(1) We began the new month by celebrating the
Solemnity of the Sacred Heart. Father Prior Kurt presided at
our Eucharist on this O.P.-ranked feast, and Fr. Pius
+++ The second week of the "One Bread, One Cup" program
concluded at noon.
+++ And the last of our graduating class of deacons was
ordained to the priesthood today. Congratulations to Fr. Jorge
Gomez of the Diocese of Tulsa! (Actually, one more graduate is
still to be ordained: the ordination date of Brother Mauritius
Honegger, OSB, a monk of our mother abbey Einsiedeln, who studied
in our seminary this past year, has yet to be announced.)
(2) Today was the first full day of the annual
conference of the North American Association of Benedictine Oblate
Directors (NAABOD). Fr. Meinrad, our own oblate director, has
organized and is overseeing the conference, which involves 84
participants. The conference runs through June 6.
(3) Our return to Sunday liturgical "Ordinary
Time"-today is the Fourteenth Sunday-is late this year, as Easter
occurred about as late in April as it possibly could, pushing the
post-Pentecost solemnities well into June. Fr. Harry, our Mass heb,
presided and preached this morning.
+++ Although not celebrated on this Sunday by the
Universal Church, we do recognize that it is Fr. Thomas' feast day.
We send our greetings and best wishes across the waves to Belgium,
where Father has just concluded a year of studies at the seminary
at Leuven. As things have developed, the American seminary at
Leuven is closing this year. Fr. Thomas will continue his studies
in Leuven, but he will be moving into a new residence. We pray for
an uncomplicated transition.
(4) We had a regular "weekday schedule" for
Independence Day, although the monastic community did enjoy some
extra company for supper. We gathered with the participants of the
NAABOD conference in the Newman Dining Room for the evening
(5) Fr. Harry preached at this morning's
+++ The last full day of the NAABOD conference featured
several "on the hill tour options": Brother Flavian's wood-burning
shop, Brother Kim's weaving shop, and Brother Martin's pottery shop
and Art Studio.
(6) The oblate directors joined the monastic
community in the Archabbey Church at 7:30 for Mass, and then a
"planning team meeting" for some officially concluded this year's
conference. Kudos to Fr. Meinrad and his staff for a well-run
conference! Blessings upon our directors, and upon all our
(7) "Can you see what I see?" Lo and behold, a
giant crane ascended the hill and came to rest near the kitchen
driveway at 6:30 this morning. Fortunately for some, disappointing
to others, this crane is very much of the mechanical, and not
aviary, species. Throughout the morning, its crews carefully
unloaded a 20-foot, 64,000-pound generator, which is being
installed on a custom-built concrete pad just north of the Power
House. Watching its installation was "the thing to do" this
morning, and many did from the calefactory, rock garden and health
(8) We celebrated the feast day of Fr. Eugene's
patronal saint today. Ad multos annos, Fr.
+++ Fr. Prior Kurt has been appointed to serve also as the
monastery's Master of Ceremonies I. He moves into this position as
Br. Matthew prepares to depart for graduate school later this
summer. Br. Elijah, one of our junior monks, has been serving as
Master of Ceremonies II; he will continue in that position.
(9) Many of our alumni, priests and lay degree
students alike, are familiar with the pioneering work in the field
of adult baptism and the (in 1972) new Rite of Christian Initiation
of Adults by Saint Meinrad monk Fr. Aidan Kavanagh. Fr. Aidan spent
only a little time teaching in our seminary here; the greater part
of his professional career was devoted to teaching at the
University of Notre Dame and, especially, the Yale Divinity School.
We were reminded of both person and performance in the monastery
yesterday evening, as our daily reading of our monastic necrology
reminded us that today is the fifth anniversary of his death. It's
an occasion to thank God for the blessings he bestowed upon Fr.
Aidan, and also to keep in grateful prayer all those who have
taught and guided us in the ways and means of the Christian
(10) The Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Fr.
