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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Welcome to Fr Adrian Burke, OSB

Saint Meinrad Archabbey and School of Theology

Fr Adrian has been a fully professed Benedictine monk since 1993. He serves the monastery and School of Theology as a teacher, spiritual director, and retreat master. This weekend he will be sharing the important ministry of the School of Theology and seminary. This apostolic work of the archabbey directly impacts the well-being of parishes in the Archdiocese, as the vast majority of our priests (including yours truly) were trained there and all of our current major seminarians attend there (those working on their Masters of Divinity degree).

Saint Meinrad School of Theology provides “Formation and Education for the Life of the Church”. All of their many formation programs attend to the whole person in the areas of human, spiritual, academic, and pastoral. Not only do they want folks who know about Jesus Christ, they strive to form ministers who know Jesus Christ personally and communally in the Church and are equipped to share Jesus Christ with the world. Saint Meinrad School of Theology also assists in Permanent Deacon formation, lay graduate degrees (including one held by Holy Family’s own Kristina Seipel, Director of Discipleship and Catechesis), as well as outreach for on-going lay and priest formation.

Saint Meinrad Archabbey was founded in 1854 by monks from Einsiedeln Abbey in Switzerland. They came to southern Indiana at the request of a local priest who was seeking help to serve the pastoral needs of the growing German-speaking Catholic population and to prepare local men to be priests. Both of these missions remain part of Saint Meinrad's ministry to the Roman Catholic Church. In additional to the School of Theology, Saint Meinrad has other monks in parish work, chaplaincies and diocesan assignments. The Benedictine community at Saint Meinrad consists of about 70 men who dedicate their lives to prayer and work. They gather in community five times each day to pray the Liturgy of the Hours and celebrate Mass. The monks live by the wisdom and guidance of the Rule of St. Benedict, the sixth-century instructions for community living written by St. Benedict.

I continue to pray for and look forward to the many Eucharistic Graces through Mother Mary’s mediation that will flow into our Holy Family family as we once again participate in the Advent 40 Hours with Mary Adoration. The 40-Hours Devotion will run from Friday December 2 through Sunday December 4.

Next weekend, November 12-13 will be the Pledge Weekend for the United Catholic Appeal – United in the Eucharist Archdiocesan Campaign. You should receive a pledge card and brochure in the mail. Please prayerfully discern how God is calling you to support the UCA and bring the completed pledge card with you to any of the Mass next weekend. (You may also mail your UCA pledge in directly if you prefer, but we will gladly save you the stamp.) Every household is encouraged to make a contribution, while I expect every household to submit a pledge card. Even if at this time, you cannot or choose not to make a financial contribution or pledge to the UCA, please return your pledge card with a zero, as that helps the parish participation rate. I’ve already returned my card, and I invite you to do the same.


+ Nothing Less than saints for the Holy Family of God. +


Holy Family, Saintly Father, Blessed Mother, Divine Son, Pray for us.

~ Fr Jeremy M. Gries


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