Professed: Sept. 30, 1968
Hometown: Karlsruhe, Germany
Monastery Work: Director of Development, Treasurer, Liturgist
In the course of over 40 years as a member of Christ the King Priory, I have seen many changes. Certainly, one I will never forget was the move in 1979 from 320 West 10th Street in Schuyler to the present location four miles north of town. With gratitude I remember our pioneer monks, Br. Felix and Br. Egbert, and all the other community members who helped me transition from the original assignment as cook and housekeeper, a job I only know as “substitute,” to the work in the mission office. Fundraising is a ministry which I like to call “friend raising.” Asking for financial support for projects is not always easy. In Br. Alphonse, with whom I worked from 1974 until his death in 1994, I had a great teacher who shared his knowledge and wisdom with me which I continue in this important work. The Conference of Mission Procurators of our Congregation coordinates this outreach ministry.
The liturgist for the monastery prepares the weekly liturgical calendar and schedules the hymns for worship. I also serve as cantor for the daily celebration of the Divine Office – Liturgy of the Hours – and Holy Eucharist.
As a member of the administration team of the monastery, I work together closely with all our employees in the mission office, housekeeping, kitchen and maintenance. A good portion of my daily work is correspondence with our friends and benefactors, but also communication with our missionaries. The advice of St. Benedict for the cellerar of the monastery (the treasurer and business manager) challenges me to oversee all aspects associated with this office "like a father," providing for all the temporal needs, etc.
In 2014, I received a Certificate in Spiritual Direction Formation through Sacred Heart Monastery – Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD. I value the ministry of spiritual direction as a blessing for me personally and my vocation as a Benedictine monk and in my outreach to those I am privileged to accompany on their spiritual journey.