"Making All Things New"November 2013
In This Issue
NEW Online Mountain Auction
Fr. Dan's Column
Live Mountain Auction Recap
Pictures from our Past

Mountain on the Road


Check out this video of Fr. Dan's reflection shared during the Nov. 16 Mountain on the Road event in Silver Spring, Md. 

Nature's Corner


The word "nature" comes from the Latin "natus," which means "to be born." This picture is of a Rhododendron bush with its buds formed for next spring. The buds are ready to flower, but winter is a time of rest before the show begins. 


-Br. Joe Kotula, ofm
Fr. Dan's Podcasts
Download and listen to Fr. Dan's audio reflections on our website or iTunes. 
Mountain Wishlist 

We would be especially grateful for:

canning jars

work gloves

eye protection

Contact Michelle ([email protected])  
for details 


Sustaining Mt. Irenaeus: Forming Faith & Leaders for the Future
Mass at the Mountain

Sundays at 11 a.m.

Brunch immediately follows Mass. You're invited to bring a dish to pass.


Connect with us!
Mountain Auction Now Online
Support Mt. Irenaeus by participating in our online auction running through 10 p.m. November 19 

Join the fun and excitement of the Mt. Irenaeus Online Auction! You can now support the Mountain during our online ebay event.

Click here to bid on great items and packages, including:

  • A Holy Bible blessed by the Mountain friars and inscribed by Fr. Dan Riley, ofm
  • An Andrew Nicholson-autographed Orlando Magic jersey and copy of "A Legacy Defined"
  • Original watercolor of Holy Peace Chapel
  • Orlando resort package
  • A Salvatore's Grand Hotel & Russell's Steaks, Chops & More gift certificate (Lancaster, N.Y.)
  • A Patz & Hall wine tasting for two (Napa, Calif.)

Please bid high and often! Thank you for your support of the Mountain, which helps continue our mission: To join with Jesus Christ in "Making All Things New!" (REV 21:5).

"Come, Everything Is Now Ready!"
Fr. Dan Riley, ofm, shares his thoughts on this verse from the Gospel of Luke and invites us to bring others to the table of life

The table at the Mountain's
Main House set for supper.

Were you ever called to supper by a whistle or simply someone calling out "dinner is ready now"?

As a child, enjoying autumn evenings running through yards in the twilight of Rochester, N.Y., we were instructed to come home for supper when "the streetlights went on." Sometimes we missed the call and the moment! Lights were on and then, sometimes, there was a whistle or a call! Once in a while a parent or sibling needed to come looking for us to get us to the supper table.

On my first sabbatical 15 years ago, while driving west across the Plains toward Colorado, I found Luke 14:15-24 - the Gospel of the day. Driving through the cornfields and over winding roads through Nebraska and further west, my eyes would fill with tears, stirred by the hope and joy of the truth of the Gospel, which says everything is ready now. Reflecting on this compelling call, remembering times with family when there was a delight in coming to the table, it struck me that life itself is ready; that the banquet of everlasting life is open to us and everyone, right now ...
Read more. 

Mountain Auction Raises $30k
The 13th annual Mountain Auction drew a crowd of enthusiastic bidders to support the work of the Mt. Irenaeus community.
Kate Clemens places a bid during the live auction.

Some 180 friends of Mt. Irenaeus packed the Doyle Dining and Trustees rooms at St. Bonaventure Nov. 2 for a fun-filled evening that raised approximately $30,000 for the Mountain operating budget and endowment.

"Now, after what is truly many years of an annual auction for Mt. Irenaeus, I was struck by how wonderfully fresh and enjoyable in its very own way this year's was. It seems there is always something new going on in the community and the gifts offered us and I know all of us are very grateful," said Fr. Dan Riley, ofm.

Many of the guests were driven to bid by their hearts - and stomachs. During the verbal portion of the auction, bidding on a case of Fr. John Coughlin's Transitus Ale was fast and furious.(Check out a video of the bidding!) Bottled on the feast of St. Francis and bearing labels featuring an illustration by Dan Riley, the copper-colored brew drew a winning bid of $750 ... Read more.  


A couple looks over silent auction items.
Kim Palmer celebrates with Sr. Margaret Carney.
Pictures from our Past 
Fr. Dan Hurley, ofm, ("Hurls") enjoys time with  a young Mountain visitor in July 1988.


Contact Us


Mt. Irenaeus
P.O. Box 100
West Clarksville, NY 14786