Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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Year In Pictures: 2014

by Krista Hall

Thousands of pictures are taken at Saint Meinrad every year, and narrowing those down to the best, most storytelling images, is quite the task. This year perhaps was the hardest yet!

While sifting through pictures, we look for composition, light and moment. We try to hit every major event that took place on the Hill and include a photo from every season.

It is easy to make pictures at major events. People are excited, there is a lot of emotion, and it's something new and different to photograph. Sitting here looking at the 2014 Year in Pictures, what surprised me was that some of my favorites were taken during normal, everyday life. Those are the pictures that really tell the story of Saint Meinrad.

I hope you enjoy this slideshow of pictures taken throughout the year by Novice Charles Peñalosa, Br. William Sprauer, OSB, seminarian Minh Vu and myself.

To view more, please visit the Year in Pictures 2014 gallery on Smugmug.

Br. Luke Waugh, OSB made his solemn profession on January 25, in the Archabbey Church.

Br. Luke Waugh, OSB made his solemn profession on January 25, in the Archabbey Church.

Mass from the World Priest program in our Institute for Priests and Presbyterates.

Mass from the World Priest program in our Institute for Priests and Presbyterates.

A winter storm in 2014 covered the Archabbey grounds in snow.

A winter storm in 2014 covered the Archabbey grounds in snow.

The first annual Saint Meinrad Alumni Day of Service was hosted by the Alumni Association on Saturday, March 15, in Evansville, IN.

The first annual Saint Meinrad Alumni Day of Service was hosted by the Alumni Association on Saturday, March 15, in Evansville, IN.

Our oblates gathered on The Hill for a spring retreat in March, 2014.

Our oblates gathered on The Hill for a spring retreat in March, 2014.

Seminarians publicly acknowledged the promises they will make during their ordination in a ceremony on March 6, 2014.

Seminarians publicly acknowledged the promises they will make during their ordination in a ceremony on March 6, 2014.

Seven seminarians studying at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology received the order of deacon from the Most Rev. Joseph Tobin, archbishop of Indianapolis, at the Archabbey Church on April 26.

Seven seminarians studying at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology received the order of deacon from the Most Rev. Joseph Tobin, archbishop of Indianapolis, at the Archabbey Church on April 26.

Graduates of Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology were awarded master's degrees on May 10.

Graduates of Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology were awarded master's degrees on May 10.

Fr. Colman Grabert, OSB, pulls weeds in the monastery vegetable garden.

Fr. Colman Grabert, OSB, pulls weeds in the monastery vegetable garden.

On June 10, 2014, Father Gregory Chamberlin, O.S.B., monk and priest of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, died peacefully in the Lord after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was a jubilarian both of profession and priesthood.

On June 10, 2014, Father Gregory Chamberlin, O.S.B., monk and priest of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, died peacefully in the Lord after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was a jubilarian both of profession and priesthood.

A "One Bread, One Cup" conference concludes during the summer with a Mass in the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel.

A "One Bread, One Cup" conference concludes during the summer with a Mass in the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel.

We are grateful for a pleasant summer this year and for the splendor of God's creation that we are blessed to have around Saint Meinrad.

We are grateful for a pleasant summer this year and for the splendor of God's creation that we are blessed to have around Saint Meinrad.

Lay students attend classes on the Hill during the summer.

Lay students attend classes on the Hill during the summer.

Jubilee Mass in the Archabbey Church.

Jubilee Mass in the Archabbey Church.

We were excited to have many alumni return to the Hill for the 86th Annual Alumni Reunion in July.

We were excited to have many alumni return to the Hill for the 86th Annual Alumni Reunion in July.

After completing his novitiate, Br. André DeDecker, OSB professed his temporary vows as a Benedictine monk in a ceremony in the Saint Meinrad Archabbey Church.

After completing his novitiate, Br. André DeDecker, OSB professed his temporary vows as a Benedictine monk in a ceremony in the Saint Meinrad Archabbey Church.

The 27th Annual Peter and Viola Dolle Lecture on Church architecture was held in the Fall.

The 27th Annual Peter and Viola Dolle Lecture on Church architecture was held in the Fall.

During the fall, at Saint Meinrad, we can experience the sheer beauty and magnificence of our world.

During the fall, at Saint Meinrad, we can experience the sheer beauty and magnificence of our world.

Saint Meinrad Seminary bested Mount St. Mary Seminary from Cincinnati, Ohio in the championship game of our annual Fall soccer tournament.

Saint Meinrad Seminary bested Mount St. Mary Seminary from Cincinnati, Ohio in the championship game of our annual Fall soccer tournament.

A dress rehearsal photo from the annual St. Nicholas Banquet on December 4, 2014.

A dress rehearsal photo from the annual St. Nicholas Banquet on December 4, 2014.

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