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We welcome postulant Paul Ritt to St. Procopius Abbey

Posted by Jeanine Jelinek on March 2, 2017 at 12:10 PM

On Feb. 25th we welcomed a new postulant, Paul Ritt, from Kildeer, Illinois. Please pray for Paul as he joins our monastic community.

The monks gather inside the front door to welcome Paul. The ceremony invites and encourages the newcomer to persevere in the monastic life.

Abbot Austin attends the 2017 Abbots Workshop at Prince of Peace Abbey

Posted by Jeanine Jelinek on February 20, 2017 at 5:05 PM

Abbot Austin attends the 2017 Abbots Workshop at Prince of Peace Abbey.

March for Life - Washington, DC

Posted by Jeanine Jelinek on January 27, 2017 at 12:05 PM

Abbot Austin attends the 2017 March for Life in Washington, DC, with students from Benet Academy. "With nearly 100 Benet students in Washington, DC, for the March for Life tomorrow. Keep us in your prayers!" (Abbot Austin's Facebook post.)

On the trip out to D.C with students from Benet Academy.

The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

On the steps of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

In front of the St. John Paul II Shrine.

"In the St. John Paul II Shrine. This opened around 2001 when I was a seminarian down the street. However, it's been redone and much improved, which was good to see." (Abbot Austin's Facebook post.)

At a Catholic youth rally on the eve of the March for Life.

Benet Academy alumnus ('05), Fr. Conrad Murphy, preaches the homily at the Mass4Life in the Verizon Center, the morning of the March for Life. He is a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC.

March for Life 2017

"Some shots during the March. The Benet students stayed together, did chants, sung songs, and prayed the Rosary during the March. They did a great job and were a great witness. I was proud to march with them. — in Washington, District of Columbia." (Abbot Austin's Facebook post.)

Lady Chapel Renovations

Posted by Jeanine Jelinek on January 27, 2017 at 1:10 AM

After years of planning and months of work on our Lady Chapel (which we are using to pray the Liturgy of the Hours as a community), the chapel was ready for use, starting Mar. 1 (Ash Wednesday). Thank you for your prayers and support of our efforts. Our Giving page provides details if you would like to support the Lady Chapel renovation. We are grateful.

Here is the first use of the chapel by the community (Lauds of Ash Wednesday). While there is still one more piece to the renovation, namely, a small organ, we are very grateful to God (and St. Joseph's Intercession) for having this renovated chapel finished thus far. And we are grateful to those who contributed their skills to accomplishing this.

The icon is based on a famous Russian icon, Our Lady of Tenderness. The choir stalls were designed by McCrery Architects. The choir stalls seat 31 monks, while pews in the back seat 16 for visitors.

This shows the back of the chapel. The contractor overseeing the renovation was Mark Camp (Camp Construction Company, Inc.).

The woodwork (choir stalls, back wall panels, and pews) was by Mountain View Millworks of West Virginia. The owner of the millworks, David Tressler, is seen in this photo taking a picture of his finished work from the back of the chapel.

Dr. Matthew Levering on "Dei Verbum: Persons and Propositions" - Documents of Vatican II Lecture Series

Posted by Jeanine Jelinek on January 16, 2017 at 11:10 AM

As part of St. Procopius Abbey's the Documents of Vatican II lecture series, theologian and prolific author, Dr. Matthew Levering, spoke on Dei Verbum. His talk was titled "Dei Verbum: Persons and Propositions," and was held in the Abbey Church of St. Procopius Abbey on February 15, 2017.

Dei Verbum is one of four major documents from Vatican II that are called constitutions. Dei Verbum is the Council's "dogmatic constitution on divine revelation." In other words, it treats of God's revelation of who He is and of His plan for our salvation -- a revelation that comes to us through Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition.

Dr. Matthew Levering is the James N. and Mary D. Perry, Jr. Chair of Theology at Mundelein Seminary (University of Saint Mary of the Lake). An author of many books, he has a forthcoming book on Vatican II, titled, An Introduction to Vatican II as an Ongoing Theological Event (CUA Press).


Abbot Austin and Fr. James attend SEEK2017 FOCUS Conference, January 3-7 San Antonio

Posted by Jeanine Jelinek on January 3, 2017 at 2:55 PM

Abbot Austin G. Murphy, OSB - Facebook post on 1/3/17:  Fr. James and I are on our way to the SEEK2017 FOCUS conference in San Antonio to promote vocations to the abbey. Keep us in your prayers! 



