Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

April 1-7, 2016

We will open with Scripture this week - an especially timely reading in light of this Jubilee Year of Mercy. From our monastic liturgy of the hours on Divine Mercy Sunday:

"But God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ (by grace you have been saved), raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus."  --Ephesians 2:4-6 

Archbishop Tobin from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis ordained three seminarians to the transitional diaconate in our Archabbey Church Saturday morning. Our visiting Br. David NꞌDjam, OSB, of Monastère de lꞌIncarnation in Togo, West Africa, was one of the ordinands. (See more here:

On Monday, Fr. Prior Kurt presided at Mass for the transferred Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, and Archabbot Justin presided at Mass on Tuesday for the transferred Solemnity of our Holy Father Benedict.

Fr. Thomas presided at Mass the remainder of the week.

Fr. Damian returned to the monastery infirmary this week after gaining some strength in the hospital the past couple weeks. Fr. Micheas continues some therapy in Evansville after having had a stroke. I'm sure they would appreciate your prayerful support.

This Wednesday we had a community meeting on the State of the Monastic Chapter. This is in preparation for our Abbatial Election on June 2. We will have a similar meeting on Wednesday, April 13. It's a helpful opportunity to go over a compilation of feedback from a recent survey filled out by individual monks on the state of our monastery.

And, closing with some good news out of the local prison (a primary ministry coordinated and led by Br. Zachary): two offenders were baptized by Fr. Luke at the Easter Sunday Mass at Branchville Correctional Facility. Another man has recently begun preparing for baptism.

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.