Saturday, May 14, 2011


A warm welcome to Einsiedeln's Abbot Martin and Br. Alexander, who have come to Saint Meinrad Archabbey to visit for a few days. They arrived late Friday evening at the airport in Louisville, and were picked up by their confrere Br. Mauritius, who has been staying here the past year while studying in the Seminary and School of Theology.

This is Br. Alexander's first visit to Saint Meinrad. Abbot Martin, of course, has been here a few times, although not for a few years. Like Br. Mauritius, he studied here when he was a young monk. Abbot Martin will be giving the convocation address at this afternoon's graduation ceremony for the Seminary and School of Theology. He and Br. Alexander will return to Switzerland early next week.

Later next week, Br. Mauritius will fly back to Switzerland. It has been good having him here. The time for departure has arrived too quickly! Hopefully, he will be back again one day. In the fall, another confrere from Einsiedeln, Br. Thomas, will be joining us for a year of study, so we look forward to that.

In the meantime, Saint Meinrad's own Br. Luke will be leaving in a couple weeks to spend the summer at Einsiedeln as I did last summer. I wish him well on this adventure of a lifetime!

It is good to keep these connections between Saint Meinrad and our motherhouse of Einsidelen strong and growing. To know who you are and where you're going, you need to know where you're from.

Hopefully, in the next couple days I will be able to get Abbot Martin, Br. Alexander, and Br. Mauritius together long enough to take a photo and post here. In the meantime, in their honor and that of all the monks of Einsiedeln, I have posted a few shots of the motherhouse taken last summer.

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