Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

January 31 - February 6, 2017

Students and professors alike from the monastery and the monks living in the school started up classes last week. Bishop John Stowe, of the Diocese of Lexington, was the principal celebrant at the opening semester Mass and gave a conference during the opening semester banquet on Monday.

On Wednesday, our community met in the Chapter Room to learn about how to respond to an active shooter or active threat on campus. Darren Sroufe, a retiree from law enforcement and our director of planned giving, gave the presentation.

Thursday ushered in several of our benefactors who helped make our infirmary project a reality through their generous donations. The night opened with a blessing of the infirmary donor plaque by Archabbot Kurt, followed by a meet and greet with some of our confreres in the infirmary. The evening wrapped up with a shared meal together with several members of the monastic community and the Development Office staff. (Click this link for photos of the event.)

Our school's Board of Overseers worked on the Hill this weekend with our school leadership and several of the students. They reviewed strategic questions and prayed with the monastic and seminary communities. We are grateful for their time, energy and support.

Father Adrian led a retreat this weekend on Benedictine spirituality for a men's group from a parish in Indianapolis.

We heard word from the seminary that we have our own Super "Ball" champions - the Saint Meinrad Ravens basketball team. They won all five of their games, including the championship game, at the Fr. O'Malley Invitational at Mundelein Seminary.

Finally, continue praying for our Father Gavin. He had a rough go several days ago and bounced back during his stay in the infirmary. He remains in the infirmary and is pretty weak.

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.