Homily Library

The homily is part of the Liturgy of the Word at Mass. It is a living commentary of the Word of God just proclaimed. Pope Francis says that the homily is like a mother teaching her children. There is a long tradition of monastic homilies. The homily in a monastery is usually a kind of oral and public lectio divina on the part of the monk who is delivering it. Every day the brother who presides at Mass gives a brief homily that is at once personal and also sheds evangelical light on the realities the brothers and guests are living through at the moment. We are happy to offer some of our monastic homilies here.

Below are links to a number of homilies preached at New Melleray and Our Lady of the Mississippi by members of our community.

Who When Title
September
Fr. Stephen Verbest September 13, 2021 Memorial of St. John Chrysostom
Fr. Stephen Verbest September 12, 2021 Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen Verbest September 6, 2021 Labor Day, St. Joseph the Worker
Fr. David Bock September 5, 2021 Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen Verbest September 4, 2021 Votive Mass of Mary, Help of Christians
August
Fr. Jonah Wharff August 29, 2021 Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen Verbest August 24, 2021 Feast of St. Bartholomew
Fr. Stephen Verbest August 22, 2021 Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. David Bock August 20, 2021 Solemnity of St. Bernard
Fr. Jonah Wharff August 15, 2021 Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary
Fr. Jonah Wharff August 13, 2021 Friday in the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen Verbest August 10, 2021 Feast of St. Lawrence
Fr. Jonah Wharff August 9, 2021 Memorial of St. Theresa Benedicta of the Cross
Fr. David Bock August 8, 2021 Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Jonah Wharff August 8, 2021 Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. David Bock August 6, 2021 Feast of the Transfiguration
Fr. Stephen Verbest August 1, 2021 Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
July
Fr. Jonah Wharff July 23, 2021 Friday in the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen Verbest July 20, 2021 Tuesday in the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. Jonah Wharff July 19, 2021 Monday in the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen Verbest July 18, 2021 Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen Verbest July 16, 2021 Anniversary of the Dedication of the Church of New Melleray Abbey
Fr. Jonah Wharff July 11, 2021 Solemnity of Saint Benedict
Fr. Jonah Wharff July 9, 2021 Friday in the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. David Bock July 7, 2021 Dedication of St. Raphael Cathedral
Fr. Jonah Wharff July 4, 2021 Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. David Bock July 4, 2021 Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen Verbest July 1, 2021 Memorial of St. Junipero Serra
June
Fr. David Bock June 29, 2021 Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul
Fr. Jonah Wharff June 28, 2021 Memorial of St. Irenaeus at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen Verbest June 27, 2021 Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Jonah Wharff June 27, 2021 Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Jonah Wharff June 25, 2021 Friday in the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen Verbest June 22, 2021 Memorial of Saints Thomas More and John Fisher
Fr. Jonah Wharff June 21, 2021 Monday in the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen Verbest June 20, 2021 Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Jonah Wharff June 18, 2021 Friday in the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. David Bock June 16, 2021 Memorial of ST. Lutgard
Fr. Stephen Verbest June 14, 2021 Memorial of Blessed Gerard of Clairvaux
Fr. Jonah Wharff June 14, 2021 Monday in the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen Verbest June 11, 2021 Solemnity of the Sacred Heart
Fr. Stephen Verbest June 6, 2021 Solemnity of Corpus Christi
Fr. Jonah Wharff June 6, 2021 Solemnity of Corpus Christi at Mississippi Abbey
May
Fr. Jonah Wharff May 30, 2021 Solemnity of the Holy Trinity
Fr. Jonah Wharff May 24, 2021 Mary, Mother of the Church
Fr. David Bock May 23, 2021 Pentecost
