The following came in a January e-letter from Thomas Aquinas College.

Updates from Clear Creek Monastery, where 11 alumni monks currently live and pray. Thanks to all who prayed the novena posted here in behalf of Br. Patrick Carter (’05), Br. Peter Miller (’07), and Br. Robert Nesbit (’07). Those prayers have borne good fruit!

The young Benedictines — three of the 11 Thomas Aquinas College alumni living and praying at Clear Creek Abbey in Hulbert, Okla. — all made their solemn professions on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8.

Several alumni and representatives of the College, including Vice President Peter L. DeLuca and Senior Tutor John Nieto, were on hand for the blessed occasion.

In other good news out of Clear Creek, on October 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, two other alumni monks were ordained to the transitional diaconate: Br. Andrew Norton (’06) and Br. Christian Felkner (’01).


Included in the e-letter were links to individual alumni blogs. Some are updates from monasteries (Norcia, Italy; Heiligenkreuz, Austria), some comments on secular world (Tom Waits, James Lee Burke).

Paths of LoveJoseph Bolin (’01)

Rev. Fr. Thomas Bolin, O.S.B. (’96)

Just ThomismJames Chastek (’00)

For the QueenSean Collins (’79)

Pia de Solenni (’93)

Meghan Duke (’08)

Do I Have a Vocation? Therese Ivers (’03)

KorrectiveMatthew Lickona (’95)

Come and SeeFrancis Marotti (’07)

The Girl Who Was SaturdaySophia Mason (’09)

Holy Smokes Frater Maximilian Okapal, O.Praem. (’02)

Summa This, Summa ThatJoseph Susanka (’99)

Trinko’s TangentsKatrina Trinko (’09)

SancrucensisPater Edmund Waldstein (’06)

To see the college January Faith in Action blog, click here.