Sorry I haven't written on this blog for a while.
Board of Regents: The seminary board of regents met last weekend. This is an advisory board made up of some of the bishops who have students here in the seminary, vocation directors and other priests and lay people. They are an advisory board to the seminary administration but a very important part of the seminary and decisions that effect the seminary.
Open house in St. Stephen Health Care Center: Last Sunday, March 14, we had an open house in our newly renovated Health Center. It was well attended by many people from the area. There are still a few pieces of furniture to arrive yet but, for the the most part, it is completed and of course in use. For anyone who had seen it before the renovation it's hard to imagine it is still the same building.
Weekend pastoral help: It seems there has been a lot of requests for weekend help lately. On the weekend of March 6-7, I went to Montrose and Butler, MO. These two parishes are served by one priest and there are two Masses at each parish so it was a busy weekend and a long drive. Then on Saturday, March 13, I went to St. Joseph, MO where I heard confessions and celebrated the 4:00 PM Mass. On Monday evening, March 15, I went with Fathers Xavier and Peter to the parish at Savannah, MO to help hear confessions at a penance service. This coming weekend, March 20-21 I go to the parish at Cameron, MO for Masses. At this time of year, with Easter coming soon, there are many penance services and frequently the pastors ask for help for these.
Snow is about all gone: As most of you know we had a lot of snow this winter and fortunately it is now just about all gone. The weather warmed up and we have had rain which helped get rid of the snow. However, that means we also have a lot of mud. If you get off of roads and sidewalks, the mud is deep and messy.
I am including some more photos of the Health Care Center, including some from the open house this past weekend.