Fr. Jonah Wharff May 23, 2021 Pentecost at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen Verbest May 17, 2021 Monday, Seventh Week of Easter
Fr. Stephen Verbest May 16, 2021 Seventh Sunday in Easter at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen Verbest May 14, 2021 Feast of St. Matthias, Apostle
Fr. Jonah Wharff May 12, 2021 Wednesday in the Sixth Week of Easter
Fr. Stephen Verbest May 9, 2021 Sixth Sunday in Easter Time
Fr. Jonah Wharff May 4, 2021 Tuesday in the Fifth Week of Easter
Fr. David Bock May 3, 2021 Memorial of Saints Philip and James, Apostles
Fr. Stephen Verbest May 1, 2021 Memorial of St. Joseph the Worker
April
Fr. Jonah Wharff April 30, 2021 Friday in the Fourth Week of Easter
Fr. David Bock April 27, 2021 Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Easter
Fr. David Bock April 25, 2021 Fourth Sunday of Easter
Fr. Stephen Verbest April 18, 2021 Third Sunday of Easter at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Jonah Wharff April 18, 2021 Third Sunday of Easter
Fr. Jonah Wharff April 13, 2021 Tuesday in the Second Week of Easter
Fr. Stephen Verbest April 11, 2021 Divine Mercy Sunday
Fr. Stephen Verbest April 8, 2021 Thursday in the First Week of Easter
Fr. Jonah Wharff April 7, 2021 Wednesday in the Octave of Easter
Fr. David Bock April 6, 2021 Tuesday in the Octave of Easter
Fr. Jonah Wharff April 5, 2021 Monday in the Octave of Easter at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen Verbest April 4, 2021 Easter Vigil
Fr. Jonah Wharff April 4, 2021 Easter Vigil at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. David Bock April 1, 2021 Thursday of tthe Lord's Supper
March
Fr. Stephen Verbest March 28, 2021 Palm Sunday
Fr. David Bock March 25, 2021 Annunciation
Fr. Jonah Wharff March 23, 2021 Tuesday in the Fifth Week of Lent
Fr. Stephen Verbest March 22, 2021 Monday in the Fifth Week of Lent
Fr. Stephen Verbest March 21, 2021 Fifth Sunday in Lent at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Jonah Wharff March 19, 2021 Solemnity of St. Joseph
Fr. Jonah Wharff March 14, 2021 Fourth Sunday of Lent
Fr. Jonah Wharff March 13, 2021 Saturday in the Third Week of Lent
Fr. Jonah Wharff March 10, 2021 Wednesday in the Third Week of Lent
Fr. Jonah Wharff March 8, 2021 Monday in the Third Week of Lent at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Jonah Wharff March 7, 2021 Third Sunday in Lent at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen Verbest March 5, 2021 Friday in the Second Week of Lent
Fr. Jonah Wharff March 3, 2021 Wednesday in the Second Week of Lent
February
Fr. Stephen Verbest February 28, 2021 Second Sunday in Lent at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. David Bock February 28, 2021 Second Sunday in Lent
Fr. Jonah Wharff February 24, 2021 Wednesday in the First Week of Lent
Fr. Jonah Wharff February 22, 2021 Chair of St. Peter the Apostle
Fr. Stephen Verbest February 21, 2021 First Sunday of Lent
Fr. Jonah Wharff February 20, 2021 Saturday after Ash Wednesday
Fr. Stephen Verbest February 17, 2021 Ash Wednesday
Fr. Jonah Wharff February 15, 2021 Monday in the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen Verbest February 9, 2021 Votive Mass for Vocations
Fr. Stephen Verbest February 3, 2021 Wednesday in the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time
January
Fr. Jonah Wharff January 31, 2021 Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen Verbest January 31, 2021 Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. David Bock January 26, 2021 Solemnity of the Founders of Citeaux
Fr. Stephen Verbest January 25, 2021 Feast of Conversion of St. Paul
Fr. David Bock January 24, 2021 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen Verbest January 20, 2021 Memorial of Blessed Cyprian Tansi
Fr. Stephen Verbest January 17, 2021 Second Sunday of Ordinary Time
Fr. Jonah Wharff January 14, 2021 Votive Mass for the Deceased
Fr. Stephen Verbest January 12, 2021 Memorial of St. Aelred of Rievaulx
Fr. Stephen Verbest January 10, 2021 Baptism of the Lord at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Jonah Wharff January 6, 2021 Wednesday after the Epiphany
Fr. Stephen Verbest January 4, 2021 Memorial of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Fr. Jonah Wharff January 3, 2021 Epiphany at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen Verbest January 1, 2021 Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God