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Posted by Jeanine Jelinek on February 6, 2020 at 12:05 PM

Homily for Br. Raphael Kozel’s funeral Mass, Feb. 4, 2020, St. Procopius Abbey

Last night, in his eulogy for Br. Raphael, Abbot Dismas spoke of when he first came to the monastery in 1995. One of his first impressions, and a lasting one, was of the brothers praying in the chapel at the end of the day. As Abbot Dismas noted, Br. Raphael also came to the monastery in 1955, and eventually he joined those brothers, praying with them in the chapel at the end of each day.

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Posted by Jeanine Jelinek on January 30, 2020 at 2:40 PM

The eldest member of our community and the last to have entered the monastery as a lay brother, Brother Raphael Kozel, died at St. Patrick's Residence, Naperville, IL, on the morning of January 29, 2020. Born into a large farming family in LaGrange, Texas, on June 26, 1925, Wenceslaus Kozel knew of St. Procopius Abbey from his early years, both through the publications of the Bohemian Benedictine Press and through the fact that his mother’s brother, Father Charles Kolek, was a member o...

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Dr. Christine Fletcher receives the 2019 Kucera Catholic Leadership Award

Posted by Jeanine Jelinek on December 9, 2019 at 10:45 PM

On December 3, 2019, Dr. Christine Fletcher received the 6th 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. Dr. Fletcher teaches theology at Benedictine University. As well as an educator and author, Dr. Fletcher (with her husband, Dr. Peter Fletcher) are oblates of the Abbey, and she has been ...

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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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