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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 100 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. The product line also includes a simple cremation urn and a rectangular casket available in several types of wood.

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 Retreat Center, 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. Central Time from March through November. Self-guided tours are available anytime. At the Guest House, Abbey Press Gift Shop or Memorial Lobby, you can pick up a free Visitor's Guide, which includes a walking tour of the campus. A self-guided audio 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.

The small chapel of Monte Cassino is located on a hill near the Archabbey. Surrounded by trees and panoramic views of the Anderson Valley, the shrine dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary is a testament to the age-old tradition of seeking God.

Besides personal pilgrimages to the shrine, public pilgrimages are held each Sunday during May and October. In addition, a Benedictine monk of Saint Meinrad Archabbey presides at Mass in the chapel each Saturday (7 a.m. from May to October; 8 a.m. from November to April). During May and October, Mass is also held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 a.m. (All times are Central Time.)

For more information, news, upcoming events and driving directions, visit Saint Meinrad's Web site at www.saintmeinrad.edu or call one of these phone numbers: Guest House (tours and retreats), 800-581-6905; Office of Group Accommodations, 800-730-9910; Enrollment Office, 800-634-6723; or Development Office (financial support), 800-682-0988.