Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

November 25 - December 1, 2016

We are sad to share the news of the difficult decision to close two divisions of our Abbey Press midyear next year. Please pray for our co-workers and their families. Here is a link to the full press release.

Some updates from Thanksgiving week:

  • We gathered after Compline on Wednesday night to share many of the individual and community achievements for which we were grateful from the past year.

  • Also on Wednesday, we had a blessing of the infirmary, our infirm and the infirmary nurses as a way of concluding our move back to the upgraded monastery.

  • We said "thank you" in a special way to our co-workers on the Sunday before Thanksgiving by inviting them to join us for our Eucharist and a reception after Mass

  • We shared our main meal on Thanksgiving together with family and friends staying with us on the Hill.

We started a new book at table that we read during our main meal, dinner: The Wright Brothers by David McCullough.

Our church and refectory (dining room) have taken on Advent themes with wreathes and banners, as we anticipate Christmas.

Speaking of Advent, we had our first of four Advent conferences this week. We heard from the "voices" of Advent. Brother Zachary narrated, and we hard from Isaiah (Father Julian), the Angel Gabriel (Father Noël) and John the Baptist (Father Denis R.).

Brother Francis' latest blog post: URGENT: Jesus is Coming.

Also, we have some bell issues! As we resolve, repair and/or replace some of the bell issues, we have paused our custom of manually ringing the bells before Eucharist and Office. Only the quarter-hour bells will strike automatically as normal.

Some good news!: Novice Joshua passed chapter for his petition to make temporary vows in January, and Candidate Joseph passed chapter for his desire to begin his novitiate, also in January. Pray for these men and their continued discernment.

An update from Father Jeremy to our community on his work with the fourth International Oblate Congress taking place November 2017:

"Most of you know that I spent the first two weeks of November working with Fr. Edward and our new Executive Director of the Oblates, Janis Dopp, planning next year's Fourth International Oblate Congress to be held in November 2017.

"The planning team of 18 oblates plus Fr. Edward and I were from many different countries:

1 from France, 2 from Belgium, 2 from Germany (including a woman originally from the USA), 1 from Spain, 2 from England (but originally from Germany and Hungary), 1 from Holland, 1 from India, 1 from Australia, 1 from Canada, 1 from Malta, 3 from Italy and 2 from the USA (one of whom was born in Italy).

We worked each day for 3 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the afternoon. The planning team met last year as well, and this year they had to put flesh on the skeletal frame they built last year. It is hoped to have at least 150 Oblates gather next November at the Salesianum  Conference Center outside of Rome.

My task was to help plan the liturgies for the congress. In the past they have used both a multilingual approach and an all Latin approach. They now want to try a combination of Latin and languages of the Delegates to the Congress: English, Italian, German, French and Spanish. Most of the delegates will be comfortable with one or the other of these languages.  A good number of Koreans are expressing interest and so we will try to incorporate them and other languages at the Preparation of the Gifts and Communion. It will take a good amount of work but we have a good plan."

Whew! A lot to catch you, our readers, up on. Thanks for taking the time to stay current with our happenings here. May you have a fruitful and reflective Advent. Let us journey through Advent together in prayer for one another.

Each day the monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey write another page in the long history of Benedictine monks throughout the world. Here are recent events chronicled at Saint Meinrad.