Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

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  • Tuesday, June 28 - Thursday, June 30, 2016

    The Beatitudes: God's Logic in a Crazy World

    (Midweek Retreat) The Beatitudes are God's way of saying, "How delighted I am with you who are poor in pocket and poor in spirit, you who mourn, who are meek …. This kind of happiness can be found…
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  • Friday, July 1 - Sunday, July 3, 2016

    Basic Bach: Appreciating a Creative Genius

    This retreat continues the exploration of great composers who have used their musical genius to enhance the spirituality of the Christian Church. Bach was truly a master of expressing the power o…
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  • Monday, July 4 - Friday, July 8, 2016

    The Priesthood: Yesterday, Today and ... Tomorrow

    (Priests Retreat) This retreat examines models of the priesthood from the past and present to establish a solid spirituality of the priesthood in the Church today … and tomorrow. The thoughts of P…
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  • Friday, July 8 - Sunday, July 10, 2016

    Powerlessness, Weakness and Strength in Recovery: An AA Retreat

    Admitting that one has become powerless over alcohol is a bedrock beginning of recovery. This beginning opens the way to ask for and receive strength for sobriety from beyond ourselves, from a Po…
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  • Friday, July 15 - Sunday, July 17, 2016

    Pray Always

    Retreat conferences will focus on the essential nature of prayer as prompted by grace and guided by the Holy Spirit, who teaches us to surrender willful self-assertion to grow in willingness to s…
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  • Monday, July 25 - Friday, July 29, 2016

    Bringing to Life the Word of God in Song

    Learn how the practice of Gregorian chant brings to life the Word of God in song, and study the intimate relationship between the proclaimed Word of God and its melodic setting. Learn a new way t…
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  • Tuesday, August 16 - Thursday, August 18, 2016

    Pray Your Way to Happiness

    (Midweek Retreat) We often think of prayer as an obligation to God. Actually, prayer is the very substance of life, the key to strength and joy, here and hereafter. This retreat is a practical in…
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  • Friday, August 19 - Sunday, August 21, 2016

    Discovering the Spiritual Richness in the Letters of St. Paul


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  • Friday, August 26 - Sunday, August 28, 2016

    Living Monastic Values in Everyday Life

    The Rule of St. Benedict for monasteries has many valuable lessons for those living outside the monastic setting. Conferences will focus on identifying some of the important aspects of the monast…
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  • Friday, September 2 - Sunday, September 4, 2016

    Simplicity: To Have is Not to Be

    "Simplicity" or "downsizing" isn't another name for a garage sale. We will go deep inside and knock at the door of the baptized mind to look at the internal root causes that lead to external hous…
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  • Friday, September 16 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

    Aging Gracefully: A Retreat for 60s and Over

    Today people are living longer and richer lives. This retreat will focus on how best to allow God's grace to enhance these senior years. Deepening one's spirituality through a more intense prayer…
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  • Friday, September 23 - Sunday, September 25, 2016

    Cultivating a Discerning Heart

    Retreat conferences will explore how Christians are called to "read the signs of our times" in the ordinary and not-so-ordinary times of our lives. To have a discerning heart is to hear the Word …
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  • Friday, September 30 - Sunday, October 2, 2016

    The Rosary Revisited

    The rosary is a treasure of the Catholic Church. This retreat aims to introduce newcomers to the rosary as well as renewing experienced practitioners of this prayer. 
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  • Friday, October 7 - Sunday, October 9, 2016

    Beauty as a Pathway to God: Religious Art and Symbol in the Spiritual Life

    This retreat will explore how beauty in nature and art reveals God's presence and action in the world and examines the strength and power of religious imagery art and architecture through the age…
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  • Monday, October 17 - Friday, October 21, 2016

    Biblical Reflections on Pastoral Leadership

    (Priests Retreat) This retreat will explore pastoral leadership as it is variously described in the Bible. Particular attention will be given to the challenges this offers to priestly ministry an…
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  • Friday, October 21 - Sunday, October 23, 2016

    Monastic Life as it is Lived Today

    The conferences will compare the times and Rule of St. Benedict in the six century to the 21st century and how it can and does apply to today's life and society. The retreat conferences will focu…
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  • Friday, November 4 - Sunday, November 6, 2016

    Mysterious Meister Eckhart

    Retreat conferences will explore key concepts in the contemplative spirituality of one of the Church's great German medieval mystical theologians. Properly understood, Eckhart's "spirituality for…
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  • Tuesday, November 8 - Thursday, November 10, 2016

    The End-Purpose of Creation and Our Role in its History according to St. Paul

    (Midweek Retreat) Meditations and prayer on passages in Romans, Colossians and Ephesians will teach about the finality of the Creation and history and about the present age of the Church in Chris…
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  • Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13, 2016

