Father Gavin gave the remembrance for Father Damian last Friday,
and Archabbot Kurt presided and preached at the funeral Mass on
Saturday. Friends, family, scientific colleagues, students,
classmates and parishioners of Father Damian joined us for the
Having a little fun…During the One Bread, One Cup conferences
and their variety show, Father Harry and a troupe of monks have
been performing a song and dance of the story of Moses and the
Israelites featuring Brother Joel as the Lord, Novice Joshua as
Pharoah, Brother Jean as Moses and a strong cast of junior monks as
the Israelites. Father Colman rounds out the crew starring as the
pianist along with Father Christian on guitar.
Several One Bread, One Cup interns helped with our Eucharistic
Celebration last Sunday by serving as thurifer, Mass server, and
singing and playing instruments for our preparation and Communion
Brother Martin and Passionist Brother Michael Moran lead an
artist's six-day hands-on workshop and retreat this week titled
"The Image as a Window to the Spiritual".
Brother Zachary, on "The Jesus Prayer", explored this ancient
prayer with retreants this week for a midweek retreat.
On the beer-brewing front, Brothers Nathaniel and Jean have some
great news to share. They entered a competition in Ferdinand for a
festival there. Among the 40 entries, their dark beer won the "dark
beer" category and also best of show. Because you might ask: No,
the beer is not available for purchase as it is a hobby these
brothers are taking their time in learning more about and sharing
the fruit of their labor with the monastic community right now.
In a special episode of our podcast Echoes from the Bell Tower,
Brother Joel and Novice Tony interview Archabbot Kurt.
Click this link for more information.
On the topic of Abbot Kurt, we had our first community
conference with him this Wednesday. After his conference, the
community (less the novices and juniors) elected two monks to join
the Abbot's Council.
Today, Friday June 24, we had a modified "Sunday schedule" to
honor the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist
(Breakfast at 6:30 a.m., Vigils and Lauds at 7:15 a.m., and Mass
followed by Midday Prayer at 11:00 a.m.). Being that this solemnity
is an Order of the Prior, Father Prior John served as our Heb at
Office and presider at Mass. An interesting note, he wore an alb at
Mass that his mother and sister helped make 50 years as his
To close, a reflection by St. Anselm (from his Proslogion)
featured on Brother Francis' blog, the Path of Life. Click here to
Opened and Closed