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Easter Triduum Schedule

Posted by Dolores on April 15, 2014 at 1:35 AM

Holy Thursday, April 17,

Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper 7:30pm

Good Friday, April 18,

Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion 3pm

Stations of the Cross 7:30pm

Holy Saturday, April 19,

Easter Vigil Mass at 8pm

Easter Sunday, April 20,

Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord, 11am

Easter Sunday Solemn Vespers 4:30pm

Tornado relief collection box at the abbey

Posted by Abbot Austin on November 29, 2013 at 8:55 PM

There is a cardboard box in the lobby to the abbey for the collection of paper goods (diapers, wipes, kleenex, toilet paper, napkins) in relief of the tornado victims in Illinois. University Ministry at Benedictine University is organizing donation boxes in various locations, including in our lobby. Please help if you will be stopping by the abbey.

Monks present on Benedictine life in Mesa, AZ

Posted by Abbot Austin on November 8, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Fr. David, Fr. James, Br. Kevin, and Abbot Austin will be in Mesa, AZ, at Benedictine University's branch campus there on Nov. 13 and 14. They will be doing various events on being Benedictine and on the Benedictine charism. Feel free to come if you are in the area (see image for info).

Abbot Austin's interview on prayer by Pastor Jon Klinepeter (UPDATED)

Posted by Abbot Austin on October 23, 2013 at 11:35 AM

On Oct. 8, I was interviewed by Pastor Jon Klinepeter of Willow Chicago on prayer, especially lectio divina. Pastor Jon was a great interviewer and his crew put together very nice shots of the abbey. Below are a couple of links.

First there the video of Pastor Jon's service which includes the interview within it. (The clip of the interview is from 40:22-45:52, although you might want to start at 39:07 to get some of Pastor Jon's points leading up to it). http://media.willowcreek.org/features/chicago/vision-sunday-prayer-together-week-6/#content

Second, here is the full interview by itself, which is about 13 min.: http://vimeo.com/77331911

Fr. Barron's talk on YouTube

Posted by Abbot Austin on October 23, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Fr. Robert Barron's talk, 'Gaudium et Spes: The Right Reading of Vatican II' is now available on YouTube, as is also the question and answer session afterwards (see below for links). Fr. Barron gave the talk at St. Procopius Abbey on Sept. 24, 2013 as the second talk in The Documents of Vatican II lecture series. It is an excellent talk and worth hearing.

The talk is available here:

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Question and Answer afterwards:

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Free Five-Part Course in Benedictine Spirituality

Posted by Abbot Austin on October 7, 2013 at 11:15 AM

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Free Online Course in Benedictine Spirituality to Help Bring in the New Evangelization


To carry out the Church’s call for a New Evangelization, a Benedictine Abbey in the Chicago area is offering a free, five-part online course in Benedictine spirituality.


“We feel that St. Benedict’s way of life, which includes living in community, common prayer, work, and private prayer, is just as important today as when St. Benedict was alive,” said Fr. James Flint, OSB, vocation director of St. Procopius Abbey in Lisle, just west of Chicago.


“Vocations to the consecrated life have seen a slight upswing in the United States,” he said, noting recent news reports of a 10% increase in Catholic graduate theology students this year compared to 2005. “We hope to be part of that trend in our role in educating others about the great depth of Benedictine spirituality.”


He added, “Although we are using the course as a tool for looking for young men who may be thinking of a religious vocation, the course is open to anyone who wants to deepen their prayer life, whether married or single.”


The course will consist of five emails, one sent each day, and will cover the life of St. Benedict and of Benedictine monks, and the vocation stories of three men who have joined St. Procopius. There will also be emails prompting students to reflect upon each class. Students can sign up for one of two sessions. The first will run Oct. 14 – 18, and the second, Oct. 28 – Nov. 1.


“I think that St. Benedict would give an approving nod at the idea of using the internet to promote the spirituality,” Fr. James said.


Benedictine spirituality is characterized by striving towards Christian perfection in community, liturgical prayer, and separation from worldly concerns. St. Benedict (480-550 AD) is the Father of Western Monasticism. He wrote The Rule, which governs the life of monks, and his best-known monastery is at Monte Cassino, Italy. Many other religious orders have patterned their rule after his.


