Celibacy & Abortion

Father Kiesler was in his office with Bishop Haas. The bishop had just completed his pastoral visit. He seemed quite pleased. "Father Kiesler, you're doing a fine job with the school and the parish," he told him. "As fine a job as the late Father Schmidt." "Thank you, Your Excellency." "Is there something on your …

Father Kiesler’s Visit

He had just finished the second Mass and was in the office. He had a few things to do before he changed into his black cassock, made his rounds and then, visited Monifa. He couldn't wait to see and be with her. He missed having her live close by at the dorm and going over …

Father Kiesler’s Visit & The Fish Market

Months had passed since the horrific ordeal at St. Albertus Magnus and since Father Kiesler had been hospitalized. He was back at the rectory and had returned to his duties. They saw each other on Saturdays when he visited Mrs. Wiesenthal and during the week when she was on campus but it wasn't enough. They …

Monifa’s Ordeal is Over

Monifa sat there, her mind still reeling from her horrific ordeal. They had kept her overnight at the hospital for observation but that morning the Doctor had discharged her, saying that she was fine. She was waiting now in the parking lot of the parish for Mrs. Wisenthal. Even though she was no longer in …

Father Kiesler’s Decision

After agonizing over what to do, he decided that it would be best to send Monifa away for her safety and once she was gone, he knew what he needed to do. In his hand, he had the letter in which he had written about everything, including his relationship with her, although he didn't mention …

The Mysterious Sister

Getty Image. Sister Riegel was making her rounds, checking on the girls in the dorm before retiring for the night. She was heading down the corridor when she noticed someone standing outside of Monifa's room. It was another nun. She called out to her. "Sister." The figure stood still but didn't turn around. "Sister," she …

Someone Else Knew

He was in his office standing by the window, looking out and thinking about Monifa when there was a knock on the door. "Eingeben," he called. The door opened and Gracelyn entered. "I brought you your mail," she said, going over to his desk and putting it in the in-tray. "Thank you," he replied. "Would …

A Thorn in His Side

He had no doubt now that Sister Augustin was the one who told Father Schmidt about Monifa and him. Many times he could feel her eyes on him and when he turned to look at her, she quickly averted her gaze. And she avoided him. On one occasion during recess when he was talking to …

A Curious Discovery

Someone had left a newspaper clipping on the floor outside of his office. Father Kiesler picked it up and read the newspaper article on Father Schmidt. It spoke of all he had done for the community and for St. Albertus Magnus, the co-ed boarding school where students were taught by both resident priests and nuns. …

A Fitting Farewell

Father Kiesler stood there watching as the church sanctuary quickly filled up. It seemed like the entire community was there to pay their respects to Father Schmidt who had suffered a heart attack a few days ago and died. It was Sister Augustin who found him slumped over his desk in the office. She had …

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