Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

February 28-March 6, 2017

Archabbot Kurt presided at our Eucharist on Ash Wednesday, and he also gave a conference to our monastic community Wednesday afternoon. We submitted our bona opera (good works) for Lent to the Abbot, and he encouraged us as a community to do three things:

  • Fasting: "In addition to whatever foods or liquids we might set aside; I encourage us this Lent to make an extra effort to abstain from the condemnation of others-in fact, to fast from any kind of talk about others that is inappropriate. This includes language that is meant to hurt. But it also includes language that is careless and thoughtless: language that does not build up because it offers no good. I urge us to set aside whatever envy, or jealousy, or anger, or indifference or thoughtlessness we have towards each other."

  • Almsgiving: "But at its core, almsgiving is the giving to another of something good of ourselves. I encourage us during this season to consider almsgiving in the context of mutual obedience. Mutual obedience is something we need from each other, but which we cannot demand from each other. It has to be offered, and received, as a gift."

  • Prayer: "As you leave, please pick up one of the cards on the table. It is the text of chapter 12 of Paul's Letter to the Romans. I have long thought that this chapter reads almost like a charter for those who live in community. Saint Benedict thought highly of it; he quotes from the chapter four times. Let's take the card and keep it before us, trying a little more each day to take the words to heart. They are words about mutual respect, service to one another, fraternal love and concern. They are good words for us to look at again and again. They are words that will help us during these 40 days to "keep our manner of life most pure and wash away the negligence of other times."

The men in formation at Gethsemani visited us this weekend with their novice master, Brother Lawrence. Brothers Matthias, Abel and Joseph spent some time with our junior monks and swapped vocation stories and the "what's this like at your monastery…" questions. Typically, when we have novices, our Novice/Junior Master (Father Subprior Guerric) and the Socius (Father Thomas) travel with the novice(s) to Gethsemani in May or June for a similar visit at their monastery.

Congratulations are due to Brothers Joel and Elias, who received their ministry of lector on Thursday in St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel.

We started a new book at table with the beginning of Lent: Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing by Emmanuel Katongole and Chris Rice.

The National Players were here this weekend as part of their 68th tour. Every year there is a new set of actors (however, some are returning performers) who travel around the country putting on shows. Of the 68 tours, this was the 66th time the National Players traveled through Saint Meinrad. They performed Shakespeare's "Hamlet" on Friday and "The Giver" by Lois Lowry, adapted for stage for Eric Coble, on Saturday.

Brother Maurus left this weekend with several pilgrims to visit the Holy Land. He also has tours later this year in the Mediterranean (09/29 through 10/13/2017) and an Alpine European tour (11/27 through 12/06/2017).  See more info here.

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.