By the time I enrolled as a freshman at Benedictine College in the fall of 1983 I had already spent week-long retreats at three Benedictine Abbeys: St. Martin’s Abbey in Washington state; here in Atchison, Kan., at St. Benedict’s Abbey; and at Conception Abbey in Missouri. I loved Christ and had a desire to follow him more closely.
Brother Aloysius collapsed at breakfast. Brother Walter Landwher, no small man, picked him up in his arms and carried him to the room next to the first floor recreation room, then occupied by Father Francis Broderick, where he died of a heart attack. Brother Al had been a monk 19 years and made his first vows in 1936.