Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

June 17-23, 2016

Father Gavin gave the remembrance for Father Damian last Friday, and Archabbot Kurt presided and preached at the funeral Mass on Saturday. Friends, family, scientific colleagues, students, classmates and parishioners of Father Damian joined us for the celebrations.

Having a little fun…During the One Bread, One Cup conferences and their variety show, Father Harry and a troupe of monks have been performing a song and dance of the story of Moses and the Israelites featuring Brother Joel as the Lord, Novice Joshua as Pharoah, Brother Jean as Moses and a strong cast of junior monks as the Israelites. Father Colman rounds out the crew starring as the pianist along with Father Christian on guitar.

Several One Bread, One Cup interns helped with our Eucharistic Celebration last Sunday by serving as thurifer, Mass server, and singing and playing instruments for our preparation and Communion pieces.

Brother Martin and Passionist Brother Michael Moran lead an artist's six-day hands-on workshop and retreat this week titled "The Image as a Window to the Spiritual".

Brother Zachary, on "The Jesus Prayer", explored this ancient prayer with retreants this week for a midweek retreat.

On the beer-brewing front, Brothers Nathaniel and Jean have some great news to share. They entered a competition in Ferdinand for a festival there. Among the 40 entries, their dark beer won the "dark beer" category and also best of show. Because you might ask: No, the beer is not available for purchase as it is a hobby these brothers are taking their time in learning more about and sharing the fruit of their labor with the monastic community right now.

In a special episode of our podcast Echoes from the Bell Tower, Brother Joel and Novice Tony interview Archabbot Kurt. Click this link for more information.

On the topic of Abbot Kurt, we had our first community conference with him this Wednesday. After his conference, the community (less the novices and juniors) elected two monks to join the Abbot's Council.

Today, Friday June 24, we had a modified "Sunday schedule" to honor the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist (Breakfast at 6:30 a.m., Vigils and Lauds at 7:15 a.m., and Mass followed by Midday Prayer at 11:00 a.m.). Being that this solemnity is an Order of the Prior, Father Prior John served as our Heb at Office and presider at Mass. An interesting note, he wore an alb at Mass that his mother and sister helped make 50 years as his ordination vestment.

To close, a reflection by St. Anselm (from his Proslogion) featured on Brother Francis' blog, the Path of Life. Click here to read: Opened and Closed

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.