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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

St. Meinrad, hermit and martyr

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Meinrad--hermit and holy martyr. He is often called the “Martyr of Hospitality,” a virtue esteemed by Benedictine monks. Upon the site of the hermitage (einsiedeln in German) where he was killed by two robbers in 861 was built the venerable monastery of Einsiedeln in Switzerland (portrayed in the upper left of the mural above, which is in the Memorial Lobby of Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology). Centuries later, the monks of Einsiedeln established an American foundation—Saint Meinrad Archabbey in southern Indiana.

On this blessed day, the solemnity of our holy patron Saint Meinrad, please remember in prayer the living and deceased monks of both Saint Meinrad Archabbey and Maria Einsiedeln in Switzerland, as well as their families.

Click here if you would like to read an English translation of a 10th-century Latin account of the life and death of St. Meinrad.

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