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A Word from the Archabbot

Dear Friend of Saint Meinrad
As Benedictine monks here at Saint Meinrad, we certainly appreciate the natural beauty of our home – the trees and beautiful landscape that surround our hilltop monastery and the sandstone buildings that have stood for many years.

This appreciation for God’s gifts is a part of our spiritual life.  We celebrate this belief in the spiritual through the many symbols that are part of monastic life.  

One of those powerful symbols that expresses our belief about eternal life is the simple wooden casket in which we bury our brother monks.  Until just recently, one of the monks built the caskets her in our own shop.  This long traditional has made it a familiar symbol in our community.

The plain yet noble casket was the inspiration for Abbey Caskets.  We are pleased you wish to find out more about this work of Saint Meinrad Archabbey.  We think you’ll find it is a work that embodies the dignity of human handiwork and, at the same time, represents our ultimate poverty before God and Christians.

Sincerely in Christ,


Archabbot Kurt Stasiak, OSB