Fr. Matthew's 50 Years of Priesthood

Fr. Matthew's 50 Years of Priesthood

My 50th anniversary of being a Benedictine Priest is 14 June 18.  It is a good time to reflect upon the meaning of these 50 years of priesthood.

I was ordained on 14 June 68 with my father, John, and older brother, Benedict, by Archbishop Edward Hunkeler at the Abbey Church in Atchison.  Obviously, this was an unusual event: a father and his two sons being ordained together. 

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What can we learn from St. Barnabas?

What can we learn from St. Barnabas?

In the Acts of the Apostles, we hear the Holy Spirit say, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” And then a few chapters later (15:39): “And there arose a sharp contention, so that they separated from each other; Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus.” A few years later, St. Barnabas was stoned to death at Salamis in Cyprus in the year 60 or 61. A disagreement among disciples led to a course of action of preaching the Gospel that one could say was a bad decision, a failure in leadership perhaps, but definitely in relationships. But God is not upset by these things. In fact, when we follow the Lord, all He asks is to trust Him.

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Seeking Director of Advancement

Seeking Director of Advancement

The monks of St. Benedict’s Abbey are seeking a Catholic who is passionate about supporting religious life and sharing the Catholic faith with the world as the Director of Advancement.  In this role, the Director of Advancement personally represents St. Benedict’s Abbey and ignites benefactors and potential benefactors to passion and action in supporting the prayer and work of the monks. Click to learn more and submit your resumé.

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