At St. Procopius Abbey, which was founded in 1885 and has 26 monks today, the men work outside as well as inside the abbey. The priests and brothers there have taught, coached, worked as administrators, and carried out campus ministry in the two schools they founded – a high school, Benet Academy; and a university, Benedictine University. They continue to work in the schools to this day. Also, monks who are ordained priests help in nearby parishes, especially with Sunday Masses.


For more information about the course, contact Fr. James Flint, OSB, at 630-969-6410, or vocations@procopius.org. Visit also our website, www.procopius.org.


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Come & See Vocation Discernment retreat - Fri., Nov. 15 to Sun., Nov. 17

Posted by Abbot Austin on September 8, 2013 at 8:40 PM

For men 18-45 who want to learn about monastic life at St. Procopius Abbey. To reserve a space, please contact Fr. James (vocations@procopius.org or 630-829-9279).

Fr. Robert Barron to speak at the Abbey on Gaudium et Spes

Posted by Abbot Austin on June 15, 2013 at 9:15 PM

The renowned theologian and speaker and also rector/president of Mundelein Seminary, Fr. Robert Barron, will speak on the document of Gaudium et Spes as the second talk in the St. Procopius Abbey's The Documents of Vatican II lecture series. His talk is titled: "Gaudium et Spes: The Right Reading of Vatican II." The talk will be on Sept. 24, 2013, at St. Procopius Abbey at 7pm. The talk is free and open to the public (however, media are asked to call beforehand).

Passing of Br. Joseph Vesely, OSB

Posted by Abbot Austin on April 5, 2013 at 5:05 PM

(Click here for memorial with pictures)



May 29, 1921- April 5, 2013


Our oldest monk, "Br. Joe," as he was known at the abbey, died this afternoon of congestive heart failure at St. Patrick's Residence and Rehabilitation, Naperville, IL. Born in Chicago of Moravian immigrants on May 9, 1921, John Vesely moved with his family five years later to a small farm near Downers Grove, Illinois. He attended St. Joseph Grade School and Downers Grove High School, graduating in 1940. While not strong academically, the young man was very religious and so was encouraged by an aunt to consider a monastic vocation at St. Procopius Abbey, where an uncle, Father Cosmas Vesely, had been a member before his death in 1936, and a first cousin, Father Stanley Vesely, was ordained in the summer of 1940. Though dubious at first about religious life, he did take a job as a worker on the Abbey farm, which meant living and working in close proximity to the monks. Over the next year, his interest in the life deepened, and on Holy Thursday, 1941, he begged Abbot Procopius Neuzil for admission as a lay brother candidate. Already as a worker, he had been assigned to help the Abbey carpenter, Brother Augustine Roubik, and following his profession on November 13, 1942, Brother Joseph again took up carpentry work, which he continued into the late 1960s. As one of the leaders of the “younger brothers,” those who from the mid-1940s received permission to pray the Divine Office in English rather than the traditional devotional prayers in Czech, Brother Joseph was assigned to serve as socius for the brother candidates. He also took part, as a server, in the Church Unity work conducted by St. Procopius Abbey during these years. Enjoying good conversation, always interested both in learning more and sharing what he knew about the monastery’s history, Brother Joseph was both serious-minded and prayerful, and he was among the first brothers to apply for solemn vows when this became possible after the Second Vatican Council. With the phasing out of the Abbey farm in the late 1960s, he was appointed Assistant Procurator for several years. He spent several decades, until 1995, in charge of the refectory, for many years setting the tables for the evening meal. He was also responsible, along with Father Peter Mizera and Brother George Popovics, for reviving the Abbey’s orchard. Notwithstanding knee problems that forced numerous operations, well into his eighties Brother Joseph was daily in the orchard, working to improve the yield, especially of apples, producing apple juice for the consumption of monks and friends, and assisting Brother George with various other projects in the Abbey shops. Even as weakness obliged him to give up outdoor activities and use a walker to get around the monastery, Brother Joseph remained the faithful fixture he had been throughout his monastic life at all religious exercises and community activities. Please remember him in your prayers.

Reception of the body and Vigil Service at the Abbey at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, April 9th
Funeral Mass at the Abbey at 4:00 PM, Wednesday, April 10



Abbot Austin and Community
St. Procopius Abbey
Lisle, Illinois