Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

What's new with the monks of Saint Meinrad

Spring 2017

Br. John Mark Falkenhain was on sabbatical in Washington, D.C., where he completed a draft for a book on celibacy formation to be published by Liturgical Press in 2018.

Archabbot Kurt Stasiak attended the annual Abbots and Priors Workshop at Prince of Peace Abbey, Oceanside, CA, February 16. 

Br. Lorenzo Penalosa was appointed in-house guestmaster. He will tend to the needs of guests staying in the monastery and joining the monks for meals and recreations.

Fr. Luke Waugh began serving as chaplain at Memorial Hospital in Jasper, IN, March 1.

Br. John Mark Falkenhain was the keynote speaker for a national symposium on religious brothers held at the University of Notre Dame on March 25. The symposium was offered in honor of the recent 2015 Vatican document, On the Identity and Mission of the Religious Brother in the Church.

Fr. Guerric DeBona was elected as delegate for the General Chapter to be held June 22-26 at Conception Abbey, Conception, MO. Fr. Adrian Burke will serve as the alternate delegate.

Fr. Denis Quinkert and Br. Francis Wagner have been appointed to the Monastery Conference Committee. This committee submit ideas for conferences and other spiritual exercises during the seasons of Advent and Lent.

Winter 2017

Fr. Anthony Vinson spoke at the appreciation dinner for vocations to priesthood, permanent diaconate and those in the consecrated life on October 25 at the Huntingburg Event Center, Huntingburg, IN. His topic highlighted the seminary pastoral formation program and its outreach to the tri-state area.

Fr. Cassian Folsom resigned as prior of Monastero di San Benedetto in Norcia, Italy, on November 22. He is the founder of the community and served 18 years as prior.

Archabbot Kurt Stasiak attended the Congress of Abbots in Rome on September 2-23. The abbots elected Abbot Gregory Polan of Conception Abbey, Conception, MO, to an eight-year term as abbot primate and also met with Pope Francis.

Fr. Denis Robinson and Fr. Peter Marshall flew to Rome November 9 to attend the Consistory for newly named Cardinal Joseph Tobin.

Archabbot Kurt StasiakFr. Noël MuellerFr. Justin DuVall and Fr. Denis Robinson attended the Appreciation/Farewell Mass at the Indianapolis Cathedral, Indianapolis, IN, in honor of Cardinal Joseph Tobin on December 3.

Fall 2016

Fr. Brendan Moss completed a Master of Arts in religious education from Felician University in New Jersey on May 14. He also completed his first year as president-rector at Conception Seminary College in Conception, MO.

Br. James Jensen has been appointed as assistant sacristan and as a member of the Abbey Press Advisory Board.

Br. William Sprauer has been appointed coordinator of vocations media for the Office of Monastery Vocations.

Archabbot Kurt Stasiak traveled to Rome for the quadrennial Congress of Abbots on September 2-23. Pope Francis spoke to the Congress on September 8 and a new abbot primate, Abbot Gregory Polan of Conception Abbey, was elected.  

Fr. Tobias Colgan and Br. Zachary Wilberding have been elected to serve two-year terms on the Abbot's Council. Fr. Denis Robinson and Fr. Christian Raab were elected to serve one-year terms.

Fr. Tobias Colgan, Fr. Louis Hacker, Fr. Adrian Burke, Br. Zachary Wilberding and Br. William Sprauer have become members of the Task Force on the Customary Committee. Fr. Prior John McMullen joined the committee as an auditor.

Fr. Anthony Vinson attended the 60th Biennial Convention of the Delta Chi Fraternity in Louisville, KY, on July 27-31, where he presented a session on "Fraternal Correction: Leading with the Basic Expectations as a Guide" and had the distinction of serving as the convention sergeant-at-arms.

Summer 2016

Then-Archabbot Justin DuVall attended the annual meeting of the Abbot President's Council at Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham, Massachusetts, on April 16-21. He attended the annual meeting of the Indiana Bishops and Major Superiors at Fatima Retreat House in Indianapolis on May 1-2.

Fr. Edward Linton was elected to the Council of Seniors at Sant Anselmo Monastery in Rome.

Br. Zachary Wilberding traveled to the country of Suriname, South America, to give two talks on prayer to a conference of fiscal officers of the English-speaking Catholic dioceses of the Caribbean on May 21-25.  

Fr. John McMullen has been appointed prior of Saint Meinrad Archabbey.  

Fr. Thomas Gricoski has been appointed liturgical master of ceremonies and chair of the Liturgical Advisory Committee.

Br. André DeDecker has been appointed to the responsibility of assigning the weekly duties and assistant master of ceremonies.

Fr. Barnabas Gillespie  has been appointed a member of the Liturgical Advisory Committee.