    The Francis Effect: A Study of Two Characters

    St. Francis of Assisi had a notable effect on the reform of the Catholic Church of his times. Today, Pope Francis follows his impressive life in the Spirit by effecting our own times of reform an…
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  • Friday, November 18 - Sunday, November 20, 2016

    Living a Blessed Life

    We will consider how to make the Sermon on the Mount the basis of our life. 
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  • Friday, December 16 - Sunday, December 18, 2016

    Spiritual Themes in the Gospel of Luke


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  • Friday, February 10 - Sunday, February 12, 2017

    Almost Paradise

    (Married couples only) Living together in great love is the secret to human happiness - something we'll enjoy completely only in heaven. But here on earth, giving oneself in love to others (spous…
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  • Thursday, March 9 - Sunday, March 12, 2017

    Praying the Psalms in the Office

    The office is a place for work, but in the liturgy the Office is also a time for prayer. While the office staff/team might or might not pray together, the Psalms offer lots to reflect on in a give…
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  • Friday, March 17 - Sunday, March 19, 2017

    Almost Paradise

    (Married Couples Only Retreat #2) Living together in great love is the secret to human happiness - something we'll enjoy completely only in heaven. But here on earth, giving oneself in love to other…
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  • Friday, March 17 - Sunday, March 19, 2017

    Contemplative Living

    This retreat will explore the topic of deep prayer, as gleaned from the mystical tradition of the Church. Contemplation is a mode of prayer rooted in one's inmost self - the simple and quiet center -…
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  • Friday, March 24 - Sunday, March 26, 2017

    I am with You Always, Even to the End of the World: The Sacraments of the Church

    The sacraments guarantee those words of Jesus' empowering presence in our lives from the cradle to grave. "We hurry to the gospel as to Christ physically present among us," said St. Ignatius of A…
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  • Friday, April 7 - Sunday, April 9, 2017

    Celebrating the Paschal Mystery

    This retreat will help prepare us for the celebration of Holy Week by exploring the theology/spirituality of the passion, death and resurrection of Christ. The highlight of the weekend will be th…
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  • Wednesday, April 12 - Sunday, April 16, 2017

    Holy Week Retreat

    The retreat will foster the faith and devotion of participants in the liturgies of Holy Week. Conferences will offer meditation and theological reflection on the liturgies of Holy Week from Palm …
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  • Tuesday, April 18 - Thursday, April 20, 2017

    "How long, O Lord?"

    This retreat draws its title from Psalm 13. Often, we have a sense that we have to wait for the Lord for a very long time. When will He answer us? This retreat will reflect on how we maintain hop…
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  • Monday, April 24 - Friday, April 28, 2017

    Praying with the Psalms

    The prayer book of the deacon is the Psalms, 150 prayers and reflections that describe virtually every possible human thought, feeling and situation. They invite a serious look into our relations…
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  • Friday, April 28 - Sunday, April 30, 2017

    Praying with the Gospel of Luke


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  • Monday, May 1 - Friday, May 5, 2017

    The Psalms as Change Agents

    Protestant theologian Walter Brueggemann, whom many look to as the doyen of Old Testament/Psalms commentators, has written a short book that is changing lives. We will use his From Whom No Secrets Ar…
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  • Friday, May 5 - Sunday, May 7, 2017

    The Church in the Modern World

    This retreat will address issues related to the evangelizing mission of the Church's sons and daughters, those who "are united to Christ and guided by the holy Spirit," as described in the magisteria…
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  • Tuesday, May 9 - Thursday, May 11, 2017

    St. Gregory the Great and Monastic Wisdom

    What we know about St. Benedict and his reputation as a saint was written by St. Gregory the Great. This retreat will dive into the spirituality of this great monastic writer.
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  • Friday, May 19 - Sunday, May 21, 2017

    Fruits of the Catholic Faith

    The monastic journey allows one to experience many fruits of the Catholic faith in focused ways. With a monastic lens, this retreat will explore some of those fruits like the sacraments, Mary and …
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  • Friday, June 16 - Thursday, June 22, 2017

    The Image as a Window to the Spiritual: An Artist's Six-Day Hands-on Workshop and Retreat

    (Retreatants limited) From the beginning, art has been used as a pathway toward spiritual insight and awareness. On this "studio retreat," each participant will work in one of several media throu…
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  • Friday, June 30 - Sunday, July 2, 2017

    Spiritual Integration: Fitness, Health and Physical Well-Being

    With Scripture and the Rule of St. Benedict as our guide, we will explore how a life of physical fitness and healthful eating leads us on a journey of self-knowledge, self-acceptance and self-gift, u…
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  • Friday, July 14 - Sunday, July 16, 2017

