Br. Francis Wagner, OSB
Title: Secretary to the Archabbot
Born: September 5, 1965
Professed: January 20, 2008
Prior Work/Life Experience:
Prior to coming to the monastery in 2006, I worked 18 years as a
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 next few
years, I realized I was being called to something deeper, which led
Master of Theological Studies, Saint Meinrad Seminary and School
of Theology, 2012; Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Bowling Green
State University, 1988. Currently pursuing a graduate certificate
in spiritual direction at Saint Meinrad.
Work in the Monastery:
In addition to serving as secretary to the archabbot, I am a writer
and editor. For more than seven years, I worked for Abbey Press
Publications. I have written and/or edited several books, articles,
and other works on spirituality both for Abbey Press and other
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.