We started a new book at table recently: The Boys in the
Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936
Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown.
Last week we remembered the one-year anniversary of Brother
Benedict's death, and as is customary, he was our Mass intention on
Brothers Nathaniel and Jean entered another beer competition on
Saturday, the Hollandfest in Holland, Indiana. They won the
category for light beer with their saison, and they nearly won the
This week our Health Service team hosted a blood drive through
the American Red Cross.
Archabbot Kurt returned from the Abbot's Congress trip last
night (Thursday). We welcome him home.
Work continues on our geothermal system, connecting the various
lines and wells. Additionally, several cracked roads have been
repaired and continue to be repaired around campus. The parking lot
below the library is having some much needed smoothing out and
expansion as parking for guests and coworkers.
Brother Maurus reports that this time of year is a popular time
of year for groups and guests to visit. He has given at least 4 or
5 tours this week to various groups.
The junior monks are meeting with Father Thomas, their
socius, on Monday evenings for junior conferences. Their
topic is on the "Theology of the Liturgy of the Hours," or what St.
Benedict calls "the work of God."
Several monastic professors are spending the day in New Harmony,
Indiana, along with the other faculty in our seminary for their
Faculty Study Day. (No classes for students today … this author is
OK with that. GRIN!)