New Melleray Abbey - Discernment Retreat March 31 - April 2

Would you like to learn more about religious life? Do you have questions about discerning your vocation? You are invited to share in our monastic celebration of the Liturgy of Hours, joining with us to pray together in the simplicity and beauty of our church. There will be time to talk about your personal story and to hear how we discerned our vocations. You will be able to share with others participating in the weekend, your experiences, hopes, and concerns about making life decisions. 

For more information, contact Br. Paul Andrew Tanner at vocations@newmelleray.org.

“Come Away” is offered as a retreat experience for single Catholic men between the ages of 23 and 45 who are discerning the possibility of a call to monastic life.

Your meals and lodging accommodations at New Melleray are offered without charge. 

What can be sweeter to us, dear ones, than this voice of the Lord inviting us?
Behold, in His loving kindness the Lord shows us the way of life.
Rule of St. BenedictPrologue 19,20.

A Grand Tour

Our seminarians from St. Paul Major Seminary toured the whole diocese of New Ulm over their January break. They took many pictures of their adventures, and had some fun along the way. They planned this expedition in order to learn about the history of our diocese. No doubt they were successful!

Evan Huebl, John Hayes, and Shawn Polman visit with Tanner Thooft (St. John Vianney minor seminarian) during their trips to Region 3.

Evan Huebl, John Hayes, and Shawn Polman visit with Tanner Thooft (St. John Vianney minor seminarian) during their trips to Region 3.

Look, a town named after him in Region 2! A future assignment?

Look, a town named after him in Region 2! A future assignment?

Please pray for our seminarians!

Please pray for our seminarians!

Seminarian Adventures

Here's a quick look at some ways our seminarians have enjoyed time together...

Dinner at Buca di Beppo - great food and much laughter!

Dinner at Buca di Beppo - great food and much laughter!

Last fall, John, Tanner, Day, Shawn and Troy went to Winona to visit Evan at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary. They took this selfie, overlooking the campus of the college and seminary.

Last fall, John, Tanner, Day, Shawn and Troy went to Winona to visit Evan at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary. They took this selfie, overlooking the campus of the college and seminary.

While visiting the parishes of St. Michael and St. Mary in Stillwater, John Hayes and Shawn Polman stumbled upon the "Bishop John LeVoir Legacy Garden." Bishop LeVoir was the pastor of these parishes before being appointed the Bishop of New Ulm.

While visiting the parishes of St. Michael and St. Mary in Stillwater, John Hayes and Shawn Polman stumbled upon the "Bishop John LeVoir Legacy Garden." Bishop LeVoir was the pastor of these parishes before being appointed the Bishop of New Ulm.

Archbishop's Discernment Retreat

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis hosts a discernment retreat each December, and men, ages 18 to 50, from the Diocese of New Ulm are also invited to attend. The retreat masters are Archbishop Bernard Hebda and Bishop Andrew Cozzens. The retreat is held at the beautiful Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo, MN from Friday, December 16 - Sunday, December 18 and includes time for communal prayer, Adoration, Mass and presentations designed to help participants discern their vocation.

If you are interested in attending, please see this brochure and contact Fr. Matthew Wiering at fatherwiering@gmail.com

Message for the 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2017

 

Pope Francis has just released his Message for the 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2017. He writes:

Now, on this 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, I would like to reflect on the missionary dimension of our Christian calling. Those who drawn by God’s voice and determined to follow Jesus soon discover within themselves an irrepressible desire to bring the Good News to their brothers and sisters through proclamation and the service of charity. All Christians are called to be missionaries of the Gospel! As disciples, we do not receive the gift of God’s love for our personal consolation, nor are we called to promote ourselves, or a business concern. We are simply men and women touched and transformed by the joy of God’s love, who cannot keep this experience just to ourselves. For “the Gospel joy which enlivens the community of disciples is a missionary joy (Evangelii Gaudium, 21).

Click here for the full text of his message.