Category Archives: Monastery of the Holy Cross

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(Harbert, Michigan) I practiced safe distancing Sunday by driving alone to the Monastery of the Holy Cross at 31st and Aberdeen in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood.  And, yes, we all wore masks at the monastery and sat at least six feet … Continue reading

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MONASTIC WELCOME

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GROTTO-FIED

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MONK ON THE MOVE

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ABROAD IN BRIDGEPORT

The storied Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago is my home-away-from-home because there resides my Benedictine home, the Monastery of the Holy Cross.  As a Benedictine Oblate, I make a point of visiting the monastery at least once a month.  And it … Continue reading

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THE SCENIC ROUTE TO CHICAGO

Joe Rochetto and I motored to Chicago Saturday to attend Solemn Vespers at the Monastery of the Holy Cross in his native Bridgeport neighborhood, and Joe, who was at the wheel, asked: “Should we take the scenic route?”  To which … Continue reading

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HAPPY SAINT BENEDICT DAY!

On behalf of the worldwide Benedictine community of Monks and Oblates, I wish you all a Happy Saint Benedict Day.  According to Pope Francis: Benedict was born around the year 480 and lived during the Dark Ages, which followed the … Continue reading

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THE OLD BALLGAME

(HOME OF THE CHICAGO WHITE SOX) My good buddy Gary Gorka and I had box seats for the masterful, nine-strikeout performance by Lucas Giolito against the Cleveland Indians in a 2-0 victory that brought the White Sox back to a … Continue reading

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PALM SUNDAY

 

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THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED

The Chicago Skyway, outrageously expensive as it is, is my guilty pleasure.  Such was the case Saturday when I journeyed to the Monastery of the Holy Cross in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood for a Day of Recollection.  I avoided the Skyway … Continue reading

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SOLEMN VESPERS

(Chicago, Illinois) The Monastery of the Holy Cross rang in the New Year on December 31, 2018 with First Vespers of Mary, Mother of God.  The monastery’s choir-in-residence, Schola Laudis, performed the “Mystical Antiphons” of Josquin des Pres, and the … Continue reading

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HITTING A HOMER AT HOME RUN INN

(Chicago, IL) After attending a Solemn Requiem Mass at the Monastery of the Holy Cross at 31st and Aberdeen in Bridgeport in early November with me, my friend Joe Rochetto insisted we head farther west to the original Home Run … Continue reading

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FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS

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On LSD

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