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Month In Pictures: January 2014

January is often a slow month for photography on the Hill. A lot of the students are away on break or retreats, and things are quiet in the monastery after the holidays settle down.

This January, however, was an exception. Some students participated in January Interterm classes that, to say the least, were very visual. They learned about Catholic art from Fr. Harry Hagan, OSB, preparing food from Fr. Julian Peters, OSB, and how to manage stress through yoga from Saint Meinrad's Director of Health Services, Ann Rohleder.

In the monastery, the feast day of St. Meinrad, the patron saint of the archabbey, was celebrated on January 21, and Br. Luke Waugh, OSB, professed solemn vows a couple days later on the 25th. Even with the polar vortex, beautiful sunlight lit up the Saint Meinrad grounds on most days.

As the month winded down, the students returned to the Hill and classes began. Saint Meinrad hosted Archbishop Thomas Rodi of the Archdiocese of Mobile for the opening Mass in the school, and the Institute for Priests and Presbyterates hosted seven international priests for the World Priests Program.

The January events have started the year off with a kick visually and I can't wait to see what the rest of the year brings.

January photos were taken by Mary Jeanne Schumacher, Charles Peñalosa and myself.

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Echoes from the Bell Tower is a blog devoted to observations on Christian faith, spirituality and everyday events, by authors with a connection to the Benedictine values found at Saint Meinrad Archabbey and its Seminary and School of Theology. Contributors include students, permanent deacons, Benedictine oblates and Saint Meinrad monks. Their stories, thoughts and ideas highlight the mission and vision that ring out from the bell towers on this Hill in southern Indiana.


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