Abbot Austin G. Murphy, OSB - Facebook post on 1/7:  This is a nice shot (taken by Rebecca Siar) showing the crowds.


Over 13,000 young adults are attending this year's SEEK2017 event.  The conference is being held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Abbot Austin and Fr. James share information about St. Procopius Abbey and the Benedictine monks.

Fr. James Flint, OSB - Facebook post on 1/7:  ...the ability once again of the FOCUS staff to pull off a major event gives great cause for admiration and gratitude.

Abbot Austin G. Murphy, OSB - Facebook post on 1/7:  It was good to see Benet Alumni at the conference.

Abbot Austin G. Murphy, OSB - Facebook post on 1/7:  Many priests were there, so that the processions were long. This is after Mass one day, as the priests recessed back to the vesting area.

Abbot Austin G. Murphy, OSB - Facebook post on 1/7:  Photo with Fr. Brendan Rolling, OSB, of St. Benedict's Abbey (Atchison, KS) with students of that abbey's college, Benedictine College

Fr. James Lennon wins 3rd annual Kucera Catholic Leadership Award

Posted by Jeanine Jelinek on December 27, 2016 at 12:55 PM


Presentation of the Kucera Catholic Leadership Award to Fr. James Lennon by Abbot Austin Murphy on December 14, 2016. The Kucera Catholic Leadership Award is for a Catholic in our region who has demonstrated leadership in the Church by extraordinarily serving others as people in whom Christ is received.

From Abbot Austin's introduction remarks in the presentation of the award:

This year's award goes to Fr. James Lennon. Fr. Lennon has served as a priest of the Diocese of Joliet for over 58 years, and has been extraordinary in his generosity, joy, and approachability as a priest.

A native of Joliet, he is an alumnus of the Cathedral of St. Raymond Grade School, of our own St. Procopius College, and of Saint Mary Seminary in Maryland. He was ordained on June 7, 1958.

Since 1958, he has served in the following places: Holy Trinity Parish (Westmont), Assumption Parish (Coal City), St. Charles Borromeo Seminary while also in residence at St. Ann Parish (Crest Hill), St. James the Apostle Parish (Glen Ellyn), Sts. Peter and Paul Parish (Naperville), St. Mary Parish (Mokena), St. Scholastica Parish (Woodridge), St. Patrick Parish (Joliet), and St. Patrick Church (Wilton Center).

In the midst of these assignments, Fr. Lennon also served as vocation director at one point and he temporarily filled in as Vicar for Priests.

Fr. Lennon is now retired, but you wouldn't know it judging from the schedule he keeps. Among other things, he regularly visits the elderly. In one article I found, Fr. Lennon explained his devotion to the elderly, saying "They've given so much to the church. They've nurtured us for all these years."

Also, Fr. Lennon has been dedicated to his fellow priests, offering fellowship, support, and spiritual direction. For almost 20 years, he has done parish missions. And for almost 40 years, he has offered retreats and spiritual direction to women religious. Perhaps Fr. Lennon's devotion to the sisters began with the education he received from the Joliet Franciscans at St. Raymond's grade school. He has spoken gratefully of their service as well as of the service of other women religious.

Fr. Jim, thank you for your generous and joyful service to the Church as a priest for the past almost 60 years. And on behalf of the monks of St. Procopius Abbey, I am happy to give you this year's Archbishop Daniel Kucera Catholic Leadership award.



Posted by Dolores on November 7, 2016 at 11:35 AM


Posted by Dolores on March 17, 2016 at 4:10 PM

Holy Thursday - March 24, 2016

7:30pm - Liturgy of the Lord's Supper

Good Friday - March 25, 2016

3pm - Liturgy of the Lord's Passion

7:30pm - Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday – March 26, 2016

8pm - Easter Vigil Mass

Easter Sunday – March 27, 2016

11am - Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord


Next talk in The Documents of Vatican II lecture series

Posted by Abbot Austin on February 19, 2016 at 9:55 PM



On Tuesday, April 26th, at 7pm in the Abbey Church of St. Procopius Abbey is the next talk in The Documents of Vatican II lecture series. It is titled, "The Work of Our Redemption: A Liturgical Theology of Sacrosanctum Concilium," and will be by Dr. Timothy O'Malley, the Director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy. Sacrosanctum Concilium is Vatican II's constitution on the sacred liturgy.


The event is free and open to the public. (Media contact: Fr. Becket, [email protected], 630-829-9253).