Monday, December 29, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Ice on trees and and on top of the snow from the recent ice storm.
Today there is a lot of decorating going on in the house. Tomorrow we will be decorating the church so it will be a busy couple of days.
So again, I want to wish all of you readers a blessed and happy Christmas. You will be in my prayers and remembered at Mass.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Snow on Tuesday, December 16
This is an exciting week for the students as they finishing the first semester and will be leaving for home on Thursday, December 18. They will not have to return until the 11th of January.
We were happy to welcome home yesterday Brother Anselm and Brother Victor. They both attend school at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. It is good to have them home again for a few weeks.
Brother Anselm on the left and Brother Victor on the right.With winter time here there is always concern as to whether or not our nursing staff will be able to get in for their regular hours. So far we have not had anyone calling in today but for the next few months we are sure to have some of that. When that happens for the night shift I myself sometimes have to go over and fill in as best I can.Friday of this week at noon we have a special Christmas luncheon for our employees. It is one little way we can show our appreciation for all they do to help us in our apostolates.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Brother Guerric and Brother Macario
The 10th of December will mark the first anniversary of the big ice storm we had here a year ago. It started freezing rain the night of December 10 and continued throughout most of the day on December 11. We hope and pray we have nothing like that again this year.
That's about it for this week. I pray you are having a blessed season of Advent and looking forward to the feast of Christmas. If you are interested you might also like to read my "Oblate blog." You can find it either on the Conception Abbey web site (http://www.conceptionabbey.org/) and click on oblates or go to http://osboblates.blogspot.com/
Monday, December 1, 2008
Snow on the ground Sunday morning, November 30
Advent also began this weekend so that means the feast of Christmas is soon approaching. Advent is a beautiful time of the year in the Church but unfortunately this whole season has been so commercialized that probably many do not even think about what we are preparing to celebrate.About two or three weeks ago we had a man from Houston, Texas come to Conception for a visit and for some days of quiet and rest. I found out his last name was Reichert. He and his wife are from Germany but presently he is working for a German-American Company in Houston, Texas so they live there most of the year at the present time. He spoke very good English so I had a couple of good visits with him. He is from a part of Germany that is not far from where my ancestors came from. He heard about Conception on the internet and just decided to call and see if he could come up for a few days. Little did he realize he would run into another Reichert up here.
Picture of Markus Reichert (from Germany) and Father Kenneth. (He visited here shortly after I had my nose operated on for a skin cancer.)
The students returned last evening. They will be here now until December 18, when Christmas vacation begins.
I was surprised on Saturday to have some very good friends come for an overnight visit. Benjamin and Alicia Darnell who now live in Dayton, Ohio, were back in Missouri for Thanksgiving and decided to stop by here to visit on their way back to Ohio. They left Sunday afternoon to drive back. It's a long trip from here but it was sure good to see them. Some of you will remember that I presided at their wedding in Springfield, Missouri in May, 2007.
Benjamin and Alicia Darnell