Vincent, our Mass heb, presided and preached at our 9:30 a.m.
+++ Father Archabbot Justin presided and preached at
the "One Bread, One Cup" concluding Eucharist for this
summer's last session with the high school participants.
+++ Father Archabbot Lambert is home for a brief visit.
Today he presided and preached in Jasper at a Eucharist
commemorating the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Memorial
Health Care Center.
(11) This eleventh of July is celebrated by the
Universal Church as the Feast of St. Benedict. We celebrate that
solemnity on March 21, and so today we celebrate the Feast of All
Benedictine Saints, ranked an O.P. Father Prior Kurt presided and
preached at our usual 7:30 a.m. weekday schedule
+++ Today is the first full day of a homiletics week for
12 permanent deacon candidates of the Diocese of New Ulm, MN. The
program runs through July 16; our own Dr. Rick Stern and alumnus
Fr. David Scotchie (T'93) are conducting the workshop.
(12) We welcome seven men, six of whom are
priests, who are engaging in a "Stoking the Fire" mini-sabbatical
sponsored by our Institute for Priests and Presbyterates here
through August 7. Three of the men are alumni: Mark DeSutter (C'78,
T '82), Dr. Patrick Murphy (T'88) and Fr. Bill Bowling (T'97).
(13) Thirty-seven participants are taking part
in the annual conference of the Monastic Worship Forum, which began
yesterday and continues through Saturday morning. The theme is,
"Ancient Wine in New Wineskins: Celebrating Eucharist with
Twenty-First Century Documents." Presenters include Sr. Julia
Upton, RSM, and Dr. Paul Ford.
+++ Today is the patronal feast day of Br. Silas,
who returned to the house just last week after working for a year
in Louisville. Happy feast day, Br. Silas.
(14) Br. Martin concluded his three-day midweek
retreat, "Beauty as a Pathway to God: Religious Art and Symbol in
the Spiritual Life, Part 2," to 29 participants at our Guest House
and Retreat Center.
+++ Fr. Donald continues to grow weaker and so, at the
recommendation of our nursing staff, we began our customary vigil
for-and with-him. Confreres have signed up to be at his bedside
throughout the day and night hours.
(15) Thirty-five guests from St. Martin de
Porres Parish, Memphis, Tennessee, are at our Guest House and
Retreat Center, enjoying a several-day retreat.
+++ Our vigil with and for Father Donald continues. As it
so happens, today is Fr. Donald's patronal feast day, a celebration
he shares with Fr. Archabbot Bonaventure. We wish both our brothers
God's peace and strength!
(16) The Solemnity of Our Lady of Einsiedeln,
the patroness of our Archabbey Church. An O.A., with Father Abbot
presiding at both the Eucharist and I and II Vespers. This was also
the closing day of the Monastic Worship Forum, and so Fr. Godfrey,
executive secretary of that group, offered the homily.
(17) Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father
Sean is our Office and Mass heb.
+++ Fr. Eugene concluded offering a weekend retreat,
"Reflections on the Richness of Old Testament Biblical
Wisdom," to 19 participants at our Guest House and Retreat
+++ Father Prior Kurt is away from the hill for about a
week, and so he will rely on the notes taken by Archabbot
Bonaventure to catch up on events when he returns.
(18) First full day of this year's Alumni
Reunion-a turnout of about 170 and so the hill is comfortably
crowded. Fr. Archabbot Justin and Fr. Vincent gave presentations
(19) The Most Reverend William Medley, alumnus
and bishop of Owensboro, presided and preached at the Alumni Mass
this afternoon. At the evening banquet, Abbot Gerald Benkert, OSB,
of Marmion Abbey, became the 19th alumnus to receive the
Distinguished Alumni Award.
(20) Archabbot Bonaventure went to the doctor's
office for a regular checkup this afternoon. He ended up with a
pacemaker and a hospital bed for the night! Reports are that he's
doing just fine.
