Simple Monastic Beauty – by Fr. John Hagemann

For many, many years now Br. Jerome Kmiecik has very unassumingly created our chapel with a simple environment that is always beautiful — spiritual — monastic.

After the Christmas splendor, it is a very awesome feeling to enter the chapel and walk into an atmosphere that is simple, ordinary—but moving. I am not always sure that we all appreciate the thought and feeling that goes into creating such an environment.

I could not help but be inspired and awed by the environment created for the Baptism of the Lord and the beginning of Ordinary Time. I truly felt: This is my beloved Son — Listen to him!

The use of the simple purple wandering Jew ivy — or purple ivy — along with bitter sweet and a few eucalytus branches creates a beauty of the season—such a blend of subdued colors is very pleasing.

There is always balance in Br. Jerome’s arrangements and artistic positioning of plants and icons.

Below are a few photos that speak much better of what I am saying. Thank you, Br. Jerome — you are a blessing!


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