Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

What's new with the monks of Saint Meinrad

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,

Fall 2014

Fr. Augustine Davis hosted the Divine Will prayer meeting in the infirmary lounge on June 12. This group meets monthly in Washington, IN, to pray and study the writings of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta.

Br. James Jensen and Timothy Herrmann completed over 170 miles of the Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) in July. They spent an average of 4-5 hours a day on their bikes and rode from Forest City, IA, to Independence, IA.

Fr. Prior Cassian Folsom visited Saint Meinrad Archabbey on August 1-4. He brought with him a junior monk from Norcia, a native of Indonesia, to be tutored in English.

Br. William Sprauer attended the solemn profession of Br. Stephen Lawson, OSB, a second-year theology student at Saint Meinrad, at St. Anselm's Abbey in Manchester, NH, on August 12.

Archabbot Justin DuVall celebrated the closing Mass for St. Anthony Parish's 150th anniversary celebration on August 17, in St. Anthony, IN.

Fr. Edward Linton directed a retreat for the staff of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Carmel, IN, in August. He spoke about leadership to 24 Dominican friars who were here for a recollection before beginning their theological studies at Aquinas Institute in St. Louis, MO.

Fr. Matthias Neuman, chaplain at Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove, IN, gave a series of presentations at the Benedict Inn in September. The presentations covered the four major constitutions of the Second Vatican Council. 

Summer 2014

Father Vincent Tobin led an oblate retreat titled "Christ in the Cloister: Shaped by Word and Sacrament" on March 19-21.

Archabbot Justin DuVall attended the annual meeting of the Abbot President's Council at Marmion Abbey on March 27-29.

Archabbot Justin DuVall attended the Chrism Mass in Indianapolis with Br. Kim Malloy and Novice Dane DeDecker on April 15.

Abbot Denis Quinkert arrived at Saint Meinrad Archabbey on April 25. This concludes the arrival of all monks from Blue Cloud Abbey who are seeking transfer to Saint Meinrad.

Br. Luke Waugh will be working at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in New Albany, IN, this summer with Fr. Eric Johnson as his supervisor.

Br. Peduru Fonseka will spend the summer at Einsiedeln Abbey in Switzerland as a way of learning more about the Benedictine tradition.

Fr. Guerric DeBona was interviewed May 31 on Salt and Light Radio about the importance of good preaching and an upcoming homiletics conference in Toronto, Canada, where he will be speaking.

Fr. Anthony Vinson visited Appalachia, KY, on a youth mission trip to help families in need. The group consisted of youth and parents from both St. Meinrad Parish and St. Boniface Parish.

Fr. Brendan Moss presented at the annual Oblate Study Days June 9-12. The topic was titled "The Presence of God in the Life of an Oblate."

Fr. Anthony Vinson participated in building a new home in Belize, Central America, through Hand In Hand Ministries June 15-23.

Brs. William Sprauer and James Jensen attended a special summer program for junior monks at St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, PA, from June 14-28. The theme was "Building a dynamic and joyful community spirit."

Spring 2014

Father Bede Cisco was elected to a two-year term for the Board of Trustees for the Seminary and School of Theology on January 8.

Father Patrick Cooney was elected as an alternate to the General Chapter of the Swiss-American Congregation to be held in June at Prince of Peace Abbey. Father Prior Kurt Stasiak was also elected as a Delegate.

Father Edward Linton will complete his assignment at St. James Parish in Chicago on June 5 and will return to the monastery to take on work in the Seminary and School of Theology.

Archabbot Justin DuVall attended the Abbot's Workshop at St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman, AL, on February 21-25.

Father Jeremy King led a Day of Prayer on February 13 for 49 priests from the Diocese of Evansville.

Father Prior Kurt Stasiak attended and was one of the keynote presenters at the annual convention of the National Organization for the Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy (NOCERCC), held in Baltimore, February 23-27.

Father Mark O'Keefe has been assigned chaplain to the sisters of the Carmelite Monastery in Terre Haute, IN. The appointment is effective August 1, for a term of three years. He will continue his teaching responsibilities in the school.

Father Anthony Vinson gave a parish mission retreat at Holy Trinity Parish in Webster County, IA, on March 15-18. He spoke on "Realizing our Baptismal Call - What is It and How to Live It?"

Archabbot Lambert Reilly has relinquished the major retreat work he has been doing. He will take on occasional short-term pastoral assistance assignments and help with driving monks to appointments.

Father Gregory Chamberlin has returned to the monastery. He is residing in the infirmary regaining his strength and continuing some treatments.

Winter 2014

Archbishop Daniel Buechlein  attended a blessing of two new additions at the Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary in Indianapolis on October 21. One of them is a dining room and meeting space, which has been dedicated to Archbishop Daniel in gratitude for his founding and support of the seminary. Fr. Denis Robinson and Fr. Tobias Colgan also attended.

Archabbot Justin DuVall offered a pre-Advent Day of Recollection for priests of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis at the Fatima Retreat House in Indianapolis on November 19.

