Month: August 2014

Kunkel’s Krew 2014

Day 1: Tuesday 19 August. Cofrin 11 is a middle-sized auditorium classroom but this afternoon it looks more like a small farmers’ market. On the upfront professor’s tables are high-piled stacks of sunflower yellow T-shirts: small, medium, large, extra-large, and extra-extra-large. The range of sizes reflects…

Baculum Senectutis

In one of the old Latin liturgical books of the Norbertine Order is one of the most infrequently celebrated rites in our tradition, especially in the United States. It is the “Rite Accustomed to be Used in Celebration of the Jubilee (50th anniversary) of Solemn Profession.”…

The End of Empires

On Saturday, June 28, I was moving through Fiumicino, the Rome International Airport, on my way with my 95-year old mother to catch a plane that would bring us back to Philadelphia. That day one hundred years ago the 19-year old Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip assassinated…