Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

What's new with the monks of Saint Meinrad

Winter 2014

Archbishop Daniel Buechlein  attended a blessing of two new additions at the Bishop Simon Brut√© College Seminary in Indianapolis on October 21. One of them is a dining room and meeting space, which has been dedicated to Archbishop Daniel in gratitude for his founding and support of the seminary. Fr. Denis Robinson and Fr. Tobias Colgan also attended.

Archabbot Justin DuVall offered a pre-Advent Day of Recollection for priests of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis at the Fatima Retreat House in Indianapolis on November 19.

Fr. Guerric DeBona and Dr. Richard Stern attended the National Academy of Homiletics in Louisville, KY, on December 5-7. The topic was on "difficult conversations" with texts.

Fr. Brendan Moss gave the annual Barth-Hamilton Retreat at Saint Meinrad December 6-8. The retreat focused on "Becoming Men of the New Evangelization."

Fr. Guerric DeBona's book, titled Between the Ambo and the Altar: Biblical Preaching and the Roman Missal (Year A), was released in December. It was published by the Liturgical Press. Books on Years B and C will follow.

Br. Francis Wagner signed copies of his new book, titled Grace in the Wilderness: Reflections on God's Sustaining Word Along Life's Journey, on November 30 at the Catholic Supply Stores in St. Louis, MO.

Br. John Mark Falkenhain and Archabbot Justin DuVall participated in a national meeting sponsored by the National Religious Vocations Conference (NRVC) on December 9-11. The meeting was hosted by Saint Meinrad Archabbey and brought together the vocation directors and major superiors of about 35 religious communities across the United States. The theme of the meeting was "Building an Internal Culture of Vocations."

Fr. Edward Linton is enjoying his travels while on sabbatical. He has visited numerous places, including: Nazareth, Capernaum, Istanbul, Chalcedon, Armenia and Tblisi. He is now staying at Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem, where he will remain until after Christmas.

Fall 2013

Br. John Mark Falkenhain published an article titled "Living Celibacy: A Proposed Model for Celibacy Formation Programs" in the summer issue of Human Development.

Fr. Denis Robinson and Fr. Meinrad Brune were appointed to the Archabbot's Council. Their terms run from July 1, 2013, to June 2014.

Fr. Anthony Vinson attended World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in July. He assisted in coordinating the Vocation Veranda for English-speaking countries.

Fr. Barnabas Gillespie has been assigned the monastic representative for Abbey Caskets. He will also do spiritual direction and liturgical practicum work in the school, chaplaincy work for local organizations, and be the monastery representative for Abbey News.

Fr. Joseph Cox gave a retreat to Benedictine Sisters at Sacred Heart Monastery in Lisle, IL, on June 10-14.

Archabbot Justin DuVall, retired Archabbot Bonaventure Knaebel, Fr. Meinrad Brune and Fr. Pius Klein attended Mass at St. Mary's Parish in Huntingburg, IN, on Sunday, June 2, to acknowledge and celebrate the years that monks provided pastoral care at St. Mary's. The Diocese of Evansville resumed pastoral care of the parish in June when former pastor Fr. Godfrey Mullen became rector of St. Benedict Cathedral in Evansville.

Fr. Ephrem Carr was honored by the community of Sant' Anselmo in Rome for his years of service with the school. They celebrated with a pranzo festivo on June 3. Abbot Patrick Regan of St. Joseph Abbey was also among the retiring professors.

Fr. Pius Klein and Archabbot Justin DuVall attended the installation of Sr. Barbara Lynn Schmitz, OSB, as prioress of Monastery Immaculate Conception at Ferdinand, IN, on July 13.

Fr. Anthony Vinson participated in a working group that is preparing a strategic plan focusing on educational debt and vocations to religious life in the United States, at St. Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center, Yale University, New Haven, CT, in May.

Summer 2013

Fr. Timothy Sweeney will begin a one-year appointment as sacramental minister of St. Isidore Parish, Bristow, IN, beginning July 3, 2013.

Fr. Guy Mansini returns to the monastery from serving as pastor of St. Isidore Parish, Bristow, IN. He continues as professor of systematic theology in the Seminary and School and as abbey forester.

Fr. Barnabas Gillespie will be assigned as an adjunct priest for St. Meinrad Parish and St. Boniface Parish, Fulda, beginning August 13. He will be the regular sacramental assistant for Fr. Anthony Vinson when he needs to be absent.

Br. John Mark Falkenhain presented at the May regional meeting of the National Religious Vocation Conference on interviewing for vocation director.

Fr. Anthony Vinson will become the director of pastoral formation in the Seminary and School of Theology, beginning in the fall semester. He will remain as pastor of St. Meinrad Parish and St. Boniface Parish, Fulda.

Br. Jacob Grisley has been named an associate director in the Office of Group Accommodations in the Seminary and School of Theology. He continues his work for Abbey Press and in liturgical music.

Fr. Columba Kelly gave a workshop on chant at The Ascending Voice III, an international symposium and choral festival of sacred a cappella music, held May 9-11 in Malibu, CA.

Fr. Mark O'Keefe will serve as pro prior while Fr. Prior Kurt Stasiak is on sabbatical from July to November.

Archabbot Justin DuVall gave a presentation on Benedictine spirituality as part of a series of lectures at Corpus Christi Parish at the University of Toledo on April 22.

Br. John Mark Falkenhain will be presenting the monastic study days at the Benedictine Monastery of Pannonhalma, Hungary, in August. His presentations will be on research on perseverance in priesthood and monastic life with implications for initial and ongoing formation.