Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

March 21-27, 2017

On Tuesday, March 21 we celebrated the Solemnity of the Passing of Our Holy Father, St. Benedict. This day also marked our 163rd anniversary of the founding of our monastery and the 63rd anniversary of the elevation of the monastery to an Archabbey.

Father Archabbot Kurt served as the principal celebrant at our Eucharist, and Brother Linus (a visiting Benedictine from St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman, Alabama) preached. The oblates (on retreat here with Father Eugene as the retreat master) and students joined us for the Eucharist.

Father Denis Q. gave our Lenten conference on Wednesday. His topic was relating the closing of Blue Cloud Abbey to Jesus' Agony in the Garden. We are grateful for the insight he provided in sharing the story of Blue Cloud through that lens, and we are grateful for his and Father Prior John's prayer and work at our monastery - and the memory of Abbot Alan and Father Cletus, who also joined our community after Blue Cloud's closure.

Father Prior John preached and presided at our Eucharist on Saturday for the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.

Brother Stephen is now a certified Emergency Responder after 12 weeks of training. He also has been working with our volunteer fire department and will continue to do so in addition to his work as Director of Transportation and work at the Tailor Shop. Twenty women and men participated in the state certification and skills test for Spencer County, Indiana, two of whom will join Brother Stephen as volunteers for the St. Meinrad Volunteer Fire Department.

Brother Francis' latest blog post: The bells are back!

On Sunday, the seminarians joined us for Vespers, and afterward we ate dinner with them in their dining room. We closed our shared prayers together by praying Compline with them in St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel. We try to do this combined community-prayer at least once a semester.

Father Vincent led a retreat through the Guest House this weekend: "I am with You Always, Even to the End of the World: The Sacraments of the Church."

May you continue to be open to God's grace working in your life this Lent as we continue our journey to the holy feast of Easter.

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.