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St. Wenceslaus Servers' Society and Abbey Schola

Posted by Jeanine Jelinek on May 23, 2017 at 12:15 PM

On Sunday May 21st, the graduating seniors of Benet Academy who have participated in St. Wenceslaus Servers' Society and the Abbey Schola were awarded medals of St. Benedict by Abbot Austin and Fr. Julian (moderator of the society), thanking them for all they do to enhance the Abbey's worship on Sundays and major feasts.

Duck Rescue 2017

Posted by Jeanine Jelinek on May 16, 2017 at 10:55 AM

Br. Guy discovered this year's family of ducks. Abbot Austin recorded the successful "shepherding" of the ducks from our enclosed courtyard to their new home on the Abbey grounds. 

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62nd anniversary of Dorothy Day's becoming a Benedictine Oblate at St. Procopius Abbey.

Posted by Jeanine Jelinek on April 26, 2017 at 3:00 PM

On April 26, 1955, Dorothy Day became a Benedictine Oblate of St. Procopius Abbey. Her cause of canonization is being promoted by the Archdiocese of New York. View our website page on Dorothy Day for more information about this remarkable servant of God.


Oblates of St. Benedict are Christians who associate themselves with a Benedictine community in order to enrich their Christian way of life. This spiritual affiliation is formalized through a promise made to live out the spiritual values reflected in the Rule of St. Benedict in so far as the individual's state in life permits. See our Oblates page for more details, and access the website of the Oblates of St. Benedict affiliated with St. Procopius Abbey, at oblate.webs.com.

Our monastic community prays this prayer every Wednesday before dinner:  O God, may the Church recognize the holiness of Dorothy Day, Servant of God and Benedictine Oblate of St. Procopius Abbey, especially in her dedication to the liturgy, * her desire for the justice of God’s Kingdom, * and her devotion to the poor as persons in whom Christ is welcomed. * Amen.

Students from Benet Academy at adoration on Holy Thursday

Posted by Jeanine Jelinek on April 18, 2017 at 10:25 AM

Students from Benet Academy at adoration on Holy Thursday.

Mike and Julie Fitzgerald's Retirement

Posted by Jeanine Jelinek on April 3, 2017 at 4:10 PM

With incredible gratitude, the community of St. Procopius Abbey honors the retirement of Mike and Julie Fitzgerald. Thank you and God bless you!

Abbot Austin and Fr. James visit Benedictine University at Mesa.

Posted by Jeanine Jelinek on April 3, 2017 at 12:15 PM

Abbot Austin with students at Benedictine University at Mesa.  "Abbot Austin will this afternoon be giving a talk to the faculty and staff on the Benedictine hallmark of "community," and our local campus executive, Charlie Gregory (who is finishing up about twenty years of involvement with us this semester), will also have comments from his perspective." (Fr. James Facebook post, 3/30/17.)

Fr. James and theology Prof. Ramon Luzarraga.

Fr. James and Abbot Austin in common area of the restored Alhambra hotel, now being used as a dorm for the university's Mesa campus.

Fr. James admires the new dorm and receives a tour from Director of Campus Ministry, Rob Curtis. 

Fr. Joseph celebrates the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.

Posted by Jeanine Jelinek on March 27, 2017 at 10:05 PM

On March 18th, many gathered at St. John the Apostle Parish, Villa Park, IL, to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of Fr. Joseph's ordination to the priesthood. Fr. Joseph served that parish as a weekend associate for many years, and it was gratifying to see so many present. As well as the monks, there were Sisters from both Loretto Convent and St. Patrick's Residence, where he continues to offer Mass. Many members of his family were present, including an older brother and an older sister! Ad multos annos.

Three make their oblations as Oblates of our Abbey on March 12, 2017

Posted by Jeanine Jelinek on March 13, 2017 at 2:45 PM

"Oblates are members of the laity who follow the Rule of St. Benedict as best they can in their state of life.They join themselves to a particular community, as three did here at St. Procopius last Sunday." (Exerpt from Fr. James' Newsletter - No. 169.)

Celebration of Founders' Day - Benedictine University

Posted by Jeanine Jelinek on March 6, 2017 at 4:25 PM

Benedictine University faculty and staff celebrate Founders' Day, the commemoration of the founding of our schools on March 2, 1887. Before beginning the celebration in prayer, Fr. James shared a reflection on the founding monks and the values of compassion and concern that motivated their efforts to establish Catholic higher education. See Fr. James' Newsletter 168 for a transcript of his reflection and prayer.

Fr. James' Facebook post: "From last week's Founders' Day program at our University. Our postulant, Br. Paul, was there with myself and Fr. Edward. Fr. Ed continues to serve as the chaplain at Benet, even as he prepares to celebrate his ninetieth birthday next month."