|Chapel of Our Lady of Monte Cassino|
The Bear wishes to pass along an interesting link for anyone within driving distance of southern Indiana. St. Meinrad Archabbey is is one of only sixteen Benedictine Archabbeys in the world and one of just two in the United States.
St. Meinrad's is a glorious place to visit. We were on a motorcycle ramble many, many years ago when we happened upon it. From time to time, we felt pulled back. Eventually we joined it in a small way as oblates. The Bear has heard similar stories from others.
It is definitely worth a long day trip. And if you have to spend the night, it's not like they can turn you away. They're Benedictines!
In May, they have scheduled pilgrimages to the small, out-of-the-way Monte Cassino shrine in honor of Our Lady. They will include a rosary procession, homily, litany and hymn. The Bear is sure any of the dates would be fine, but Fr. Denis Robinson, OSB will be speaking on May 11 on Our Lady of Knots.
The Bear has taken a class from Fr. Denis (who is also the rector of the School of Theology and an easy A, FYI). He is the rock star of the faculty and an extremely interesting speaker.
They also have a very well-stocked gift shop, and a campus bookstore, both worth a visit.
Details are here.