The 90th Annual Alumni Reunion
Monday July 23 - July 25, 2018
Monday: Golf and Fr. Dave Dwyer's Workshop
The 90th Alumni Reunion is one you will not want to miss! It includes time for fellowship with classmates, relaxation, spiritual renewal, and learning.
The reunion kicks off on Monday, July 23, with a golf scramble at Christmas Lake Golf Course in Santa Claus and a workshop presented by Father Dave Dwyer, CSP, a Paulist priest and Executive Director of Busted Halo Ministries.
Fr. Dwyer is the publisher of BustedHalo.com which has been honored with top awards from the Catholic Press Association and the Associated Church Press, and the host of “The Busted Halo Show with Father Dave,” a call-in radio talk show airing five nights a week on SiriusXM radio on which he answers questions of faith for over thirty million subscribers.
His two-part workshop is titled, “Leaving the Upper Room: How the Church Needs to Reach Out to the Millennial Generation.” At Pentecost the first disciples were propelled forth by the Spirit, from the comfort and tight-knit community of the Upper Room out into the world to evangelize. The Church never would have grown past those first few had they stayed inside praying. Do our parishes and campus ministries embrace what Pope Francis says is the missionary spirit demanded of all believers when he reminds us that, “Jesus is the Lord of risk, of the eternal ‘more,’ not the Lord of comfort, security and ease” (World Youth Day, Krakow 2016).
How can we as church leave our comfortable Upper Rooms (even virtually!) to make connections with a generation that has shown that they will not come knock on our door? In this interactive time together Fr. Dave will facilitate a conversation about how parishes and other ministries can be more proactive in reaching young adults.
That evening, the anniversary classes of O'68 (50 years), O'78 (40 years), T'93 (25 years), T'08 (10 years); College classes of 1968 (50 years), 1978 (40 years), and 1993 (25 years); and high school class of 1968 (50 years), and the college class of 1973 (45 years) will be honored at a banquet.
Tuesday: Fr. Mark O'Keefe, OSB, Br. Francis Wagner, OSB, Archbishop Peter Wells
On Tuesday, Fr. Mark O’Keefe, OSB, will give a workshop. An author and a moral theologian, Fr. Mark was the president-rector of Saint Meinrad School of Theology from 1996 to 2008. Alumni can also attend a workshop given by Br. Francis de Sales Wagner, OSB, author of several Abbey Press publications on Benedictine and Catholic spirituality, including "Grace in the Wilderness: Reflections on God's Sustaining Word Along Life's Journey" (2013).
Archbishop Peter Wells C’87, Apostolic Nuncio to South Africa and Botswana will preside and preach at Tuesday afternoon’s Reunion Mass in the Archabbey Church. Originally from the Diocese of Tulsa, Archbishop Wells entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1999. Wells most recently was the Assessor for the General Affairs of the Secretariat of State, a position equivalent to deputy chief of staff, which handles most Church affairs apart from relations with states.
At the banquet on Tuesday evening, Archbishop Wells will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
In addition to these events, there will be ample time to socialize with classmates and friends. There are receptions before and after the banquets each night and plenty of time to catch up throughout the day. There will also be reserved spaces for anniversary classes to meet throughout the reunion. We hope to see you there!