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Church News

  • Women’s retreat planned

    FERDINAND – The Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand will offer a quiet retreat, “Honoring the Woman Within,” from March 2-4 at the Benedictine Hospitality Center at Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand.

    This quiet retreat provides an opportunity to step aside from a busy life to explore and deepen the relationship with God.

    In an environment where physical, emotional and spiritual renewal can take place, this quiet, reflective retreat will offer you the time to connect with God through journaling and other unique prayer experiences.

  • Saint Meinrad will host Black History lecture Feb. 27

    ST. MEINRAD – Gregory Ellison II, associate professor of pastoral care and counseling at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, will deliver the annual Black History Lecture at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology.

    His lecture, “Vocations of Resistance: The Problems of Fit and Flat,” will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. in St. Bede Theater.

  • 92-year-old twins have no plans of separating from monastery in Ferdinand nor each other

    By Candy Neal

    (Jasper) Herald

     

    Sister Mary Carmel and Sister Mary Carmen Spayd share more than similar names.

    They share the same DNA.

    “Most people get us mixed up. They’ll think I’m her or that she is me,” Sr. Mary Carmen said of her twin sister, Sr. Mary Carmel.

    The 92-year-old twin nuns are used to the mix-up, especially now, since they are almost always together at Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand.

  • Lenten breakfast series will begin next month

    First Lenten breakfast at Cannelton UMC

     

    PERRY COUNTY – The Men’s Lenten Breakfast Fellowship Group of Perry County has finalized plans for its annual Lenten breakfasts. Cannelton United Church of Christ will host the first breakfast Saturday, Feb. 17.

    The breakfasts will continue each Saturday morning throughout the Lenten season from 7 to 7:50 a.m.

    Donations will be accepted to cover the cost of the food.

  • Lenten breakfast series will begin next month

    First Lenten breakfast at Cannelton UMC

     

    PERRY COUNTY – The Men’s Lenten Breakfast Fellowship Group of Perry County has finalized plans for its annual Lenten breakfasts. Cannelton United Church of Christ will host the first breakfast Saturday, Feb. 17.

    The breakfasts will continue each Saturday morning throughout the Lenten season from 7 to 7:50 a.m.

    Donations will be accepted to cover the cost of the food.

  • Monk professes first vows at Saint Meinrad Archabbey

    ST. MEINRAD – Novice Joseph Wagner professed his temporary vows as a Benedictine monk in a ceremony Saturday at Saint Meinrad Archabbey.

    He has completed his novitiate, a year of prayer and study of the Benedictine way of life. As is the custom during the profession of vows, he chose a religious name. Novice Joseph is now Brother Stanley.

  • Musician Cheri Taylor at Community Christian Church Sunday

    TELL CITY – Community Christian Church, located in the former Newman-May School at 821 10th St. in Tell City, will welcome well-known vocalist Cheri Taylor to the church this Sunday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m.

    For the last 40 years, Taylor has faithfully followed the path God has set for her in ministry. Blessed with a dynamic singing voice and an exciting stage presence, she has won three gospel talent searches and had national radio airplay.

  • Replica of Saint John’s Bible on display at Saint Meinrad

    ST. MEINRAD – Saint Meinrad Archabbey and its Seminary and School of Theology will have on display a replica of The Saint John’s Bible, from Jan. 12 through Feb. 3.

    The Saint John’s Bible was commissioned in 1998 by the Benedictine abbey in Collegeville, Minn., and remains the first handwritten and illuminated Bible created in more than 500 years.

  • ‘Echoes’ podcast revels monastic faith

    ST. MEINRAD – The monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey continue to maintain a podcast, “Echoes from the Bell Tower.”

    Hosting the audio talk show are two young monks, Br. Kolbe and Br. Joel. The idea behind the podcast is to bring stories from the monastery to the rest of the world, demystifying some of the notions of monastic life and sharing the wit and wisdom found among the monks who have lived in southern Indiana for more than 160 years.

  • The dragon and the nativity of Jesus

    Is there a dragon in your crib scene?

    There should be.

    Each year I check out the crèche in the Archabbey Church in St. Meinrad. The spiritual home to about 100 monks, the church is beautifully decorated for Christmas. In the rear of the church, there is a very traditional nativity set with Mary cradling the infant Jesus. Joseph stares lovingly at the child and there are angels with trumpets, etc. All seems normal.

    Then there is the plush multi-headed dragon, usually lurking nearby, either under the crib scene or in a corner.