The presence of John Habiger and his two sons certainly is and was unique in the history of our community. Father Matthew Habiger is still quite active in the works of the community. Benedict Habiger left the community for the married life. Father John and his two sons were ordained together June 14, 1968.Read More
"Thus, never departing from His guidance, but persevering in His teaching in the monastery until death, we may by patience share in the sufferings of Christ, that we may merit to be partakers of His kingdom." -Rule of St. Benedict, Prologue
St. Benedict's Abbey has a rich history, woven with the lives of hundreds of monks who served God and the monastic community. This page uses the Necrology, a book that includes a list of every deceased monk from the abbey, to tell their stories.
Brother Matt, as he was known to the community, came to from St, Joseph’s of the Valley Parish in western Leavenworth County, Kan. He pronounced his monastic vows, December 28, 1923. The community was then living in what is now Farrell Hall.Read More
Father Henry was diagnosed with cancer in September 1995 and had returned to the abbey from being pastor of St. Mary’s, St. Benedict, St. Bede, Kelly, and St. Patrick’s, Corning, all in Nemaha County.Read More
In June 1915 Father Andrew was the “first Kansan to celebrate his silver jubilee (of ordination) after 25 years of continuous labor in his native state.” This quote was taken from a local paper. He was born in Marak, Kan., near Everest, and professed as a monk of St. Benedict’s Abbey in 1885 and later ordained priest in 1890.Read More