Fr. Mark O'Keefe, OSB
Department: Systematic Theology
Title: Professor of Moral Theology
STD (The Catholic University of America, 1987)
STL (The Catholic University of America, 1985)
MDiv (Saint Meinrad School of Theology, 1983)
MA (Indiana University, 1982)
BA (Saint Meinrad College, 1978)
Fr. Mark O'Keefe, OSB, was the president-rector of Saint Meinrad
School of Theology from 1996 to 2008. Before assuming office in May
1996, he had served in seminary administration for several
An educator and a moral theologian, he professed vows as a
Benedictine monk in 1979, and began his studies for the priesthood
at the Saint Meinrad School of Theology. He was ordained in
Fr. Mark teaches moral theology in the Seminary and School of
Theology and formerly held the posts of academic dean and associate
academic dean. He also is a consultant on medical ethics.
He is the author of a five-book series on the Catholic
priesthood. They include Priestly Wisdom, Priestly
Prayer, Priestly Virtues, The Ordination of a
Priest and In Persona Christi.
Other books include Becoming Good, Becoming Holy: On the
Relationship of Christian Ethics and Spirituality and What
Are They Saying About Social Sin?
His most recent book is Deciding to Be Christian: A Daily
Commitment, published in 2012.
His articles have appeared in academic and popular journals, and
he is a frequent speaker at gatherings of priests, seminarians and
He served as pastor of St. Mary Parish in Huntingburg, IN, from
2008 to August 2012.