Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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Six monks celebrate jubilees of profession

July 28, 2014

Pic _news _Profession -Jubilee -2014The Benedictine monks at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN, celebrated jubilees of monastic profession for six of their confreres on July 27, 2014.

Honored for his 75-year jubilee was Br. Benedict Barthel. Also honored were Fr. Rupert Ostdick, 70 years of profession; Fr. Vincent Tobin and Fr. Augustine Davis, celebrating 60 years of monastic profession; Fr. Raymond Studzinski, 50 years; and Fr. Godfrey Mullen, 25 years.

Br. Benedict is a native of Evansville, IN, where he attended Reitz Memorial High School for two years. He came to Saint Meinrad in 1936 to attend St. Placid Hall, a high school program for brother candidates. He professed his vows as a Benedictine monk on February 10, 1939.

In 1939, he was assigned to work at Abbey Press, where he performed a variety of duties for more than 40 years. His work included head compositor, Intertype operator, pressman and a worker in the sculpture shop.

Other assignments have included assistant monastery guest master, clerk in the school bookstore, The Scholar Shop, and assisting in the Liturgical Music Office.

Fr. Rupert is a native of Elgin, IL. He came to Saint Meinrad for his college and seminary studies. He professed his vows as a monk on August 10, 1944, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 18, 1948.

Fr. Rupert served for a year as assistant treasurer for the Archabbey and then held the treasurer, and later business manager/ treasurer, position from 1948 to 1979. During that time, he also served as assistant spiritual director, spiritual director, and master of novices and instructor of clerics.

In 1979, he was named general manager of Abbey Press and served in that role until 1991. At that time, he began working in the Human Resources Department. He served the monastic community as subprior (third in leadership) from 1986 to 1996. Currently, he is an assistant in the monastery vocations office.

He was a member of the Archabbey Council from 1971 to 2000 and also served as the co-worker pastoral liaison.

Fr. Vincent is a native of Pittsburgh, PA. He professed his vows as a Benedictine monk on July 1, 1954. He graduated in 1956 from Saint Meinrad College with a bachelor's degree in history and then earned a baccalaureate in sacred theology from The Catholic University of American in 1960.

He also earned degrees at St. Louis University (MA, 1965), Saint Meinrad School of Theology (MDiv, 1974) and Gregorian University Institute of Spirituality (STL, 1979), and did post-graduate work at Georgetown University and New York University.

He was ordained to the priesthood on May 11, 1959.

Fr. Vincent taught at Saint Meinrad's high school, college and school of theology. He also served as dean of students and vice rector at Saint Meinrad College, as well as spiritual director and director of the summer vocational institute.

He was the founding director of the Midwest Association of Spiritual Directors and founding president of the National Federation of Spiritual Directors.

From 1986 to 2005, Fr. Vincent taught Greek and Latin at Collegio di Sant Anselmo in Rome. He returned to Saint Meinrad in 2005 to serve as manager of the newly built Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center. He also does spiritual direction and retreat work.

Fr. Augustine is a native of Cedar Rapids, IA. After graduating from St. Patrick's Catholic School in Cedar Rapids, he came to Saint Meinrad to study for the priesthood.

He took his vows as a Benedictine monk on July 31, 1954, and was ordained a priest on May 11, 1959. In 1964, he earned a master of arts in industrial arts at Indiana State University.

His first assignment was as assistant director, disciplinarian and instructor at St. Placid Hall, a high school for boys interested in becoming Benedictine brothers. When the school closed in 1966, he was sent to San Benito Priory in Peru, where he taught math, physics and religion.

After the 1970 earthquake in Peru, he was the director of reconstruction and the physical facilities. In 1979, Fr. Augustine returned to Saint Meinrad, where he became physical facilities director until 1986. He then served 10 years as pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in South Pittsburgh, TN, and as overseer of a 600-acre beef farm.

Other assignments have included mail delivery, house prefect and director of Spanish ministry.

Fr. Raymond is a native of Detroit, MI. He professed his vows as a Benedictine monk on August 15, 1964, and was ordained to the priesthood on September 28, 1969.

After graduating from Saint Meinrad College in 1966 and Saint Meinrad School of Theology in 1970, he earned a master's in religious studies from Indiana University in 1973 and a PhD in historical theology from Fordham University in 1977.

He served as assistant professor at Saint Meinrad School of Theology from 1973 to 1977 and then served as a chaplain in Colorado for two years.

In 1981, he began teaching at The Catholic University of America, where he currently is associate professor of spirituality in the School of Theology and Religious Studies. He is the author of two books and numerous journal articles.

Fr. Godfrey is a native of Alton, IL. He attended Saint Meinrad College, earning a BA degree in history in 1988. He professed his vows as a Benedictine monk in 1989.

After completing his priesthood studies at Saint Meinrad School of Theology in 1994, he was ordained a priest on June 5, 1994. He earned a PhD in liturgical studies in 2003 from The Catholic University of America.

Fr. Godfrey served as associate pastor of St. Benedict Parish (now Cathedral) in Evansville in 1994-95. He then became dean of lay ministry and associate director of supervised ministry at Saint Meinrad School of Theology.

Other school assignments have included director of supervised ministry, director of continuing education and the Church Leadership Center, director of the Permanent Deacon Formation Program, director of Group Accommodations, director of liturgy, associate formation dean, director of sabbaticals and vice rector.

He served as pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church in Huntingburg, IN, from 2012-13. He is currently assistant professor of sacramental and liturgical theology at Saint Meinrad and rector of St. Benedict Cathedral.

Photo: From left, seated: Br. Benedict Barthel, OSB, and Fr. Augustine Davis, OSB; standing: Fr. Raymond Studzinski, OSB, Fr. Cletus Miller, OSB (who celebrated 75 years of profession in May), Fr. Vincent Tobin, OSB, Fr. Rupert Ostdick, OSB, and Fr. Godfrey Mullen, OSB.