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Fr. Denis Robinson, OSB

Fr_Denis_informal.jpgAppointed by Archabbot Justin DuVall, OSB, following the recommendation of the School's Board of Trustees, Fr. Denis Robinson, OSB, became the 14th president-rector of the School of Theology on June 1, 2008.

Since 2007, Fr. Denis served as assistant professor of systematic theology and executive assistant to the president-rector at Saint Meinrad School of Theology. In 2007, he was named subprior (third in leadership) of the monastic community. 

Fr. Denis was born Sidney Lynn Robinson on August 13, 1962, in Iuka, Mississippi. He attended Saint Meinrad College and School of Theology, earning a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1989 and a Master of Divinity in 1993. From 1993-97, he was parochial vicar for the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Memphis, TN. 

He joined the Saint Meinrad monastery on August 6, 1997, and professed his solemn vows on August 15, 2000. 

From 1997-2001, Fr. Denis was director of continuing education and permanent deacon formation and adjunct instructor in systematic theology for the School of Theology. He then attended the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, where he received a master's degree in theology in 2002, a licentiate in sacred theology in 2003, and doctorates in sacred theology and philosophy in 2007. From 2002-05, Fr. Denis was also a member of the editorial board of Louvain Studies and coordinator of a faculty research project, "Orthodoxy: Process and Product." 

He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, American Catholic Historical Association, Venerable John Henry Newman Association, Catholic Theological Society of America and the American Benedictine Academy. 

Fr. Denis is the author of numerous articles and has contributed to several theological texts. He is the editor of  Sacerdos in Aeternum: Reflections on the Priesthood Today and co-editor of Theology and Religious Pluralism. 

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