The Initial Profession of Nicholas Bartoli – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

Br. Geoffrey Tristram

Isaiah 40:27 – end
Philippians 3:7-14
John 1:35-42

Today is a day we have been hoping for and praying for, for a very long time.  A day of rejoicing.  Our dear brother Nicholas is to make the vows of poverty, celibacy, and obedience, as a professed brother of our Society.

Gosh, what a long journey this has been Nicholas, to come to this day!  After all the years of seeking, the Lord has found you – and I pray, he has brought you home – a home where you are loved and cherished by your brothers, and by the many men and women whom you serve in your ministries. Read More

Falling in Love Changes Everything – Br. James Koester

Br. James KoesterDeuteronomy 30: 11-14
Psalm 19: 1-6
Romans 10: 8b-18
Matthew 4: 18-22 (John 1: 35-42)

I hope it has happened to you at some point. Or, if it hasn’t, it will soon. Or if it happened a long time ago and you have forgotten what it is like I hope it will happen again and you will remember that wonderful experience of falling in love.

Falling in love is one of the most wonderful things that can happen to a person. And it is even more amazing when the other person falls in love with you. As corny as it is, it really is like the movies when fireworks go off, when two people share their first kiss. Read More

Called to Be Who We Are – Br. David Vryhof

The Feast of Saint Andrew

Matthew 4:18-22, John 1:35-42

“The trouble with the idea of vocation,” writes Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, “is that most of us, if we are honest, have a rather dramatic idea of it.” We tend to think of it as God finding us a part to play in the ongoing work of God in the world. We look at it as a role that God chooses for us to play in the grand scheme of things, a part for which we have been uniquely selected and set apart. Read More