The past couple weeks have been an intense period of transition
for me. In a matter of three weeks, I finished my master's degree,
moved to a new place five hours away from my home and started a new
I talked with a friend recently who went through the same
experience last year and asked her how she was able to handle the
transitions. She said, "You don't really handle it; you just wake
up one day after a while and find that you finally feel at
Last week I had the honor and privilege to meet over 220 alumni
and friends at our 86th annual Alumni Reunion. For some,
it was their first time back on the Hill in a long time, while for
others it was a time to come back for their yearly visit to catch
up with old friends and see familiar faces.
The reunion schedule was full of events, including a social on
Sunday evening, a golf outing on Monday, the class anniversary
banquet on Monday night and the Distinguished Alumnus Award banquet
on Tuesday night.
This year, Msgr. Michael Hohenbrink from the ordination class of
1974 and Mr. John Allen Buche from the class of 1961 were awarded
the Distinguished Alumnus Award and joined the ranks of many
inspiring alumni who have received the award in the past.
In addition to the social events, many attended presentations
throughout the reunion. Fr. Denis Robinson, OSB, president-rector
of Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, gave a wonderful
Day of Recollection on "The Science of the Cross" on Monday, while
our Alumni Board President Dr. Darren Sroufe and alumnus Mr. Edward
Huff gave presentations on service opportunities available to our
alumni in the upcoming year.
On Tuesday, Bishop Charles Thompson, a 1987 alumnus, gave an
insightful presentation titled "Captivated by Pope Francis" that
was well attended by our alumni. In the afternoon, some attended a
presentation on "Hispanic Ministry: Challenges and Opportunities"
by Dr. Robert Alvis, while others attended a presentation by 1978
alumnus Jerry Aull called "Crazy Busy or Better at Balance?" Along
with the presentations, Bishop Peter Libasci, ordination class of
1977, gave a poignant homily about seeking the face of God at our
annual reunion Mass.
Throughout the weekend and through many conversations, I found
that our alumni have experienced many transitions throughout their
lives. Many remarked that Saint Meinrad, too, has gone through many
transitions since they left the Holy Hill years ago.
It seems that new jobs, new places, new people, new homes, new
buildings and new programs are all a part of what makes life both
beautiful and challenging.
Meeting, talking with and working with our alumni these past few
weeks has been a true blessing in this time of transition from old
to new. It has reminded me once again that the place, prayer and
life of the monks of Saint Meinrad inspire us all to look toward
our foundation in a life full of transitions.
The reunion offered a chance for many of our alumni to do just
that and to reconnect with the place they called home for so many
years. These past few weeks, and most especially our Alumni
Reunion, has taught me that there is no better place to have a new
beginning than a place that so many call home in a life full of
So here's to new beginnings and to those old friends and places
that give us the courage to handle the many challenges and to see
the many opportunities throughout the journey.