Four monks celebrate jubilees
May 27, 2014
The Benedictine monks at Saint Meinrad Archabbey,
St. Meinrad, IN, celebrated the 70-year jubilee of priesthood
ordination and 75-year jubilee of monastic profession for Fr.
Cletus Miller, OSB, on May 25, 2014.
Also honored were Fr. Benedict Meyer, OSB, for his 60-year
jubilee of priesthood ordination; the Most Rev. Daniel Buechlein,
OSB, 50-year jubilee of priesthood ordination; and Fr. Louis
Mulcahy, OSB, 25-year jubilee of priesthood ordination.
Fr. Cletus is a native of Evansville, IN, where
he attended St. Benedict School before studying at Saint Meinrad in
the high school, college and seminary.
He professed his vows as a monk of Saint Meinrad on August 7,
1939, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 30, 1944.
In 1950, Saint Meinrad founded a new abbey in South Dakota
called Blue Cloud Abbey. Fr. Cletus was one of the founding monks.
He was assigned to work in the Dakota missions that served the
Sioux tribes. In 1981, he served at Resurrection Priory in Cobán,
When Blue Cloud Abbey closed in 2012, Fr. Cletus rejoined the
Saint Meinrad community.
Fr. Benedict, a native of Cedar Grove, IN,
professed his vows as a Benedictine monk on August 1, 1949. He was
ordained a priest on May 3, 1954.
He earned a bachelor's degree from Saint Meinrad College in 1950
and received advanced degrees from The Catholic University of
America in 1955 and 1956.
He taught at Saint Meinrad Seminary for five years and served
for a number of years in Saint Meinrad's Brazil and Peru missions.
Fr. Benedict was a chaplain and pastor for 26 years in Arkansas,
including 15 years at St. John the Baptist Church in Brinkley.
Most Rev. Daniel Buechlein is archbishop
emeritus of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, where he served from
1992 to 2011. He served as bishop of the Diocese of Memphis from
1987 to 1992.
A native of Jasper, IN, he studied at Saint Meinrad from 1952 to
1964. He then did graduate work at Sant' Anselmo in Rome, earning a
licentiate in sacred theology in 1966.
At Saint Meinrad, he was a teacher and administrator in the
college until 1971, when he was named president-rector of Saint
Meinrad Seminary, a position he held until he was appointed the
bishop of Memphis.
He professed his vows as a Benedictine monk on August 15, 1959,
and was ordained a priest on May 3, 1964.
Fr. Louis is a native of Lynn, MA, where he
graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1945. He then enlisted in
the U.S. Navy. He studied at the IBM Institute in Washington, D.C.,
and did research for the Naval Bureau of Personnel. After discharge
from the Navy, he worked for IBM in Boston.
He began religious life at St. Benedict Priory in Harvard, MA,
where he professed vows as a Benedictine monk in 1981. He
transferred to Saint Meinrad in 1984.
He attended Boston College and Weston College of Theology,
completing his Master of Divinity at Saint Meinrad in 1988. He was
ordained a priest on May 20, 1989.
He has served as director of mail services, monastery guest
master, coordinator of research at Abbey Press, custodian of Monte
Cassino Shrine and an associate chaplain for Monastery Immaculate
Conception in Ferdinand, IN.
Photo: From left are Benedictine monks Fr.
Cletus Miller, Archbishop Emeritus Daniel Buechlein, Fr. Benedict
Meyer and Fr. Louis Mulcahy.