Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

Monk Profiles

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Here are brief profiles of some members of the Saint Meinrad monastic community.

Br. Martin Erspamer, OSB


Head shot of Br. Martin Erspamer, OSBTitle: Artist
Born: July 28, 1953
Professed: August 15, 1972

Prior Work/Life Experience:
I spent 33 years in a Marianist religious community, including several years working in missions in India. I have also worked as a liturgical artist and consultant. I spent some time working as a stained glass designer for Emil Frei and Associates Stained Glass of St. Louis, Missouri.

Education History:

  • 1976, BFA, St. Mary's University/Art Institute of San Antonio;
  • 1986, MFA, Boston University;
  • 1995, Certification for Liturgical Consultancy, Catholic Theological Union of Chicago;

Work in the Monastery:
I work as a liturgical design consultant for parishes and religious communities throughout the United States and as a designer for Emil Frei and Associates Stained Glass Company in St. Louis, MO.

Other Interests:
Exercise, cooking and music.

What Attracted Me to Monastic Life:
The longer I stay in religious life, the more there is to learn and internalize. The monastery is a good place to learn. It is a school for conversion of heart and for charity. This is where I belong.