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About frmichelrcc

I have a degree in religious studies from the University of Wisconsin, did graduate work in theology at St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin, and also at St. Paul's University in Ottawa. I have been a Benedictine since I first professed as an oblate in 1982, making final profession in 2009. I have worked as vocations director in a large diocese in the mid-west and am a spiritual director in the Benedictine tradition. I have 3 sons, one of whom is now in God's loving embrace in eternity, and 2 grandsons, Bradley and Jacob.

Thin Places, Thick Graces

Whenever I return home to Wisconsin there are certain places I always make a point to revisit completely alone, without anyone with me.  There is the Trail’s End Tavern where I eat the best chili dogs I’ve ever had, and … Continue reading

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Silence of the Heart

This past week I realized that I had to get the title and registration for the new car, so I paid a visit to the BMV, where I learned that in order to change my address, I needed two pieces … Continue reading

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Calm in the Storm

People who maintain their sense of calm when things around them are falling apart or in a state of flux are a rare blessing to find! I’ve known one or two people like this in my life and they were … Continue reading

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Women Lead the Way

In the early days of my being a Catholic priest, a lot of people who were non-Catholic came to me to go to confession.  They already knew that I would give them communion, and they were intrigued by the idea … Continue reading

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Not Safe, But Good

It’s Sabbath and it’s time for the hometown boy to bring the morning message. His family and childhood friends are there, and they keep looking toward the back of the synagogue, waiting for Jesus to arrive. No doubt he’ll bring … Continue reading

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Who is this dude anyway??

Whenever I feel overwhelmed by my life, with lots of very important things that need prompt action, I put all of it aside and…I clean stuff. I vacuum the floor mats of my car, using every single attachment for the vacuum. … Continue reading

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Mark’s Seed Parables

Today is Father’s Day—a day we reflect on the importance of the role of a guiding parent. And although I don’t normally include civil holidays into my sermons, today’s Gospel reading reminds me that the job of a dad is to plant … Continue reading

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