Twins; Feast of St. Scholastica

Saint Scholastica is the twin sister of St. Benedict.  On her feast day we have a special blessing for our Benedictine sister, Sister Carol Jean who teaches theology, and our 4 sets of fraternal twins. Prior John’s Blessing: Heavenly Father,…

Sunrise Frost

Today we begin the O Antiphons — O Wisdom from on high, all your works are blessed and holy, sea and earth and sun and sky! Everything is covered with a thin layer of frost this morning— how beautiful it…

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Twenty three years ago today, I was In Mexico City for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Indeed, it was a memorable experience, which I will always remember. I came to realize at this time that the black ribbon…

Bittersweet

Each year in late November, I start looking in the places where I have found bitter-sweet growing in the past. For the most part it has never failed me. Br. Jerome has always liked using bitter-sweet for the environment in…

Student Received into the Catholic Church

Abbot Theodore just happened to meet Zhuyi (Joey) Chen’s parents when Joey arrived as a freshman– he is now a senior. Abbot Theodore thought that perhaps they needed some direction and they responded that their son, Joey was just up…

Apples, Apples, Apples

Years ago our Br. Andrew decided that we needed some apple trees. In the early 60’s, he planted an orchard near the water treatment plant. There were about 30 trees at that time. Most of them were yellow and red…

Beautiful Trees —- Praising the Lord

More Photos When I was studying Theology at St John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, I met monks from St. John’s who composed music. I shall always be fond of the texts and music of Bryan Hayes OSB. I am particularly…

3 more Oblates

For the second week in a row at evening Vespers the Abbey welcomed new oblates.   Deacon Thomas and Joanne Frankenfield made their oblations along with Junior Aaron Karnish.  Aaron is the first student sofar this year to make his oblation. …