(21) Archabbot Bonaventure is back with us, in
good health and spirits!
+++ Today we celebrate the feast day of our confrere, the
Most Reverend Daniel Buechlein, archbishop of our Archdiocese of
Indianapolis. God's blessings upon him and his ministry.
(22) Dave Maloney has concluded offering "A
Step II Retreat for Recovering Alcoholics and Alanons" to 32
participants at our Guest House and Retreat Center.
(23) Weekend courses are in full swing as are
also, unfortunately, the continuing sizzling temperatures and soggy
+++ Fr. Vincent is giving the weekend retreat, "Of Signs
and Symbols: The Sacraments of the Church," to 10 participants at
our Guest House and Retreat Center.
+++ We celebrate the feast day of another expositus today:
Fr. Prior Cassian, who serves the community of monks at San
Benedetto Priory in Norcia, Italy-the birthplace of SS. Benedict
and Scholastica. May God continue to bless and guide Prior Cassian
and his community.
(24) Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, and
Fr. Christian is our Office and Mass heb. Father is home for a few
weeks this summer from The Catholic University of America
(Washington, D.C.), where he is pursuing a doctorate in systematic
(25) After Midday Prayer, we invested Deborah
Apoldo of Harrod's Creek, Kentucky, as an oblate novice.
Congratulations and a promise of prayers!
(26) After Midday Prayer, we received the
oblation of Ann Smith of Grahanna, Ohio, and David Annable of
Monroe, Ohio. Congratulations to them, and our continued prayers
for all of our oblates!
+++ Father Prior Kurt returned to the hill last night, and
so resumes authorship of "About the House."
(27) And Father Prior Kurt returned just in
time for his feast day. He eagerly endorsed the house custom of
requesting a favorite menu for supper and so, for the second year
in a row, it was meatloaf with all the trimmin's.
(28) Our Institute for Priests and
Presbyterates (IPP) has been sponsoring a "Stoking the Fire"
sabbatical program this summer. This evening, five of the
participants, along with Fr. Ron Knott, director of IPP, joined the
monastic community for supper in the refectory.
(29) On this feast of SS. Mary, Martha and
Lazarus, Fr. Christian preached on this "Second Holy Family" at
this morning's Conventual Mass.
+++ Fr. Augustine was taken to Jasper Hospital around
eight this morning; he had fallen by his bed and required some
assistance to get up. The doctors think he has suffered a minor
stroke; they are keeping him in the hospital at least overnight for
(30) As the tongue-in-cheek account of the
people in the drought-stricken land has it, "a few drops of rain
fell from the sky, landed on someone, and it took two buckets of
sand to bring him to consciousness again." It was just a few drops
of rain this afternoon, the first we've had in quite a
+++ Fr. Augustine remains in the hospital at Jasper, alert
and talkative, and getting ready for some more tests throughout the
(31) This last day of the month and the 18th
Sunday in Ordinary Time was a day of jubilee celebrations on the
Hill. We honored six confreres: Fr. Cyprian, celebrating 60 years
of monastic profession; Br. Dominic, Fr. Warren and Br. Mario,
celebrating 50 years; and Fr. David and Fr. Edward, celebrating 25
years. Father Abbot Justin presided and preached at our ten o'clock
Eucharist. The guests of the jubilarians joined the monastic
community for both lunch and dinner in the Newman Dining Room. To
our jubilarians: ad multos annos, and our thanks for your
years of faithful witness and service.
Quote of the Month
We end our month's entries with a quote from the Rule of St.
But as we progress in the monastic life and in faith, our hearts
will swell with the unspeakable sweetness of love, enabling us to
race along the way of God's commandments. Then we will never depart
from his teaching and we will persevere in his doctrine in the
monastery until death. Likewise, we will participate in the passion
of Christ through patience so as to deserve to be companions in his
Prologue, vv. 49-50
Translation by Fr. Terence Kardong, OSB, monk of Assumption