Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving Gathering 2011

Last week was the Glenmary Students' annual Thanksgiving celebration. It was such a fun but busy event that I had no time to blog! The students gathered from all parts; St Meinrad Seminary, Divine Word College, the Novitiate, Missions, Headquarters and beyond. The guest list also included Glenmary prospects, Glenmary priests, brothers, sisters and friends who live in the area. This year we had over thirty people in attendance at the meal and gathering.
Thanksgiving Day started with mass celebrated by Fr. Neil, who was assisted by Deacon Crispine. After mass, the main meal included was served. Among other things, fresh turkeys from Tewes' Farm, the student's homemade sukuma wiki, Glenmary Sisters' pies and Fr. Vic's stuffing which was actually left over from last year but was found in the back of the refrigerator when we arrived at Gasper River Retreat Center. The day's celebration lasted well into the evening with songs, dancing, skits, jokes and juggling!
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, the students opted out of going shopping like the majority of Americans and instead listened to a presentation by Sr. Sharon Miller about the history of the Glenmary Sisters. Later that day many of the students and prospects traveled to the nearby Glenmary missions to meet Fr. Dennis Holly and to visit the missions of LaFayette, TN and Scottsville, KY.
I am thankful for all the students and my Glenmary sisters and brothers who were able to participate in the gathering last week. I had a wonderful time cooking up the birds and am grateful for all the helping hands to get the tasty meal on the table for our future missioners. A few nights together under the same roof brought us all a little closer together by allowing us to share good meals, conversations, a few laughs, time for prayer and more.
If you were unable to join us for this event but would like to visit the Glenmary missions in the future click here. Mission visits are an important part of discerning one's call to be a missioner.

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