Tuesday, February 18, 2014

February 2014 Newsletter

Our February meeting will be held in the St. Joseph room of the St. Gertrude Parish Center at 2:00 p.m. next Sunday, February 23. Br. Peduru Fonseka, OSB, will be the special guest speaker for this meeting. His talk is entitled Universal Call to Holiness.

Br. Peduru will also invest Anne Spaeth as a Benedictine Oblate Novice and receive Scott Alt’s oblation as a Benedictine Oblate at the February meeting. We are pleased to welcome Anne to our chapter and we extend our congratulations to both Anne and Scott.

As our January meeting was cancelled because of the bad weather, the Minutes of the November 24, 2013
meeting are attached for approval at the February meeting.

Christ in the Cloister: Shaped by Word and Sacrament is the topic of the March 19-21 Oblate Retreat at
Saint Meinrad Archabbey. Fr. Vincent Tobin, OSB, will be the presenter for this retreat. If you are planning
to attend and have not yet made your reservations, you may want to do so while guest rooms are still available.

The phone number for reservations is: 800-581-6905.



Please mark your calendars for the Ohio
Oblates Day of Recollection on May 17, 2014.
Our Cincinnati Chapter will be hosts for this
event, which will be held at the Milford Retreat Center.

January 2014 Newsletter

Our January meeting will be held on Sunday, January 26 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.

Jo Ann Moeller called me recently and asked me to extend her greetings to the oblates. Jo Ann, as most of you will remember, is an older oblate from Walton, Kentucky. As she is unable to drive, she depended on riding to the meetings with Bob and Melinda Reckers before they moved to Texas. Jo Ann said she is praying for the oblates, especially at the times we are meeting. And, speaking of Melinda, she emailed to wish everyone a Happy New Year. She and Bob are now the proud grandparents of three!

Fr. Meinrad Brune sent an email reminding the chapters that, in accord with the policy of Fr. Abbot Justin, a Mass will be offered for each deceased oblate and the monastery will cover the stipend for this Mass.

Congratulations to Paula Yerke who made her oblation at our November 2013 meeting, and to Mary Louise & Peyton Reed who were invested by Fr. Meinrad as oblate novices. They are welcome additions to our chapter!

November 2013 Newsletter

Our November meeting will be held next Sunday, November 24, in the St. Joseph room in the parish center at St. Gertrude in Madeira. Fr. Meinrad Brune, OSB will be the guest speaker for this meeting. Fr. Meinrad’s topic will be: The Sacrament of Christ: Becoming the Sign of Christ’s Love.

OBLATE PINS & BOOKS AVAILABLE: Oblate pins and the following oblate books will be available for purchase at the meeting on Sunday. Prices are listed.
  • Oblate pins ................................................................................ $10.00
  • Liturgy of the Hours Book ......................................................... 20.00
  • Benedictine Spirituality for Oblates Book ................................. 20.00
  • Prayers & Rituals for Benedictine Oblates Book ....................... 20.00

REMINDER: As we have December Oblate Retreat at Saint Meinrad December 13-15, we will not meet in December.

Therefore, this will be our last meeting until January 26.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

September 2013 Newsletter

  • Eric Kennedy made his oblation at the April 28 meeting, and Mary Holton and Mark Caldwell-Reiss were inducted as oblate novices.  
  • Ron DeMarco made his oblation at the May 13 Columbus Oblate Retreat, and John Campbell renewed his oblation at the Columbus retreat as well. John celebrated 69 years as an Oblate of Saint Meinrad!
  • Cincinnati Oblate Ron Beathard recently published an article about his experiences of being an oblate of Saint Meinrad Archabbey.  The article, “Beer, Pizza and St. Benedict,” appeared in the July 2013 issue of St. Anthony Messenger and was accompanied by some great photos.  I was able to obtain a copy of the magazine for our library if anyone is interested in checking it out.
  • The December Oblate Retreat at Saint Meinrad will be held December 13-15.  The presenter for this retreat is Fr. Eugene Hensel, OSB.  Fr. Hensel will explore the topic, “The Infancy Narratives of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.”
  • Cincy Oblates Attend Ice Cream Social at St. Walburg Monastery — Eight of our Cincy oblates accepted the invitation of the oblates of St. Walburg Monastery to attend their Annual Ice Cream Social on June 22.  The oblates and sisters of St. Walburg went out of their way to welcome us.  We were not only entertained by the music of the oblate band and treated to ice cream sundaes, but enjoyed several light-hearted games of the great Catholic “sport” of Bingo.  We were also taken on a tour of the Monastery by Sr. Victoria, ending with a visit to Sr. Emmanuel’s art studio—which was a treat in itself.  During the tour of the monastery, Sr. Victoria had pointed out two stunning stained glass windows Sr. Emmanuel had designed.  Therefore, we were delighted to meet the artist herself.  Sr. Emmanuel was a most gracious host and it was a privilege to meet her and to be able to admire some of her other artwork that was displayed in her studio.