From the Pastor's Desk

From the Pastor's Desk

Our Abbot, Our Spiritual Father

Posted by Katelyn Hansell 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 Katelyn Hansell 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 Katelyn Hansell 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 Katelyn Hansell 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 »

The Awful Grace of God

Posted by Katelyn Hansell on 6/08/18

Next Sunday morning I’ll be heading off on my vacation. My first stop will be where I grew up: Rochester, NY. Rochester has changed a lot since then, but so have I. Life is about changes.

A special event on this stop will be a gathering on June 20 ... Read More »

Unconventional Routes

Posted by Katelyn Hansell on 6/01/18

June 3 always stands out in my mind as the day Pope Saint John XXIII died and the day my brother’s oldest son was born. It also happens to be the Church’s memorial day of Saint Charles Lwanga and companions.

Pope John’s death stands out in my mind more ... Read More »

Taking a Stand for the Cross

Posted by Katelyn Hansell on 5/24/18

We have arrived at Memorial Day, the practical beginning of summer. Of course, going by the thermometer, summer began a few weeks ago. But on this Memorial Day, we gratefully remember all those who gave their lives for their countrymen. As Jesus told us, no one has greater love ... Read More »

Signs of Holiness

Posted by Katelyn Hansell on 5/17/18

Today is Pentecost, often called the “Birthday of the Church.” Pope Francis continues his Exhortation On The Call To Holiness In Today’s World:Just as you cannot understand Christ apart from the kingdom he came to bring, so too your personal mission is inseparable from the building of that kingdom: ... Read More »

A Mother's Day Message

Posted by Renee Molner on 5/11/18

These are the thoughts running through my mind as we arrive at this Ascension Sunday, which is also Mother’s Day. On April 9, Pope Francis released a new exhortation, “On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World,” which echoes something the Second Vatican Council stated clearly. “All the faithful, ... Read More »

A Storyteller

Posted by Renee Molner on 5/03/18

This time of year, many graduates are receiving a little book by Dr. Seuss. Its sentiments make me think of our Father Timothy, who has just graduated from this world to the next, with honors, in fact summa cum laude.With your head full of brains and your shoes full ... Read More »


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