Fr. Anthony Vinson, along with 30 pilgrims from Fulda and St. Meinrad, IN, traveled to Fulda, Germany, to celebrate the feast day of St. Boniface on June 5. The pilgrimage was the capstone to a year-long celebration honoring the 150th anniversary of the parish church in Fulda, Indiana. He also traveled to Belize City, Belize, Central America, on June 12-26 for an immersion trip. 

Spring 2016

Fr. Guerric DeBona delivered the Marten Fellow Homiletic Lecture at the University of Notre Dame in October. The lecture was titled "Recovering Our Voice: Catholic Preaching and Evangelization in America in the Early 20th Century."

Fr. Thomas Gricoski gave a retreat to Saint Meinrad deacons titled "Mystagogy on the Rite of Ordination of a Priest" at Einsiedeln, Switzerland, on January 16-21. He also presented a paper, "Towards a Steinian Neo-Essentialism," at an academic conference in Vienna in October.

Fr. Christian Raab published a review of Thomas Merton's In the Valley of Wormwood: Cistercian Saints and Blesseds for The Merton Annual: 2015 Centenary Edition.

Fr. Micheas Langston returned to the monastery in November after serving for the past 12 years as a civilian chaplain at Womack Army Medical Center and the Catholic community at Fort Bragg, NC. He is currently working on German translations in preparation for the quadrennial meeting of the world's abbots at Sant' Anselmo in Rome.

Fr. Kurt Stasiak presented "Becoming Better Confessors" for the Day of Sanctification, March 1, at Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House in Indianapolis, IN. On March 3-4, he presented workshops to the priests of the Diocese of Buffalo, NY, and to the seminarians at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, NY.

Fr. Tobias Colgan published the Allendale Mass, dedicated to the Carmelite nuns of Terre Haute, IN.

Br. John Mark Falkenhain will be on sabbatical from mid-May to mid-December, staying at Catholic University of America. While there, he will be writing a book on celibacy formation and continuing his affiliation with Saint Luke Institute.

Archabbot Justin DuVall appointed Fr. Eugene Hensell, Fr. Meinrad Brune, Fr. Julian Peters, Br. John Mark Falkenhain and Fr. Thomas Gricoski to the Abbatial Election and Blessing Task Force. This group will handle preparations and plans for the logistics of both the election and blessing of the new abbot. 

Winter 2016

Archabbot Justin DuVall and Br. John Mark Falkenhain celebrated Mass with the Servants of the Paraclete Community at the Vianney Renewal Center in Dittmer, MS, on October 11.

Br. John Mark Falkenhain, Br. William Sprauer, Br. James Jensen, Fr. Christian Raab and several other monks traveled to Indianapolis, IN, for the National Catholic Youth Conference on November 20-22. The vocations office and the "One Bread, One Cup" program combined efforts to create an attractive and popular booth.

Fr. Denis Robinson, Br. Zachary Wilberding and Br. John Mark Falkenhain presented at the first Conference on Human Formation, co-hosted by Saint Meinrad and the Saint Luke Institute on December 6-9. The conference focused on "Practical Models of Celibacy Formation" and brought together 150 formation personnel from around the country.

Fall 2015

Archabbot Justin DuVall, Fr. Denis Robinson, Fr. Jonathan Fassero, Fr. Anthony Vinson and Fr. Christian Raab attended the inauguration for Fr. Brendan Moss as the president-rector of Conception Seminary College on August 23.

Br. Peduru Fonseka was appointed assistant refectorian on August 24. He will work alongside Fr. Pius Klein and Br. Martin Erspamer.

Fr. Anthony Vinson attended the opening school Mass at St. Xavier High School in Louisville, KY, on August 27.

Archabbot Justin DuVall visited St. Rupert Parish in Newburgh, IN, on August 30 to attend their 150th celebration for the parish.

Fr. Damian Schmelz completed 15 years of service to the St. Henry Parish, St. Henry, IN, as pastor on August 30. The parishioners held an open house and reception in his honor.

Br. Zachary Wilberding was recently named Volunteer of the Quarter at Branchville Corretional Facility, where he does prison ministry.

Br. John Mark Falkenhain attended the Day of Prayer on September 13 at the Cathedral in Indianapolis, IN, along with the novices.

Fr. Sebastian Leonard retired from Canterbury School in New Milford, CT, after 20 years of service. He was their longest-serving chaplain.

Fr. Anthony Vinson attended a Council for Priests meeting in Indianapolis, IN, on September 22.

Summer 2015

Fr. Anthony Vinson attended a meeting of the investment committee of the National Fund for Catholic Religious Vocations (NFCRV) in January.

Archabbot Justin DuVall attended the Archdiocesan Chrism Mass at the Cathedral on March 31. Also in attendance were Brother Kim Malloy and Novices John Avery and Timothy Herrmann.

