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Year In Pictures: 2015

by Krista Hall

These 20 photos are a small sample of life on the Hill in 2015. As with every year, there have been big moments and small moments, laughter and sadness.

I think these pictures show the character found at Saint Meinrad. The monks, students and visitors here have a lot of fun, care deeply for the people around them and have a strong faith in God.

We never know what the next year will have in store for us, but that faith guides us into the future.

Br. Lorenzo Peñalosa and Krista Hall took the photos displayed in this post.

To view more pictures from 2015, please visit Saint Meinrad's SmugMug page

Saint Meinrad hosted a 5K walk/run on September 12.

Saint Meinrad hosted a 5K walk/run on September 12.

Archabbot Justin administers ashes for Ash Wednesday, 2015.

Archabbot Justin administers ashes for Ash Wednesday, 2015.

Mass during the Institute of Priests and Presbyterates World Priest Program.

Mass during the Institute of Priests and Presbyterates World Priest Program.

Br. Peduru Fonseka, OSB in the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel during ministry installation.

Br. Peduru Fonseka, OSB in the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel during ministry installation.

Novice Timothy enjoying a sled run during winter.

Novice Timothy enjoying a sled run during winter.

In 2015 it was still difficult to impress Fr. Denis in class.

In 2015 it was still difficult to impress Fr. Denis in class.

Students in our Graduate Degree Program take a break on the steps outside the Memorial Lobby.

Students in our Graduate Degree Program take a break on the steps outside the Memorial Lobby.

Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin ordained deacons in the Archabbey Church in May.

Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin ordained deacons in the Archabbey Church in May.

Students hanging flags for the Around the World celebration of Spring, 2015.

Students hanging flags for the Around the World celebration of Spring, 2015.

Br. William Sprauer, OSB played for the monastic team in the 2015 softball tourney.

Br. William Sprauer, OSB played for the monastic team in the 2015 softball tourney.

Monks process to the cemetery during a funeral. Fr. Cyprian Davis, Fr. Aelred Cody, and Br. Benedict Barthel died this year.

Monks process to the cemetery during a funeral. Fr. Cyprian Davis, Fr. Aelred Cody, and Br. Benedict Barthel died this year.

Br. Stephen Avery, OSB ringing a bell in the Archabbey Church.

Br. Stephen Avery, OSB ringing a bell in the Archabbey Church.

Fr. Luke Waugh, OSB was ordained by Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin in the Archabbey Church

Fr. Luke Waugh, OSB was ordained by Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin in the Archabbey Church

One Bread, One Cup, our summer liturgical youth conference had a successful season in 2015.

One Bread, One Cup, our summer liturgical youth conference had a successful season in 2015.

In 2015 monastery infirmary began an extensive renovation project.

In 2015 monastery infirmary began an extensive renovation project.

Br. Stephen and Br. Lorenzo professed first vows in August.

Br. Stephen and Br. Lorenzo professed first vows in August.

Br. John Mark starts a guessing game during the monastic Halloween party.

Br. John Mark starts a guessing game during the monastic Halloween party.

Oblates gathered for an Advent retreat in late 2015.

Oblates gathered for an Advent retreat in late 2015.

Fr. Denis performing in the skit at 2015's St. Nicholas Banquet.

Fr. Denis performing in the skit at 2015's St. Nicholas Banquet.

Archabbot Justin blesses the Holy Door for the Year of Mercy in December 2015.

Archabbot Justin blesses the Holy Door for the Year of Mercy in December 2015.

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