Tuesday, April 8, 2014

May St. Meinrad Pilgrimages

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.


  1. St. Meinrad Archabbey is a bit of Heaven on Earth. Monte Cassino is a must see for sure! It is not on the actual campus of St. Meinrad, it's about two and a half miles east of the grounds. It was built in the 19th century. To walk through the front door is to be transported back to Italy. It is so beautiful...the frescoes are a shade of blue that you will never forget. (The blue of Mary Our Lady.)

    I will never forget the first time I walked through that door last fall. I was alone and there was a monk and a novice in the chapel at the time and they were praying the rosary. I joined in and at the end we all three sang the Salve Regina (yes in Latin). It moved me to tears. At the end they finished and just left quietly. To be alone in Monte Cassino is a precious experience I will always remember.

  2. Kathryn, this post is a bit of Heaven on the blog :-). It leaves one feeling refreshed and uplifted.


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