Greetings from Saint Meinrad! I've been thinking a lot lately about the role of the monastery in the world, and I am increasingly convinced that the distinct life of the monk offers a witness and a message that is as relevant and important as ever.
As monks, we plant ourselves in this place, we limit our scope, and we go about the hard work of proving to ourselves and the world that the Kingdom of God is truly within our grasp. This kingdom comes to life in our prayer, in our love for one another, and in our service to the students, guests and pilgrims whom God places in our lives.
There are days when we realize it more fully than others, but the monastery is and will always be called to be a vision of the Kingdom. And that is what we are working on here.
Seeking his workman in a
multitude of people, the Lord calls us to him and lifts his voice
again: "Is there anyone here who yearns for life and desires to see
-Prologue, Rule of St. Benedict
In his Rule, St. Benedict calls not the holy, but those who have the desire to be holy. If you have that desire, then read on, continue praying, and let us know if we can answer your questions about the monastic life at Saint Meinrad Archabbey. We are eager to share this life and to welcome others to join us in this school of the Lord's service.
Br. John Mark, OSB
|Fr. Thomas Gricoski,
Associate Director of Vocations
|Br. William Sprauer,