Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

March 2015 - Week 3

On Saturday, a number of sites around the country hosted a Saint Meinrad Day of Service sponsored by our Alumni Office. Monks, seminarians and students from St. Xavier High School in Louisville, KY, participated in the day through chopping and delivering wood at our CACD lot. At the 5 locations around the country, around 130 volunteers spent the day making a difference in their communities. Christian Mocek, Director of Alumni Relations writes, "The Saint Meinrad Day of Service was a chance for us to be 'out on the streets' living out the call of a missionary church; seeking and finding God in the world." Read more here and see photos from the sites here.

Fr. Colman served as the principal celebrant at Mass this week, and on Sunday Deacon Gary Clark, a seminarian from the Diocese of Owensboro, participated as deacon. Fr. Colman, in his homily, shared (my paraphrase): We approach the throne of grace and not the mountain of condemnation and judgment. God sent his only son not to condemn, but to show mercy to his people.

On Sunday evening, the seminary formation house of St. John visited us for dinner. Fr. Noel is the dean and Deacon Danny Grover, of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, is the house prefect.

On Monday, Fr. Joseph presided over our Lenten Penance Service which took place after Compline. Others serving as confessors were Frs. Mark, Columba, Harry, Archbishop Daniel and Fr. Peter Marshall (Archdiocese of Indianapolis and Director of Spiritual Formation in the Seminary).

Br. Francis reflected on last Sunday's Gospel. Take a look to review what we heard at Mass last weekend in the Readings: Salvation in a Snake?

Also from Br. Francis on his blog … are the frogs this loud in your neck of the woods?

On Wednesday we had our third community meeting with the theme relating to our move out of the monastery for renovations. Fr. John provide some insight for us on "Conversatio: Different Place, Same Life." Here are some of many values we discerned that are beneficial to us in our common life: common prayer, common liturgy, common life, common meals, common recreation, value of our cells, silence, lectio, work, our service in the refectory makes itself present in the church, we benefit from one another's witness, accountability, visiting the infirm and being visited, culpa, mutual trust, stability, fraternal charity (not one of us is in this alone), flexibility and the cloister.

We look forward to learning more about our community and how we can improve as we move out and back in the monastery.

On Thursday, we celebrated the Solemnity of St. Joseph. Fr. Prior Kurt presided at Office and Mass, and at Mass Archabbot Lambert gave the homily. He has greatly relied on St. Joseph's intercession and says often, "Go to Joseph!" This saying and a depiction of St. Joseph can be found in our monastsery refectory (dining room).

Nine monks are participating in the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center's Religious Orders Study. Earlier this week, several staff from the Center spent two days on the Hill conducting the annual interviews and tests with them. The Center is grateful for their taking part in the study, which involves about 1,500 Catholic priests, brothers and sisters.

According to the Center, the purpose of the project "is to find out how damage to different parts of the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles, leads to problems with thinking, walking, strength and the ability to perform daily activities in Alzheimer's Disease."

Some food for thought going into this weekend, a Lauds intercession: "Let us do now what will profit us for eternal life."

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.