Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

March 2015 - Week 1

The National Players were here Thursday, Friday and Saturday and gave the following evening performances respectively: "The Tempest" (Shakespeare), "As You Like It" (Shakespeare) and "To Kill a Mockingbird" (Harper Lee).

Around 46 men from St. Bartholomew Parish in Columbus, IN, were here on retreat with their pastor, Fr. Clem Davis. Br. Zachary led their retreat titled "The Joy of the Gospel."

How can we become whole this Lent? It is a big question and Lent gives us an opportunity to pick one piece of that question and work on it. This was part of Fr. Harry's reflection during his homily last weekend. He served as Mass Heb this week.

On Tuesday, Fr. Mel joined the nonagenarian club. He celebrated his 90th birthday!

Wednesday provided for us the opportunity to meet as a community for one of four Lenten conferences with themes focused on our temporary move out of the monastery for renovations. Br. Zachary kicked off the series with the value of stability and what it means for us in our temporary move.

There were about eight small groups of monks and each table shared some themes from their discussion based on some small group questions posed by Br. Zachary after his mini-conference.

One of the beautiful ways in which we reflected on stability was through each group writing litanies of thanksgiving for the vow of stability. We also discussed ways in which we might encourage a middle-aged member who could be struggling with his vocation and discerning his commitment to the monastic way of life.

The third question posed was how to encourage new members who might be concerned about how he relates with other members of the community and how that can be worked on and resolved over time.

As I am sure several of our readers encountered on Wednesday and Thursday, we too had a dumping of snow that looks like it could melt with the arrival of warmer weather next week.

It was nice to have Fr. Godfrey in town for a couple of days. As you'll recall, he is the rector of the cathedral, St. Benedict, in the Diocese of Evansville. He was back home giving a midweek retreat on "Fully Alive at Mass: Putting the Most in to Get the Most out."

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.