From August 14-21, Fr. Christopher Kirchgessner led a retreat in the monastery for the 2014 Benedictine Volunteer Corps members. They are Mr. Andrew Becker, Ms. Gillian Brown, Mr. Ryan Conrad, and Ms. Erin Ferris. The four of them will be serving in Tanzania, Africa for eight months beginning on August 22nd.
In addition to his normal duties, Br. Anthony Swofford has been growing a vegetable garden this summer for the monastery. Particularly abundant have been the tomatoes and the okra, and the monastery kitchen has greatly benefited.
On August 18th, fall semester classes began at Belmont Abbey College. Br. Gregory Marshall is taking classes in the College working toward a likely Bachelor’s degree in English. Br. George Rumley is taking classes in the College in preparation for beginning a Master’s degree in English.
On August 16th, the Abbey Basilica was the site of the freshman Matriculation Ceremony, one of the events marking the beginning of the new academic year. This fall semester, Fr. Christopher Kirchgessner will be teaching courses in Introduction to Scripture and First Year Seminar, Fr. Elias Correa-Torres will be teaching courses in Physical World, and Br. Ephrem Obermeyer will be teaching courses in Introduction to Scripture.
On August 15th, the Abbey celebrated the Solemnity of the Assumption. August 15th was also the day on which the new freshman class arrived at Belmont Abbey College for the fall semester, so many new students and their families joined the community for mass. At that mass, Br. George Rumley made his debut as Master of Ceremonies for the Abbey, a position he will hold going forward.
Br. Anselm Cundiff has resumed work on his dissertation in Philosophy from the University of Dallas, Texas. Br. Anselm is exploring Socrates’ treatment of the conflict between philosophic and poetic wisdom, as expressed in Plato’s Symposium and Apology of Socrates. In particular, Socrates seems to be responding to the ideas of Aristophanes. Br. Anselm is hoping to complete his work by the end of this academic year.
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