Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

October 14-20, 2016

After 21 years of faithful and exemplary service as the Director of our Benedictine Oblates, Father Meinrad asked and was granted to step away from that position. And, as Archabbot Kurt responded: "I grant his request reluctantly, for our Oblate program has benefited greatly from his initiative and his administrative and pastoral skills. But I grant his request gratefully, acknowledging his tireless work, and I grant it confidently, knowing that our 1,300 Oblates will continue to benefit from the programs and the people he has put in place."

On Wednesday alumni and friends from our local area joined our community for Vespers, after which they enjoyed a dinner together hosted by our Development Office and attended by several members of the monastic community.

A full house of priests participated in a retreat led by Father Eugene through our Guest House this week. His topic: Biblical Reflections on Pastoral Leadership.

We had a culpa service this week in the monastery. Archabbot Kurt presided and preached. We meet in our Chapter Room to acknowledge our individual faults before one another and ask for the community's prayers. As Abbot Kurt mentioned, it is an act of humility to share our faults, and it is a great opportunity to grow in mercy and grace together.

We had a piano, oboe and viola concert here last Saturday performed respectively by Christy D'Ambrosio, Celeste Johnson and Rose Wollman.

Brother James gave a talk last Sunday at our Monte Cassino pilgrimage on "Mary, Woman of Compassion." Father Denis R. will present on the 23rd and Father Noël on the 30th. Click here for more information.

We heard some great news from our Director of Physical Facilities: we are receiving several energy rebates for our geothermal HVAC system and related energy upgrades, as well as ongoing installation of LED lighting around the Hill.

Another update from Father Guy, our forester, on "What Work do the Abbey Woods Require?" The short answer: The main ordinary work in the woods includes three things:  keeping the property posted and maintaining boundary markers; maintenance of roads in the big woods in Perry County; control of invasive species; post-harvest silvicultural enhancement aka Timber Stand Improvement.

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.