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5 March, 2017 - The novices visit St. Meinrad's Archabbey

   

 

   

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At the kind invitation of Fr. Guerric, the Novice Director of St. Meinrad's Archabbey in Indiana, our novices from Gethsemani visited for the weekend. In the photo above, they are, left to right, Br. Lawrence, the Novice Director at Gethsemani, Br. Matthias, Br. Joseph and Br. Abel.

There has been a very close relationship over the years between St. Meinrad and Gethsemani. We are neighbours, being only a two hour drive from each other, and of course brothers in being part of the Benedictine family.

 

         
 

Each year, we invite the novices from St. Meinrad to visit Gethsemani, and once every two years, since our novitiate is longer, they reciprocate.

The novices and juniors at St. Meinrad welcomed us with open arms and lots of snacks. Lent was suspended due to the demands of hospitality, and we appreciate the sacrifice this meant for the novices and juniors there, though they generously assured us it was not too burdensome.

 

   

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We were given a tour of the abbey and the school by Br. Lorenzo, left,one of the juniors. He gave us the history of St. Meinrad's as he showed us the various places of interest around the abbey.

Br. Lorenzo also acted as our guide to proper behaviour at St. Meinrad's, as our refectory and choir customs are quite different. Any errors made by us while we were there were solely our responsibility and NOT the fault of our kind and considerate guide.

         
 

On Saturday afternoon, we had the opportunity to sit with the novices and juniors and for each of us to share the stories of how God called us to the monastic life, and what the life means to us today, which is almost always different from what attracted us in the first place.

From this generous sharing, and the wonderful hospitality we received, we left feeling that we had just gained a group of friends and true companions in the monastic journey.

 

   

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