Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

January 8-14, 2016

Archabbot Justin DuVall, on Wednesday, January 13, announced his resignation as abbot effective June 2 upon the election of our new abbot. We are very grateful and blessed by Archabbot Justin's prayerful, calm and discerning leadership. Please pray for Archabbot Justin and our community these next several months as we discern our needs as a community and a leader who will continue to move us forward in our service to the Church. Read the press release here:

Juniors and their superiors celebrate their feast days at our Placidium on Fridays. Fridays are typically recreation night at our Placidium (the name of our novice/junior recreation house on campus). Last Friday we celebrated Br. André's, Br. William's and Br. Stephen's feast days with some delicious snacks. Many members of the community joined in the fun.

Fr. Christian rounded out his Mass presiding on Saturday and shared in his homily: To speak about only God and not Jesus Christ is almost a reversion. The Gospel of John constantly points to Jesus Christ. He reminds us that if we are looking for the Father, we will find Him in the Son.

Fr. Germain has been our Mass Heb this week. On Sunday (The Baptism of the Lord) in his homily he shared: Jesus' baptism was not the sacrament that we have all received, because He did not need cleansing from sin. In our baptism we receive new life, and we begin living the divine life like the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in heaven.

This is a gift from God - we carry God with us wherever we go as tabernacles. We must be careful with our words and actions because of this divine presence in us. We can be good or bad examples for those watching us. Divine life begins at our baptism, during our short decades on earth and then for eternity when God invites us into his mansion. May the Lord bring our baptism to fulfillment in eternal life.

Br. Francis recently wrote a blog post reflecting on Ordinary Time:

Fr. Ephrem enjoyed a nice stay with us and recently departed for his work in Rome this week.

Thursdays are typically haircut days by our hair cutter from Santa Claus, Martha. She makes her rounds in the infirmary, too. Fr. Aurelius and Fr. Augustine were lined up today.

Many of the priests of the Diocese of Owensboro joined us for some of our liturgies the past couple days as they were here for their presbyteral convocation.

Candidate Joshua begins his retreat Friday for novitiate investiture. Several monks are giving him conferences about the novitiate. He will be invested as a novice on Tuesday, January 19, immediately before Vespers.

Novices Timothy, Peter, Jonathan and Thomas begin their first profession retreat this weekend through Wednesday. Br. Francis is leading this interactive retreat in the Chapter Room. He will use the windows as a guide, as they depict our monastic vows. These novices will make their first profession on Wednesday, January 20, during First Vespers of the Feast of St. Meinrad (January 21 is his feast day).

Pray for Candidate Joshua and Novices Timothy, Peter, Jonathan and Thomas as they take these next steps in their monastic life, discernment and vocation.

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.