Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

May 13-19, 2016

Congratulations to Brother William, who earned his M.A. degree and was part of the Seminary and School of Theology commencement ceremony on Saturday.

The novices and juniors held an appreciation party for Abbot Justin at the Placidium (novice and junior recreation house on campus) last Friday with special snacks and drinks and fellowship with the monastic community.

On Monday, we observed the 30-day anniversary of the death of Brother Philip and on Wednesday we observed the one-year anniversary of the death of Father Cyprian. The Conventual Mass was offered for their souls on those days.

Father Meinrad gave the homily at our Monte Cassino pilgrimage on Sunday. Father Barnabas and Brother Maurus are the remaining speakers at these pilgrimages that happen in May and October in honor of our Blessed Mother.

Br Francis blog posted a blog recently sharing a reflection of St. Irenaeus.

Monastery Upgrade Update: About 10 weeks remain until the scheduled deadline for the completion of the monastery upgrade project, and there is still a lot of work to be accomplished before then. However, at this stage, all of the contractors say they will be finished by the given deadline and so we are proceeding to plan for the move back at that time.

Should some unforeseen difficulty arise between now and then, it would be possible to delay the infirmary and refectory completion for about a month and we could continue to use the spaces currently used in St. Anselm Hall.

N.B.: We begin our annual monastery retreat next week. Pray for us that we may enter into the time of retreat with reflective and receptive hearts and minds. Pray, too, for us as we approach the election of our next archabbot on June 2.

Be assured of our prayers for you.

Signing off this week with a quote from St. Irenaeus on the Holy Trinity (as we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity this Sunday, May 22):

"For with Him were always present the Word and Wisdom, the Son and the Spirit, by whom and in whom, freely and spontaneously, He made all things, to whom also He speaks, saying, 'Let Us make man after Our image and likeness;' He taking from Himself the substance of the creatures [formed], and the pattern of things made, and the type of all the adornments in the world."

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.