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Year In Pictures: 2017

by Krista Hall

How do you sum up a year in pictures alone? This is a challenge I take on every year, and it is never easy.

My initial edit came out to be over 150 pictures! Little by little, I tried to remove myself from each moment captured. I tried to determine which photos had the best light, the best composition, and the most emotion. And which photos told the story of 2017.

With the help of the Communications team, we narrowed the year down to 81 pictures. They show milestones in formation (such as the deacon ordination and graduation), monastic funerals, the energy of the summer youth conferences, the beauty of the Saint Meinrad grounds and the moments of everyday life.

I hope you enjoy this tiny 20-picture glimpse of 2017 at Saint Meinrad. To view all 81 pictures, visit our SmugMug page.

Pictures in the Year in Pictures 2017 gallery were taken by Br. William Sprauer, OSB, Br. Lorenzo Peñalosa, OSB, Fr. Jerry Pratt, Deacon Minh Vu, Corey Bruns, Mary Jeanne Schumacher and Krista Hall. 

Monks singing during the burial of Fr. Gavin Barnes, OSB.

Monks singing during the burial of Fr. Gavin Barnes, OSB.

Shot of the moon rising during the day over the Archabbey Church.

Shot of the moon rising during the day over the Archabbey Church.

Repainting the clock face on a bell tower.

Repainting the clock face on a bell tower.

Archbishop Charles Thompson stands with two newly ordained deacons.

Archbishop Charles Thompson stands with two newly ordained deacons.

A new graduate embraces our President-Rector, Fr. Denis Robinson, after the graduation ceremony.

A new graduate embraces our President-Rector, Fr. Denis Robinson, after the graduation ceremony.

Janice Dopp became the new Oblate Director during 2017.

Janice Dopp became the new Oblate Director during 2017.

Fr. Christian Rabb, OSB celebrates with youth during 2017's One Bread, One Cup conferences.

Fr. Christian Rabb, OSB celebrates with youth during 2017's One Bread, One Cup conferences.

A One Bread, One Cup participant stands with a candle she made during a formation session for the final Mass of the conference.

A One Bread, One Cup participant stands with a candle she made during a formation session for the final Mass of the conference.

Our Monte Cassino Shrine underwent a much needed restoration this year, including restoring the artwork on the interior of the shrine.

Our Monte Cassino Shrine underwent a much needed restoration this year, including restoring the artwork on the interior of the shrine.

Janet Werne received honorary alumna status at this year's Alumni Reunion for her many years of devoted service in the Alumni Office.

Janet Werne received honorary alumna status at this year's Alumni Reunion for her many years of devoted service in the Alumni Office.

Archabbot Kurt Stasiak, OSB presiding over the funeral of Fr. Barnabas Gillespie, OSB

Archabbot Kurt Stasiak, OSB presiding over the funeral of Fr. Barnabas Gillespie, OSB

After having a crack repaired in Europe, bell six returned to the Archabbey Church this summer.

After having a crack repaired in Europe, bell six returned to the Archabbey Church this summer.

Fr. Denis Robinson, OSB observing this year's eclipse from atop Bede Hall.

Fr. Denis Robinson, OSB observing this year's eclipse from atop Bede Hall.

Fr. Timothy Sweeney, OSB, being laid to rest in the abbot's row of our cemetery.

Fr. Timothy Sweeney, OSB, being laid to rest in the abbot's row of our cemetery.

Crossing the finish line in style at this year's On the Hill 5k run/walk.

Crossing the finish line in style at this year's On the Hill 5k run/walk.

Archbishop Charles Thompson is welcomed by Archabbot Kurt for his first visit to Saint Meinrad as Archbishop of Indianapolis.

Archbishop Charles Thompson is welcomed by Archabbot Kurt for his first visit to Saint Meinrad as Archbishop of Indianapolis.

The newly restored interior of the Monte Cassino Shrine, completed in the Fall of 2017.

The newly restored interior of the Monte Cassino Shrine, completed in the Fall of 2017.

Archabbot Kurt blessing the newly restored Monte Cassino Shrine.

Archabbot Kurt blessing the newly restored Monte Cassino Shrine.

A deacon seminarian practices hearing confessions during the final year of his training.

A deacon seminarian practices hearing confessions during the final year of his training.

Deacon Patrick Friend playing Droopy the Dog in the annual St. Nick's Banquet skit.

Deacon Patrick Friend playing Droopy the Dog in the annual St. Nick's Banquet skit.

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