- MEET A MONK -
Here you can meet a few of the monks of St. Benedict's Abbey.
Fr. Albert has been a monk of St. Benedict's Abbey since 1954. He has served in a variety of capacities in the monastery, at St. Benedict's and Benedictine College, and around the Archdiocese. He currently serves as the pastor for St. Michael's Parish in Axtell, Kansas. You can read more about Fr. Albert by clicking here.
Fr. Denis Meade recently celebrated 65 years of monastic life. He spent the majority of his active ministry working as a professor of theology at St. Benedict's and Benedictine College, humorously styling himself as a "teacher of basic theology to under-motivated freshman." Fr. Denis continues to be active serving as chaplain for the Dooley Center at Mount St. Scholastica Monastery and the abbey's archivist. You can read more about Fr. Denis here.
Abbot James serves as the spiritual father and the leader for the monastic community. Elected in 2013 Abbot James strives to follow St. Benedict's exhortation to "run with the light of life." Aside from his Abbatial duties, Abbot James also assists Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann distributing the sacrament of confirmation around the Archdiocese. Learn more about Abbot James here.
Fr. Jay comes to the Abbey with 14 years of priestly experience. He serves as Retreat Master, assisting those that visit the abbey on their spiritual journey, and is the Associate Chaplain at Benedictine College, serving as a spiritual father and providing the students with the sacraments and guidance. Learn more about Fr. Jay here.
Br. Joseph works as the "mail-monk" for Benedictine College and the monastery and is the groundskeeper for the abbey, marshaling the effort of caring for the abbey grounds.
Br. Luke joined St. Benedict's Abbey in 2012 and professed solemn vows, making his life-long commitment to St. Benedict's Abbey on December 12, 2015. He comes to the monastery after a long career in the payments industry, working as a Senior Vice President for MasterCard international. Click here for more about Br. Luke Turner.
Fr. Marion joined the Abbey in 1998. He has recently completed his doctoral studies at Kansas State University and works as a professor or history at Benedictine College. He also assists at parishes throughout the Archdiocese, celebrating Masses and offering the sacraments whenever he is called upon. Learn more about Fr. Marion here.
Fr. Meinrad serves in a variety of capacities in and out of the monastery: he is the oblate director, assisting oblates in their search for Christ; he serves as novice master, forming the newest members of the monastic community; he teaches theology at Benedictine College; and much more.
Br. Timothy serves the monastic community as sacristan, charged with the preparation for the abbey's many liturgies. He is currently furthering his education in preparation to go to seminary.