Saturday, July 10, 2010


Subiaco is a place in Italy, famous as the site where St. Benedict, at the age of fourteen, withdrew from the world and began to live a monastic life. I'm in Subiaco right now, but not the one in Italy, rather, the one in Arkansas, where the Benedictine Subiaco Abbey is located. I'm here with 26 men who are in formation to be permanent deacons for the Tulsa, Oklahoma Diocese. We arrived yesterday for their annual retreat and will be leaving tomorrow. The title of the retreat is similar to ones that I've given to priests: "Having a Servant's Heart like the Heart of Jesus."

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