Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Alumni Obituaries

Fr. Andrew Metzger, OSB

It
is my sad duty to inform you of the passing of Father Andrew Metzger, OSB. He
died shortly before 7am this morning, April 12, 2013 at the Hospice in Dade
City. He had been suffering from lung cancer for the past few years and in the
past few months, the pain greatly increased and his breathing became very
labored. Father Andrew was a quiet man who bore his infirmities and any sorrows
he may have dealt with in his life privately and was not one to bare his soul
to anyone but God. He was a quiet man but one of considerable intellect and was
a “thinker” who was willing to share his abundance of common sense and wisdom
with his Benedictine brothers and he had no hesitation to disagree if he
thought you would benefit from it. He was firm in his convictions and through
logic and common sense was quick to teach us how to think and resist the
temptation to jump to conclusions. In the late 1940’s, his monastic superiors
saw his potential to study for the priesthood, he did not want to be a priest
and expressed to his abbot that he wished to remain a brother. The opportunity
to use his considerable intellect and other God given gifts and the fact that
at that time brothers were not considered for advance academic studies
convinced him that the priesthood would be best for him. Fr. Andrew was a good
Preacher and dedicated to his faith and to the Benedictine order. I talked with
Fr. Andrew just a few days ago and he said; Fr. Abbot, I am ready to go, there
is nothing here for me, that is the kind of man he was, full of spirit and
faith in his Lord and Savior, no fear and ready to “go home”. Fr. Andrew was a
man of few words, so for those who knew him, in a few words; May he rest in the
Lord. 


Fr. Metzger was a member of St. Leo Abbey in St. Leo, FL.