July was a busy month on the Hill. In the monastery, the
Benedictine Scholars program came to an end and the monks
celebrated the Feast of all Benedictine Saints and the Solemnity of
Our Lady of Einsiedeln, the patroness of the Archabbey Church. They
also celebrated the profession jubilees of Brother Benedict and
Father Cletus (75 years), Father Rupert (70 years), Fathers Vincent
and Augustine (60 years), Father Raymond (50 years), and Father
Godfrey (25 years).
The Seminary and School of Theology stayed busy with the youth,
permanent deacon and lay degree programs. "One Bread, One Cup"
wrapped up the second week in July and deacon candidates from the
Archdiocese of Nassau were on the Hill for a week of homiletics
study and practice. The month wrapped up with 209 alumni and 36
guests returning to the Hill for the 86th annual Alumni
There was also action in the Oblate Office on July 11 when Fr.
Julian Peters, OBS, gave a Day of Recollection, and the Institute
for Priests and Presbyterates enjoyed the company of seven Stoking
the Fire participants. All-in-all, it was a good month that brought
many guests to the Hill.