Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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Month In Pictures: January 2016

by Krista Hall

January is often thought of as a quiet time at Saint Meinrad. It was quieter since some of the students were in Rome or at the Mexican American Catholic College (MACC) in San Antonio, TX, but there was no lack of activity on the Hill.

In the seminary, the students on the Hill participated in January Interterm classes. Photographs in this gallery are from a Catholic arts class visiting the Archabbey sacristy, a food preparation class and students learning CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver.

About halfway through the month, the monastery received one new novice, Joshua Leeuw, and four monks professed temporary vows, Br. Simon Herrmann, Br. Joel Blaize, Br. Nathaniel Szidik, and Br. Jean Fish.

The same week, the monastic community celebrated the Feast of St. Meinrad. Many of Saint Meinrad's oblates visited the Hill for the feast and had the opportunity to witness Norm and Judith Herzog renew their wedding vows after 55 years of marriage and make their final oblation as Benedictine Oblates of Saint Meinrad.

Winter has settled in with colder temperatures and two snowfalls in January. Even with the chilly weather and hibernating wildlife outside, the halls of Saint Meinrad are buzzing with activity as the spring semester kicks off.

Tyler Tenbarge took pictures during the Rome trip and Minh Vu took pictures of the MACC trip. Br. Lorenzo Peñalosa, OSB, photographed the reception into the novitiate and Krista Hall filled in with the other photo assignments. Hope you enjoy this glimpse of life on the Hill this January. 















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