Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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Br. Benedict Barthel, OSB, dies on September 15

September 16, 2015

Br -Benedict -for -webBr. Benedict Barthel, OSB, a monk of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN, died on September 15, 2015, in the monastery infirmary.

He was 95 and a jubilarian of profession. He was a participant in the Rush Religious Study on Aging and Alzheimer's.

Surviving is a brother, Br. Romard Barthel, CSC.

Br. Benedict was born in Evansville, IN, on November 3, 1919, and was given the name Carl Frank at his baptism. He attended Reitz Memorial High in that city for two years, before entering St. Placid Hall at Saint Meinrad in 1936.

He was invested in the monastic habit on February 9, 1938, and professed his simple vows on February 10, 1939. He professed his perpetual vows on February 10, 1942, and solemnized his vows on March 21, 1973.

Shortly after his simple profession, Br. Benedict attended a trade school for machinists at Marty, SD, for three months. Upon his return to Saint Meinrad, he worked for four months in the blacksmith shop, and then began to provide clerical help at the Abbey Press.

In 1943, he began a 27-year period of working with the various printing machines, assignments that included Intertype operator, pressman, and foreman of the Platemaking Department for the offset presses. In 1970, he began mold making in the newly established Sculpture Shop, a work he continued until the operation closed in 1995.

Following this, Br. Benedict worked in the Scholar Shop (the seminary's bookstore) for five years, while serving also as the assistant guestmaster. As a guestmaster, he prepared and published worship aids for the guests who joined the monastic community for prayer and Mass in the Archabbey Church.

The Office of the Dead will be prayed at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 17, in the Archabbey Church, followed by visitation until 9 p.m. Visitation on Friday will be from 8 to 9:45 a.m. in the Archabbey Church, followed by the funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in the Archabbey Cemetery. All times are Central Time.