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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."

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).