On Saturday, a number of sites around the country hosted a
Saint Meinrad Day of Service sponsored by our Alumni Office. Monks,
seminarians and students from St. Xavier High School in Louisville,
KY, participated in the day through chopping and delivering wood at
our CACD lot. At the 5 locations around the country, around 130
volunteers spent the day making a difference in their communities.
Christian Mocek, Director of Alumni Relations writes, "The Saint
Meinrad Day of Service was a chance for us to be 'out on the
streets' living out the call of a missionary church; seeking and
finding God in the world."
Read more here and
see photos from the sites here.
Fr. Colman served as the principal celebrant at Mass this
week, and on Sunday Deacon Gary Clark, a seminarian from the
Diocese of Owensboro, participated as deacon. Fr. Colman, in his
homily, shared (my paraphrase): We approach the throne of grace and
not the mountain of condemnation and judgment. God sent his only
son not to condemn, but to show mercy to his people.
On Sunday evening, the seminary formation house of St.
John visited us for dinner. Fr. Noel is the dean and Deacon Danny
Grover, of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, is the house
On Monday, Fr. Joseph presided over our Lenten Penance
Service which took place after Compline. Others serving as
confessors were Frs. Mark, Columba, Harry, Archbishop Daniel and
Fr. Peter Marshall (Archdiocese of Indianapolis and Director of
Spiritual Formation in the Seminary).
Br. Francis reflected on last Sunday's Gospel. Take a look
to review what we heard at Mass last weekend in the Readings:
Salvation in a Snake?
Also from Br. Francis on his blog … are
the frogs this loud in your neck of the
On Wednesday we had our third community meeting with the
theme relating to our move out of the monastery for renovations.
Fr. John provide some insight for us on "Conversatio:
Different Place, Same Life." Here are some of many values we
discerned that are beneficial to us in our common life: common
prayer, common liturgy, common life, common meals, common
recreation, value of our cells, silence, lectio, work, our
service in the refectory makes itself present in the church, we
benefit from one another's witness, accountability, visiting the
infirm and being visited, culpa, mutual trust, stability,
fraternal charity (not one of us is in this alone), flexibility and
We look forward to learning more about our community and
how we can improve as we move out and back in the
On Thursday, we celebrated the Solemnity of St. Joseph.
Fr. Prior Kurt presided at Office and Mass, and at Mass Archabbot
Lambert gave the homily. He has greatly relied on St. Joseph's
intercession and says often, "Go to Joseph!" This saying and a
depiction of St. Joseph can be found in our monastsery refectory
Nine monks are participating in the Rush Alzheimer's
Disease Center's Religious Orders Study. Earlier this week, several
staff from the Center spent two days on the Hill conducting the
annual interviews and tests with them. The Center is grateful for
their taking part in the study, which involves about 1,500 Catholic
priests, brothers and sisters.
According to the Center, the purpose of the project "is to
find out how damage to different parts of the nervous system,
including the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles, leads to
problems with thinking, walking, strength and the ability to
perform daily activities in Alzheimer's Disease."
Some food for thought going into this weekend, a Lauds
intercession: "Let us do now what will profit us for eternal