The Pluscarden community undertook its annual preached retreat this year from 14 - 21 October. Our preacher was Fr. Roddy Johnston, long standing friend of the community, and currently Parish Priest in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. Fr. Roddy is six foot six inches tall. Among many other interests, he is a Hebrew scholar, with a particular love for traditional Jewish "Midrashic" interpretation of Scripture. His conferences, at once lively and learned, were much appreciated by all. At the end of the retreat he conferred the Apostolic Blessing in Latin, Hebrew and Gaelic!