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Students from Benedictine University visit the Abbey

Posted by Jeanine Jelinek on October 4, 2019 at 5:25 PM

As part of their BenB Common Time class, students from Benedictine University toured St. Procopius Abbey to gain insight on Benedictine spirituality and monastic life. Students met with monks for presentations on communal prayer, personal prayer, history of the Benedictine monks, monastic life, and an overview video of St. Procopius Abbey which can be found on the HOME page of our website. We thank the faculty of Benedictine University for arranging this impactful experience.

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REV. EDWARD J. KUCERA, O.S.B., April 28, 1927 - September 21, 2019

Posted by Abbot Austin on September 21, 2019 at 11:30 AM

Our confrere, Father Edward Kucera, the last member of our community to have entered under the patriarchal Abbot Procopius Neuzil, died of kidney failure at St. Patrick's Residence, Naperville, IL, on the morning of Saturday, September 21. Born in Chicago on April 28, 1927, Joseph Kucera had two older brothers in Lisle when he arrived in 1941 as a high school freshman: the future Father Mathias, and the future Abbot and Archbishop Daniel. After completing one year of college,...

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St. Mark's Parish in Wheaton, IL, honors Fr. Anthony Jacob

Posted by Jeanine Jelinek on May 6, 2019 at 8:10 PM

St. Mark's Parish in Wheaton, IL, held a reception on May 5th  in honor of our Fr. Anthony, who recently retired from offering weekend assistance there after 32 years of doing so. Fr. Anthony preached at the Mass before the reception. He spoke of the blessings that Christ left us with, especially the gift of His mother. Our thanks to St. Mark's Parish for the lovely celebration for Fr. Anthony. Fr. Anthony's sermon from the Mass on May 5th is listed below the photos.

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Anniversary of Dorothy Day becoming a Benedictine Oblate at St. Procopius Abbey.

Posted by Jeanine Jelinek on April 26, 2019 at 12:50 PM

On April 26, 1955, Dorothy Day became a Benedictine Oblate of St. Procopius Abbey. Her cause of canonization is being promoted by the Archdiocese of New York. View our website page on Dorothy Day for more information about this remarkable servant of God.

Oblates of St. Benedict are Christians who associate themselves with a Benedictine community in order to enrich their Christian way of life. This spiritual affiliation is formalized through a promise made to live out the spi...

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Palm Sunday - juxtaposition of winter and spring

Posted by Jeanine Jelinek on April 14, 2019 at 2:50 PM

From Abbot Austin's Facebook post on Palm Sunday, April 14th: 

Happy Palm Sunday! We're having a snowy one here. You can see the snow draping the green buds in this photo, if you look closely. This juxtaposition of winter and spring reminds me of the words in the Paschal Sequence, “Death and life contended” -- and the victory went to life!

Coach Andy Marchese honored at Benet Academy

Posted by Jeanine Jelinek on April 12, 2019 at 2:30 PM

On April 12th, Benet Academy surprised Coach Andy Marchese with a welcome reception in St. Daniel Hall. The 96-year-old Benet Legend served as Benet’s Band Director for many years. 

Retired as well as current Benet Faculty and Staff attended the reception. In addition to connecting with former colleagues, Coach Marchase was able to hear performances from the Concert Chorale, Wind Ensemble, and Orchestra. Coach Marchese then directed the Ensemble and Orchestra in t...

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Living a balanced life - Benedictine balance

Posted by Jeanine Jelinek on January 8, 2019 at 10:15 PM

As part of the resources shared at this year's SEEK2019 event, Abbot Austin and Fr. James offered insights on Benedictine balance and living a balanced life. The two pictures below offer examples of reflections shared. The full resources can be found on our website's Benedictine Balance page.


To build on the theme of living a bala...

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SEEK2019 - Fellowship of Catholic University Students

Posted by Jeanine Jelinek on January 8, 2019 at 9:20 PM

Abbot Austin and Fr. James enjoyed being part of SEEK2019 hosted by FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students). The five day conference in held in Indianapolis gathered over 17,000 young Catholics from around the world. Abbot Austin and Fr. James shared resources on Lectio Divina, living a balanced life, and many other resources on Benedictine spirituality.  Additional photos are shared on Abbot Austin's Instagram @abbotaustin, Fr. James' Facebook page, and our website blog ...

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Sister Judith Davies, OSF, receives the 2018 Kucera Catholic Leadership Award

Posted by Jeanine Jelinek on December 4, 2018 at 8:30 PM

On December 4, 2018, Sister Judith Davies, OSF, received the 5th annual Kucera Catholic Leadership Award. The Kucera Catholic Leadership Award is given to individuals in our region who have demonstrated leadership in the Catholic Church by extraordinarily serving others as people in whom Christ is received. Sister Judith Davies has been Chancellor of the Diocese of Joliet since 1990. Abbot Austin's introduction remarks in the presentation of the award to Sister Judith are provided below ...

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Inter-Faith Thanksgiving Service

Posted by Jeanine Jelinek on November 19, 2018 at 11:15 PM

On November 19th, St. Procopius Abbey was pleased to host the 28th Annual DuPage Inter-Faith Thanksgiving Service.

Following the Papal Assisi Model of praying in each other’s presence, the annual event gathers the Benedictine monks of the Abbey, Buddhist Zen, Hindu, Sikhs, Muslims, Jews, Zoroastrians, Theosophists, Bahai, and Protestants. The Abbey Schola also sang several pieces of Gregorian chant.

Monastic Interreligious Dialogue was initiated by Pope Paul VI...

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