A successful campaign will allow Saint Meinrad to expand its outreach with two new initiatives, the Institute for Sacred Music and the Center for Youth and Young Adult Evangelization.

Institute for Sacred Music

Building on Saint Meinrad’s long history of musical expertise, the Institute for Sacred Music will promote appreciation for and use of liturgical music and chant, especially with younger generations.

In addition to other initiatives, the Institute will provide parish and diocesan leaders with the training and resources they need to introduce sacred music as a tool for prayer, catechesis, and evangelization within their parish communities.

Other program opportunities will include:

  • Chant Workshops (beginning and advanced)

  • Traditional and online courses in sacred music

  • Musicology Study Groups

  • Study Tours

  • Acquisition and sharing of digital resources

  • Publications and Recordings

  • Concerts

  • Parish Workshops and Master Classes

Br. John Glasenapp, OSB, a monk of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, is the director of the Institute for Sacred Music. He earned a Master of Arts in medieval studies from Fordham University and a doctorate in historical musicology from Columbia University in 2020, with specializations in liturgical chant and manuscript studies.

Center for Youth and Young Adult Evangelization

This new program will focus on building up the Body of Christ through excellence in youth and young adult formation.

Among its initiatives will be:

  • A youth ministry degree program with a residential component. Students will be housed on the second floor of St. Anselm Hall. Online classes will be offered as well.

  • A program called At the Table, which will bring young adults (ages 21-40) from parishes across the United States to Saint Meinrad to dialogue with bishops and priests about issues young adults face in today’s Church.

  • A certificate program of ongoing formation through the Saint Meinrad Parish Internship Program for those involved in youth and young adult ministries. The program will also assist dioceses in supporting and helping to maintain youth and young adult ministers.

  • The Domestic Church Center, which will provide resources to parishes and dioceses to strengthen the religious and spiritual practices of families within the home, particularly among young people.

  • A research department and a program for publishing findings from various studies of youth and young adults, as well as resources for use in young adult ministry.

  • The Saint Meinrad Hispanic Youth Program, which will offer opportunities for Spanish-speaking youth and youth ministers to develop resources for continuing faith development.