Friday, May 30, 2008
The picture up above was just taken this afternoon as I was out walking. I have had to have little growths taken off my face a few times so the doctor recommended I wear a brim hat when out in the sunshine. So I invested in a straw hat. When I was a kid you could get a straw hat for a dime or perhaps fifty cents. Today it costs $10.00. So life changes.
May 26-28 two alumni and friends visited here at Conception. They were Nathan Gohlke and Tim Martinson. Nathan will be ordained to the priesthood on June 7 for the diocese of Joliet. Tim is studying for the diocese of Cheyenne. Then May 29-30 another alumnus, Vic Brulez, from back in the late 1960's visited. Vic now lives in Indianapolis. And then this evening and tomorrow alumnus Nick Reid will be visiting. Nick is now studying at Catholic University of America and preparing for ordination to the priesthood for the diocese of Jefferson City.
This weekend I will be celebrating the Masses at Parnell, Missouri, only about twenty miles from here. It is one of the many parishes in the area that we staff.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Yesterday, the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, was also the day for the Rosary rally and procession sponsored by the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas and the diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. This was held at Kaufmann Stadium in Kansas City which is where the Royals play their baseball games. There were about 25,000 people present for the event.
It is definitely starting to heat up and the humidity has been quite high the last couple of days. Summer seems to be here. We have missed the big storms but there have been plenty of them here in the Midwest United States.
Pictured to the left Benjamin and Alicia Darnell
Sunday, May 18, 2008
The other picture is a picture of the cherry picker we rented to trim some of the trees that were so badly damaged last December in the ice storm. Many limbs that are up higher in the trees were broken and the only way to trim them out was to get a lift to reach them. It is being operated by one of our students, Kevin Anstey, who is working here this summer and has had experience working one of these machines. He is from the diocese of Davenport, Iowa
We are having some beautiful weather now and the farmers are out working hard in the fields. It's good weather go for a walk and I have been going on a walk almost everyday. Today while out I did the little short video as you see up above. It's the first time I've put a video on the blog so I hope it works. It shows some of the wind turbines in relation to the monastery.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
The monks who are working in parishes will be coming home this afternoon and tomorrow morning. After some meetings tomorrow morning and afternoon, the monastic community will begin their community retreat tomorrow evening. This year the retreat is being given by Father Tobias Colgan, O.S.B., the Prior of St. Meinrad Archabbey.
Parts of southern Missouri had tornadoes and storms yesterday but we just had a rainy and blustery day. Today is cool with the temperature only in the 50's and it is very windy.
Today, being Mother's Day, I wish all mothers a happy and blessed day.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
The wind turbines are all set up and they are working on them everyday to get them ready to start producing electricity. Many of them they have had running at various times as they are testing them. I thought I would give you some information on the size of these windmills. The height of the hub (that is up to where the blades are located) is 262.5 feet. The length of each blade is 139.5 feet. That means from the ground up to the top of the top blade is 402 feet. Each blade weighs 14,771 lbs. The weight of the rotor with the blades is 77,541 lbs. So you can see that these are immense machines. For more pictures of the wind turbines go to:
The bottom picture is of one of our flowering trees here on campus. Everything seems to be blooming at once so the campus is beautiful right now. More pictures of the campus that I took just today can be found at http://kennethosb.smugmug.com/gallery/2352186_M6vGA
Last Wednesday was our traditional May Day. It turned out to be a pretty nice day although we continue to have a lot of rain.
This is the last week of school in the seminary. Next Sunday, May 11, Pentecost Sunday, is graduation and the students then leave for the summer.