The Monastery – The Movie

Sundance Film reviewer Ty Burr wrote:“The Monastery” ... was another surprisingly engrossing documentary in this year’s strong line-up. It’s about a very old Danish man, the redoubtable Mr. Vig (at left), who wants to deed his castle to the Russian Orthodox church. He writes to Moscow, they send out a delegation of nuns to check the place out, and so this often funny, ultimately moving story begins. The place is falling down, Mr. Vig is a human relic, and the head nun, Sister A, is a tough cookie … [Read more...]

Fr Nicola Yanney

TODAY is the 89th anniversary of the falling asleep in Christ of Father Nicola Yanney of St George/Kearney, NE, the first priest ordained by St Raphael of Brooklyn following his consecration to the sacred episcopacy on March 13th, 1904. Until his repose Father Nicola was the only resident priest to serve the territory which is now our Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America. He was tonsured a Reader by St Raphael at St Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn, NY on March 17th, 1904, ordained Subdeacon on … [Read more...]

Bending the Rules Out of Love

Have you ever known a staunch rule follower? I mean someone who seems obsessed, good and bad, with following rules?Me? Hey, I’m a lists person. I like to check things off. Did this, done that, need to do that …Back when I did my clinical training at a state mental hospital my fellow chaplains joked that when I died, I’d check that (Life) off the list, too!And, if you promise not to pick on me, I’ll admit I’m pretty big on the rule-following thing.I’m fairly certain that if something tragic happen … [Read more...]

“Defeating Sin” at Camp St Thekla

Fr Joseph Huneycutt’s book, DEFEATING SIN - Overcoming Our Passions and Changing Forever, provides a deep exploration of the Passions and the Virtues. It is also serves as a wonderful spiritual tool for making a good confession. Fr Joseph’s work was implemented at Camp St Thekla, where we used the concept in our Christian Education program. The campers and staff were blessed to be able to come to a deeper understanding of the Passions and Virtues and learn how to make a more meaningful and full C … [Read more...]