Two monks celebrate anniversaries
May 28, 2013
The Benedictine monks at Saint Meinrad Archabbey,
St. Meinrad, IN, celebrated the 25-year jubilee of priesthood
ordination for Fr. Julian Peters, OSB, and the 70-year jubilee of
priesthood ordination and 75-year jubilee of monastic profession
for resigned Archabbot Bonaventure Knaebel, OSB, on May 26,
Fr. Julian is a native of Toledo, OH, where he
attended St. Francis de Sales High School. He earned a bachelor's
degree from Saint Meinrad College in 1982 and entered the monastery
He made his first profession on August 6, 1983, and professed
solemn vows on August 15, 1986. After earning a Master of Divinity
from Saint Meinrad School of Theology, he was ordained a priest on
May 7, 1988.
Fr. Julian did graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame,
earning a Master of Science in administration. Currently, he serves
as director of the Permanent Deacon Formation Program and as a
formation dean in Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of
Previously, Fr. Julian served as administrator at SS. Peter and
Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis and the interim director of liturgy
in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis Office of Worship. He also
served as administrative assistant to the president-rector of Saint
Meinrad School of Theology, associate dean of students for Saint
Meinrad College and director of alumni relations at Saint
He also was an instructor for liturgy practicum in the School of
Theology, assistant archivist, chaplain to the Sisters of St.
Benedict, master of ceremonies for liturgies at Saint Meinrad, and
secretary to the archabbot, the archabbot's council and the
Archabbot Bonaventure was born in New Albany,
IN, on September 6, 1918. He professed his monastic vows on August
6, 1938, and was ordained to the priesthood on June 5, 1943.
He attended minor and major seminary at Saint Meinrad, and then
earned a Master of Science degree in 1946 from The Catholic
University of America. He served as archabbot of the Saint Meinrad
community from 1955 to 1966. He was the first Hoosier native to
lead the monastery and, at 36, one of the youngest Benedictine
Currently, he works part time in Saint Meinrad's Development
Office and provides pastoral assistance in local parishes.
Other assignments have included teaching in Saint Meinrad's high
school and college, assistant spiritual director at Saint Meinrad
School of Theology, assistant manager at Abbey Press, and eight
years as a missionary at Saint Meinrad's mission in Huaraz,
Archabbot Bonaventure has served as pastor at Sacred Heart
Parish, Jeffersonville, IN, and St. Michael Parish, Charlestown,
IN. He has been administrator of the Benedictine monastery in
Morelia, Mexico; Corpus Christi Abbey in Sandia, TX; and St.
Michael Parish in Bradford, IN. He also served as a chaplain at St.
Paul Hermitage, Beech Grove, IN.
Photo: From left are Archabbot Bonaventure
Knaebel, OSB, and Fr. Julian Peters, OSB.