Two visiting alumni who are back on the hilltop for a retreat in the Abbey, Fr. Bert Mello of Fresno, CA, and Fr. Joseph Fleming of Helena, MT, were graduates of the seminary class of 2014 and were ordained priests last summer in their own respective dioceses.
They concelebrated today at Mass for the Solemnity of St. Joseph with Fr. Odo Recker, OSB, as the main presider. They plan to visit and offer Mass to parishes around the local area, especially in those parishes they served as deacons.
The two new alumni priests will be on the hilltop until Sunday and are staying with the monks in the monastery.
|Fr. Fleming (left) and Fr. Mello (right) with Abbot Gregory Duerr|
|Fr. Mello and Fr. Fleming with Monsignor Joseph Betschart|