Saint Meinrad Archabbey is featured in a new book, “Indiana’s Catholic Religious Communities” by Jim Hillman and John Murphy. The book is the latest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series. The book boasts over 200 rare vintage photographic memories, most printed for the first time. These images capture the heart and soul of outreach and humanity that define these historical—and very contemporary—communities.
With expanding Irish, Swiss, French and German immigrant populations, Indiana evolved from individual explorers, trappers, hunters and traders into family-focused communities of farmers and craftsmen.
Emerging from the former Indiana Territory, the state’s early population was in need of education, health care and social services to assist young families, the poor, the infirm and the elderly. These needs were frequently met by Catholic religious orders, including the Benedictines, Sisters of Providence, Franciscans, Daughters of Charity and other established organizations of dedicated religious men and women.
Lifelong Catholic-educated authors Hillman and Murphy examine the secular social impact of the various religious orders woven into the fabric of Indiana’s development: Saint Meinrad Archabbey (St. Meinrad); Monastery Immaculate Conception (Ferdinand); Our Lady of Grace Monastery (Beech Grove); Sisters of Providence, St. Mary of the Woods (Terre Haute); Congregation of the Holy Cross, Notre Dame (South Bend); Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Immaculate (Bloomington); and numerous other religious settlements.
Most of the book’s images came directly from the official archives of the communities. The book is written in secular vocabulary to appeal to both Catholic and non-Catholic audiences.
The book, available at The Scholar Shop bookstore on the Saint Meinrad campus, costs $21.99. You can order by calling (812) 357-6571.