Provincial Chapter begins
I arrived at St. Meinrad yesterday afternoon and joined the rest of the Planning Committee as we looked over our new surroundings and made plans for the week. At 5:30 p.m. we drove into Tell City and joined one of our friars who lives there for a wonderfully relaxing dinner and evening. This morning we celebrated Mass and began seriously preparing for the arrival of the rest of the province.
After a morning of preparation and an afternoon of welcoming and registering the community we gathered in chapel for the official beginning of Chapter 2008. Pictured above are Fr. Fred link, O.F.M., out outgoing Provincial Minister, myself, the Executive Secretary for the Chapter, and Bro Andrew Brophy, O.F.M., our Visitor General who is from the Assumption Province and was assigned by our General Minister in Rome to oversee the Chapter and our elections--which will take place on Thursday.
The opening prayer was followed by supper and our first session. In the picture on the right we see the group enjoying some humorous quip in the midst of a serious evening in which our Provincial Minister, Fr. Fred, gave the closing report of his administration. The moving presentation was followed by a social honoring our outgoing administration.
Below are more pictures of the day.
Left, Postulant, soon-to-be-Novice, Josh van Cleef reports on the equipment in the gym which he scouted out for the group. Right, Archabbot Justin Du Vall welcomes the group to Saint Meinrad Archabbey. Eight hundred years ago, both Saints Francis and Clare found hospitality with the Benedictines of their day. Novice Richard Goodin, O.F.M. claps and smiles as Fr. Fred concludes his presentation. (The photos were all taken by Fr. Frank Jasper, O.F.M.)