Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

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  • Tuesday, August 22 - Thursday, August 24, 2017

    Pray Your Way to Happiness

    (Midweek Retreat) We often think of prayer as an obligation to God. Actually, prayer is the very substance of life, the key to strength and joy, here and hereafter. This retreat is a practical in…
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  • Friday, August 25 - Sunday, August 27, 2017

    Beauty as a Pathway to God: Religious Art and Symbol in the Spiritual Life

    This retreat will explore how beauty in nature and art reveals God's presence and action in the world and examines the strength and power of religious imagery, art and architecture through the ag…
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  • Friday, September 15 - Sunday, September 17, 2017

    Praying with the Gospel of Matthew


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  • Friday, September 29 - Sunday, October 1, 2017

    The Bellinis: Artists of the Renaissance in Venice

    Using visual aids (slides and movies), we will explore the beautiful spirituality of a series of fantastic artists who gave to the world some extraordinary spiritual works of the high Renaissance…
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  • Tuesday, October 3 - Thursday, October 5, 2017

    Hail Mary Full of Grace: Pray with Mary

    (Midweek Retreat) The Mother of God has given us a mystical connection with her Son. We will explore different ways we can unite our prayer with Mary and come to a deeper connection with our Lord…
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  • Friday, October 13 - Sunday, October 15, 2017

    Reading the Scriptures

    This retreat will explore various ways to read the bible stories and look for their meaning for us today. Often this is called lectio divina - the ancient practice of reading the Scriptures,…
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  • Monday, October 16 - Friday, October 20, 2017

    Discipleship and Ministry According to the Gospel of John

    (Priests' Retreat) This retreat will offer reflections on the gospel of John, focusing on who Jesus is and what it means to be his disciple. Particular attention will be given to challenges in th…
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  • Friday, November 3 - Sunday, November 5, 2017

    Gratitude

    As the feast of Thanksgiving draws near, this retreat will explore the place of gratitude in the spiritual lives of Christians. 
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  • Tuesday, November 7 - Thursday, November 9, 2017

    On Becoming the Publican in the Temple: St. Benedict's Degrees of Humility

    (Midweek Retreat) "Self-exaltation leads to humiliation; self-humbling leads to exaltation." St. Benedict's 12 degrees of humility begin with this declaration of the Lord in the parable of the Ph…
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  • Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

    The Church in the Modern World

    This retreat will address issues related to the evangelizing mission of the Church's sons and daughters, those who "are united to Christ and guided by the holy Spirit," as described in the magist…
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  • Friday, November 17 - Sunday, November 19, 2017

    Praying with the Gospel of John


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  • Friday, December 15 - Sunday, December 17, 2017

    Sing Ye Noel

    This retreat will explore the history of some of the many Christmas carols and ponder on their spirituality. Opportunities for singing these lovely songs will help us prepare for a festive Christ…
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  • Friday, February 9 - Sunday, February 11, 2018

    Winning Relationships - A Couples Retreat

    We Americans are very competitive people - we like to win at life. As married couples and committed parents, we daily practice winning, healthy exchanges. Our family relationships are crucial for…
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  • Friday, March 16 - Sunday, March 18, 2018

    Winning Relationships - A Couples Retreat

    We Americans are very competitive people - we like to win at life. As married couples and committed parents, we daily practice winning, healthy exchanges. Our family relationships are crucial for…
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  • Friday, March 23 - Sunday, March 25, 2018

    Benedictine Spirituality

    The conferences will address certain key components of the Benedictine charism distilled from the Rule of St. Benedict and the lived tradition of modern Benedictine monastic communities. The wisd…
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  • Wednesday, March 28 - Sunday, April 1, 2018

    Holy Week Retreat

    The retreat will foster the faith and devotion of participants in the liturgies of Holy Week. Conferences will offer meditation and theological reflection on the liturgies of Holy Week from Palm …
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  • Friday, April 20 - Sunday, April 22, 2018

    Bible Bootcamp: The Basics

    Do you get nervous trying to find something in the Bible? Do you wonder why Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox Christians have different Bibles? Do you know the difference between Methuselah, Ma…
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  • Monday, April 23 - Friday, April 27, 2018

    Continuing the Mission of Mercy

    (Deacons and Wives Retreat) Pope Francis declared an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy for 2016. While the jubilee year may be over, the Holy Father wishes that we continue the mission of mercy. T…
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  • Friday, April 27 - Sunday, April 29, 2018

    Contemplative Living

    This retreat will explore the topic of deep prayer as gleaned from the mystical tradition of the Church. Contemplation is not only for monks and nuns. It is a mode of prayer rooted in one's inmos…
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  • Monday, April 30 - Friday, May 4, 2018

    Key Themes in the Gospel of Mark: Challenges for Preaching and Pastoral Practice

    (Priests Retreat) This retreat for priests will explore some of the key themes in the Gospel of Mark that are important for preaching and the way priests carry out their pastoral practice. …
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  • Friday, May 4 - Sunday, May 6, 2018

    Beauty as a Pathway to God: Religious Art and Symbol in the Spiritual Life

    This retreat will explore how beauty in nature and art reveals God's presence and action in the world. We will examine the strength and power of religious imagery, art and architecture through th…
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  • Tuesday, May 8 - Thursday, May 10, 2018

    On Becoming the Publican in the Temple: St. Benedict's Degrees of Humility

    (Midweek Retreat) "Self-exaltation leads to humiliation; self-humbling leads to exaltation." St. Benedict's 12 degrees of humility (RB Chapter 7) begin with this declaration of the Lord in the …
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  • Friday, May 18 - Sunday, May 20, 2018

    Your Faith has Saved You - Or Has It?

