Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

September 30-October 6, 2016

On Sunday, we celebrated the Anniversary of the Dedication of the Archabbey Church. The seminary joined us for Eucharist, as well as retreatants and other regular Mass-goers who join us for our Sunday Mass.

Brother Zachary led the "Rosary Revisted" retreat last weekend through the Guest House.

I forgot to post this last week, but this is the latest post from Brother Francis' blog. The post: Who is lying at my door?

Benedictine Oblates and members of their respective monasteries from the Midwest joined together Sunday-Tuesday as part of the Midwest Woodlands Regional gathering. The topic of the conference was "The Gift of Shared Leadership." About 50 participated, and Saint Meinrad Oblate Rev. Dr. William Wilson and Brother Simon both gave presentations. 

Ten monasteries were represented, and this conference was the first in a series of conferences that will address the need for shared leadership between monasteries and their oblates and the many practical facets of skilled leadership, such as formation, communication, service, mentoring and volunteer development. Here is a link to our oblate website:

Father Jeremy gave the Monte Cassino pilgrimage talk last Sunday. Here is a schedule of the remaining pilgrimages this October:

Some more Abbey forest facts from Father Guy:

Silviculturalists distinguish between Southern and Northern Hardwood Forests. Northern Hardwood is dominated by maple and beech species. Southern Hardwood is dominated by oak and hickory species. The Abbey woods are located in the northernmost reach of the Southern Hardwood Forest. So there is lots of oak and hickory. But since we are so close to the Northern Hardwood Forest, there is considerable maple and beech, too, which is not so good, since the maple doesn't grow as nicely here as it would further north, and the beech is not so good at market. 

Besides the oak and hickory, our main bread and butter tree is tulip poplar. There is lots of tulip poplar. The carpenter shop, you may know, long worked with red oak and tulip. There is also some walnut and black cherry, very marketable, and odds and ends of hackberry and sycamore and white ash-and the maple and the beech. The white ash will likely disappear when the emerald ash borer arrives. This is an east Asian beetle. Adults mate after eating ash leaves. The eggs are deposited on the bark of the ash tree.

The larvae, once they hatch out, burrow into the bark and feed on the living phloem and cambium and xylem layers inside the bark. They feed so much that they kill the tree. Mortality is 100%.

Novice Joshua gave an update on the chickens. Betty, a coworker, is adopting the hens, and it is not out of the question that down the road we could expand the operation and find a better setup for maintaining an egg operation.

Jasper Lumber and Messmer Mechanical have continued their work in and around the monastery. For those who have visited the rock garden, you might remember a walkway leading up to the monastery along the slype (the hallway connecting the monastery to the church). The construction crew has been building a roof in that nook in order to prevent water from going down to our ground-level walkway. It's shaping up to be a nice seating area eventually, too.

Archabbot Kurt appointed Brother Jacob as custos of the house. Among several of his responsibilities in this position, he will supervise volunteer groups from our monastic community to tackle cleaning and upkeep of our house. God has richly blessed us with a beautiful home, and we want to continue taking care of it for those who will follow us. 

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.