St. John’s Abbey Rest

Aug 29

It is always a treat to stay at St. John’s Abbey Guesthouse. It is a nice halfway point between the Twin Cities and Fargo, North Dakota. Dan graduated from St. John’s University in 1958. We sang afternoon prayers and psalms with the monk. We took our evening meal with the students in their Refectory. It was fun people watching. St. John’s University has a diverse student population which was evident in the dining hall.

imageWe met Fr. Eric Hollas, OSB, for breakfast the next morning. We first met him in 1998 when he taught an Elderhostel class in a program sponsored by St. John’s. We both follow his blog, The Monk’s Chronicle. He has been blogging weekly for four years.  Fr. Eric is the Deputy to President in the Institutional Advancement Office.

Later that morning we checked out our gravestone that was erected in June. We believe in planning ahead. The daughters will have one less thing to do when the time comes.


The Pottery Stuio with Richard Bresnahan was our last stop for the day. Tea is served every afternoon at 3:00 p.m. So we made a point to arrive at that time. We enjoyed chatting with Richard as well as buying two dinner plates to add to our collection.


Richard Bresnahan and Dan

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