Father Venard was a gifted pianist if not a genius at the keyboard. He earned a Masters in Music at Columbia University. In addition he studied at Julliard and The Pius X School of Music in New York, N.Y., as well.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.
Once shortly before his death Father Isidore told one of the clerics who served his morning Mass that he had preached a lot of sermons on hope, but now that he was failing he realized that he put out a lot of good theory and now that at his present state of health he had to put his words into practice!Read More
Brother Wolfgang, one of three “ Wolves” in our community along with Abbot Innocent and Father Ferdinand, like them, was born in Germany, he in 1868. He entered the novitiate of the abbey in 1895 and made vows the following year.Read More
Father Maurus was an “Okie” along with Father Boniface Moll. He came to Atchison and St. Benedict’s High School in 1911, attended St. Benedict’s College, 1915-1921, and the Abbey School of Theology until 1925 when he was ordained June 6. He had professed his first monastic vows July 2, 1919.Read More
James Pillar entered St. Andrew’s Abbey, Cleveland, Ohio, after attending Benedictine High School there. He took the name Anselm and as Frater Anselm came to St. Benedict’s College. He transferred his stability to St. Benedict’s Abbey and made solemn vows here July 11, 1946.Read More