Happy Advent! I started my Advent finishing a retreat I was preaching to the Poor Clare nuns of Sauk Rapids MN. A really nice bunch of women!

I’m looking forward to returning to King’s House, Buffalo MN, to preach a weekend retreat December 12-14. And once that is over, my preaching for 2014 comes to an end.

It’s been a very, very busy year for me. According to United Airlines, I flew on them 152 times this year! WOW… I shake my head in total disbelief. Certainly that should qualify me for the Guinness Book of World Records as the most flights taken in a single year by a Franciscan priest!

The day after Christmas I’m off to Mepkin Abbey in South Carolina for my annual retreat. I’m looking forward to the silence and solitude.

Before you know it, it’ll be 2015…and it all starts up again.

Fr. Albert OFM