After a three week Christmas break, the seminarians returned well rested in time for the annual mid-year silent retreat held January 7-11 at the seminary. The retreat master was the Right Reverend Archabbot Lambert Reilly, O.S.B., who served between 1995 to 2004 as the eighth abbot and fifth archabbot of St. Meinrad Archabbey in Southern Indiana. An accomplished scholar and educator, Archabbot Lambert has served as retreat master on countless occasions over the past 40 years. His visit to the Mount marked his third retreat offered to the seminarians on Mary’s Mountain, having previously conducted retreats in 2006 and 2010. Archabbot Lambert held two conferences each day on various topics relevant to seminary life and the seminarian’s future priestly ministry. Aside from the conferences, strict silence was maintained throughout the week with the exception of the daily sacrifice of the Mass and the celebration of Morning and Evening Prayer. The silent nature of the retreat allowed the seminarians to enter into the desert with the Lord. At the conclusion of the retreat, the community welcomed two new seminarians beginning philosophical studies in the pre-theology program from the Dioceses of Wichita and Paterson, while one other man from Wichita was welcomed back to the class of 2nd theology after spending a year away from the seminary.