From the Pastor's Desk

From the Pastor's Desk

A Report from Haiti

Posted by Laura Kosta on 8/16/18

Report on and from Haiti:Before I left on my vacation in June, I made arrangements to visit Haiti at the end of July to inspect the completed construction of St. Michel School. I made my flight reservations and breathed a sigh of relief that I could forget all about ... Read More »

Humanae Vitae, 50 Years Later

Posted by Laura Kosta on 8/09/18

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the promulgation of the encyclical letter Humanae Vitae by Pope Paul VI. This was a momentous event in the life of the modern church. It is remarkable that it became so momentous, because the entire Christian church—Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant—always taught artificial ... Read More »

Mission Territory

Posted by Laura Kosta on 8/03/18

When I was growing up in the 1950s, we received lots of magazines like Maryknoll from missionary religious orders who were busy all over the world spreading the Gospel. As children, we brought our pennies and nickels into school to add to the fund to ransom pagan babies. We ... Read More »

A Holy Family

Posted by Laura Kosta on 7/26/18

For the last three months, there was a sign on the wall in the Parish Center that read, “Keep your eye on this space.” If you’ve been in the Parish Center lately, you know why.

An alumnus of the Priory School from the 1980s lives in Alaska and is ... Read More »

Keeping God in Genetics

Posted by Laura Kosta on 7/19/18

Sunday, July 22, is the birthday of Abbot Gregor. No, it is not the birthday of our Abbot Gregory. Abbot Gregor Mendel is slightly older, having been born in 1822. He was the abbot of Saint Thomas Abbey in Brno, which was in the Austro-Hungarian Empire and is now ... Read More »

St. Swithin's Day

Posted by Laura Kosta on 7/12/18

Sunday, July 15. If all goes according to plan, I will be starting my trip home on this day. If all goes according to plan, I will be rested and ready to do battle again against the powers of evil.

July 15 is also the anniversary of the nomination ... Read More »

Our Abbot, Our Spiritual Father

Posted by Laura Kosta on 7/05/18

As you must know by now, on June 8, the monks of Saint Louis Abbey elected a new Abbot. Fr. Gregory Mohrmann, the first graduate of the Priory School to enter the monastery, has now become our first home-grown Abbot.

One of the questions I am often asked is ... Read More »

Independence Day

Posted by Laura Kosta on 6/28/18

Happy Independence Day…again. Aren’t we fortunate that we can celebrate this year after year, fortunate that our independence continues and has not ended?

Oh sure, some days we think it’s all coming apart. When Barack Obama was elected, a lot of people thought it was the end of all ... Read More »

Restoring Hope

Posted by Laura Kosta on 6/22/18

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those whose spirit is crushed. (Psalm 34:18)

There have been some high profile suicides lately, people like Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, people who from all appearances have everything going for them. Unfortunately there have been MANY suicides of late, ... Read More »

Facing My Facial Expressions

Posted by Laura Kosta on 6/14/18

Happy Father’s Day! Make your father or husband smile today.

I must make a confession and an apology for something brought to my attention a couple of weeks ago. It seems that a child was interested in being a reader at the Family Mass, but told one of her ... Read More »


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