While our Fr. Martin is on vacation and celebrating his 40th anniversary of priesthood in Alaska with some parishioners of St. Gregory Barbarigo parish, I am covering the wedding of Colby and Taylor Wiederholt.  This is my first wedding to officiate as […]

Swim, Bike, Run

Do monks get to pursue their hobbies and interest in the monastery? Yes, is the short answer.  We obviously have to get permission and it cannot be too extravagant. On Saturday morning, for the third year in a row, I participated in the Cameron YMCA Triathlon (Cameron, MO). It was a gorgeous and cool morning […]

Abbey Trails

On Saturday we had beautiful weather for our 19th annual Abbey Trails 5K Run/2-mile walk.  We had 87 runners and 115 walkers participate.  The sun was shining and the wind was hardly blowing at all, perfect conditions for some morning exercise. I ran in the 5K race, finishing 4th overall with a time of 19:20, […]

Monks Compete in Warrior Dash

Last May, Fr. Victor and I were ordained to the priesthood.  This past Saturday, we were completely covered from head to toe in mud after competing in our first “Warrior Dash.”  The Warrior Dash is a 5K (3.1 mile) race with 12 different obstacles, most involving barbwire, water, mud, with some climbing structures.  It’s not […]

Body and Soul: John Paul II Fitness Center

Tuesday evening is the only day of our monastic schedule that varies a little.  I described our usual haustus practice in a previous post.  This evening after Vespers, we had a community meeting to discuss certain plans in preparation for the renovation of the monastery.  It is a significant project and we have many things to consider. […]

From Sunrise to Sunset

Everyone had a strange feeling when they stepped outside this morning– it actually felt warm.  I know that “warm” is a relative term, but to be outside, see the glorious sunrise, and not have to wear a coat, how can you not raise your mind and heart to God? When I saw the temperature this […]