Sunday, December 14, 2014

November 2014 Newsletter

Our November meeting will be held next Sunday, November 23, in the St. Joseph room in the parish center at St. Gertrude in Madeira. Br. Francis Wagner, OSB will be the guest speaker for this meeting. Br. Francis’s topic will be:Being With God in Prayer.

As the minutes of the October 26 meeting were unavailable at press time, they will be emailed to you separately or passed out at the meeting on Sunday. I recently spoke with JoAnn Moeller, an oblate from Walton, Kentucky, who is experiencing some serious health problems and would appreciate your prayers. She also asked that I pass on her greetings to you and assure you that you
are remembered in her prayers.

We received an email invitation from Sr. Deborah Harmeling of St. Walburg Monastery inviting our oblates to attend Advent Group Lectio with Sr. Mary Tewes at St. Walburg on Tuesday evenings, November 25, December 2, 9, and 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Monastery Chapel at 2500 Amsterdam Rd., Villa Hills, KY 41017. If interested, please call or email Sr. Mary Tewes at 859-331-6324 or

Fr. Columba Kelly, OSB, is the presenter for the December Oblate Retreat at Saint Meinrad that will be held from December 12-14. The title of the retreat is: Some Tools for Experiencing the Presence of God in the Daily Life of a Benedictine Oblate. If you are planning to attend, but have not yet registered, you may do so by calling (800) 357-6841.

REMINDER: There will be no meeting in December due to the retreat at Saint Meinrad. Our next meeting following the November meeting is on January 25.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

October Meeting Minutes

The Cincinnati Chapter of Benedictine Oblates of St. Meinrad Archabbey                                  

Meeting Minutes, October 26, 2014

Attendance of oblates and guests:

Rosemary Conrad, Pat Dorn, Clyde Dorn, Ursula Hassel, Kathy Gloeckner, Nick McCarroll, Ron
DeMarco, Joan Hilton, Jerry Etienne, Karen Mendoza, Linda Faulhaber, Scott Alt, Steve Bay,
Mary Louise Reed, Peyton Reed, John Campbell, Chris Collins, Susan Anderson, Margaret
Sherlock, Stephen Drees.

The meeting was opened by Rosemary Conrad with the reading of the Mission Statement and
introductions. Second Vespers were prayed using The Liturgy of the Hours for Benedictine

Our Lectio Divina was based on Sunday's Gospel (Matthew 22:34-40).

Treasurer’s Report:

Nick McCarroll reported that we paid $33.46 for a pitch pipe for use in our singing of psalms at
chapter meetings.  We now have a balance of $95.00 in our treasury.

Old/New Business

The minutes were approved from our last regular meeting held on September 28, 2014.
Fr. Meinrad has mailed to all oblates a CD of the presentations given by Fathers Harry Hagan
and Jeremy King at the June oblate coordinators conference. These talks will be used for our
topic of discussions at our chapter meetings when no monk is scheduled to visit with us.
Rosemary Conrad reported that Fr. Meinrad has given us a special price on the Liturgy of the
Hours books we will be purchasing for use by our guests at chapter meetings. We will receive
six books for the price of five. Thank you Fr. Meinrad.
Pat Dorn reported that the Perpetual Adoration Committee at St Gertrude Church where our
chapter meetings are held is requesting prayer requests from each Parish Ministry for perpetual
adoration in their chapel.  The following intentions were suggested and approved by those

  • For those among us who are suffering from serious, life-threatening illnesses, and for their care givers that they may see God's love in their struggles.
  • For an increase in vocations to the priesthood, monastic, and religious life. 
  • For all persecuted Christians, for those fleeing from the wars in the Middle East, and for the conversion of those perpetrating these atrocities.

Pat will be responding to them with the intentions of our chapter.

During our meeting, it was learned that oblate Donna Lundesford, who had been rushed to the
emergency room earlier with a serious stroke, had passed away.  Donna, who lived in Amelia
and was a member of St. Mary Parish in Bethel, OH, had been an Oblate of Saint Meinrad since
March of 2006.  Prayers were said for Donna and her family.
We are pleased to report that Lori Wallhauser’s ability to talk is improving.  We lift her up in

Ron Lillie will make his oblation at the November oblate meeting, and Peyton and Mary Louise
Reed will make their oblation at the December 2014 retreat at St. Meinrad. Congratulations  to
Ron and Mary Louise and Peyton!

The date of our next oblate meeting is November 23, 2014 at St. Gertrude.

Peyton Reed closed our meeting by leading us in singing a few psalms using various psalm tones
sung at St. Meinrad Archabbey. This is a prelude to our singing one or more psalms at our
meetings. After practicing the psalms using psalm tones, we all felt singing the psalms adds to
the beauty of these prayers.

Submitted by Ron DeMarco