Last Monday, January 25, I traveled to Dayton, Ohio, to attend the formal installation of Fr. Francois Rossier, SM, as Director of the International Marian Research Institute and the Marian Library at the University of Dayton. This was also a chance to thank Fr. Johann Roten for his years of service as the previous Director. Fr. Roten directed my STL thesis years ago and later hired me to teach a couple of courses at the Institute. I have worked with Fr. Rossier on the Board of the Mariological Society of America and look forward to collaborating with him in the future.
Some of the parishioners decided that I needed a new train set for Christmas. I was very excited and planned to set it up around my Christmas tree. That finally happened last Sunday. I find it very soothing to watch on a cold winter's night.