Fr. Guerric DeBona and Dr. Richard Stern attended the National Academy of Homiletics in Louisville, KY, on December 5-7. The topic was on "difficult conversations" with texts.

Fr. Brendan Moss gave the annual Barth-Hamilton Retreat at Saint Meinrad December 6-8. The retreat focused on "Becoming Men of the New Evangelization."

Fr. Guerric DeBona's book, titled Between the Ambo and the Altar: Biblical Preaching and the Roman Missal (Year A), was released in December. It was published by the Liturgical Press. Books on Years B and C will follow.

Br. Francis Wagner signed copies of his new book, titled Grace in the Wilderness: Reflections on God's Sustaining Word Along Life's Journey, on November 30 at the Catholic Supply Stores in St. Louis, MO.

Br. John Mark Falkenhain and Archabbot Justin DuVall participated in a national meeting sponsored by the National Religious Vocations Conference (NRVC) on December 9-11. The meeting was hosted by Saint Meinrad Archabbey and brought together the vocation directors and major superiors of about 35 religious communities across the United States. The theme of the meeting was "Building an Internal Culture of Vocations."

Fr. Edward Linton is enjoying his travels while on sabbatical. He has visited numerous places, including: Nazareth, Capernaum, Istanbul, Chalcedon, Armenia and Tblisi. He is now staying at Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem, where he will remain until after Christmas.

Fall 2013

Br. John Mark Falkenhain published an article titled "Living Celibacy: A Proposed Model for Celibacy Formation Programs" in the summer issue of Human Development.

Fr. Denis Robinson and Fr. Meinrad Brune were appointed to the Archabbot's Council. Their terms run from July 1, 2013, to June 2014.

Fr. Anthony Vinson attended World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in July. He assisted in coordinating the Vocation Veranda for English-speaking countries.

Fr. Barnabas Gillespie has been assigned the monastic representative for Abbey Caskets. He will also do spiritual direction and liturgical practicum work in the school, chaplaincy work for local organizations, and be the monastery representative for Abbey News.

Fr. Joseph Cox gave a retreat to Benedictine Sisters at Sacred Heart Monastery in Lisle, IL, on June 10-14.

Archabbot Justin DuVall, retired Archabbot Bonaventure Knaebel, Fr. Meinrad Brune and Fr. Pius Klein attended Mass at St. Mary's Parish in Huntingburg, IN, on Sunday, June 2, to acknowledge and celebrate the years that monks provided pastoral care at St. Mary's. The Diocese of Evansville resumed pastoral care of the parish in June when former pastor Fr. Godfrey Mullen became rector of St. Benedict Cathedral in Evansville.

Fr. Ephrem Carr was honored by the community of Sant' Anselmo in Rome for his years of service with the school. They celebrated with a pranzo festivo on June 3. Abbot Patrick Regan of St. Joseph Abbey was also among the retiring professors.

Fr. Pius Klein and Archabbot Justin DuVall attended the installation of Sr. Barbara Lynn Schmitz, OSB, as prioress of Monastery Immaculate Conception at Ferdinand, IN, on July 13.

Fr. Anthony Vinson participated in a working group that is preparing a strategic plan focusing on educational debt and vocations to religious life in the United States, at St. Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center, Yale University, New Haven, CT, in May.

Summer 2013

Fr. Timothy Sweeney will begin a one-year appointment as sacramental minister of St. Isidore Parish, Bristow, IN, beginning July 3, 2013.

Fr. Guy Mansini returns to the monastery from serving as pastor of St. Isidore Parish, Bristow, IN. He continues as professor of systematic theology in the Seminary and School and as abbey forester.

Fr. Barnabas Gillespie will be assigned as an adjunct priest for St. Meinrad Parish and St. Boniface Parish, Fulda, beginning August 13. He will be the regular sacramental assistant for Fr. Anthony Vinson when he needs to be absent.

Br. John Mark Falkenhain presented at the May regional meeting of the National Religious Vocation Conference on interviewing for vocation director.

Fr. Anthony Vinson will become the director of pastoral formation in the Seminary and School of Theology, beginning in the fall semester. He will remain as pastor of St. Meinrad Parish and St. Boniface Parish, Fulda.

Br. Jacob Grisley has been named an associate director in the Office of Group Accommodations in the Seminary and School of Theology. He continues his work for Abbey Press and in liturgical music.

Fr. Columba Kelly gave a workshop on chant at The Ascending Voice III, an international symposium and choral festival of sacred a cappella music, held May 9-11 in Malibu, CA.

Fr. Mark O'Keefe will serve as pro prior while Fr. Prior Kurt Stasiak is on sabbatical from July to November.

Archabbot Justin DuVall gave a presentation on Benedictine spirituality as part of a series of lectures at Corpus Christi Parish at the University of Toledo on April 22.

Br. John Mark Falkenhain will be presenting the monastic study days at the Benedictine Monastery of Pannonhalma, Hungary, in August. His presentations will be on research on perseverance in priesthood and monastic life with implications for initial and ongoing formation.