35 years ago, Stanley Miller had completed his college education and began his monastic life as a postulant of St. Benedict's Abbey. A short time later he would receive the habit from Abbot Ralph and the name Meinrad. Since that time Fr. Meinrad has experienced a great many things in his monastic life from serving a college chaplain and instructor to offering retreats around the world for the Missionaries of Charity (primarily in Kolkata, India). In all of that time the monastic community has used the same hymnal in their liturgies. Fr. Meinrad, now the schola master at the abbey, is excited to announce the Abbey is installing new hymnals! Fr. Meinrad offers the following reflection to mark the occasion:
Abbot Barnabas Senecal, who was recently hospitalized with a stroke, is recovering well. He would like to convey his gratitude for all of your prayers and well-wishes. We ask all of you to continue to pray for him. To inquire about visiting Abbot Barnabas please contact the Abbey at 913.367.7853.
A monk of many talents and services to the Church and its people, a monk and priest with multiple roles, Father James Downey was born in Plattsburg, Mo., September 19, 1920. He attended St. Rita High School in Cameron, Mo., and graduated from Plattsburg High School in 1938.