Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

May 2015: May 9-15

Pardon the lack of a full portrait of updates this week and maybe the next several weeks. The juniors and novices moved out of the monastery this week for renovations, and the rest of the community will be moving in the next couple of days and after our community retreat next week.

On Sunday, Br. Luke preached as Fr. Simon (from St. Benedict's Abbey in Atchison, KS) served as the principal celebrant for Mass for the first time here at Saint Meinrad. In his homily, Br. Luke shared, "What is love? What makes up your definition of love? And, do we make room for obedience in that definition?"

On Monday, Fr. Simon was the principal celebrant for Mass and preached - this was his last day with us before returning to his monastery with his Abbot James. Fr. Simon reflected on St. Paul being expelled from the synagogue and how through Fr. Simon's leaving the Hill, he is taking what he learned here and how he was formed here with him.

Around 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Fr. Aelred Cody, OSB, died here at Saint Meinrad. Several days before he died, he was taken by ambulance to the hospital, and the doctors discovered that he had cancer throughout his body.

He was an intelligent and kind and eccentric monk, and as Fr. Subprior Guerric shared in his remembrance of Fr. Aelred, who was Fr. Guerric's novice-junior master, "On May 11, 2015 at 5:30 p.m., we lost our mind." This was a testament to Fr. Aelred's wisdom and knowledge.

Fr. Timothy shared on Wednesday at the funeral Mass, "In his radical eccentricity, Fr. Aelred has left us a monastic heritage. We pray this morning he will enjoy eternal life."

Read Fr. Aelred's obituary here.

On Wednesday afternoon, Archabbot Justin held an Abbot's Conference in the Chapter Room. He reminded us of our Lenten Conferences about monastic values we can hone during our move for the renovations of the monastery. He encouraged us to practice the words and ideals we talked about when we move.

The excitement of getting prepared to move and the newness of moving will wear off, and we will have to face ourselves again, like we do in the monastery now. We have an opportunity to re-examine and refocus on our monastic values.

On Thursday, we celebrated the Feast of the Apostle St. Matthias. Fr. Julian presided. He noted in his homily: It's not simply about getting along as friends, but it's about genuine concern for the other. Jesus has invited us to carry that on and pay it forward in our own way. Let's pray for the grace of holy wisdom to enter our souls so that we may be better friends with God and one another.

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.