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Father Benedict owns the distinction of being the first American to join the monastery. The native of Chicago had been serving in the Army at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri at the time of his conversion from the Episcopal faith in 1958.  ,Two years later he decided to join the ranks of the not-too-distant, recently-founded Saint Louis Abbey (then St. Louis Priory).

During his years in the school, Father Benedict taught English, French, and Religion; served as campus minister; and coached soccer, cross country, and track. After a Sabbatical at San Anselmo in Rome and at St. Benet’s Hall, Oxford, followed by a year as Chaplain to the English Benedictine nuns of Stanbrook Abbey, he joined the staff of Saint Anselm Parish in September of 1992. His gift for listening and love for people have been a gift for the parish. His parish work hasn’t kept him from interaction with the youth: he continues to be involved in Youth Ministry in the parish with its focus on the Sunday evening teen Mass. He has also in the last few years taken Spanish classes in the high school for the purpose of being able to communicate with the Hispanic community in the parish, and with the members of the Manquehue Benedictine Movement in Chile.







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Place of birth:
Chicago, IL

Cornell University,
Saint Louis University:
B.A. in French and Classics
M.A. in Religion and Education

Blackfriars Hall,
Oxford University:
Priestly studies

Current Work:
Associate Pastor
Saint Anselm Parish