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Year In Pictures: 2018

by Krista Hall

It's that time of the year again, time to look back at the past year and forward to the next. This year our podcast, "Echoes from the Bell Tower," looked at the impact Saint Meinrad has out in the world, beyond the Hill.

While the majority of these pictures were taken on the grounds of Saint Meinrad, I think they show the people who will go out and make a difference in the life of the Church.

Students in the Seminary and School of Theology take the knowledge gained here back to their ministries; oblates live the Benedictine values out in the world; the monks teach, serve in parishes, minister to those in prison and, most importantly, pray as a community five times a day.

If you listen to the news in the Church today, it's easy to feel discouraged. We are in a difficult season in the Church. Looking back at these pictures gives me hope for the future. These pictures show people living out their faith every day.

Saint Meinrad continues to form strong leaders. You never know how many people will be inspired, comforted, renewed, impacted in the year ahead by the people who leave this Hill.

To view all of our favorite photos from 2018, visit our SmugMug page

Corey Bruns and Krista Hall took pictures in this post.

Seminarians enjoying some sledding during the winter of 2018.

Seminarians enjoying some sledding during the winter of 2018.

Seminarians taking a food preparation class during J-Term 2018.

Seminarians taking a food preparation class during J-Term 2018.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin attends the funeral of Archbishop Daniel Buechlein, OSB.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin attends the funeral of Archbishop Daniel Buechlein, OSB.

Archbishop Daniel Buechlein, OSB is laid to rest in the Archabbey cemetery.

Archbishop Daniel Buechlein, OSB is laid to rest in the Archabbey cemetery.

Seminarians attending the burial of Archbishop Daniel Buechlein, OSB.

Seminarians attending the burial of Archbishop Daniel Buechlein, OSB.

Monks venerating the cross in the Archabbey Church on Good Friday, 2018.

Monks venerating the cross in the Archabbey Church on Good Friday, 2018.

Monks like the Easter candle for the Easter Vigil in 2018.

Monks like the Easter candle for the Easter Vigil in 2018.

Three seminarians received the order of deacon in the Archabbey Church on April 7.

Three seminarians received the order of deacon in the Archabbey Church on April 7.

A graduate theology student works with Catholic students in 2018.

A graduate theology student works with Catholic students in 2018.

Fr. Denis Robinson, OSB receives applause after a Mass on his jubilee.

Fr. Denis Robinson, OSB receives applause after a Mass on his jubilee.

Graduates of the Seminary and School of Theology were awarded master's degrees on May 12, 2018.

Graduates of the Seminary and School of Theology were awarded master's degrees on May 12, 2018.

One Bread, One Cup participants enjoy icebreaker activities during the first conference of 2018.

One Bread, One Cup participants enjoy icebreaker activities during the first conference of 2018.

Archbishop Peter Wells receives the Distinguished Alumni award at the 2018 alumni reunion.

Archbishop Peter Wells receives the Distinguished Alumni award at the 2018 alumni reunion.

Fr. Peduru Fonseka, OSB was ordained a priest on Saturday, August 11, 2018.

Fr. Peduru Fonseka, OSB was ordained a priest on Saturday, August 11, 2018.

A monk rings the bells of the Archabbey Church for the solemn profession of Br. Lorenzo Penalosa, OSB.

A monk rings the bells of the Archabbey Church for the solemn profession of Br. Lorenzo Penalosa, OSB.

Br. Lorenzo Penalosa professed solemn vows as a Benedictine monk on August 15, 2018.

Br. Lorenzo Penalosa professed solemn vows as a Benedictine monk on August 15, 2018.

Students during the faculty blessing at the start of the 2018 school year.

Students during the faculty blessing at the start of the 2018 school year.

Photo of a Harvest Moon over the Archabbey Church during October of 2018.

Photo of a Harvest Moon over the Archabbey Church during October of 2018.

Monks jarring "Peanut Brother" peanut butter in the monastery in November of 2018.

Monks jarring "Peanut Brother" peanut butter in the monastery in November of 2018.

Beautiful photo of a pond on the Archabbey grounds after the first snow of 2018.

Beautiful photo of a pond on the Archabbey grounds after the first snow of 2018.

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