On December 1, Abbot Placid, Father Christopher, Father David Brown and Father Elias joined the college students for the United by Praise Advent Penance Service. The students arranged for a Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament and a talk in addition to Confessions.
Members of the monastic community joined Dr. and Mrs. Theirfelder at the annual President’s Christmas Reception for the college at Stowe Manor in Belmont on the evening of December 5.
On the morning of December 8, the monastic and college communities celebrated the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the 50th anniversary of the solemn closing of the Second Vatican Council, and the opening of the Holy Year of Mercy with a pontifical Mass in the basilica.
Brother Anselm defended his doctoral dissertation in Philosophy at the University of Dallas on December 9, and was awarded his degree with honors.
Brother Tobiah and the monks in the formation program made their annual trip to the North Carolina mountains to get the Christmas trees for the monastery. The community will decorate the trees at the conclusion of the Advent retreat day on December 19.
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