Abbey Trails 2019

We had our annual 5K Run/2-mile walk on Saturday morning, May 4th. This year we had beautiful weather and a wonderful turnout. There were 81 runners in the 5K race and 120 walkers. Participants enjoyed brunch and the health fair after the race in St. Michael’s Gymnasium. Seminarian John Paul Hartnedy (Diocese of Little Rock) […]

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 […]

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 […]

Feast of St. Benedict

Today is the Feast of St. Benedict. However, our monastery observes it as a “Feast,” but give greater solemnity to the Transitus (passing) of St. Benedict, which is celebrated on March 21. Nevertheless, we call upon St. Benedict’s intercession:  Stir up in your Church, O Lord, the spirit that animated our Father Saint Benedict, that […]

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 […]