Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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Month In Pictures: March 2013

by Krista Hall

From preparation all the way to giving the sign of peace and receiving communion, the pictures from March represent Mass.

I've always believed going and participating in Church was important. It would give me a strong foundation and the right mindset for the week ahead. More importantly though, Church gives people the opportunity to learn about Jesus and have fellowship with others who share the same beliefs. At Saint Meinrad, attending Mass is a normal part of everyday life.

In March, I photographed the St. Anthony of Padua Society as they prepared homilies based on a theme and practiced giving them to an audience of peers. The men work hard to prepare for a future where they'll be giving homilies at Mass on a regular basis.

I also took pictures at a Mass at the Branchville Correctional Facility, where Br. Zachary Wilberding, OSB, runs a Catholic ministry program. The only prison experience I had prior to photographing the Mass was from what I saw on TV or in movies. I wasn't sure what to expect, but the men were very welcoming and I could clearly see their passion and faith in God.

Other photos from the month came from the deacon and priesthood promises and the Feast of St. Benedict.

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