Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

May 16-22, 2017

On Wednesday, Abbot Kurt held an Abbot's Conference where he promulgated our revised House Customary. The capitulars also elected two monks to join the Abbot's Council, and Abbot Kurt also appointed two members to the Abbot's Council.

Father Adrian chaired the Customary Revision Committee, and on that committee were Fathers Prior John, Louis H., and Tobias, and Brothers Zachary and William.

Brother Simon gave the retreat through the Guest House this weekend: "Fruits of the Catholic Faith."

This Sunday, May 28, we celebrate the 60th  anniversary of profession of Father Germain, the 60th anniversaries of priesthood of Fathers Sebastian and Aurelius, and the 50th anniversaries of priesthood of Fathers Matthias and Ephrem.

A report from Father Guy on forest news:

The Archabbey's request for a USDA EQIP grant has been approved. The grant amounts to about $15,000 over the course of 2018-2020. It will enable some Timber Stand Improvement and will help us control brush and invasive species on about 90 acres of land. This land consists of the forest surrounding Twin Lakes, as well as the new property purchased from one of our neighbors. A gentleman who has worked with us before will likely be taking on this Timber Stand Improvement.

We finished reading Putin Country by Anne Garrels at table during dinner, and now we are reading excerpts from Everyday Saints and Other Stories by Archimandrite Tikhon Shevkunov, the abbot of the Sretensky Monastery in Moscow. Archimandrite Tikhon, who was raised in Soviet atheism (he speaks of his elementary school atheism teacher), converted to Christianity and entered monastic life just as the Soviet Union was about to collapse. It makes for a nice parallel between understanding modern-day Russia and hearing from a monastic perspective.

Father John Denburger, OCSO, abbot emeritus of Our Lady of the Genesee Abbey, is giving our monastery retreat this week (Monday, May 22, through Friday, May 26). As such, the news will likely be slow from this week for publication next week…

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.