Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Alumni Obituaries

Fr. Basil Yender, OSB

Basil Yender, O.S.B., age 74, died peacefully in the Lord the morning of July
16, 2017. He is survived by members of his monastic community and his brother
George (Gayle). He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Adeline
(Seban) and by his sister Kathleen. Father Basil was born on June 8, 1943, was
baptized Ronald at St. Brendan Church in Chicago. After attending St. Dorothy
Church grade school in Chicago, he attended Marmion Military Academy in Aurora,
Illinois and graduated in 1961. He entered Marmion Abbey as a novice in 1962
and professed his vows as a monk of Marmion on August 10, 1963. He earned a
B.A. in Philosophy at Saint Procopius College. Father Basil then did his
studies for the priesthood at Saint Procopius Seminary and later at the
Pontificium Athenaeum Anselmianum, Rome, Italy, receiving a Licentiate in
Sacred Theology. He was ordained a priest on August 7, 1971. In 1975 he earned
a Master's Degree in Secondary School Administration from DePaul University,
Chicago. After ordination Father Basil served Marmion Abbey and Marmion Academy
in a variety of responsibilities. Father Basil taught mathematics and theology
at the Academy and was instrumental in Marmion's initial implementation of computer
technology. He also served as a dormitory prefect for many years and was
Academic Dean from 1975-1988. In 1988 he was appointed Headmaster of the
Academy. As Headmaster he guided the school through the significant change of
mandatory JROTC to optional JROTC, established the LEAD alternate leadership
program, and the first Campus Ministry and Kairos Retreat programs. He
strengthened the academic standards of the school and increased the number of
AP and elective courses. He introduced the varsity sports of soccer and
wrestling. He also oversaw the phasing out of the Academy's residential program
toward the end of his tenure. He stepped down from the position of Headmaster
in 2003. After a one year sabbatical to study Sacred Scripture in the Holy Land
and in Rome, Father Basil returned to Marmion to continue to teach theology in
the Academy. He was also appointed Prior of the Abbey in 2004, a position he
held until 2016, when he had to resign due to increasingly poor health. During
his time as Prior he served on the Abbey Council as a wise and insightful
voice. Fr. Basil taught junior monks Scripture and the Psalms and served for a
brief time as Novice and Junior Master. Throughout his life Father Basil loved
to teach. He also had a love of working around the Academy and Abbey, tending
to the flowers and landscaping.