Fr. Guerric DeBona delivered the Marten Fellow
Homiletic Lecture at the University of Notre Dame in October. The
lecture was titled "Recovering Our Voice: Catholic Preaching and
Evangelization in America in the Early 20th Century."
Fr. Thomas Gricoski gave a retreat to Saint
Meinrad deacons titled "Mystagogy on the Rite of Ordination of a
Priest" at Einsiedeln, Switzerland, on January 16-21. He also
presented a paper, "Towards a Steinian Neo-Essentialism," at an
academic conference in Vienna in October.
Fr. Christian Raab published a review of Thomas
Merton's In the Valley of Wormwood: Cistercian Saints and
Blesseds for The Merton Annual: 2015 Centenary
Fr. Micheas Langston returned to the monastery
in November after serving for the past 12 years as a civilian
chaplain at Womack Army Medical Center and the Catholic community
at Fort Bragg, NC. He is currently working on German translations
in preparation for the quadrennial meeting of the world's abbots at
Sant' Anselmo in Rome.
Fr. Kurt Stasiak presented "Becoming Better
Confessors" for the Day of Sanctification, March 1, at Our Lady of
Fatima Retreat House in Indianapolis, IN. On March 3-4, he
presented workshops to the priests of the Diocese of Buffalo, NY,
and to the seminarians at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora,
Fr. Tobias Colgan published the Allendale
Mass, dedicated to the Carmelite nuns of Terre Haute, IN.
Br. John Mark Falkenhain will be on sabbatical
from mid-May to mid-December, staying at Catholic University of
America. While there, he will be writing a book on celibacy
formation and continuing his affiliation with Saint Luke
Archabbot Justin DuVall appointed Fr.
Eugene Hensell, Fr. Meinrad Brune,
Fr. Julian Peters, Br. John Mark
Falkenhain and Fr. Thomas Gricoski to the
Abbatial Election and Blessing Task Force. This group will handle
preparations and plans for the logistics of both the election and
blessing of the new abbot.