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Year In Pictures: 2016

Another year has come and gone. Looking back through this year's pictures, 2016 was a BIG year at Saint Meinrad, especially for the monastery.

In January, four novices made first vows and in August three monks made their final profession. In June, the monastic community elected Fr. Kurt Stasiak, OSB, as abbot and, two months later, the community moved back into the renovated monastery.

These are some of the larger moments of the year, but the pictures that stand out to me are the ones that show normal everyday life on the Hill. Class, prayer, Mass, pursing hobbies, living in community - these are the everyday moments that make up life at Saint Meinrad.

I hope you enjoy this look into 2016 at Saint Meinrad and maybe you can come visit in 2017 and experience some of these everyday moments yourself.

To view the whole Year in Pictures gallery, visit our SmugMug page. 

Br. Lorenzo Peñalosa, OSB, Minh Vu and Krista Hall took the pictures in the gallery.

Four monks professed their temporary vows as Benedictine monks in a ceremony on January 20, 2016.

Four monks professed their temporary vows as Benedictine monks in a ceremony on January 20, 2016.

Fr. Tobias blesses a deacon seminarian during Mass at the international student outing.

Fr. Tobias blesses a deacon seminarian during Mass at the international student outing.

Alumni and friends of Saint Meinrad gathered at locations around to pray and serve together for a Day of Service.

Alumni and friends of Saint Meinrad gathered at locations around to pray and serve together for a Day of Service.

Three 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.

Three 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.

Fr. Denis Robinson, OSB, teaching a class in 2016.

Fr. Denis Robinson, OSB, teaching a class in 2016.

The Archabbey Church on a rainy day in the spring of 2016.

The Archabbey Church on a rainy day in the spring of 2016.

Br. John Mark Falkenhain, OSB practices the cello in the chapter room.

Br. John Mark Falkenhain, OSB practices the cello in the chapter room.

Monks process to the cemetery during the funeral for Br. Philip Ripley, OSB.

Monks process to the cemetery during the funeral for Br. Philip Ripley, OSB.

Graduate theology students attending class in 2016.

Graduate theology students attending class in 2016.

Br. Simon Herrmann, OSB inspecting the bees in his charge.

Br. Simon Herrmann, OSB inspecting the bees in his charge.

62 graduates of Saint Meinrad were awarded master's degrees on May 14.

62 graduates of Saint Meinrad were awarded master's degrees on May 14.

A fun skit enjoyed by attendees at our summer youth program: One Bread, One Cup.

A fun skit enjoyed by attendees at our summer youth program: One Bread, One Cup.

Newly elected Archabbot Kurt Stasiak, OSB was blessed by Archbishop Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis on July 26, 2016.

Newly elected Archabbot Kurt Stasiak, OSB was blessed by Archbishop Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis on July 26, 2016.

The 88th Annual Alumni Reunion of our seminary and school of theology was hosted at Saint Meinrad at the end of July.

The 88th Annual Alumni Reunion of our seminary and school of theology was hosted at Saint Meinrad at the end of July.

Br. James Jensen, OSB at his solemn profession.

Br. James Jensen, OSB at his solemn profession.

Three men professed solemn vows as Benedictine monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey in a ceremony on August 15, 2016, in the Archabbey Church.

Three men professed solemn vows as Benedictine monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey in a ceremony on August 15, 2016, in the Archabbey Church.

Archabbot Kurt gives a blessing with the help of Novice Joshua at the solemn profession.

Archabbot Kurt gives a blessing with the help of Novice Joshua at the solemn profession.

Br. William Sprauer, OSB embraces his grandmother after making solemn vows.

Br. William Sprauer, OSB embraces his grandmother after making solemn vows.

Fr. Thomas Gricoski, OSB holds the abbot's crosier during the solemn profession.

Fr. Thomas Gricoski, OSB holds the abbot's crosier during the solemn profession.

Fr. Harry Hagan, OSB examines a scroll in our rare book room.

Fr. Harry Hagan, OSB examines a scroll in our rare book room.

Alumnus Fr. Tyler Tenbarge blesses a child during Holy Communion.

Alumnus Fr. Tyler Tenbarge blesses a child during Holy Communion.

Seminarians share their culture during the fall international student outing.

Seminarians share their culture during the fall international student outing.

Archabbot Kurt and Fr. Meinrad Brune, OSB celebrate Mass at the Oblate Leadership Retreat.

Archabbot Kurt and Fr. Meinrad Brune, OSB celebrate Mass at the Oblate Leadership Retreat.

Candles on the headstones in the cemetery on All Souls.

Candles on the headstones in the cemetery on All Souls.

A young guest reads the story of Christmas at the St. Nick's Banquet skit.

A young guest reads the story of Christmas at the St. Nick's Banquet skit.

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