Holy Week began on April 9th with the pontifical Mass for Palm Sunday. The complete schedule of liturgies for the Easter Triduum can be found here.
On April 11th, Fr. David Kessinger and Abbot Placid celebrated the Chrism Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Charlotte with Bishop Jugis and the priests of the diocese.
The abbey and college communities welcomed nearly 900 youth to campus for the annual Bishop’s Youth Pilgrimage for the Diocese of Charlotte on April 1st. Abbot Placid celebrated Mass for the participants in the morning. There were talks and presentations during the day, which closed with Bishop Peter Jugis addressing the participants and leading a holy hour and Eucharistic Procession with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
On March 30th, the college’s annual Cuthbert Allen Lecture, named in honor of Father Cuthbert Allen, O.S.B., was given by Dr. Stephen Barr on the topic the relation between science and religion.
The abbey community celebrated the Solemnity of the Dedication of the Basilica on March 28th. That evening, Abbot Placid, Father Christopher and Father Elias assisted at the Lenten penance service sponsored by the students in the college.
The Benedict Leadership Institute at Belmont Abbey College presented the first Benedict Leadership Award to Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, for his work in aiding Christian refugees in the Middle East on March 24th. The celebration began with Solemn Vespers of the Annunciation and continued with dinner and an address by Mr. Anderson.
On March 21st, Bishop Peter Jugis of Charlotte and priests of the diocese, together with the Sisters of Mercy and members of the college community joined the monks to celebrate the Solemnity of Saint Benedict with Mass and a luncheon.
Brother Augustine joined students from the college for an Alternative Spring Break service project with the Missionaries of the Poor in Jamaica.
Father Elias assisted with the visitation of the dependent priory of Assumption Abbey in Tibatí, Colombia.
Abbot Placid and Father Christopher presented the annual parish mission for St. Aloysius Parish on March 12th and 13th in Hickory, NC.
The monastery and college communities began Lent on March 1st with Mass for the distribution of ashes.
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