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  • Reception for Abbot Gregory

    On Wednesday evening the monks had a reception and banquet in honor of Abbot Gregory. It was a time to gather as a monastic community as say "thank you" to Abbot Gregory for almost 20 years of service as abbot, as he soon departs for Rome, Italy to begin...

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  • Monastic Recreation

    During these beautiful summer months the monks go outside after supper as a community. Many times we simply sit outside or walk around the sidewalk and enjoy one another's company. It is a time to relax, let the food digest, before we return to the Basilica...

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  • Picturesque II

    The past few weeks have been very busy. I helped out with the Companion Camp Reunion, then departed for Wichita and Oklahoma City to visit a monastic vocation guest and attend the priesthood ordination as the seminary representative for alumnus John Paul...

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  • Summer Flowers

    Recently, I made a quick loop around campus with the goal of capturing some nice summer pictures. I wanted to see what kinds of colors were around and see what else I could find.           Below: A picture from Br. Etienne.

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  • Picturesque

    These past 10 days or so have been absolutely beautiful. It has been sunny and in the 70's and 80's. It is certainly a good start for the summer. By the end of the week, it will be into the 90's. The seminarians have been away for a few weeks. Three...

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  • Clyde by Air

    The Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Clyde, Missouri (just two miles down the road) asked me to do some aerial photography and videography with the aerial drone. I had been wanting to take pictures of their beautiful grounds. They have a...

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  • From Above

    The weather has been beautiful this week and the sun finally broke through the clouds today to unveil some vibrant colors. Just during this week we have seen a remarkable difference with the amount of foliage on the trees. We still have a ways to go,...

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  • Magnolias in Bloom

    The magnolia trees between the monastery and St. Maur Hall are in full bloom. The opened up sometime early last week and were spared from the freezing temperatures. Currently they are clinging to the branches amid some fierce southern winds that we have...

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  • Happy Easter

    Dear Friends, Christ is Risen, Alleluia, Alleluia! Happy Easter to all of you! We had a beautiful celebration of the Easter Vigil, beginning in darkness at 4:30 a.m., but concluding in the light of a new day. May the Risen Christ fill your heart with...

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  • Wild Winter Weather 

    It has been a strange weather week. On Wednesday it was 45 degrees out, but the lake was frozen solid. I decided to get out my ice skates for the first time this season. It was perfect skating weather, so I played some hockey for a while. The top layer...

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