I was recently thinking about our blog title, "Echoes from the
Bell Tower." It dawned upon me that I see these echoes quite
frequently, and I had a unique opportunity to witness these echoes
ringing through our alumni not long ago.
While on pilgrimage in the Holy Land recently, I received an
email from back home in Indiana asking me to sit on a panel to
speak to graduating high school seniors from Dubois County here in
Indiana. I immediately said "yes" to the opportunity, because,
well, when in the Holy Land everything feels like a "yes" moment.
In hindsight, I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into.
I'm glad I said "yes." Something dawned on me while listening to
Bishop Charles Thompson T'87 of the Diocese of Evansville give the
keynote address to the 300 students and parents in attendance.
If someone ever asks me, "Why do you do what you do for the
Catholic Church and Saint Meinrad, Tim?" my response, among many
scenarios, would be to describe the Dubois County High School
Senior Night on February 19, 2014.
I was overwhelmed with joy in realizing that many of the folks
in the room were alumni. They were bishops, monks, priests,
permanent deacons, youth ministers, campus ministers, current
students and seminarians and, for all I know, there could have been
parents in the room who are alumni or current students at Saint
What dawned on me is that these are the folks who are
ministering to the faithful of the Catholic Church. These folks are
the echoes from our Saint Meinrad bell towers. These are the folks
who have been influenced by the Benedictine charism of hospitality
and glorifying God in all things.
These are the folks who work for the righteousness of God to
bring others closer to Christ. These are the folks who are called
in the middle of the night or work atypical hours to meet people
where they are in their journeys. These are the folks who want no
thanks but to be prayed for.
These are the folks who have inspired me in my work as Director
of Alumni Relations at Saint Meinrad.
These are the folks whom the monks pray for every day at their
These are the folks who will continue being loving, serving,
hospitable, Christ-like, inspiring and purposeful echoes from the