Chapter Talks

In the Rule of Saint Benedict you find many references to the abbot’s responsibility to teach and guide the brothers individually and as a community. He does this by his example as well as by his words. In a chapter talk the abbot breaks open his heart to the monks and speaks from his own prayer, study, and experience as we continue to progress in our monastic journey together.

In reading the Chapter Talks provided here you will find topics that the abbot (or his designee) considered important for the monks of New Melleray to hear and ponder at a specific point in time. The brothers are the audience and our shared life serves as the context. The underlying truths, however, pertaining to individuals and communities living gospel values as members of the Body of Christ apply to all.



Who When Title
Fr. Mark Scott April 9, 2017 Behold the Man
Fr. Mark Scott April 2, 2017 Death of Brother Kevin
Fr. Jonah Wharff March 19, 2017 Methods of Christ Dealing with Fear
Fr. Jonah Wharff March 12, 2017 Testing and Character of Christ
Fr. Mark Scott February 26, 2017 A Learner View of New Melleray
Fr. Mark Scott February 9, 2017 A Cistercian Garden - A Conversation Group Chapter
Fr. Mark Scott February 5, 2017 Virtual Unity - Unus spiritus XI
Fr. Mark Scott January 15, 2017 Beyond Siblings - Unus spiritus X
Fr. Mark Scott January 12, 2017 If Today You Hear His Voice - A Conversation Group Chapter
Fr. Mark Scott January 8, 2017 A Future Hope or A Hope Realized - Unus spiritus IX
Fr. Mark Scott January 1, 2017 The Descent - Unus spiritus VIII