(1) On this first day of the new month, our
junior monks and our novice had an outing today, enjoying some
chilly (44 degrees) but pleasant (sunny) weather.
(2) Father Vincent is our Mass Heb on this
Twenty-Seventh Sunday (and for the week) of Ordinary
+++ Father Bede gave the first homily of the fall season
for the rosary and pilgrimage at Monte Cassino speaking on "Mary,
the Receptive Missionary."
(3) We celebrated today the feast of St.
Theodora Guerin, co-patroness of our Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
Seminarian Jerry Byrd of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis was deacon
at our monastery Eucharist and preached.
+++ The power outage, planned for some time to begin at
7:30 this morning and extend into the afternoon, took place as
+++ The lack of electricity did not hinder our
receiving the body of our confrere, Father Severin, in the Entry
Wing shortly after our Midday Office.
+++ Power was restored long before we began the
Office of the Dead at seven this evening; Father Subprior Guerric
presided at that liturgy, and Father Barnabas offered the
remembrance of Father Severin.
(4) Father Abbot Justin presided and preached
at the Mass of the Resurrection for Father Severin, presiding also
at the Rites of Burial in our cemetery afterward. Father Severin
spent most of his monastic life in parish ministry in the dioceses
of Owensboro, Evansville and, especially, Indianapolis. Those
parishes were well represented at his funeral, as over 400 guests
joined us for the liturgy.
(5) Father Adrian is again offering his
"Practical Christianity" retreat at our Guest House and Retreat
Center, this time to 25 participants.
(6) Our crews are busy rounding out the rough
edges, as they prepare some cells for the Archbishop Daniel. We
expect the archbishop's return this Monday.
(7) Father Louis Hacker had a nine-hour heart
surgery today, and there are some potential complications. He will
remain on a ventilator at least through the weekend. Brother
Benjamin was with him at the hospital in Indianapolis.
+++ Our Board of Overseers arrived for the first of
their two-day fall meeting.
(8) Brother Martin is offering the retreat,
"Living Monastic Values in Everyday Life," to 13 participants at
our Guest House and Retreat Center.
(9) Father Sean is our Mass Heb as we
celebrate this Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time.
+++ Many guests and retreatants joined us for our
Eucharist this morning, including 30 teenagers from St. Joseph's in
Sellersburg, Indiana, making a youth retreat.
+++ Father Timothy led the prayers and offered a homily on
"Mary, Woman of the Mystery," at the Monte Cassino pilgrimage this
(10) Archbishop Daniel arrived on the hill this
afternoon, to take up residence in the monastery. He has a small
suite and an office in the northeastern section of the house. He
joined us in the church for Vespers and in the refectory for
(11) About 40 priests of the Diocese of
Covington are making a retreat here on the hill; they arrived
yesterday, and will be with us through Thursday.
(12) Father Louis Hacker continues to recover,
slowly, from his heart surgery this past Friday. He remains on the
ventilator although, beginning this afternoon, they will begin
weaning him from that.
(13) Today is Father Eric's 92nd birthday. He's
in our prayers in a special way this day, as he rests in our
+++ We have 40 guests from St. Michael's Parish of
Greenfield, IN, making a one-day retreat on the hill.
(14) Father Julian began offering a Deacon
Formation Weekend for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. The program
for the 29 participants will conclude Sunday.
+++ Fifty-six eighth graders from St. Pius X Parish in
Indianapolis concluded the retreat they began yesterday. To all our
guests, retreatants, and pilgrims: welcome! You are in our
(15) About 30 monks enjoyed pizza at The
UnStable following Midday Prayer. Father Prior Kurt, Indianapolis
seminarians Deacon Jerry Byrd and Tim Wyciskalla, and Duluth Deacon
Brian Lederer were the cooks. Thirteen pizzas made, not one piece
+++ Fathers Harry, Eugene, and Denis, Fr. Tom Richstatter,
OSFM, and Drs. Tom Walters and Ryan LaMothe offered another segment
of this term's weekend courses; 77 students are on this hill,
continuing their work toward their respective degrees.
(16) Twenty-Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time.
Father Joseph is our Mass Heb this week, but on this Sunday the
"domino syndrome" was very much in play. Due to illness, Father
Abbot Lambert was not able to fulfill a parish mission and weekend
assignment to which he had previously agreed; Father Vincent took
Father Joseph's place at the monastery Mass this morning so that
Father Joseph could travel to St. Rupert's Parish, Red Brush, in
Abbot Lambert's place.
+++ Fr. Noël preached at the Monte Cassino pilgrimage and
rosary this afternoon, speaking about "Mary the
+++ Today St. Mary's Parish in Huntingburg had a special
Mass as part of their celebration of their 150th anniversary.
Father Abbot Justin presided and preached. We wish the parishioners
of St. Mary's and their pastor, Father Mark, OSB, happy anniversary
and ad multos annos! With the exception of one year, Saint
Meinrad has been responsible for the pastoral care of the people of
St. Mary's throughout its history!
(17) Father Denis presented the annual "State
of the School" to the monastic community this evening. We are
thankful there is much good news! Among the highlights: our school
is "full"-with an opening enrollment of 142, there is, literally,
no room left for another seminarian.
(18) We honor the memory of Brother Luke's
patron today, the Dear and Glorious Physician and Evangelist, St.
