Today on Sunday, April 1, we began that great week known as Holy Week. On Holy Thursday evening we begin the Sacred Triduum which concludes on Easter Sunday evening with vespers. Today I was at Parnell, MO for two Masses, one yesterday evening on Saturday and one this morning. On Thursday I will leave for Brookfield, MO where I will celebrate the Holy Triduum, beginning withthe Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Thursday. It is always a joy to celebrate this week when God shows His love for us in such a special way.
A week or so ago Bishop-elect Edward Weisenburger was here for a retreat in preparation for his ordination as a bishop on May 1. He went to all four years of college here at Conception. He will be the new bishop of Salina, Kansas.
The weather has been just out of this world. We had a day or two of rain this last week, but the temperatures have been almost like summer. It is not unusual for the temperature to reach the mid-80's in the afternoon. It certainly has been an unusual year weather wise here in the midwest.
Three of our monks who are away studying theology at St. Meinrad Archabbey and Seminary in Indiana, are home for this week. Brother Guerric who is a deacon and will be ordained a priest in May, Brother Victor who will be ordained a deacon in May and also Brother Macario who is completing his 2nd year of theology. Brother Paul who is studying at St. Vincent Seminary in Pennsylvania is not able to be home for this week. He also will be ordained a deacon in May.
We have been having a lot of retreatants here, especially on weekends. This weekend was RCIA weekend so many candidates who are entering the Church this year at Easter were here with their sponsors and those who have been preparing them.
I wanted to include a picture or two as the St. Gabriel Guest House is just about completed. They are now in the process of pouring sidewalks, doing some landscaping and then some extended parking lots. While we are dedicating the building in May, I don't think we are planning to start using it until June. It will take some time to get all the furniture in the rooms etc.
Taken March 31, 2012. Brothers Victor and Macario
standing in front
For more photos of the building the St. Gabriel Guest House
click on this link.
And to all readers of this blog have a Blessed Holy Week and Easter -- ALLELUIA