Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

August 19-25, 2016

At 98 years old (after having turned such last week), our Father Cletus breathed his last breath this Thursday after a decline in health - though, he remained grateful even in the pain and weakness as many confreres kept vigil with him when it was clear he was approaching death. Learn a little more about his life and find out liturgy arrangements here:

Many of the monk-seminarians and several members of the monastic community are involved in the spirituality week - a spiritual preparation week before seminary classes begin next week.

Here is a rundown of the monastic spirituality week presenters and their topics:

Father Harry on Lectio Divina

Father Denis R. on Theology and the Priesthood

Father Adrian on Advanced Patterns of Prayer

Father Bede on the Diaconate History, Spirituality and Theology, and History of Christian Spirituality

Father Thomas on Spiritual Leadership with Christ the Priest, Prophet and King

Father Noël on Types of Prayer

Father Christian on the Spiritual Life

Archabbot Kurt will close out the spirituality week with a day of prayer on Sunday.

Last weekend, Father Eugene led the "Discovering the Spiritual Richness in the Letters to St. Paul" retreat through our Guest House retreat program.

Our refectory is slowly being put back together after its renovation. The tables and chairs are back in, and we have a new box for our napkins (in addition to several other major renovations). These are just some of the things that happened this week.

We have a new elevator in the monastery, and the other two, being older and frequently used, are receiving some tender love and care to make sure they operate efficiently and safely.

Brother Nathaniel recently passed the test and received his certificate as a personal trainer after several months of preparation this summer.

Here is a little interview with our Father Louis Mulcahy, whose feast day we celebrated on Thursday:

Finally, join us in praying for our Father Cassian, who serves as Prior of the Monks of Norcia in Italy, where an earthquake struck this week.

This is what Archabbot Kurt had to say about the situation there:

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck near Father Prior Cassian and the Monks of Norcia. Father Cassian reports, thankfully, that none of the monks were injured. However, "sadly, there are many injuries to report among the people of the region, especially those in small mountain villages. We monks will do what we can to contribute here on the ground . . . we rely on your prayers. . . . We, as many others in Norcia and surrounding areas, suffered a lot of damage to our buildings and especially to our basilica. It will take some time to assess the extent of the damage, but it is very sad to see the many beautiful restorations we've made to St. Benedict's birthplace reduced, in a moment, to disrepair." Yesterday morning Father Prior Cassian announced that the decision to transfer the community to Rome for the time being: "While the community is in Rome, two monks will remain in Norcia to keep watch over the basilica and monitor the developing situation. They will avoid danger by sleeping in tents outside the city walls." Mid-afternoon Wednesday I received an email from Father Edward: "Fr. Cassian and 12 of his monks arrived this [Wednesday] evening. They are a bit shaken, but in good spirits. As you might recall, there was an earthquake in 1979 in that region and many of the monastery buildings were rebuilt in a way to be earthquake resistant. So, the monks are hopeful that they will be able to return home soon…but they just don't know. Also, the authorities are concerned about aftershocks. The nearby town of Amatrice was, apparently, devastated and the death toll is now 120, though they are still searching. The monks said that Amatrice would have been full of tourists during this month."

I received an email from Fr. Prior Cassian around six o'clock this (Thursday) morning: "All the monks are safe and sound, thanks be to God, but the monastery and church were pretty badly damaged.  At the moment we've taken refuge at Sant' Anselmo, since we can't go back into the monastery until an official inspection."

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.