Pilgrimage: Benedictine Spirituality Sept. 4 & 5
Join us on a Pilgrimage to St. Meinrad Benedictine Monastery in St. Meinrad, Indiana
with Fr. James Conlon, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Ann Arbor.
Tuesday, September 4
our bus departs from the front of St. Francis Church. We will arrive back home on Wednesday, September 5 by 11:30 p.m.
Pilgrimages are times of prayer, shared experiences, reflections and retreat which focus our attention on “the one thing that is necessary (Luke 10:42).” In the Benedictine motto Ora et labora (pray and work), it is "ora," or "pray," that comes first.
Our pilgrimage to St. Meinrad Archabbey allows for an experience of Benedictine spirituality: the balance of labor & prayer and the charism of hospitality, Let all guests who arrive be received like Christ, for He is going to say, "I came as a guest, and you received Me" (Matt. 25:35).
--Chapter 53, Rule of St. Benedict
Our pilgrimage 1`includes Mass, Stories of St. Benedict & St. Scholastica, Benedictine values and hospitality, and other spiritual and educational opportunities. Our pilgrimage situated immediately following Labor Day provides an opportunity to look at the Benedictine balance of prayer and work. St. Meinrad is nestled in rural southern Indiana surrounded by woods and farmland. St. Meinrad's is a vibrant monastic community of over 100 Benedictine monks.
Our Tentative Pilgrimage Schedule:
6:50 am Tues, September 4, Bus departs
St. Francis from the front of St. Francis Church, Ann Arbor, at 2250 Stadium. (If you desire, please provide and bring your own breakfast snack to eat on the bus.)
11 a.m. Stop for lunch at the Greyhound Tavern in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky and enjoy Southern cooking.
3:30 p.m. Arrival at Sisters of St. Benedict Monastery Immaculate Conception. Mass & Tour, Evening Prayer with the Sisters. (The Monastery is rated #2 best Indiana Historic Destination and has been featured by The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, ABC Nightline. The community of sisters (134) is one of the largest Benedictine Monasteries in the USA).
6 p.m. Leave for St. Meinrad
5:15 p.m. Arrival at St.Meinrad (Time Change to Central Time)
7 p.m. Night Prayer with the Benedictine Monks
7:30 p.m. Lodging at the Guest House, St. Meinrad
7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Free Time
5:30 a.m. (optional) Office & Morning Prayer with the Benedictine monks
7:30 a.m. a.m. Mass in Guest House Chapel – celebrated by Fr. James
8 a.m. Breakfast in the Guest House Dining Area
9 a.m. Tour of Basilica & Monastery, talks on Benedictine Spirituality
12 noon. Midday Prayer in Basilica
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Free Time with time for exploration of grounds & visits to the Gift Shop and Scholar Shop
3 p.m. (4 p.m. MI time) Leave for St. Francis
7 p.m. Stop for Dinner in Cincinnati
11:30 p.m. Arrival back at St. Francis.
includes overnight lodging, bus, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, and breakfast. Please pay for any additional snacks or gifts you decide to purchase.
$275/person or $525/couple (your roommate or spouse)
. Our price includes opportunities & tours not always available when one travels alone.
*Please bring your money for gifts, snacks & any souvenirs.
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Payment by credit card may be made below here, or, deliver your payment to the Parish Office, payable to "St. Francis" and note: "Pilgrimage: St. Meinrad."
(Registration is open for St. Francis Parishioners (and spouses and friends of parishioners) until
, at which time we will open registrations to members of other parishes.)
(Once this trip becomes "SOLD OUT" we will keep a wait list in case of any cancellations.)
Questions? Contact: Scott Wright [firstname.lastname@example.org] 734-821-2121 and Ellen Ward [email@example.com] 734-476-5640 (cell).
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