Archabbot Kurt presided at our Saturday liturgies as we
celebrated the Solemnity of Our Lady of Einsiedeln (July 16). We
enjoyed a Sunday schedule (we can sleep in a little bit!), a
festive lunch and colloquium (talking) at lunch.
On Wednesday, Archabbot Kurt held an Abbot's Conference. He gave
us a thoughtful overview and some reflections on the upcoming
abbatial blessing (Tuesday, July 26). Additionally, at the meeting,
we rehearsed some antiphons and hymns for some upcoming
feasts…including those for a new feast: that of St. Mary of
Magdalene (celebrated July 22). Also, Brother Jacob gave us an
update on the move-in process to the renovated monastery …
happening the week of August 1-5.
Abbot Urban from our motherhouse in Einsiedeln arrived late
Thursday. He will be with us for a week, especially to celebrate
the Abbot Kurt's blessing.
At 4:00 p.m. this afternoon (Friday, July 22), there will be a
brief program in the church presented by the Sonshine Youth Choir
of the Brentwood (Tennessee) United Methodist Church. This talented
choir has presented programs here in years past.
The novices from the Eastern Province of the Dominicans, in
anticipation of their first profession, spent a week here with us
Deacon candidates from the Diocese of Owensboro spent some time
here this week for their homiletics workshop and joined us for
liturgies in the Archabbey Church. Father Julian serves as the
clergy liaison for this program.
Father Adrian led a "Pray Always" retreat through the Guest
House last weekend.
Brother André recently started a blog with a catchy title,
Ora Eat Labora, with reflections on
preparing meals, the spirituality of food and insights into what
the Rule has to say about our common table and service
Brother Francis released his latest reflections on scripture on
his blog (the Path of Life):
Pondering the Word (No. 6)
A nice summary of the "One Bread, One Cup" program from Father
Christian, who served as coordinator of the College Internship and
supervisor to the college interns:
We just wrapped up another
successful summer of One Bread, One Cup. Depending on whether you
date the program from the first youth leadership conference (1995)
or the first time it was called One Bread, One Cup (2000), this was
either our 22nd or 17th summer. Father Brendan was there at the
program's inception, and over the years, it has been guided by
monks such as Father Anthony and Father Godfrey, as well as lay
people such as Robert Feduccia, Matt Miller, and now Tammy Becht.
The program has certainly made a great contribution to the lives of
many of the Church's youth, both high school participants and
college interns. The monastic community's participation in this
program is really a terrific way for us to be involved in
evangelical and catechetical outreach to a crucial population.
This summer we held three
conferences and feedback from participants was extremely positive.
Our twenty-two college interns worked very hard and also had a lot
of fun. Their personal growth, the bonds they form with one
another, and the love they develop for Saint Meinrad are just some
of the wonderful fruits of the program.
Both Tammy and I cannot thank the
monastic community enough for your support of the program. In
addition to myself (serving as coordinator of the college
internship/supervisor of the interns), three other monks had staff
positions this summer. Brother James is the administrative
assistant for the program. Brother Nathaniel was the junior
chaplain to the interns. Brother Simon was a catechist for both the
general sessions and liturgical formation sessions. Many other
monks served as tour guides, catechists, confessors, spiritual
directors, ambassadors, and in other capacities. Thank you all!
Looking ahead, this weekend, Tammy,
her husband Kevin, and I will be setting off on a journey with
eight current and former college interns to Krakow, Poland, for
World Youth Day. It is really a tremendous event with two million
or so attendees expected. It will be great for One Bread, One Cup
and Saint Meinrad to be represented by a delegation for the first
time at this event. Following our days in Poland, we will make a
visit to Einsiedeln. Please pray for us pilgrims, as we will
certainly be praying for the community back home.
Pray for us as we remain steadfast to our prayer and work with a
lot of upcoming joyful events: the abbatial blessing, the Alumni
Reunion, "THE MOVE" back to the monastery, Novice Tony's temporary
profession (August 6), and Brothers Peduru, James and William's
solemn profession (they renew their temporary vows this Saturday
the 23rd before their solemn profession on August 15).
Be assured of our prayers for you.