Sunday, February 10, 2013

February 2013 Newsletter

You are receiving this newsletter a little earlier this month because Clyde and I are leaving on the 9 th for a couple of weeks in sunny Florida and I wanted to get it to you before we left. As the Minutes of the January meeting were not yet available, they will be distributed at the February meeting.

We are excited to welcome Sr. Mary Tewes and some of the oblates of the St. Walburga Monastery in Covington, Kentucky as special guests at our meeting on the 24th. Fr. Meinrad Brune, OSB, will be our special guest speaker for this meeting. The topic of his talk is: “Lectio Divina: Accepting the Embrace of God (Understanding Lectio Divina).”

I would like to express our appreciation to Melinda & Bob Reckers, our former webmasters, for their generosity in, once again, covering the expense of our Cincinnati Chapter website. (You will recall that Bob & Melinda paid this expense for many years without our even knowing it, and they have continued to do so even after their move to Texas!) Thank you, Bob & Melinda!

Fr. Adrien Burke, OSB, will be the presenter for the Oblate Retreat at Saint Meinrad from March 20-22. The topic of this retreat is “Lectio Divina and Spiritual Work: Praying and Progress.” I do not know if spaces are still available at this late date, but if you are interested in attending and have not ye made your reservations, it would be a good idea to do it right away.

God willing, we will see each other on the 24th! Have a Happy St.Valentines Day!


Please mark your calendars for the Ohio Oblates Day of Recollection on May 18, 2013 in Dayton, Ohio.

Fr. Columba Kelly, OSB, will be the presenter for this conference on “Lectio Divina: A Conversation with God.”

Additional information and registration details should be coming out soon from the Dayton Chapter.

January 2013 Newsletter

Our first meeting of 2013 will be held next Sunday, January 27 in the parish center at St. Gertrude in Madeira. The agenda and program information may be found below. The Minutes of the November meeting are enclosed. Please note that a copy of the very helpful Lectio Divina handout Fr. Francis de Sales Wagner gave out at the November meeting is on the reverse side of the Minutes for those who may have missed the last meeting.

Those “old timers” in our Cincinnati Chapter will fondly remember Bill Dieckman. For those who did not know him, Bill was a member of our chapter before he retired many years ago and moving to Pensacola, Florida. I regret to inform you that Bill passed away December 20. Please remember him in your prayers.

As an aside, I thought you might enjoy the item below which I am reprinting from one of our 2004 newsletters. Only Bill would have thought of this unique use for his Abby Casket, and it is comforting to know that he was able to take his altar with him.

For m er Cincinnati Oblate, Bill Dieckman, who now resides in Flor ida, recently sent the above photo to John Campbell, and John graciously shared it with us. Accompanying the photo was the following note:

"Greetings Oblate:

This is a picture of Fr. Perez, STD, w hen he blessed my house and oratory. I lifted the Altar" cloth so you could see the casket. I'm probably one of few people who have attended a Mass said on their own casket (outside of it, that is)!"

We hope Bill enjoys his "Altar " for a long, long time!

Benedictine Oblate Retreat March 20-22, 2013

Fr. Adrien Burke, OSB, is the presenter for the March 2013 Benedictine Oblate Retreat at Saint Meinrad Archabbey.

Fr. Adrien’s topic for the March Retreat is: “Lectio Divina and Spiritual Work: Praying and Progress.”

Spaces are filling up, so you might want to make your reservation soon if you are planning to attend.