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Fall Oblate Update

Dear Oblates, peace to you all and I hope you are doing well. As you are aware we recently hosted the 2016 Oblate retreat with John Michael Talbot as the 'presenter'. It was well attended, though not by too many of our Oblates. However, it was a wonderful experience again and John Michael's music lifted everyones spirits to a heavenly realm!! He truly is a gifted man, and we thank him and his team for his presence with us.

The newly remodeled Dove building was the venue for the presentations and it was a perfect fit. We also had our Sunday mass there and Deacon Don Burns assisted at the mass. It was a blessing for me to have him do so. He and his wife Sherry are always fun to have around. Ray and Kris Hamby came two weeks early to volunteer as we prepared for the retreat...they were a God send and I thank them for all their hard work.

As you know our fundraiser 'A Night in Tuscany' is coming up. We have put a lot of hard work into the preparation for this 'Gala' and it seems that it will be well attended. It also will be in the newly renovated Dove building. There will be wonderful food, fine wine, live and silent auctions. We will have an Opera singer and a professional pianist present to create the Italian mood. Toward the end of the evening there will be music and dancing, for those who still have the energy! We hope to see you there....

May God bless you, and I thank you for all of your support.

In Christ, Abbot Aidan, OSB oliv