    People often leave their faith because God did not answer their prayers for a loved one who has died. They offer heaps of novenas, Masses and rosaries with no visible results. Is the Lord asleep i…
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  • Friday, June 15 - Thursday, June 21, 2018

    The Image as a Window to the Spiritual: An Artist's Six-Day Hands-on Workshop and Retreat

    From the beginning, art has been used as a pathway toward spiritual insight and awareness. On this studio retreat, each participant will work in one of several media throughout the week. Emphasis…
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  • Friday, July 6 - Sunday, July 8, 2018

    Gates of Paradise: An Art Retreat

    Following in a series of art retreats offered here (Fra Angelo, Raphael, Caravaggio, Van Gogh, Cézanne), this retreat will focus on Early Renaissance in Florence and the famous doors of the Bapti…
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  • Friday, July 13 - Sunday, July 15, 2018

    A Step 11 Retreat for Recovering Alcoholics and Alanons

    (AA Retreat) This retreat is for those seeking, through heartfelt prayer and meditation, to improve their conscious contact with God, as they understand Him, praying only for knowledge of his w…
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  • Monday, July 16 - Friday, July 20, 2018

    Bringing to Life the Word of God in Song

    Learn how the practice of Gregorian chant brings to life the Word of God in song, and study the intimate relationship between the proclaimed Word of God and its melodic setting. Learn a new way t…
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  • Monday, July 30 - Friday, August 3, 2018

    Bringing to Life the Word of God in Song

    Learn how the practice of Gregorian chant brings to life the Word of God in song, and study the intimate relationship between the proclaimed Word of God and its melodic setting. In this advanced …
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  • Tuesday, July 31 - Thursday, August 2, 2018

    Peace, the Benedictine Way

    (Midweek Retreat) This retreat will focus on the holy Rule of St. Benedict and how it can apply to living with peace in today's fast-paced society. Many chapters of the Rule can be applied and…
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  • Friday, August 17 - Sunday, August 19, 2018

    Who is St. Paul and What Did He Write: Three Perspectives

    This retreat will explore the letters attributed to St. Paul. We will discover that, in fact, there are three St. Pauls and they do not all say the same thing.
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  • Tuesday, August 21 - Thursday, August 23, 2018

    Monastic Living

    (Midweek Retreat) This retreat will give participants an opportunity to experience a day of Benedictine monastic living, including all monastic prayer periods, silence, work, as well as short c…
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  • Friday, August 24 - Sunday, August 26, 2018

    Benedictine Spirituality as Lived in Marriage

    (Married Couples Only) This retreat focuses on exploring the Benedictine vows of obedience, stability and conversion as they can be applied in marriage, with humility as the thread that binds t…
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  • Friday, September 14 - Sunday, September 16, 2018

    How to Read the Gospel of John with Understanding: Signs for Our Time

    The first half of the gospel of John is called "the book of signs." To understand the Gospel of John, one must know how to read these signs with understanding. This retreat will look carefully at …
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  • Monday, September 17 - Friday, September 21, 2018

    Continuing the Mission of Mercy

    (Deacons and Wives Retreat) Pope Francis declared an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy for 2016. While the jubilee year may be over, the Holy Father wishes that we continue the mission of mercy. T…
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  • Friday, September 21 - Sunday, September 23, 2018

    Simplicity Retreat Revised: A Way of Life

    Searching the Gospels, we discover the simplicity of our Savior. Such simplicity is not only exterior (possessions), but also deeply interior (heart and soul). This retreat will explore the popula…
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  • Friday, September 28 - Sunday, September 30, 2018

    The Church in the Modern World

    The conferences will address issues related to the evangelizing mission of the Church's sons and daughters, those who "are united to Christ and guided by the holy Spirit," as described in the mag…
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  • Tuesday, October 2 - Thursday, October 4, 2018

    Children of Abraham

    (Midweek Retreat) Abraham is the father of three faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This retreat will explore who Abraham was; what Jews, Christians, and Muslims have in common and how th…
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  • Friday, October 12 - Sunday, October 14, 2018

    Environmental Spirituality

    Laudato Sí, the 2015 papal encyclical by Pope Francis, expresses the Church's concern over facing global environmental deterioration due to human activity and climate change. Conferences will exp…
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  • Monday, October 15 - Friday, October 19, 2018

    Key Themes in the Gospel of Mark: Challenges for Preaching and Pastoral Practice

    (Priests Retreat) This retreat for priests will explore some of the key themes in the Gospel of Mark that are important for preaching and the way priests carry out their pastoral practice. …
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  • Friday, November 2 - Sunday, November 4, 2018

    Pardon My Perfection

    The closer we seem to get to God, the more entitled we feel to criticize everyone who hasn't attained our spiritual heights. The Pharisee continues to trash the publican (Luke 18:9-14). Conferenc…
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  • Tuesday, November 6 - Thursday, November 8, 2018

    Pray Your Way to Happiness

    (Midweek Retreat) We often think of prayer as an obligation to God. Actually, prayer is the very substance of life, the key to strength and joy, here and hereafter. This retreat is a practical …
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  • Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

    Creative Grieving: Confronting Loss

    Our lives are filled with many experiences of loss: broken relationships, lost friends, change of work or living place and, ultimately, the death of a loved one. This retreat will explore how to …
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  • Friday, November 16 - Sunday, November 18, 2018

    The Birth of Jesus According to the Gospel of Luke

    This retreat looks forward to Advent and Christmas. The focus will be on the first two chapters of Luke's gospel, which sets forth Luke's version of the birth of the Messiah.
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  • Friday, November 30 - Sunday, December 2, 2018

    Contemplative Living

    The conferences will explore the topic of deep prayer as gleaned from the mystical tradition of the Church. Contemplation is not something for only monks and nuns; it is a mode of prayer rooted in…
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