South Dakota Sex Abuse Scandal

Apr 19, 2011 | No Comments

The letters are casual, even chatty, from officials of St. Francis Mission, on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation, in South Dakota, to Catholic Church superiors. The mission ran one of many boarding schools to which Native American parents were required to send their children from the late 1800s until the 1970s, when most of the institutions […]

The Abbot’s Reception Day

Feb 18, 2009 | No Comments

February 18, 2009 was a pleasant day in the midst of a winter that was exceptionally severe. The public reception of our newly elected Abbot Denis Quinkert was celebrated with priests of the diocese, sisters from the various orders with whom our community has worked, parishioners from the places where Abbot Denis was stationed, and […]

Blue Cloud Abbey Monks Choose New Abbot

Feb 1, 2009 | No Comments

Father Denis Quinkert, OSB, has been elected the fifth abbot of Blue Cloud Abbey, Mavin.

Bulletin: Fr. Denis Quinkert Elected Abbot

Jan 18, 2009 | No Comments

With the new year there are new changes in all of our lives. Blue Cloud Abbey has been a sig- nificant place for many of us over the years since it was established in the early 1950’s. Many of the community members there have lead us in worship and retreats. Abbot Thomas Hillebrand has resigned […]

Blue Cloud Monks Elect an Abbot

Jan 11, 2009 | No Comments

On the morning of Saturday, 10 January 2009, the monks of Blue Cloud Abbey chose Father Denis Quinkert OSB to be their abbot. He had held the office of abbot previously from 1986 until 1991. A year ago, Father Denis had been named Prior of Blue Cloud and he became the administrator of the abbey […]

An Abbot Has Been Elected

Jan 10, 2009 | No Comments

On the morning of January 10, 2009, Father Denis Quinkert was chosen by the monks of Blue Cloud Abbey to be their fifth abbot. He had also been their third abbot, having held that position from 1986 until 1991. An oblate of our community, Pastor Mark Strobel, commented, “The abbey now has its own Grover […]

Benedictines Celebrate 125 Years in South Dakota

Jun 22, 2005 | No Comments

The Benedictine Sisters of Yankton’s Sacred Heart Monastery celebrated the 125th anniversary of their community in a celebration on Wednesday, 22 June. “Their greatest accomplishment is that, as a group, they have lived the Rule of Benedict in their daily lives,” Father Denis Quinkert, a former chaplain at the monastery, said. “Daily life in a […]

Father Theophane Gonnelly Obituaries #1 & #2

Jan 26, 2005 | No Comments

For the past few years, [Father Theophane Gonnelly] had been living with the Servants of the Paraclete in Jemez Springs, New Mexico and more recently with them in St. Louis. Servants of the Paraclete = Sexual Misconduct  St. Louis = Religious Penal Colony  

A monk’s life takes dedication, sense of humor

Sep 12, 2004 | No Comments

A person chooses monastic life for one reason – and many reasons.

A change in mission

Sep 12, 2004 | No Comments

“You do all you can as a community to heal the victims,” said Hillenbrand, who has written letters of apology. Allowing the offender’s return would be hurtful to those who were harmed, he said.