Last week I was out for a walk one nice afternoon and I took my camera to take a few pictures. Many of the trees are really beautiful right now. It's a nice time of the year. The only thing is that we know winter is to follow. Hopefully it will be a mild winter but who knows!!
This past Sunday I drove to Des Moines to attend an oblate meeting at the Basilica of St. John. Those oblates have belonged to St. Gabriel Priory at Des Moines but since that Priory is now being closed they have to change their affiliation. Most of them want to change to Conception Abbey. I spent the night in Des Moines and returned yesterday by noon.
Last night we had a lecture by Rabbi Alan Cohen from Kansas City. He shared a lot about what Jews believe. He has been to Conception two or three times before. It was an interesting lecture and I think we all came away with a better understanding of the Jewish religion.
Tomorrow Bishop Lucas from the diocese of Springfield, Illinois will be here. He will celebrate the conventual Mass tomorrow. He has two or three students here studying for the Springfield diocese.
This morning Father Hugh is having colon surgery at Heartland Hospital in St. Joseph. He will have to spend some days in the hospital after his surgery. Father Norbert and I are taking his place as chaplain for the Sisters at Savannah during his absence.