First Week of July
Among the business conducted by the Saint Meinrad Chapter this
week was the approval of Novice Dane DeDecker's petition for simple
profession. Congratulations, Novice Dane, and we look forward with
you to August 5!
We didn't have many fireworks on Independence Day, but we did
enjoy an evening "cook-out/eat-in." Thick hamburgers, bursting
brats and salmon straight off the grill, along with vanilla bean
ice cream and a berry cobbler, made for a fine evening!
Second Week of July
Father Germain, our Mass Heb, presided and preached at the
Conventual Mass on Sunday. Joining us were the three dozen
participants enjoying Fr. Noël's "Marvelous Mozart" retreat.
Sunday saw also the continuation of the all-hill Internet outage
that began early Saturday morning. Some are in a panic, as there is
no email access; others are relieved,as there is no email
On Thursday the 10th, we
observed the 30-day anniversary of the death of Father Gregory. A
special intercession was prayed at Lauds, and the prayers at the
Conventual Mass were taken from the Mass for the Dead.
In the Universal Church's liturgical calendar, July 11 is the
memorial of St. Benedict. Our practice differs a bit, as we
celebrate the solemnity of St. Benedict on March 21, the day of his
passing. On July 11 we honor "All Benedictine Saints." We celebrate
this day as an O.P.-ranked feast, and so Father Prior Kurt presided
and preached at the Conventual Mass, and we enjoyed
colloquium at our evening meal.
Third Week of July
Father Julian was our Mass Heb on this 15th Sunday (and
week) in Ordinary Time. A number of monks and off-the-hill visitors
enjoyed an organ concert in the Archabbey Church Sunday
On Wednesday we celebrated the Solemnity of Our Lady of
Einsiedeln, the patroness of our Archabbey Church. We enjoyed a
Sunday schedule, a festive meal at noon and agaudeamusin the
evening. Father Abbot Justin presided and preached at our
Conventual Mass, and several of our "One Bread, One Cup" interns
assisted in the liturgy as cross and candle bearers. Our Lady of
Einsiedeln, pray for us!
Friday evening we had a modest party for the three young men who
were taking part in our Benedictine Scholars program these past two
months. They will be returning to their homes over the weekend, but
of course we hope to see them again! And, we welcomed four of our
interns from our "One Bread, One Cup" program, who began a brief
(four-day) "observership" in our house.
Some three dozen of our lay degree program students continued
their work this weekend. Professors and courses included "Ancient
Philosophy" by Dr. Dan Kolb, "Ministry to the Sick, Dying, and
Bereaved" by Fr. Tom Richstatter, OFM, "Synoptics, Acts, and
General Epistles" by Dr. Clayton Jefford, and "Spirituality and
Ecumenism" by Father Adrian, OSB.
Fourth Week of July
Father Paul is with us for a few weeks this summer, home from
his doctoral studies in Scripture in Rome. He was our Mass Heb on
the 16th Sunday (and
week) in Ordinary Time.
Monday we welcomed about 70 students and staff from Reitz
Memorial High School in Evansville, here to make a retreat this
week. We also welcomed nine deacon candidates from the Archdiocese
of Nassau in the Bahamas, who came to the hill for the week-long
homiletic component of their education and formation for the
Fifth Week of July
We began the week - the 17th Sunday in
Ordinary Time - with some special celebrations. On Sunday, Father
Abbot Justin presided and preached at the Conventual Mass as we
celebrated the anniversaries of monastic profession of seven of our
confreres. Congratulations to Brother Benedict and Father Cletus
(75 years), Father Rupert (70 years), Fathers Vincent and Augustine
(60 years), Father Raymond (50 years), and Father Godfrey (25
years). Ad multos annos, confreres!
Father Bede began his duties as Mass Heb on Monday, offering us
fine homilies on Wednesday and Friday.
We celebrated with our alumni Monday and Tuesday-our 86th Reunion!
Among the highlights were the Reunion Mass on Tuesday, at which
alumnus (class of 1977) Peter Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, New
Hampshire, presided and preached, and that evening's banquet, at
which Distinguished Alumnus Awards were presented to Monsignor
Michael Hohenbrink (Toledo, class of 1974) and Mr. John Allen Buche
(class of 1961). We take pride in our alumni, and are grateful in
the many ways they serve our Church and society!