Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

October 7-13, 2016

Last weekend, our Board of Overseers were here for their fall meeting. They continue to help us strategize about our Seminary and School of Theology. We are grateful for their tremendous time and support of our educational charism. Here is a listing of our new Overseers.

On Sunday, Father Harry preached at our Monte Cassino Pilgrimage. Check out the remaining October pilgrimages to Monte Cassino.

Brother Martin led the "Beauty as a Pathway to God: Religious Art and Symbol in the Spiritual Life" retreat last weekend.

We had a community meeting on Wednesday, where Father Denis (the President-Rector of our Seminary and School of Theology) gave an update on the goings on with our seminary and graduate degree programs.

Brother Francis recently posted some new blogs, including one on Cardinal-Elect Joseph Tobin (the head of our archdiocese)

It appears that the construction crews have completed most of the underground piping connections for our geothermal system on the outside of our monastery. They are now working mostly on our monastery courtyard. For anyone who is a fan of heavy machinery, you would be very edified by seeing the machinery move about our courtyard, especially with an up-close view out of our refectory (dining room). Pray for our construction crew. They have been working diligently for the better part of a year and a half to help us have  a sound infrastructural and safely ventilated home for our prayer and work.

Our bees produced about 1 to 1.5 gallons of honey, and Brother Simon reports that this is similar to the yields of other beekeepers in the area.

Finally, the fourth in a series of Abbey Forest history from Father Guy, our forester:

How is the Abbey forest managed?

The Abbey forester manages the woods in compliance with the requirements of Indiana's Classified Forest Program and with the help of consulting foresters. 

Indiana's Classified Forest Program was begun in 1921 by Charles Deam, a forest conservationist and management pioneer like Gifford Pinchot and other men of Theodore Roosevelt's time. The early part of the 20th century was the time of maximum de-forestation in the United States. St. Meinrad has participated in the Program since 1923.  Some of our original classification papers are signed by Deam.

The Program assesses the owner's land at $1 per acre for tax purposes in exchange for the owner's promise to manage the land for timber production. This does not mean we are required to sell timber, but it means we are required to maintain the woods as woods. This entails keeping livestock out of the woods, posting the property, not introducing cabins or shacks or any permanent structure into the woods, and maintaining a forest management plan. Our management plan consists mostly in a schedule of projected harvests. We have enough forest land that we can look to sell some timber every other year or so.

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.