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Two monks celebrate anniversaries

May 28, 2013

JubileePortrait_2013 for web.jpgThe 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, 2013.

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 that year.

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 Theology.

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 Meinrad.

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 monastic chapter.

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 abbots.

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, Peru.

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.