Last weekend, our Board of Overseers were here for their fall
meeting. They continue to help us strategize about our Seminary and
School of Theology. We are grateful for their tremendous time and
support of our educational charism. Here is a listing of our new Overseers.
On Sunday, Father Harry preached at our Monte Cassino
Pilgrimage. Check out the remaining October pilgrimages to Monte
Brother Martin led the "Beauty as a Pathway to God: Religious
Art and Symbol in the Spiritual Life" retreat last weekend.
We had a community meeting on Wednesday, where Father Denis (the
President-Rector of our Seminary and School of Theology) gave an
update on the goings on with our seminary and graduate degree
Brother Francis recently posted some new blogs, including one on
Cardinal-Elect Joseph Tobin (the head of our archdiocese)
It appears that the construction crews have completed most of
the underground piping connections for our geothermal system on the
outside of our monastery. They are now working mostly on our
monastery courtyard. For anyone who is a fan of heavy machinery,
you would be very edified by seeing the machinery move about our
courtyard, especially with an up-close view out of our refectory
(dining room). Pray for our construction crew. They have been
working diligently for the better part of a year and a half to help
us have a sound infrastructural and safely ventilated home
for our prayer and work.
Our bees produced about 1 to 1.5 gallons of honey, and Brother
Simon reports that this is similar to the yields of other
beekeepers in the area.
Finally, the fourth in a series of Abbey Forest history from
Father Guy, our forester:
How is the Abbey forest managed?
The Abbey forester manages the woods in compliance with the
requirements of Indiana's Classified Forest Program and with the
help of consulting foresters.
Indiana's Classified Forest Program was begun in 1921 by Charles
Deam, a forest conservationist and management pioneer like Gifford
Pinchot and other men of Theodore Roosevelt's time. The early part
of the 20th century
was the time of maximum de-forestation in the United States. St.
Meinrad has participated in the Program since 1923. Some of
our original classification papers are signed by Deam.
The Program assesses the owner's land at $1 per acre for tax
purposes in exchange for the owner's promise to manage the land for
timber production. This does not mean we are required to sell
timber, but it means we are required to maintain the woods as
woods. This entails keeping livestock out of the woods, posting the
property, not introducing cabins or shacks or any permanent
structure into the woods, and maintaining a forest management plan.
Our management plan consists mostly in a schedule of projected
harvests. We have enough forest land that we can look to sell some
timber every other year or so.