Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

February 2015 - Week 1

Thank you, Fr. Prior Kurt, for the warm welcome in taking on the About the House chronicles. Before entering the monastery, and now as a novice, I have been and am impressed by the many and varied ways the monastic community uplifts one another through our mutual prayer and work and how so many are engaged in building up the Universal Church through their work in and beyond the monastery and seminary.

I plan to succinctly share our community prayer and work on a weekly basis with our readers. I hope our readers find the updates to be timely, because as much as we take very seriously our prayer for the people of God, we depend on your prayers, too, for our perseverance in our vows of conversatio morum, stability and obedience and for our ministries, our energy and our health.

Novice Timothy

January 31-February 6

Br. Zachary, our resident barber, took on seven monk patrons Saturday morning after Mass. That's a lot of hair!

On Saturday afternoon, the monks enjoyed a pizza lunch at the UnStable. Fr. Prior Kurt, Br. James and Novice Thomas manned the pizza-prep and baking and Fr. Patrick (UnStable Manager) and Archdiocese of Indianapolis  seminarian James Brockmeier (Student Manager) took beverage orders. Yum!

Fr. Meinrad presided at Mass this Sunday, and Br. Simon from St. Benedict Abbey in Atchison, KS -- a 4th Theology student -- served as deacon.

Fr. Meinrad, in his homily, recalled fondly the good traits in his teachers as a young man in high school. He encouraged us to look at Christ's example as teacher to understand how we can better learn from Christ's teachings. He also challenged us to embrace ways we might be a teacher, in Jesus' example, for others.

Fr. Adrian led a retreat, "Being Born Anew," for a sizeable group of men from Evansville, Indiana's Good Shepherd parish. Coincidentally, Fr. Sean was at their parish this weekend for a Saint Meinrad Sunday. Fr. Abbot Lambert gave a retreat on the Hill to about 40 men from St. Malachy Parish from Indianapolis.

I learned this week that Fr. Augustine started collecting stamps when he was 10.

On Monday, we celebrated the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Fr. Prior Kurt presided at Office and Mass. We had colloquium (talking) at dinner in honor of the feast and also in honor of Abbot Alan Berndt's (formerly of the former Blue Cloud Abbey) 70th anniversary of priesthood ordination.

After Vigils and Lauds on Tuesday, those who wished had their throats blessed on the Feast of St. Blaise. Any guests who wished also had their throats blessed after Mass.

Br. John Mark (vocation director) provided an overview of the latest happenings in the Vocation Office during the monastic community meeting on Wednesday. He works closely with Fr. Thomas (associate director) and Br. William (office assistant) to plan, host and execute myriad opportunities for those who may be interested in our way of life.

He shared that many of the men who join the monastery have been encouraged by alumni, oblates, co-workers and many other people connected to Saint Meinrad. If you know a young man who may be interested in our way of life, have him visit, pray for him, and encourage him to make a visit to the Hill.

Each day the monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey write another page in the long history of Benedictine monks throughout the world. Here are recent events chronicled at Saint Meinrad.