Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

July 2014

First Week of July       

Among the business conducted by the Saint Meinrad Chapter this week was the approval of Novice Dane DeDecker's petition for simple profession. Congratulations, Novice Dane, and we look forward with you to August 5!

We didn't have many fireworks on Independence Day, but we did enjoy an evening "cook-out/eat-in." Thick hamburgers, bursting brats and salmon straight off the grill, along with vanilla bean ice cream and a berry cobbler, made for a fine evening!

Second Week of July

Father Germain, our Mass Heb, presided and preached at the Conventual Mass on Sunday. Joining us were the three dozen participants enjoying Fr. Noël's "Marvelous Mozart" retreat.

Sunday saw also the continuation of the all-hill Internet outage that began early Saturday morning. Some are in a panic, as there is no email access; others are relieved,as there is no email access!

On Thursday the 10th, we observed the 30-day anniversary of the death of Father Gregory. A special intercession was prayed at Lauds, and the prayers at the Conventual Mass were taken from the Mass for the Dead.

In the Universal Church's liturgical calendar, July 11 is the memorial of St. Benedict. Our practice differs a bit, as we celebrate the solemnity of St. Benedict on March 21, the day of his passing. On July 11 we honor "All Benedictine Saints." We celebrate this day as an O.P.-ranked feast, and so Father Prior Kurt presided and preached at the Conventual Mass, and we enjoyed colloquium at our evening meal.

Third Week of July

Father Julian was our Mass Heb on this 15th Sunday (and week) in Ordinary Time. A number of monks and off-the-hill visitors enjoyed an organ concert in the Archabbey Church Sunday afternoon.

On Wednesday we celebrated the Solemnity of Our Lady of Einsiedeln, the patroness of our Archabbey Church. We enjoyed a Sunday schedule, a festive meal at noon and agaudeamusin the evening. Father Abbot Justin presided and preached at our Conventual Mass, and several of our "One Bread, One Cup" interns assisted in the liturgy as cross and candle bearers. Our Lady of Einsiedeln, pray for us!

Friday evening we had a modest party for the three young men who were taking part in our Benedictine Scholars program these past two months. They will be returning to their homes over the weekend, but of course we hope to see them again! And, we welcomed four of our interns from our "One Bread, One Cup" program, who began a brief (four-day) "observership" in our house.

Some three dozen of our lay degree program students continued their work this weekend. Professors and courses included "Ancient Philosophy" by Dr. Dan Kolb, "Ministry to the Sick, Dying, and Bereaved" by Fr. Tom Richstatter, OFM, "Synoptics, Acts, and General Epistles" by Dr. Clayton Jefford, and "Spirituality and Ecumenism" by Father Adrian, OSB.

Fourth Week of July

Father Paul is with us for a few weeks this summer, home from his doctoral studies in Scripture in Rome. He was our Mass Heb on the 16th Sunday (and week) in Ordinary Time.

Monday we welcomed about 70 students and staff from Reitz Memorial High School in Evansville, here to make a retreat this week. We also welcomed nine deacon candidates from the Archdiocese of Nassau in the Bahamas, who came to the hill for the week-long homiletic component of their education and formation for the permanent diaconate.

Fifth Week of July

We began the week - the 17th  Sunday in Ordinary Time - with some special celebrations. On Sunday, Father Abbot Justin presided and preached at the Conventual Mass as we celebrated the anniversaries of monastic profession of seven of our confreres. Congratulations to Brother Benedict and Father Cletus (75 years), Father Rupert (70 years), Fathers Vincent and Augustine (60 years), Father Raymond (50 years), and Father Godfrey (25 years). Ad multos annos, confreres!

Father Bede began his duties as Mass Heb on Monday, offering us fine homilies on Wednesday and Friday.

We celebrated with our alumni Monday and Tuesday-our 86th Reunion! Among the highlights were the Reunion Mass on Tuesday, at which alumnus (class of 1977) Peter Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, New Hampshire, presided and preached, and that evening's banquet, at which Distinguished Alumnus Awards were presented to Monsignor Michael Hohenbrink (Toledo, class of 1974) and Mr. John Allen Buche (class of 1961). We take pride in our alumni, and are grateful in the many ways they serve our Church and society!

Each day the monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey write another page in the long history of Benedictine monks throughout the world. Here Father Prior Kurt reports on some of last month's events at Saint Meinrad.