Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

October 2014

First Week of October

October "began" on Wednesday. Prior to that, Father Eugene was our Mass Heb for the 26th Sunday and Week in Ordinary Time. He did some extra duty before September was out, as he presided and preached also on Monday, the Feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, and then again on Tuesday, as we celebrated the 17th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Archabbey Church.

Week of October 5

Father Vincent was our Mass Heb for the 27th Sunday and week in Ordinary Time. The week began with this season's first pilgrimage/rosary at the Monte Cassino Chapel, located just a mile northeast of our hill. Father Noël was the first of the October speakers, speaking on "Mary, Virgin of Mercy."

Among our many guests this week were 75 priests and staff from the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky, who were participating in the annual priests' retreat from Monday through Friday.

Week of October 12

Father Adrian was our Mass Heb for the 28th Sunday and week in Ordinary Time, and our church was pretty full for our Sunday Eucharist. Among our guests were 30 members of Highland Baptist Church from Louisville, making a young adult retreat, and another half-dozen participants in a week-long Icon Painting Workshop, which begins today (led by Br. Michael Moran, CP).

We undoubtedly also had many visitors who later took part in the pilgrimage and rosary devotion at Monte Cassino Chapel. Father Sean preached on that "small hill" this Sunday, his specific theme being "Mary, Mother of Life."

About 50 of our lay degree students concluded another round of weekend courses, as they continued work toward their degrees. Courses and professors were "God and the Human Person" by Dr. Keith Lemna, "Christian Ethics" by Dr. Kevin Schemenauer, and "Modern Church History" by Dr. Robert Alvis.

On Saturday the 18th we celebrated the feast of Saint Luke. As part of his celebrating his patronal feast, Brother Luke preached for the first time in the Archabbey Church.

Saturday also saw the third annual Benedictine Hills Pilgrimage. About 70 pilgrims joined the monastic community for Midday Prayer, at which Abbot Justin spoke briefly about the pilgrimage toward the New Jerusalem, to which all Christians are committed.

The pilgrims, a dozen or so monks included in their number, then processed to Monte Cassino, their first stop, where Father Brendan addressed them and their prayer intentions were collected. The procession continued on to Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, arriving in time for Vespers with the sisters. A cookout followed, thus replenishing the energy expended on the five-mile trek.

Week of October 19

Father Germain was our Mass Heb for the 29th Sunday and week in Ordinary Time. Father Noël accepted his invitation to preach at the Conventual Mass on Sunday, his feast day. Father Timothy preached at the Monte Cassino rosary-procession, his theme being "Mary at the Cross."

A dozen of our lay degree students were with us over the weekend, taking a course in "Human Development and Christian Maturity," offered by Sr. Janice Bachman, OP.

The seminarians enjoyed a long weekend (no classes on Friday), although a few dozen remained on the hill to take part-by playing or cheering-in the annual Seminarian Soccer Tournament. Our Saint Meinrad Ravens emerged victorious, defeating teams from Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, Mt. St. Mary's in Cincinnati, and Bruté in Indianapolis.

Week of October 26

Father Sean was our Mass Heb for the 30th Sunday and week in Ordinary Time. Brother André led the final rosary and procession for the season at Monte Cassino Sunday afternoon. The topic of his homily was "Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary."

Thursday evening we enjoyed a "pumpkin-carving contest" in the refectory after Compline. On Halloween itself, we celebrated I Vespers of All Saints, with Abbot Justin presiding. A regular meal followed, but after Compline we proceeded to the calefactory, where we were entertained with snacks, treats, stories, and skits-all organized and arranged by our junior monks.

On Saturday, the Solemnity of All Saints, we observed our Sunday schedule. Abbot Justin presided at our Eucharist, and one of our three monastic deacons, Brother Philippe Tchalou, of the Monastery of the Incarnation in Togo, Africa, preached for the first time in the Archabbey Church. The day before, Brother Philippe received the happy news that he will be ordained to the priesthood next July 11, "one of the feasts" of Saint Benedict.

Each day the monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey write another page in the long history of Benedictine monks throughout the world. Here Father Prior Kurt reports on some of last month's events at Saint Meinrad.