Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

August 12 - 18, 2016

Brothers Peduru, James and William made their solemn vow profession on Monday on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. They had been on a retreat the past week with Father Eugene, reflecting on several parables. Well over 100 guests of theirs (family, friends, coworkers and others) joined the celebration.

On Wednesday they were formally welcomed as Chapter members with their aperitio oris, an "opening of the mouth" so to speak, so they have a voice in Chapter decisions and conversations.

Here is an update from Abbot Kurt on these brothers' assignments:

Brother Peduru will resume full-time studies as a third-year theologian in our seminary. Part of this program calls for him to spend Wednesday afternoons-and one weekend a month-ministering to youth groups at USI. Brother Peduru will continue giving retreats to oblates and other groups coming to our Guest House. He will also continue in his responsibilities as assistant refectorian.

Brother James will continue his work as Administrative Assistant of our One Bread, One Cup Program, and will continue his work with our Development Office. His appointment as Assistant Sacristan became effective yesterday, August 16; as noted previously, this appointment will be reviewed in six months, in light of his increased responsibilities with One Bread, One Cup and Development. I have also asked Brother James to serve on the Abbey Press Advisory Board.

As Coordinator of Vocations Media, Brother William will continue his work in the Office of Monastery Vocations and our Communications Office. He will continue collaborating on projects such as website development and the production of our Echoes from the Bell Tower podcast. Brother William will also be a part -time student in our School of Theology, working over the next three years towards an M.A. in Theology, with a specialization in scripture. I have also asked him to be the "Announcement Coordinator for Special Events," which will involve his working with the solemn vow and ordination candidates and each year's profession and priesthood jubilarians in arranging for the printing of invitations, announcements, and prayer cards.

On Monday, three of this year's jubilarians-Fathers Timothy, Lambert, and Meinrad-observed the actual day of their 60th anniversary of profession. Congratulations and ad multos annos to our confreres!

Brother Maurus led a midweek retreat this week through the Guest House: "Pray Your Way to Happiness."

On Wednesday Father Cletus celebrated his 98th  birthday. 98! Awesome.

Br. Francis posted a picture to his blog of Brothers Peduru, James and William at their Solemn Profession: Newly Professed

Br. André reviews the past couple weeks, too, in his blog post.

A handful of our visiting seminary Benedictines have been trickling in … Br. Theodore from Marmion Abbey and Br. Damian from Prince of Peace Abbey. Several others are set to join us in the next few days, as next week the seminary starts off the school year with a spirituality week.

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.