Remembering Father Boniface Moll (1908-1989)

Today we remember Father Boniface Moll, who died on October 7, 1989.

One of many monks trained to work in library science, Father Boniface died where he had been raised, in Okmulgee, Okla., after a long bout with cancer.  He was serving there as an auxiliary Army chaplain, one facet of his long-time military ministry.  He had served in World War II in the China-Burma-India theatre of operations.  He was recalled to active duty in 1949 and served in Korea, West Germany, and in the United States, before retiring in 1965 as a Lieutenant Colonel.

He made his profession as a monk of St. Benedict’s Abbey July 2, 1928, and finished his education here.  After ordination in 1933, Father Boniface was librarian and teacher at Maur Hill, 1934-35.  He earned a bachelor and later a master’s in library science from Columbia University in 1939.

Father Boniface along with Fathers Colman and David, worked mightily in the ground floor library workroom at the west end of what is now St. Benedict Hall, formerly the Administration Building, to maintain the reputation of the Abbey/College library as a great research library.