This week's podcast takes a look at the story behind our patron
saint, Meinrad, a man who lived in what is now called Switzerland
during the ninth century. It's a fascinating story of a man seeking
God and yearning to do that as a hermit. But there's also his
murder and the tale of how his ravens identify the culprits!
Obviously, he's an important figure in our history, since we're
named for him. But he represents much more than that - as Fr. Harry
Hagan, OSB, explains in the podcast. Meinrad's legacy is one of
searching for God, assisting others and offering hospitality to
all. Those values continue to be lived out today by the monks and
others associated with the monastic community.
Fr. Harry mentions the shrine of St. Meinrad, which is located
in the Archabbey Church. It's called a triptych - a three-section
work of art. A picture of the shrine appears on this page. The
center section depicts the moment in Meinrad's life when he speaks
with a woman who is "dear to Christ" about his desire to live a
life of solitude. She promises him that, if he decides to do this,
she will help him.
For us today, that center panel represents all of those who
assist Saint Meinrad in its work - alumni of our schools,
co-workers, benefactors, oblates and neighbors. The prayer and work
of the monks depend on that longstanding tradition of partnership
Although Meinrad died in 861, it wasn't until the 1850s that
this monastery was founded with his name. This episode tells how
that unfolded, and how that small, inauspicious abbey led to the
founding of the community of St. Meinrad.
If you'd like to read the entire vita, or life of St. Meinrad,
portions of which Fr. Adrian Burke, OSB, reads in this podcast, you
can find it here: The Life of St.
We've also added an extra story that didn't make the podcast.
You can listen to that on this page.
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Episode 2 Bonus Story:
Fr. Bede O'Connor, OSB and Fr. Ulrich Christen, OSB were
the two Benedictine monks from Einsiedeln in Switzerland who
emigrated to southern Indiana and founded our
Art of the martyrdom of St. Meinrad from various
publications since his death in 861.
The triptyc of the story of St. Meinrad in the shrine dedicated to his memory in our Archabbey Church
The original monastery founded by Frs. Ulrich and Bede in 1854.
The construction group working on the Archabbey Church.
Saint Meinrad Archabbey as it appeared circa 1930 with the completed Archabbey Church.
One of the great works of Saint Meinrad Archabbey has been the formation and education of Catholic priests. This work continues with our seminarians today.
A painting of the town of St. Meinrad, Indiana, circa 1907.
An aerial photograph of Saint Meinrad Archabbey as it exists today.