Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

June 2015: June 6-12

Toward the end of last week, all the "One Bread, One Cup" (OBOC) college interns arrived on the Hill to spend about a month and a half here leading three five-day conferences for high school students and their campus and youth ministers.

When they are not leading the conferences, they are receiving formation on various topics from a variety of members of the monastic community. Please pray for these young men and women who lead a great program for our Church. And maybe one or two will discern joining our monastery or taking on a religious vocation. **wink, wink**

On Sunday, the solemnity of Corpus Christi, Archbishop Joseph Tobin, C.Ss.R, of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, ordained now-Father Luke to the priesthood. Fr. Luke had several friends and family in town and many of the co-workers joined us for the celebration.

In his homily, Archbishop Tobin shared: Jesus' giving of his life is not a ritual act, like Moses' in the First Reading, but a true giving of life. Here in scripture this Sunday in condensed form are the reasons we revere the Eucharist. This feast is the background for Br. Luke's ordination. In preaching the Word and celebrating the sacraments, he will be a shepherd for God's people and the monks of Saint Meinrad.

Pope Francis on April 26 shared to new priests that a priest should be mindful of the way he celebrates the Eucharist and to not do it in haste. He also said a priest should never tire of being merciful in the confessional, and a priest should speak from his heart to the hearts of the people of God.

On Monday morning at Mass, Fr. Luke preached and presided. He thanked the monastic community for its support in his taking on the ministerial vocation of the priesthood. He explained the gestures and symbolism of monastic solemn vows and the priesthood ordination for the edification of some of his guests.

He then encouraged that when we orient our lives toward Christ, we orient our lives to the life to come. He thanked the monastic community and his guests for their encouragement in word and example.

Br. Francis, in his "The Path of Life" blog, wrote from his perspective about some of the latest happenings in the monastery. Click this link to read that post.

Many of the juniors and novices joined the OBOC college interns for a bonfire on Wednesday. The bonfire was more for the s'more roasting than the warmth, and it was a great opportunity for some of the monastic community to meet the college interns, who share a lot of our Benedictine spirituality with high school youth and their adult leaders from around the country during the summer here on the Hill.

Finally, happy Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We're trying something new with the next several solemnities (Birth of John the Baptist and Sts. Peter and Paul) with our weekday horarium schedule. Instead of Mass at 7:30 a.m., as is typical, in order to provide an opportunity for a change of pace because of the solemnities, we will have our Conventual Mass at 11 a.m. with the Midday Psalms recited just prior to the conclusion of Mass.

In closing and on this the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, an excerpt from the Office of Readings for today by St. Bonaventure:

The blood and water which poured out at that moment were the price of our salvation. Flowing from the secret abyss of our Lord's heart as from a fountain, this stream gave the sacraments of the Church the power to confer the life of grace, while for those already living in Christ it became a spring of living water welling up to life everlasting.

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.