Required Reading! (And Suggested Reading) and Community

We stopped by the mailbox on our way to the grocery store today and discovered a very large, thick envelope from Nashotah. Contained therein was an enormous amount of information, some we were expecting and some we were not, but were nevertheless glad to receive. Our housing assignment for this fall and lease, as well as pet regulations, move-in tips, housing policies and similar documents made up a large part of the packet. The Greek Alphabet also received  its own handout. Additionally, three books, which I am required to read, arrived as well. Other books, which are not required but are nevertheless suggested, were contained in a document from the faculty.

Life Together, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer is the first book. It is the story of Bonhoeffer’s experience with the men of an underground seminary in Nazi Germany.

Second and third are  Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict and The Rule of St. Benedict in English. The first is a commentary on the Rule of St. Benedict, the pre-eminent rule among Western Monastics. The Rule has greatly impacted the way of life at The House, which is guided by daily prayer, daily study, and daily work. All are done as a community. See here for more information on Nashotah’s Benedictine Life.

I have a lot of reading to do before this fall, when I will surely have more and more reading to do.


Well, I am officially a Postulant in the Diocese of the Holy Cross and have been accepted at Nashotah House Theological Seminary. I have sent in my acceptance letter and my tuition deposit. 


Brittany (my wife) and I are saying the offices together, but once I’m a seminarian, we will be down to just Compline and the Rosary, as I will be saying the Offices and attending daily Mass with my fellow seminarians on a daily basis. 


Now, my challenge is to make myself into a Morning Person….