A monastery typically chooses one or more works that will serve
the Church and the world. Here are some of the works of Saint
Seminary and School of Theology
The founding monks of the Swiss Abbey of
Einsiedeln were invited to southern Indiana in
1854 to establish a seminary to train local men as priests
Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology is a graduate school
for the formation of priests, permanent deacons and lay ministers.
The Seminary prepares men for the priesthood and permanent
diaconate and laity to serve the Church. Students are enrolled from
many U.S. and foreign dioceses.
The Seminary also provides continuing education for priests
through its Institute for Priests and Presbyterates. And each
summer, our "One Bread, One Cup" program offers conferences focused
on Catholic liturgy and faith for high school teens and their adult
Our monks serve in the Seminary as professors, administrators,
spiritual directors and in other capacities.
Another of our works also has its roots in our
past. Soon after arriving in Indiana, the monks who founded Saint
Meinrad began to help in parishes and provide pastoral assistance
to the local German-speaking people.
Today the practice of pastoral work continues as monks serve in
area parishes and dioceses.
In addition, they serve as chaplains to prisons, the military,
religious communities and other educational institutions. Some
monks travel around the country giving retreats to parishes and
Guest House and Retreat Center
Thousands of guests visit us each year to experience the beauty
of our liturgy and grounds, to connect with the sacred and to
refresh their spiritual lives.
Our Guest House
and Retreat Center hosts retreats - during the week
and on weekends - throughout the year. Most retreats are given by
Saint Meinrad monks.
Guests also come here to spend time in the peace and quiet or to
undertake a private retreat.
The Archabbey sponsors a Benedictine Oblate program.
Oblates are lay people who are committed to prayer and service in
the spirit of St. Benedict.
Our monks provide formation for the oblates, who bring
Benedictine values to life in the world.
More than 1,000 oblates from a wide range of backgrounds are
affiliated with the monastery.
Saint Meinrad Archabbey owns and operates Abbey Press, which got its start in 1867 when
the Benedictine monks purchased a small, secondhand printing
Since that time, the printing business has grown in size and
expertise, and its proceeds support the monastic community in its
prayer and work.
Other divisions of Abbey Press include Trade Marketing, which sells to gift and book
stores, and One Caring Place, which
publishes several popular series incuding CareNotes, Elf-help
Books, Notes from a Monastery and Immersed in Christ.
Abbey Press also operates the on-campus Saint Meinrad Archabbey Gift Shop. The gift
shop offers a wide selection of Christian books, gifts, cards,
music, monk-made items and gifts for sacramental occasions - in
addition to a café that serves sandwiches, soups and
Abbey Caskets sells handmade wood caskets and
cremation urns to the public. Begun in 1999, the venture offers
caskets and urns made by local craftsmen from hardwoods such as
cherry, walnut, oak and poplar.
The moderately priced products reflect the monks' values of
dignity, reverence and simplicity. All proceeds support Saint