Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church


Saint Meinrad Archabbey honors co-workers for service

April 20, 2012

From left are Bob Bumm, Business Manager Fr. Adrian Burke, OSB, Carol Heeke, Archabbot Justin DuVall, OSB, John Werne, Mary Ellen Seifrig, Ruth Denning and Abbey Press General Manager John Wilson.

During its 24th annual Service Recognition Banquet on April 19, 2012, Saint Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad, IN, honored 74 active co-workers and 53 retirees who have 25 years or more of service.

Saint Meinrad Business Manager Fr. Adrian Burke, OSB, addressed those attending the banquet. "We monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey entrust our mission to God's provident care every day, and over several generations now Saint Meinrad has benefited from the skills and energies of many talented and loyal co-workers who assist us in our work for the Church. Without our co-workers, Saint Meinrad's mission wouldn't succeed - alone the monastic community can do a little, but together the monks and co-workers of Saint Meinrad Archabbey have much to offer those seeking God."

Five co-workers received special recognition during the banquet.

John Werne of Ferdinand was honored for reaching 50 years of service. He has been an Abbey Press supervisor since 1981. Werne started working at Saint Meinrad when he was 15 and has held several positions including janitor, cook helper, shipping/receiving clerk in Publications, stock room clerk, press operator, offset printer and head pressman. He was presented a framed print of the Archabbey Church.

Also recognized at the banquet, Bob Bumm of Evanston, Ruth Denning of St. Meinrad and Carol Heeke of Ferdinand were honored for 40 years of service.

Bob Bumm is a six-color assistant press operator in the printing division of Abbey Press; Ruth Denning is a cataloger in the Archabbey Library; and Carol Heeke is secretary to the Director of Enrollment, Director of Diocesan Relations, Director and Associate Director of Lay Degree Programs, Director of Assessment, and Theology Faculty.

Each received a double set of specially minted solid silver coins depicting St. Meinrad, the martyr of hospitality, on the front and the Archabbey's coat of arms on the back.

Mary Ellen Seifrig of St. Meinrad was recognized for 25 years of service. She is the acquisitions, interlibrary loan and circulation librarian at the Archabbey Library. She was presented with the Saint Meinrad silver coin.