Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

April 22-28, 2016

Fr. Meinrad worked with our Oblate advisory groups last weekend-both the Oblate Council and the Oblate Finance Committee.

Have you been curious about monastic names? Our new podcast episode gives some insight into monks and their names with some reflective and humorous anecdotes. Click here for the podcast.

Br. Francis released a new "Ponder the Word" post on his blog.

Several of our junior monks have been brewing different kinds of beer. Br. Jean recently planted hops in our garden for future use in brewing. We will also have one of the beers at table this weekend: an oatmeal stout.

May's Monte Cassino Pilgrimages begin this Sunday, May 1; Novice Joshua will offer the month's first homily. Here is a link with more information about the pilgrimages this May.

Fr. Guy, our forester, reports that on Tuesday, April 19, the Abbey sold 27,260 board feet of white pine and 189,441 board feet of hardwood on 75 acres off Short Johnnytown Road. Meanwhile, timber stand improvement and control of invasive species continue, especially when there is extra help.

Fr. Tobias, vice rector of our seminary, shared that after a couple years of research, a 9-hole disc golf course will be installed on campus … much to the delight of seminarians, some confreres familiar with the sport, and also others who visit the campus who are familiar with how to play. Curious about disc golf? Here is a brief overview about this inexpensive and unobtrusive sport.

Here is a good paragraph for reflection. This is an excerpt from a Vigils reflection this week from Christ the Life of the Soul by Blessed Columba Marmion, OSB.

Christ has become our neighbor; or rather, our neighbor isChrist who presents himself to us in this or that form. He presents himself to us, suffering in those who are sick, destitute in those in want, a prisoner in those who are captives, sad in those who mourn. But it is faith that shows him to us thus in his members. And if we do not see him in them, it is because our faith is weak, our love imperfect. That is why St. John says that if we do not love our neighbor whom we see, how can we love God whom we do not see? If we do not love God under the visible form in which he presents himself to us, that is to say in our neighbor, how can we say that we love him in himself, in his divinity?

Each day the monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey write another page in the long history of Benedictine monks throughout the world. Here are recent events chronicled at Saint Meinrad.