    A Weekend with Mary, Our Blessed Mother

    Exploring Mary's important role in presenting the Savior to our world, this retreat will focus on the latest Marian spirituality. A highpoint of the weekend will be the Sunday celebration of Our L…
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  • Monday, July 17 - Friday, July 21, 2017

    Bringing to Life the Word of God in Song

    Learn how the practice of Gregorian chant brings to life the Word of God in song, and study the intimate relationship between the proclaimed Word of God and its melodic setting. Learn a new way t…
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  • Friday, July 21 - Sunday, July 23, 2017

    A Step 11 Retreat for Recovering Alcoholics and Alanons

    This retreat is for those seeking, through heartfelt prayer and meditation, to improve their conscious contract with God, as they understand Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for them an…
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  • Monday, July 24 - Friday, July 28, 2017

    Bringing to Life the Word of God in Song

    Learn how the practice of Gregorian chant brings to life the Word of God in song, and study the intimate relationship between the proclaimed Word of God and its melodic setting. In this advanced …
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  • Tuesday, July 25 - Thursday, July 27, 2017

    Forgiven and Forgiving

    (Midweek Retreat) In the Lord's Prayer, we make a covenant with God that we will forgive as we have been forgiven. What are the practical consequences of this spiritual covenant in everyday life? …
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  • Friday, August 18 - Sunday, August 20, 2017

    Benedictine Spirituality

    The conferences for this retreat will address certain key components of the Benedictine charism distilled from the Rule of St. Benedict and the lived tradition of modern Benedictine monastic comm…
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  • Tuesday, August 22 - Thursday, August 24, 2017

    Pray Your Way to Happiness

    (Midweek Retreat) We often think of prayer as an obligation to God. Actually, prayer is the very substance of life, the key to strength and joy, here and hereafter. This retreat is a practical in…
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  • Friday, August 25 - Sunday, August 27, 2017

    Beauty as a Pathway to God: Religious Art and Symbol in the Spiritual Life

    This retreat will explore how beauty in nature and art reveals God's presence and action in the world and examines the strength and power of religious imagery, art and architecture through the ag…
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  • Friday, September 15 - Sunday, September 17, 2017

    Praying with the Gospel of Matthew


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  • Friday, September 22 - Sunday, September 24, 2017

    Contemplative Living

    This retreat will explore the topic of deep prayer, as gleaned from the mystical tradition of the Church. Contemplation is a mode of prayer rooted in one's inmost self - the simple and quiet cente…
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  • Friday, September 29 - Sunday, October 1, 2017

    The Bellinis: Artists of the Renaissance in Venice

    Using visual aids (slides and movies), we will explore the beautiful spirituality of a series of fantastic artists who gave to the world some extraordinary spiritual works of the high Renaissance in …
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  • Tuesday, October 3 - Thursday, October 5, 2017

    Hail Mary Full of Grace: Pray with Mary

    (Midweek Retreat) The Mother of God has given us a mystical connection with her Son. We will explore different ways we can unite our prayer with Mary and come to a deeper connection with our Lord…
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  • Friday, October 13 - Sunday, October 15, 2017

    Reading the Scriptures

    This retreat will explore various ways to read the bible stories and look for their meaning for us today. Often this is called lectio divina - the ancient practice of reading the Scriptures,…
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  • Monday, October 16 - Friday, October 20, 2017

    Discipleship and Ministry According to the Gospel of John

    (Priests' Retreat) This retreat will offer reflections on the gospel of John, focusing on who Jesus is and what it means to be his disciple. Particular attention will be given to challenges in th…
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  • Friday, November 3 - Sunday, November 5, 2017

    Gratitude

    As the feast of Thanksgiving draws near, this retreat will explore the place of gratitude in the spiritual lives of Christians. 
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  • Tuesday, November 7 - Thursday, November 9, 2017

    On Becoming the Publican in the Temple: St. Benedict's Degrees of Humility

    (Midweek Retreat) "Self-exaltation leads to humiliation; self-humbling leads to exaltation." St. Benedict's 12 degrees of humility begin with this declaration of the Lord in the parable of the Ph…
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  • Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

    The Church in the Modern World

    This retreat will address issues related to the evangelizing mission of the Church's sons and daughters, those who "are united to Christ and guided by the holy Spirit," as described in the magist…
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  • Friday, November 17 - Sunday, November 19, 2017

    Praying with the Gospel of John


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  • Friday, December 15 - Sunday, December 17, 2017

    Sing Ye Noel

    This retreat will explore the history of some of the many Christmas carols and ponder on their spirituality. Opportunities for singing these lovely songs will help us prepare for a festive Christ…
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