Br. Francis Wagner, OSB
Title: 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,
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.
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
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.
Reading and writing are my primary interests. In addition, I love
and enjoy hiking, bicycling and fishing. I am also a big baseball
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.