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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).


Lent at the Abbey, Sat., March 19

Posted by Dolores on February 16, 2016 at 1:05 AM

Sr. Carolyn Sieg, OSB, wins 2nd annual Kucera Catholic Leadership Award

Posted by Abbot Austin on December 18, 2015 at 9:00 PM

St. Procopius Abbey (Lisle, IL) - Dec. 16, 2015

Presentation of Archbishop Daniel W. Kucera, OSB, Catholic Leadership Award by Abbot Austin Murphy, OSB:


    Archbishop Daniel Kucera is a monk of St. Procopius Abbey who has used his talents to serve the Church generously in many different ways. Besides serving in our community in various positions, he was our community’s fifth abbot and in that capacity he led our community through an important time of transition.


    Also, Archbishop Daniel served as president of Benedictine University, then called Illinois Benedictine College. After this, he served as an auxiliary bishop of the Joliet Diocese from 1977 to 1980. In 1980, Archbishop Daniel was asked to serve as the bishop of Salinas, KS, and then, in 1984, he was installed as the archbishop of Dubuque, IA. He finished his term as archbishop of Dubuque in 1996 and there he currently resides in retirement.


    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.


    This year’s award goes to Sr. Carolyn Sieg, OSB.


    Sr. Carolyn is best known for having been the long-standing principal of St. John of Arc School. But we’ll say more on that in a moment. She is a native of Lisle and she herself attended St. John of Arc School. There she was taught by the Benedictine sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery. She remembers these sisters as being gentle, fun-loving, and prayerful. She later entered Sacred Heart Academy and then she herself joined the Benedictine community of Sacred Heart Monastery.


    Sr. Carolyn has an undergraduate degree in education from St. Mary of the Woods and a Masters in Administration from St. Thomas in St. Paul. She has taught elementary school in Fort Worth, TX, as well as in Chicago and Cicero. Moreover, in her career she has taught in every grade from first to eighth, with the exception of second.


    Now about her tenure as principal of St. John of Arc School. She was appointed to the position at the age of 26! She then served as principal for over 45 years. As you can imagine, much could be said about her accomplishments during these years. I can only highlight a few. Under her leadership, the school has excelled and currently it has over 700 students. In 2011, the school was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon school of excellence (this was actually the second time the school won the award). Fr. Gabriel Baltes, one of many pastors Sr. Carolyn has worked with at St. Joan of Arc, says this about Sr. Carolyn: “She never sees problems that are insurmountable. Life is not a set of problems to her. Life is just a wonderful tapestry of challenges that she uses to make her a better principal and to make [St. Joan of Arc] a better school.”


    Thank you, Sr. Carolyn, for your many years of extraordinary leadership. St. Procopius Abbey is happy to give you this year’s Kucera Catholic Leadership Award.


Bella Voce to perform concert in Abbey Church

Posted by Abbot Austin on December 15, 2015 at 8:40 AM

See flyer posted here for more details.

Abbey Open House on Sun., Nov. 15th, after 11am Mass

Posted by Dolores on November 12, 2015 at 12:55 AM

The Abbey will be having an open house consisting of a tour, snacks, video, and Q & A from about 12 pm to 2 pm on Sun., Nov. 15th. After the open house at the Abbey, the Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery across the street will have an open house there at 2 pm. The events are open to the public and are part of the Diocese of Joliet's observance of the Year of Consecrated Life.