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.



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Fr. Stephen Verbest April 11, 2021 Baptism
Fr. Stephen Verbest March 28, 2021 Retreat Conference - Crucifixion
Fr. Stephen Verbest March 24, 2021 Retreat Conference - Lust and Confession
Fr. Stephen Verbest March 21, 2021 Retreat Conference - Stubbornness
Fr. Stephen Verbest March 14, 2021 Different Ways to Pray
Fr. Stephen Verbest March 7, 2021 Attentiveness and Imagination
Fr. Stephen Verbest February 28, 2021 Intercessory Suffering
Fr. Stephen Verbest February 21, 2021 Prayers of Petition
Fr. Stephen Verbest February 14, 2021 Prayer and Meditation: Long and Short
Fr. Stephen Verbest February 7, 2021 Prayer as a Dance
Fr. Stephen Verbest January 31, 2021 Chapter Talk
Fr. Stephen Verbest January 24, 2021 Necessity of Prayer
Fr. Stephen Verbest January 17, 2021 Memoria Dei
Fr. Stephen Verbest January 10, 2021 Ladder of Prayer
Fr. Stephen Verbest January 3, 2021 The Practice of Lectio Divina