Circle of Life

Fridays seem to getting a reputation for being adventure days at St. Anthony’s. Last week was the power outage with a (COVID-sized) houseful of guests coming for the weekend. This weekend we were only expecting six guests, but the weekend was just as adventurous. With...

Let There Be Light, Please!

It is last Friday, 3:15 pm, and our weekend guests are due to begin arriving anytime.  The sun is shining and it is a beautiful afternoon.  Jackie K., Sr. Barb and Marge are trying to wrap up a few tasks while waiting for the guests to arrive, and Dave J. is here...

A Work of Art

This week, all of us at St. Anthony’s - and those in many parts of Wisconsin - were treated to a phenomenon known as rime ice.  Rime ice is created when the moisture in fog clings to and freezes on surfaces like tree branches and shrubs.  Each morning since Sunday,...

New Year’s Eve 2020

The end of the most crazy, bizarre, strange, frustrating, uncertain, exasperating year in anyone’s memory is almost here.  We are but a few hours away from turning the calendar page to 2021.  I don’t know if there is any year that more people were so eager to see come...

Gifts of Christmas Past and Christmas Present

The 1950 House Chronicle offers us this glimpse into Christmas Past: Christmas Program  December 21 was a joyous day for the friars.  This day marked the close of the first semester and the opening of two weeks of vacation.  In the evening the Friars Songaleers made...

Where is Flat Friar?

Some of you may know our frisky, playful house mascot, Flat Friar, from our Facebook page.  He has a reputation for being adventurous and a bit mischievous.  He is our version of Flat Stanley, the title character from a series of children’s books by Jeff Brown, who,...

Circle of Light

December and Advent are both times of darkness, but we are used to dealing with that darkness.  This year has seemingly enveloped us in a different kind of darkness, and it has lasted far longer than 4 weeks. The pandemic has been a big part of that darkness.  Our...

Familiar Yet New

In a pandemic year, when nothing can be assumed or taken for granted, our team faced a dilemma: do we decorate the house for Christmas?  After all, a couple of annual events had already been canceled and very few people will be here over the next six weeks to enjoy...

Thanksgiving

The House Chronicle from 1970 has only this brief entry from Thanksgiving: Novem. 25-27 -- Fr. Gerald Schmidt and Fr. Marius Noe leave for their folks and for a Thanksgiving Day holiday.  Others also perhaps? However, that is more than the 1950 House Chronicle had to...

A Buffet of Blessings

Last week, after extensive thought and aviary education, Tracy decided to purchase a bird feeder to add to the east side of the yard.  He selected a "squirrel-proof" feeder to insure the food was preserved for its intended beneficiaries.  He carefully chose a spot...

House Chronicle | The Year Of Our Lord 2021

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