Students To Attend Bishop's Installation
Saturday, Sept. 26, The Rt. Rev. Matthew Lynn
Riegel, S.T.M., will be installed as the third
bishop of the West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod
of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America at
Wesley Chapel, West Virginia Wesleyan College,
Buckhannon, WV. A group of students will carpool to
WVWC to join in the liturgy.
Live streaming of the installation-mass will be
available at 1:00 PM at http://livestream.com/accounts/14798674/events/4283699.
The offering for the installation-mass has been
designated for the Lutheran Campus Ministry at WVU.
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The fourth annual Backyard Paintbrawl is scheduled
for Saturday, October. 3, at Three Rivers Paintball
Park. Join us for a rollicking good time playing
paintball with/against our friends from the Lutheran
University Center Pittsburgh. We carpool to 3RPP.
Lunch is provided. After the paintbrawl, we adjourn
to the Bennett residence for a cookout. Rentals of
paintball equipment is available at 3RPP. Mark your
calendars. RSVP and fbevent will be posted soon.
Lock & load!
Oblates Add Tuesday Compline
The Ev. Oblates of St. Benedict, our Lutheran
Benedictine Confraternity, recently expanded the
prayer offerings at the Lutheran Campus Chapel by
adding compline on Tuesday nights at 9:45 PM. That
makes three complines each week: Sunday at 9:00 PM
and Tuesday and Thursday at 9:45 PM. Sext is still
prayed at 12:00 PM on Sundays. These prayer offices
offer an antidote to the frenetic pace of the campus
and last 10-15 minutes. Usually led by students, the
liturgies follow ancient forms. Feel free to drop by
and experience it for yourself.
First Month Down
The Lutheran Campus Ministry got off to a roaring
start with a busy first fortnight. Lemonade Stand,
a perennial favorite, served up some refreshment
the hot first days of the term. Twice daily prayer
set the spiritual tone during the first week, that
closed out with Blessing of the Brains. The second
week, our friends from First Lutheran,
Parkersburg, brought us the fifth annual Hot Dog
Day, and a Diners' Club outing for burritos was
thoroughly enjoyed. The fortnight concluded with a
"end of tenure" mass for Chap. Riegel followed by
compline with the induction of the first
postulants in our Lutheran Benedictine
Throughout the first part of
September, prayer services and masses have been
held as usual with the members of the
confraternity leading the prayer offices and guest
clergy saying mass. Three of our students headed
to St, Augustine's House for a short retreat.
Diners' Club went Greek. Pilgrimage to Pitt took
in Kentuck Knob, Sarris' Candies, and the
Hofbrauhaus before heading to Pitt for compline.
Major redesign Coming
We're redesigning our website, but it is not yet
ready for prime time. We apologize that this
update has been so long in the coming, but we had
hoped the redesign would be completed by now. In
the meantime, we promise to be more diligent in
posting information vital to the beginning of the
school year. Light a candle for us.
Chaplain Leaves To Assume Bishopric
The Rev. Matthew Lynn Riegel, S.T.M., chaplain of
the Lutheran Campus Ministry at WVU, was elected
June 6 by the 2015 Assembly of the West
Virginia-Western Maryland Synod to the office of
synodical bishop. He assumed duties in this new
position on Sept. 1.
A special meeting of our Board of Directors has
confirmed plans for the interim and received
information related to the call process for a new
chaplain from Ralph Bishop Dunkin and Regional
Coordinator Nancy Gable.
"It is our priority, as a campus ministry," stated
Riegel, "to attend to the spiritual needs of the
academic community. The departure of one chaplain
and the eventual call of another does not change
LTC (Ret.) Matt Sampson assumed duties as campus
ministry administrator on Sept. 1. Sampson has been
a fixture around the Chapel for the last several
years as participant worship services, educational,
and fellowship programming. Sampson brings with him
tremendous experience as a program manager and
leader, including working directly with students as
Professor of Military Science and commanding officer
of WVU's Army ROTC not too many years ago. Sampson
has primary responsibility for all back office
operations and oversight and coordination of
Katie Lago, a senior at WVU, in her role as "senior"
of the Ev. Oblates of St. Benedict, our initiative
to create a Lutheran Benedictine confraternity at
WVU, takes lead in ensuring that the prayer offices,
the principle support and expression of the
spiritual life of the ministry, will continue
Collectively, with Sampson and support from the
interested friends of the ministry, the students are
being asked to spearhead the fellowship functions of
the ministry (e.g., Pilgrimage to Pitt and Diners'
Area clergy will be asked to support our educational
ministry through the offering of classes and special
presentations. Pr. Jerry Kliner, our pastor loci,
has been asked to respond to emergency and attend to
pastoral care issues.
Protestant & Monastic?
A little history
The two concepts are not antithetical, and there
is actually history to support it. Contrary to
popular opinion, Luther did not close the
monasteries. While he had sharp criticisms of what
monasticism had become by his day, we also wrote
several letters defending monastic foundations
from the local political rulers. Some monasteries
and convents actually converted to Lutheranism,
and the vestiges survey to this day in Germany.
Monastic foundations also continued in the
Anglican tradition, and, following W.W.II, a
rebirth of Protestant monasticism took place in
both the Lutheran and Reformed traditions.
So, what's that got to do with WVU?
This past year, we committed to the formation of
a confraternity, a local group of people who
desire to enter into a deeper, more disciplined
spirituality shaped buy daily prayer, study of the
Word, Christian fellowship, and growth in
sanctification as informed by the Lutheran and
The confraternity will open to men and women,
students, faculties, staff, and members of the
local community. Before joining, one can explore
life in a confraternity as a guest, and then as an
aspirant and postulant, without making formal
In addition to the mutual support of the
confratres in things spiritual, the confraternity
will also provides devotional resources, periodic
communal meals, an option for religious housing,
and the opportunity to make retreats in a Lutheran
When does this begin?
We already have. Seven enrolled as postulants at
the end of the first fortnight of this new
Does that mean it is too late to get involved?
Not at all. If you are interested (or merely
curious), feel free to join in the prayer services
and various aspects of oblate life as a guest.
We'd also be happy to send you a copy of the
customary, answer any questions you might have, or
meet with you. Drop us a line
(Monk@LutheranMountaineer.org) or call us
this about housing?
Lutherhaus becomes an "oblate house" (or
"confraternity house") with the start of the
2015-2016 academic year. As a privilege and aid to
oblate life, members of the confraternity have the
option, limited by availability, of living in Lutherhaus.
Located directly behind the Chapel, Lutherhaus is
one block from the Beechhurst PRT and two from the
Mountainlair. Residential membership fee for the
oblate house is $550 per month (utilities included)
with a $50 rebate if no vehicle is brought by the
resident. Lutherhaus can lodge seven. Each
resident gets a private semi-furnished bedroom.
There are three shared baths and shared kitchen,
living, and dining rooms.
Housing agreements can be made for an entire year,
the summer, or a single semester. Sometimes
additional rooms open up as students opt for