This fall Glenmarians and staff from the national headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio welcomed back members of the local community to the campus in a safe and creative way. A Founder’s Day drive-by event.
The day celebrates the Feast of St. Isaac Jogues and companions, also known as the North American Martyrs. It also is a day for Glenmarians to celebrate the life of their founder, Father William Howard Bishop.
Despite rainy weather, Glenmary priests, brothers and office staff gathered near the novitiate house to wave at drivers who made a loop through the campus. Many Glenmarians and staff held signs, and First-Vice-President Father Aaron Wessman blessed cars, their drivers and passengers with holy water.
Prior to the pandemic, daily Mass at Glenmary’s Our Lady of the Fields chapel was open to the public. While the Glenmary community continues to celebrate Mass, the public has been unable to attend since March 13. Glenmary has celebrated a regular Holy Hour to pray for an end to the pandemic.
“I thought it was well attended by the folks who have shared the Eucharist with us at the chapel,” said Father Ed Gorny, a Glenmary senior member who lives at the residence. “Many of them indicated they can’t wait for the virus to be over so they can worship with us again. We miss them too.”