Saint Meinrad Archabbey honors co-workers for service
March 27, 2014
Pictured from left, first row, are: Archabbot Justin DuVall,
OSB, Phil Etienne, Jackie Waninger, Eileen Gogel, Elizabeth Guy,
Tammy Kemp and Audra Russell. Second row: Lisa Castlebury, Rich
Niehaus, Gary Guy, Greg Tate, Tim Niehaus and Fr. Adrian Burke,
OSB. Not pictured: Glen Werne.
Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN, honored 77 active
co-workers and 60 retirees who have 25 years or more of service
during the annual Service Recognition Banquet on March 26,
Fr. Adrian Burke, OSB, a monk of Saint Meinrad, addressed those
attending the banquet.
"Every enterprise of the Archabbey - from Gift Shop to Guest
House, from Abbey Press to Seminary and School of Theology, from
Abbey Caskets to Abbey Kitchen - all of it relies to a great
extent on that part of the broader Benedictine community made up of
dependable, dedicated co-workers," said Fr. Adrian. "Everything we
do is a collaborative effort between monks and co-workers, and we
do it all to fulfill the mission of Christ: to welcome, to teach,
to witness and to serve. Our co-workers play a vital role in all of
Nine co-workers received special recognition during the
Glen Werne of Jasper was honored for reaching 50 years of
service. He was hired in 1958 to help in the Archabbey garden and
enlisted in the United States Army in 1963. After his discharge in
1966, Werne was hired as a stitcher operator in the bindery
department of Abbey Press. Over the years, Werne has held the
positions of pressroom supervisor, production manager and bindery
supervisor. He retired from fulltime work on April 9, 2012, but
continues to help the Press as a cutter operator as needed. He was
presented a framed print of the Archabbey Church.
Gary Guy of Huntingburg, Tim Niehaus of St. Meinrad and Jackie
Waninger of Fulda were honored for 40 years of service.
Guy is the safety, security and housekeeping manager. He was
hired in 1974 as the supervisor of the sculpture department of
Abbey Press. In 1977, Guy transferred to the printing division of
the Press. He held the position of head pressman before becoming
the safety director and worker's comp administrator in 1994. He
took on the responsibility for security in 1996, and housekeeping
in 1997. Guy has also supervised the switchboard staff, served on
the picnic committee and was a member of theAbbey Newsstaff.
Niehaus has been a stitcher operator in the bindery department
of Abbey Press since 1980. After working in the Archabbey kitchen
during high school, Niehaus was hired full time in bindery in 1977.
He learned how to run about every machine in bindery and for many
years did most of the repairs on the stapler machine.
Waninger is currently an addressing machine operator in the
bindery department of Abbey Press. While in high school, she worked
part time in shipping and was hired full time as a mailing machine
operator in 1975.
Each received a double set of specially minted solid silver
coins depicting St. Meinrad, the martyr of hospitality, on the
front and the Archabbey's coat of arms on the back.
Honored for 25 years of service were: Eileen Gogel of St.
Meinrad, Rich Niehaus of St. Meinrad, Phil Etienne of Santa Claus,
Elizabeth Guy of Holland, Tammy Kemp of St. Croix, and Audra
Russell of Elberfeld.
Gogel is a duplicating and mail service clerk, Niehaus is a
plumber and HVAC mechanic, Etienne is the director of One Caring
Place for Abbey Press, Elizabeth Guy is a duplicator operator for
the Press, Kemp works in the shipping department as receiving,
warehouse, returns processor, cycle counter and L-sealer; and
Russell is the computer and office assistant at the Archabbey Gift
They were presented with the Saint Meinrad silver coin.