Fall 2021 - Update

Spiritual Life Update

Hi, all. For those who I have not had the opportunity to meet, my name is Dan McQuillan. Along with teaching in the Humanities Department, I am the Assistant Director of Spiritual Life here at the Abbey.

I am pleased to update you on the Spiritual Life of the school.

Our lectio divina program is back! For those unfamiliar with lectio divina (Latin for "divine reading"), it refers to the contemplative and meditative reading of Scripture. Unlike Bible studies where the reader stands over the Scriptures to analyze them, in lectio, the reader takes a more receptive, meditative disposition. By taking such a disposition, one lets the "still, small voice" of God act on them. This practice has borne much fruit in the lives of our students, faculty, and families, and we are excited to invite new members into our program.  Parents who are interested in praying lectio themselves are invited to do on the Friday of Parents' Weekend. More information will be included in the Parents' Weekend program. 

 Confirmation classes are fully underway. The confirmation students and I have had great discussions about grace and the sacraments. Looking ahead, we will read about the relationship between faith and reason, nature and grace, the seven sacraments, prayer, as well as the theological and cardinal virtues. Seventeen students will be confirmed here in the Abbey Church in May, and four students will receive all the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation. The confirmation mass will take place on Sunday, May 8th, 2022. More info to come.

On October 7th, the school held a Penance Service. Five priests from the monastery heard confessions. Many students participated. Seeing so many young people release their sins into the boundless mercy of God was inspiring.

The Spiritual Life Committee is planning an All-Souls remembrance for the month of November. A box will be placed in each dorm for students to insert the names of deceased loved ones. We will pray for those people at school masses throughout the month.

On November 1st, the Solemnity of All Saints, the Abbey community will come together to witness Br. Benedict Maria, OSB. Br. make his solemn vows of obedience, stability, and conversatio morum. Join me in praying for Br. Benedict on this most special occasion.

In Christ and St. Benedict,

Dan McQuillan