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.

February
Fr. David BockFebruary 18, 2024First Stunday in Lent
Fr. Stephen VerbestFebruary 18, 2024First Sunday in Lent at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestFebruary 12, 2024Votive Mass for the Deceased
Fr. Stephen VerbestFebruary 8, 2024Thursday in the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time
January
Fr. Stephen VerbestJanuary 31, 2024Memorial of St. John Bosco at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestJanuary 28, 2024Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen VerbestJanuary 25, 2024Feast of Conversion of St. Paul
Fr. Stephen VerbestJanuary 24, 2024Memorial of St. Francis de Sales at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. David BockJanuary 21, 2024Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen VerbestJanuary 18, 2024Votive Mass for Christian Unity
Fr. Stephen VerbestJanuary 17, 2024Memorial of St. Anthony the Great
Fr. Stephen VerbestJanuary 15, 2024Memorial of Saints Maur and Placid
Fr. Stephen VerbestJanuary 14, 2024Second Sunday of Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestJanuary 9, 2024Tuesday in the First Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen VerbestJanuary 7, 2024Epiphany
Fr. Stephen VerbestJanuary 6, 2024Christmas Time Jan. 6
Fr. Stephen VerbestJanuary 3, 2024Christmas Time Jan. 3, 2024 at Mississippi Abbey
December
Fr. Stephen VerbestDecember 31, 2023Feast of the Holy Family
Fr. Stephen VerbestDecember 29, 2023Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas
Fr. Stephen VerbestDecember 27, 2023Feast of St. John the Apostle at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestDecember 26, 2023Feast of St. Stephen, martyr
Fr. David BockDecember 25, 2023Christmas Day Mass
Fr. David BockDecember 24, 2023Fourth Sunday in Advent
Fr. Stephen VerbestDecember 17, 2023Third Sunday of Advent
Fr. Stephen VerbestDecember 13, 2023Wednesday in the Second Week of Advent, Memorial of St. Lucy, at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestDecember 12, 2023Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Fr. Stephen VerbestDecember 10, 2023Second Sunday in Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestDecember 6, 2023Wednesday in the First Week of Advent at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. David BockDecember 3, 2023First Sunday in Advent
Fr. Stephen VerbestDecember 2, 2023Saturday in the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time
November
Fr. David BockNovember 30, 2023Feast of St. Andrew, the Apostle
Fr. Stephen VerbestNovember 19, 2023Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestNovember 15, 2023Wednesday in the Thirty-Second Week of Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestNovember 14, 2023Memorial Mass for the Deceased
Fr. Stephen VerbestNovember 12, 2023Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen VerbestNovember 9, 2023Feast of the Dedication of St. John Lateran
Fr. Stephen VerbestNovember 8, 2023Wednesday in the Thirty-First Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen VerbestNovember 6, 2023Monday in the Thirty-First Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. David BockNovember 5, 2023Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen VerbestNovember 3, 2023Friday in the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen VerbestNovember 1, 2023Solemnity of All Saints at Mississippi Abbey
October
Fr. Stephen VerbestOctober 30, 2023Monday in the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen VerbestOctober 28, 2023Feast of the Apostles Simon and Jude
Fr. Stephen VerbestOctober 25, 2023Wednesday in the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestOctober 24, 2023Tuesday in the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. David BockOctober 22, 2023Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen VerbestOctober 20, 2023Friday in the Twenty-Eighth Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen VerbestOctober 18, 2023Feast of St. Luke at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestOctober 15, 2023Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen VerbestOctober 11, 2023Wednesday in the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestOctober 10, 2023Tuesday in the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen VerbestOctober 6, 2023Friday in the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen VerbestOctober 4, 2023Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestOctober 2, 2023Monday in the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. David BockOctober 1, 2023Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
September
Fr. David BockSeptember 29, 2023Feast of Saints Michael and All Archangels
Fr. Stephen VerbestSeptember 27, 2023Memorial of St. Vincent de Paul at Mississippi Abbey
Fr. Stephen VerbestSeptember 26, 2023Tuesday in the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time
Fr. Stephen VerbestSeptember 24, 2023Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time