Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

Summer 2015

Fr. Anthony Vinson attended a meeting of the investment committee of the National Fund for Catholic Religious Vocations (NFCRV) in January.

Archabbot Justin DuVall attended the Archdiocesan Chrism Mass at the Cathedral on March 31. Also in attendance were Brother Kim Malloy and Novices John Avery and Timothy Herrmann.

Br. John Mark Falkenhain presented a workshop for the American Benedictine Formation Conference on screening for formation, in late April. The meeting was held at Christ the King Priory in Schuyler, Nebraska.

Fr. Christian Raab defended his dissertation and has earned a doctorate from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. His dissertation was titled "Compromise or Charism: The Identity and Mission of Religious Priesthood in Light of Hans Urs von Balthasar's Theology." He graduated summa cum laude.

Archabbot Justin DuVall led the team of monks who conducted the regular assessment (visitation) of Ascension Priory in Jerome, Idaho, April 26-30.

Fr. Thomas Gricoski defended his dissertation and has earned a doctorate from the University of Leuven. He graduated summa cum laude.  

Br. John Mark Falkenhain presented a workshop for the Northwest regions of the National Religious Vocation Conference and the Religious Formation Conference in Portland, Oregon, in May. Both presentations emphasized the importance of an effective screening process in setting goals for initial formation in religious communities.

Fr. Eugene Hensell and Fr. Thomas Gricoski were elected to a two-year term on the Abbot's Council. Fr. Raymond Studzinski was also elected to a two-year term on the Board of Trustees for the Seminary and School of Theology.

Fr. Anthony Vinson participated in a home build mission trip to Belize, Central America, June 7-22.

Br. Peduru Fonseka, Br. William Sprauer and Br. André DeDecker attended Benedictine Junior Summer School at St. Benedict's Abbey in Atchison, KS, June 13-28. Br. John Mark Falkenhain taught a weeklong workshop on celibacy formation for the monks in temporary vows.

Fr. Subprior Guerric DeBona is on a sabbatical, which will extend through mid-January. He will be the visiting professor of homiletics at the University of Notre Dame.

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