Cincinnati Oblate Chapter Minutes
November 20, 2016
Clyde Dorn, Pat Dorn, Rosemary Conrad, Joan Hilton, Ron DeMarco, John Campbell, Payton Reed, Mary Louise Reed, Linda McCarroll, and Nick McCarroll, Ron Lillie, Susan Anderson, Br. Simon Herrmann, OSB.
Introductions and reading of the Mission Statement opened our meeting. Second Sunday Vespers of Week Two was prayed together. The names of the deceased oblates of the Cincinnati chapter were read and prayed for.
Lectio Divina was shared together using Luke 23:35-43.The Minutes of October, 2016 were approved. Nick McCarroll reported our balance after contributions for last month is $75.00 and that will be paid to Br. Simon for coming to be with us today. Nick also reported that our chapter received a donation of $25.00 from Ron Beathand.
Pat Dorn reported that she is working on a directory of names, and is checking for phone numbers and addresses for those names that do not have these on record presently. Rosemary asked us to think about when we do vespers if we wish to chant the psalms, or combine chanting some and reciting some. Ron DeMarco reported on his trip to the Memphis chapter with Fr. Meinrad to give testimony on why he is an oblate.
Presentation by Br. Simon Herrmann, OSB.
Brother Simon shared his journey to the monastery and different signs throughout his early life, high school (attending OBOC as a participant), college (intern for OBOC for 3 summers), and post-college (worked at Saint Meinrad for 3 years as a lay person). He has said “yes” to monastic life, but he continues to realize what his “yes” means and continues to say “yes” as he learns and grows as a monk. His “yes”, and all of our “Yes’s” are ongoing.
Submitted by Ron DeMarco