Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

April 29-May 5, 2016

Last Friday, the seminary along with the Board of Overseers wished a hearty appreciation to Archabbot Justin for his tenure as abbot with Vespers, a reception and a banquet, followed by a beautiful concert in the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel.

Nov. Joshua gave the homily at last week's Monte Cassino pilgrimage. Here is a link with more information about our May and October pilgrimages, including the lineup of homilists for the rest of this month.

This week three of our priesthood jubilarians celebrated their actual anniversary days: Fr. Warren, his 50th  on May 1, and Fathers David and Edward, their 25th on May 4. Our community celebration for them (and for Fathers Mel-60 years-and John-50 years-and Patrick and Joseph-25 years) will take place, as customary, on the last Sunday of the month, May 29.

After dinner on Monday, we gathered in Jack's to say "farewell" to our six confreres who have been with us while studying in our seminary this past year. We enjoyed some extra special desserts and cordials.

Fr. Jeremy led a midweek retreat this week on "Singing the Gospel Day by Day."

Some of Br. Martin's art will be on display at the Museum of Fine Art in Owensboro, KY, from May 14 to July 24. The exhibit is named "A Living Language." Check out this link for more information.

We started reading Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life by Fr. James Martin, SJ, at table in addition to some writings related to the election of a new abbot or about abbatial leadership in monasteries.

A point to ponder from this week:

A paraphrase from the book we finished reading at table this week (Seventy-Four Tools for Good Living: Reflections on the Fourth Chapter of Benedict's Rule: Michael Casey, OCSO):

Humility is the teacher of all the virtues. It grows in us when we have the mind of Christ.

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.