Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

October 2-8, 2015

Br. André was home this past weekend. His culinary courses have him traveling around the world … with taste, at least. They are studying international cooking. Last week they studied Chinese cooking, and this week they are working on Vietnamese.

Fr. Germain is our Mass heb this week. Some excerpts from his homilies:

Sunday: Jesus gives a clear and decisive answer to the Pharisees about marriage. With these words, Jesus ratifies the sacred character of marriage and condemns divorce. In today's Gospel, Jesus invites us to return to the beginning - the Garden of Eden. God created man and woman equal - and they need each other. May all married men and women and their children here find joy and happiness in God through your marriage.

Wednesday, Our Lady of the Rosary: The rosary was used as a way for the faithful to understand the mysteries of Jesus' life at times when they couldn't read or when Mass was not in the vernacular of the people. Some saints found the rosary to be a hindrance to their prayer life -- and some here feel that way -- and that's OK! When we pray the rosary, there is no obligation to finish it, but it's an opportunity to spend time in God's presence. "Hang loose" should be our motto when praying the rosary -- we can contemplate with God and rest with him.

Br. Maurus gave the Monte Cassino reflection -- the first of four -- by four different monastic presenters this month. Br. Maurus' talk was on "To Jesus through Mary." Click this link for more information on the October Monte Cassino pilgrimages and to see the presenters and topics for the next three weekends.

On Wednesday, we had a community meeting where Fr. Denis R. led the community through several PowerPoint slides with reports on the Seminary and School of Theology and its programs. As President-Rector, he shared many of the areas where our Seminary and School of Theology is excelling and made note of focus areas for continuing to strengthen the school.

In agricultural news, our chickens finally started laying eggs, and we are nearly ready to harvest honey from our one beehive.

Several monks played a role in meeting with our Board of Overseers this past weekend. They enjoyed food from "Around the World" … a spectacular dinner put on by many of the seminarians representing their cultural backgrounds from around the country and the world. Fr. Noël helped with one of the Hispanic groups. Yum!

As fall approaches, several of the novices are preparing homemade apple cider and hard cider for our monastic Halloween party. Speaking of fall, stop in and see us. This area, as many of you know, is really enhanced by the fall colors this time of year.

Let us pray for 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.