For those in Need

After our very successful Giving Tuesday event, where many people contributed their time and treasure in providing for families in need, we were ready for the next step:  Deliver the goods! Five of us from the Abbey (including three monks) traveled to Maryville to visit with the families and bring them the gifts that aimed […]

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 […]

The Week Ends, the Week Begins

We have had significantly cooler temperatures these past few days.  On Friday we had a high of only 54.  Saturday morning it was 36 degrees out, before warming up to 63. Fortunately the weekend was very sunny.  It made for excellent biking weather, and I spent every free moment on my bicycle, knowing that there […]

Beat the Heat

It was a sweltering 90 degrees at the Abbey today.  Of course we have seen warmer, and during most summers, we would regard 90 as nothing special, but it has been a cooler summer, so it feels downright hot and humid today. Thunderstorms caused some havoc in the area, mainly with the electricity toward the end […]

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 […]