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
"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.
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
Anton Eckstaller entered St. Benedict’s Abbey, April 13, 1913. As Brother Anthony he made his profession May 14, 1914, shortly before the outbreak of World War I. He held many jobs in the community. With a special permit necessary during Prohibition, he purchased the Mass wine for the abbey and dispensed it.Read More
As he left the chapel at St. Margaret’s Hospital, Kansas City, Kan., Father Columban died of apoplexy. He had been in the hospital for two months doctoring for pleurisy. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., and began attendance at St. Benedict’s College in 1880. In 1882 he made vows as a member of the abbey and was ordained December 21, 1886.Read More
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