St. Meinrad Archabbey

Saint Meinrad Archabbey and School of Theology

Situated atop one of the many gently rolling hills of Spencer County, Indiana, is Saint Meinrad Archabbey, a community of Benedictine monks who dedicate their lives to prayer and work. Founded in 1854 by a Swiss abbey, Saint Meinrad has served the Catholic Church in ways that have varied according to the Church’s needs.

Principally, the 125 monks of Saint Meinrad are men of prayer. They gather three times each day to pray the Liturgy of the Hours and every day to celebrate Mass. In addition, time is set aside daily for private prayer and meditation.

For many years, Saint Meinrad’s primary work has been the education and formation of men for the priesthood. The monks began teaching in 1857, and their mission of educating leaders for the Catholic Church continues today in the School of Theology. In addition to its seminary program, Saint Meinrad offers graduate-level programs for lay ministry students and an extensive Continuing Education Program for priests, deacons, parish professionals and other adults.

Saint Meinrad Archabbey also owns and operates Abbey Press, an international company specializing in the producing and marketing of religious, spiritual and inspirational cards, books and gifts.

Saint Meinrad’s newest venture began in the spring of 1999 with the establishment of Abbey Caskets. Abbey Caskets are handmade from poplar and modeled after the monastic caskets. Crafted according to the specifications of the monks, the caskets are made at nearby woodworking shops.

Renowned for its warm hospitality, Saint Meinrad offers a quiet and peaceful respite from the busyness of the modern world. Midweek and weekend retreats are available at the Archabbey Guest House, and sabbaticals of varying lengths can be customized to an individual’s needs.

Visitors to Saint Meinrad Archabbey also enjoy touring the beautiful grounds and newly renovated Archabbey Church. Guided tours are offered each Saturday at 1:30 p.m. local time from March through November. A self-guided audiocassette tour is also available.

Liturgies in Archabbey Church*: Monday – Saturday, prayer at 5:30 a.m., noon and 5 p.m., Mass at 7:30 a.m.; Sunday, prayer at 7:15 a.m., noon and 5 p.m., Mass at 9:30 a.m.

Monte Cassino Shrine: Mass each Saturday, 7 a.m. May through October; 8 a.m. November through April. Pilgrimages begin at 2 p.m. each Sunday in May and October.

*Times subject to change. Saint Meinrad remains on Eastern Standard Time year round

For more information, visit Saint Meinrad’s Web site at or call one of these phone numbers: Guest House (tours and retreats), 800-581-6905; Office of Continuing Education (courses, retreats and sabbaticals), 800-730-9910; Enrollment Office, 800-634-6723; or Development Office (financial support), 800-682-0988.