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Month In Pictures: January 2017

by Krista Hall

I think of January as a quiet month, but really there is a lot going on at Saint Meinrad in January. From retreats to January Interterm classes to the Solemnity of St. Meinrad, there is a lot of energy and life during this cold winter month.

Seminarians returned for J-term classes on January 8, where they learned useful life skills such as preparing healthy meals, performing CPR and managing finances.

We also saw our first major snowstorm of the season. The seminarians trekked through the snow to the Marian Shrine between the lakes for a pilgrimage and later that day they went sledding.

On January 20, Novice Joseph made his first profession in the Archabbey Church, taking the name Br. Stanley. The next day, the monastic community celebrated the Solemnity of St. Meinrad and Bishop Joseph Siegel of the Diocese of Evansville presided at Mass.

I hope you enjoy this glimpse of life at Saint Meinrad in January. The pictures in this post were taken by seminarian Corey Bruns and Krista Hall.


A Marian Shrine stands protected from the winter elements in the woods across from the UnStable on the Saint Meinrad campus. The shrine will be included as part of a new walking trail at Saint Meinrad.



First Philosophy seminarians practice chanting during a January Interterm class taught by Sr. Bernardone Rock, FSE.



Fr. Micheas Langston, OSB, shares pictures from when he served as a chaplain in the Army in Vietnam with seminarians on January 10. The seminarians were in a health and wellness J-term class and were visiting with monks in the infirmary. 



Seminarians process to a Marian Shrine between the lakes on January 13. Usually in January, there is a pilgrimage to the Monte Cassino Shrine, but ice and snow made the walk up the hill to Monte Cassino dangerous.



Br. Justin Ayanou, OSB, sleds with other seminarians on January 13. Br. Justin is a seminarian from a Benedictine monastery in Togo, Africa.


Seminarian Zach Samples paints during the Catholic art class taught by Fr. Harry Hagan, OSB.



Third-year theology seminarian Andrew Thomas, left, checks to see if the bread made by classmate Mark Schuster, right, is done cooking by tapping it and listening for a hollow sound during a healthy food preparation class taught by Fr. Julian Peters, OSB. 



Fr. Jeremy King, OSB, Br. Jacob Grisley, OSB, and Br. John Mark Falkenhain, OSB, lead the community in prayer during Vespers on January 20. 



Novice Joseph Wagner professed his temporary vows as a Benedictine monk during Vespers on January 20. As is the custom during the profession of vows, he chose a religious name and is now Br. Stanley (after Blessed Fr. Stanley Rother).



Archabbot Kurt Stasiak, OSB, smiles as Br. Kolbe Wolniakowski removes the the abbot's mitre during a Mass to celebrate the Solemnity of St. Meinrad on January 21.



Evansville Bishop Joseph Siegel gives the final blessing at the end of Mass in the Archabbey Church to celebrate the Solemnity of St. Meinrad. 



A lone snowman listens to the bells call the monks to prayer in the Holly Tree Courtyard on January 20. 

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