+++ Seventy-seven priests from the Archdiocese of
Louisville concluded their two-day Presbyteral Convocation on the
(19) Father Louis Hacker is making slow
progress at St. Vincent's Hospital, Indianapolis. Our hope is that
he will be transferred to a hospital closer to us within a few
+++ Matthew Scheeser arrived to begin his three-month
candidacy with plans of beginning the novitiate in January. A
native of Sandusky, Ohio, living most recently in Fairfax,
Virginia, Matthew will be working in the Oblate Office and in our
library during his candidacy.
(20) Fifteen members of the Seton Elementary
School of Richmond, Indiana, are on the hill.
+++ Also on the hill are 27 participants in the Hoosier
Fellows/Leadership Excellence Group.
(21) Father Louis Hacker has been transferred
to a hospital in Evansville, so he's one step closer to returning
to the hill. That event is still probably several weeks away, but
we are glad that he's continuing to make progress and move closer
to the hill.
+++ Seventeen students from the University of Dayton, the
"Chaminade Scholars," have joined us for the weekend for a retreat.
They will be joining us for some of our prayers, as well as having
conferences by their directors
(22) Father Columba is directing 16
participants in the retreat, "Tools of the Trade from the Holy
Rule of St. Benedict," at our Guest House and Retreat
Center this weekend.
+++ Father Abbot Justin left this morning for Mount Angel
Abbey, Oregon, to take part in their regular visitation. He expects
to return toward the end of next week.
(23) Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time. This
was a busy day for Father Germain: in addition to presiding and
preaching at the Conventual Mass, he also preached at the Monte
Cassino pilgrimage and rosary this afternoon. His Monte Cassino
homily was titled, "The Rosary: Album of Our Lady's
+++ This evening we enjoyed having some company in the
monastery. The 35 students of the St. Matthew Formation House of
our Seminary joined us for Vespers in the Archabbey Church, and
then for the evening meal in our refectory.
(24) Forty-three students from Bishop Chatard
High School in Indianapolis concluded their two-day retreat at noon
+++ This evening after Compline, Brother John Mark,
Monastery Vocation Director, led the community in a presentation on
the "Culture of Vocations."
(25) Today is the feast of Father Gavin's
patronal saint. We wish him blessings and ad multos
+++ Fr. Germain, our Mass Heb, preached at our Conventual
Mass this morning.
+++ We enjoyed having the Most Reverend James Tamayo,
Bishop of the Diocese of Laredo, join us for Vespers this evening.
Bishop Tamayo is one of several bishops here attending a conference
sponsored by our Institute for Priests and Presbyterates.
(26) Father Prior Kurt, Father Julian and
Father Anthony attended the funeral of Alfred Lange, the father of
Connie Ernst and father-in-law of Gloria Lange, both of whom are
co-workers in our kitchen, who died this past Saturday. The funeral
was at St. Ferdinand Parish in Ferdinand.
(27) Father Eugene concluded the retreat he
began on the 24th, "Reflections on the Life and Ministry of Jesus
and the Challenges of Contemporary Priestly Ministry," which he
presented to 35 priests at our Guest House and Retreat Center.
(28) On this feast of the apostles Simon and
Jude, Brother Anthony Baker, OSB, of Assumption Abbey, South
Dakota, was deacon and preached at our Conventual Mass. Today is
the actual 30th day following the death of Father Severin, but
because of the feast we will transfer our customary commemoration
of our deceased confrere until tomorrow.
+++ Father Louis Hacker has been transferred to Deaconess
Hospital in Evansville. He is making slow-but-steady progress. Our
infirmary staff has been exceptional in the time and care they
offer him. Our ill and aging confreres are well cared for-another
of the many blessings we enjoy!
+++ Father Abbot Justin has returned from the visitation
at Mount Angel Abbey, Oregon.
(29) Father Brendan presented the annual Day of
Recollection to the Abbot Martin Marty Guild this morning and
afternoon; about 90 of the Guild members were in attendance. Father
Brendan spoke on "Benedictine Wisdom for Everyday
+++ Abbot Lambert, who has been with us the past 10 days,
left this morning to head north-and to give another few
(30) On this Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary
Time, Father Meinrad is our Mass Heb for the week.
+++ Father Jeremy preached at the season's final Monte
Cassino pilgrimage and rosary. His homily focused on "Mary, Queen
of All Saints."
+++ A new exhibition by Brother Martin Erspamer opened in
our library today. "New Works" features ceramics, stained glass and
drawings created by Brother Martin during his recent six-month
sabbatical. The exhibit runs through December 4.
(31) We resumed the wearing of our cucullas
this evening, as we celebrated First Vespers of the Solemnity of
All Saints. Father Abbot Justin will preside at our Conventual Mass
tomorrow, and Father Meinrad will offer the homily. On Wednesday,
the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, we will process to
the cemetery after our morning Eucharist to bless the graves and to
pray for all those who have gone before us.
+++ This evening after Compline, our junior monks, novice and
candidate hosted our Halloween Party. Refreshments, and a skit with
superb acting and even special lighting effects, made for a
frightfully good time.
Quote of the Month
We end our month's entries with a quote from the Rule of St.
The ninth step of humility comes when a monk holds back his
tongue from speaking, and out of love for silence does not speak
until someone asks him a question. Scripture shows that "In much
talk, one does not escape sin," and: "The chatterbox does not walk
straight on the earth."
Chapter 7, "On Humility," vs. 56-58
Translation by Fr. Terence Kardong, OSB, monk of Assumption