Br. John Mark Falkenhain presented a workshop for the American Benedictine Formation Conference on screening for formation, in late April. The meeting was held at Christ the King Priory in Schuyler, Nebraska.

Fr. Christian Raab defended his dissertation and has earned a doctorate from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. His dissertation was titled "Compromise or Charism: The Identity and Mission of Religious Priesthood in Light of Hans Urs von Balthasar's Theology." He graduated summa cum laude.

Archabbot Justin DuVall led the team of monks who conducted the regular assessment (visitation) of Ascension Priory in Jerome, Idaho, April 26-30.

Fr. Thomas Gricoski defended his dissertation and has earned a doctorate from the University of Leuven. He graduated summa cum laude.  

Br. John Mark Falkenhain presented a workshop for the Northwest regions of the National Religious Vocation Conference and the Religious Formation Conference in Portland, Oregon, in May. Both presentations emphasized the importance of an effective screening process in setting goals for initial formation in religious communities.

Fr. Eugene Hensell and Fr. Thomas Gricoski were elected to a two-year term on the Abbot's Council. Fr. Raymond Studzinski was also elected to a two-year term on the Board of Trustees for the Seminary and School of Theology.

Fr. Anthony Vinson participated in a home build mission trip to Belize, Central America, June 7-22.

Br. Peduru Fonseka, Br. William Sprauer and Br. André DeDecker attended Benedictine Junior Summer School at St. Benedict's Abbey in Atchison, KS, June 13-28. Br. John Mark Falkenhain taught a weeklong workshop on celibacy formation for the monks in temporary vows.

Fr. Subprior Guerric DeBona is on a sabbatical, which will extend through mid-January. He will be the visiting professor of homiletics at the University of Notre Dame.

Spring 2015

Br. John Mark Falkenhain presented a day-long workshop on interviewing candidates at the National Religious Vocations Conference Convocation in November. He also presented a workshop on celibacy formation for the Institute for Religious Formation at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, IL, in November.

Archabbot Justin DuVall attended the meeting of the Abbot President's Council at St. Joseph Abbey in Covington, LA, January 8-12.

Fr. Anthony Vinson attended a meeting of the investment committee of the National Fund for Catholic Religious Vocations on January 29.

Archabbot Justin DuVall and Br. Martin Erspamer visited Conception Abbey in Conception, MO, to discuss their renovation plans and adaptations they implemented during their monastery renovation.

Fr. John McMullen, a monk from Blue Cloud Abbey, has formally completed the process of transferring his stability to Saint Meinrad Archabbey.

Br. André DeDecker started culinary school at Sullivan University in Louisville, KY.

Br. William Sprauer presented the 2015 Women's Retreat at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Dayton, OH, on February 20-22.  

Fr. Prior Kurt Stasiak gave a conference to the priests of Sioux City, IA, on February 25-27.

Winter 2015

Fr. Tobias Colgan and Fr. Denis Robinson attended the 10th anniversary celebration at Bishop Simon Bruté Seminary in Indianapolis, IN, in mid-September.

Archabbot Justin DuVall traveled to St. Joseph Abbey in Covington, LA, to take part in the celebration of its 125th anniversary.

Fr. Denis Robinson attended a VOCARE meeting, a celebration of vocations, in Owensboro, KY, on September 26.

Br. Zachary Wilberding and the retreat staff for the Branchville Correctional Facility presented a daylong retreat, on location, titled "Blessed are the Merciful" on September 27.

Archabbot Justin DuVall and Fr. Julian Peters attended the installation liturgies for the new bishop of Toledo, Bishop Daniel Thomas, on October 21-23.

Fr. Edward Linton accepted membership on the Board of the Friends of the Benedictines in the Holy Land in late October. He will also serve as the coordinator of guest services and of the monastic continuing formation programs offered at Sant Anselmo, Rome.

Fr. Noel Mueller will join the formation staff for the Seminary and School of Theology.

Br. Francis Wagner has been appointed secretary to the archabbot. He will continue his writing for the Publications Department at Abbey Press.

Fr. Timothy Sweeney was appointed administrator for St. Isidore Parish in Bristow and St. Martin Parish in Siberia. He will reside at St. Isidore. He will continue his work in the Archabbey Archives.

Archbishop Daniel Buechlein returned to the monastery from Scenic Hills in Ferdinand, IN, on December 22, following physical therapy for hip replacement surgery.

Fr. Joseph Cox gave a retreat to the monks of Prince of Peace Abbey in Oceanside, CA, on December 7-12. 

Br. William Sprauer has been asked by Abbot President Vincent Bataille to be the webmaster for the Swiss-American Congregation's website,