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Br. Francis Wagner, OSB

Head shot of Br. Francis Wagner, OSBTitle: Writer and Editor, Path of Life Publications/Abbey Press
Born: September 5, 1965
Professed: January 20, 2008

Prior Work/Life Experience:
Prior to coming to the monastery, I worked 18 years as a reporter, news
editor, managing editor, copy editor, and wire editor at Ohio newspapers in Galion, Bowling Green, Springfield, and Toledo. Although I grew up Catholic, it took a profound conversion borne through a series of events and personal loss before I fully embraced a life centered on Christ. "Come to me," whispered my heart. Through an intense period of discernment over the last few years, I realized I was being called to something deeper, which has led me here.

Educational History:
Master of Theological Studies, Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, 2012; Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Bowling Green State University, 1988. Beginning in January 2013, I will be pursuing a graduate certificate in spiritual direction at Saint Meinrad.

Work in the Monastery:
I am editor for Path of Life Publications, an imprint of Abbey Press with an emphasis on Christian spirituality. I have written and/or edited several books, articles, and other works on spirituality both for Abbey Press and other publications.

In addition, I am a conference presenter for our Benedictine Oblate Program, and serve as a spiritual director.

Other Interests:
Reading and writing are my primary interests. In addition, I love the outdoors
and enjoy hiking, bicycling and fishing. I am also a big baseball fan
and have a soft spot for animals.

What Attracted Me to Monastic Life:
Lectio divina and the Liturgy of the Hours emerged as the principal means by which the Holy Spirit gradually drew me toward monastic life. I marvel at the beauty, breadth, and depth of the Psalms. Christ prayed them as a child, and when we enter into salvation history through the Psalms, we pray with Him in union with His Church on behalf of the entire world.

Visiting Saint Meinrad for the first time in August 2005 at the suggestion of a spiritual director, I instantly fell in love with the beauty and serenity of the place, was drawn into the liturgy, and was attracted by the prayerful rhythm, structure, and balance of the life I observed. During subsequent visits, encountering the genuine devotion, joy and fraternal charity of the monks here made me feel like I'd found my home. I am grateful to be here, and am eager to learn more about the life, enter it more fully, prefer nothing to Christ, and share the love He's so mercifully provided me, all while serving His Church.

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