About St. Meinrad
Why Saint Meinrad?
It is a beautiful location in southern Indiana, where you can cut the serenity with a knife. The Monks are fabulous hosts and provide us with a comfortable and safe environment.
What is Saint Meinrad Archabbey?
The Archabbey is a Benedictine monastery located among the rolling hills of southern Indiana in a small town named St. Meinrad. It is home since the 1850’s to a small yet vibrant community of monks. Among their main works are a seminary and graduate school of theology for Roman Catholic priesthood studies and lay ministry studies; Abbey Press, an international mail-order firm that markets inspirational gifts, cards, books and other publications; Abbey Caskets, which sells to the public simple wooden caskets similar to those used by the monks; and the Guest House and Retreat Center, which hosts retreats year round. It is one of only two Archabbeys in the U.S.
How do you pronounce “Meinrad”?
The accent is on the first syllable, which is pronounced like the word “mine.”
How many monks are there and where do they live?
There are about 100 monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, ranging in age from 26 to 107. Many of them live here in the monastery, but some are assigned to parishes or as chaplains. Others are away from the monastery teaching or pursuing further studies.