New members join Saint Meinrad Board of Overseers
October 11, 2016
The Board of Overseers welcomes four new members, along with
three returning members and an emeritus member, to the advisory
board for Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology.
The board advises President-Rector Fr. Denis Robinson, OSB, on
matters related to the school's programs and performance and
addresses strategic questions related to the future of the school.
Each member serves a three-year term.
The new members are Fr. Anthony Chandler, Fr. Christopher House,
Jacob Kraft and Fr. Andrew Syberg.
Returning members are Sr. Jane Becker, OSB, Judge Cecile Blau
and Bonnie Graham; the emeritus member is J. Robert Shine.
Fr. Anthony Chandler is pastor of
Immaculate Conception Parish in LaGrange, KY. He graduated from
Saint Meinrad College and earned a baccalaureate in sacred theology
from The Catholic University of America in 1989 and a master's in
business administration from the University of Maryland in
He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Louisville in 1989. In
addition to serving in parishes, he was vice-chancellor at the
Archdiocese for Military Services USA in Washington, D.C.,
parochial vicar at St. Martha Church and chaplain at St. Xavier
High School, both in Louisville.
He is the defender of the bond for the Louisville Metropolitan
Tribunal and a member of the Priest Pastoral Council, the Priest
Compensation Committee, the Archdiocesan Planning Commission, the
Catholic Schools Athletics Board and the Archdiocesan Newspaper
Fr. Christopher House was ordained a
priest in 2002 for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. He
serves as chancellor of the diocese and pastor of the Cathedral of
the Immaculate Conception.
He is also the director of the Department for Canonical and
Pastoral Services, director of the Office for the Diaconate, judge
for the Diocesan Tribunal, and section prior for the Equestrian
Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
He graduated from Saint Meinrad College in 1998. He received his
Master of Divinity degree in 2002 and a licentiate of sacred
theology in 2003 from the University of Mary of the Lake/Mundelein
Seminary. He earned a licentiate in canon law from The Catholic
University of America in 2015.
Jacob Kraft is a monument salesman and
funeral consultant at Generations Monuments and Memorials in New
Albany, IN. He is a former college intern in Saint Meinrad's "One
Bread, One Cup" summer liturgical leadership program.
He graduated from Our Lady of Providence High School in
Clarksville, IN, in 2010. He then earned a bachelor's degree in
nursing from Marian University in 2014.
Jacob and his wife, Katie, are the parents of one daughter. They
are members of Holy Family Parish, where Jacob has served as a
lector, Eucharistic minister and as chairman of the Stewardship
Fr. Andrew Syberg
was ordained a priest in 2015 for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
He currently serves as associate pastor at St. Bartholomew Catholic
Church in Columbus.
He graduated from Roncalli High School in Indianapolis in 2001.
In 2007, he received his bachelor's degree from Purdue
He earned a Master of Arts degree in 2010 and a Master of
Divinity in 2015, both from Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of
Sr. Jane Becker,
OSB, is the subprioress of Monastery Immaculate Conception
in Ferdinand, IN. She professed her perpetual vows in August 1971.
She is a clinical psychologist and an adjunct staff member of
Saint Luke Center, Louisville, KY.
She is a former instructor in psychology at Saint Meinrad
College. She also worked at Saint Meinrad School of Theology as
associate dean of students and staff psychologist. For three years,
she served as director of the schools' Student Counseling
She earned her bachelor's degree from Ursuline College in 1968.
In 1971 and 1974, respectively, she earned a Master of Science and
PhD from St. Louis University.
She previously served on the Board of Overseers from
Judge Cecile Blau
retired in 2009 from her second six-year term as judge of Clark
Superior Court II in Jeffersonville, IN. She now serves as a senior
She earned a degree in education from Northern Illinois
University in 1966, a master's degree in physical education from
Indiana University in 1969, and a doctor of jurisprudence from the
University of Louisville in 1975. She practiced law with Stites and
Harbison before taking the bench in Clark County in 1997.
She has been active in a number of community and civic
organizations. She has three children and seven grandchildren and
is a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Jeffersonville. She
previously served on the Board of Overseers for 12 years.
Graham and her husband Beeb (Robert C. Graham III) reside
in Washington, IN. They are members of Our Lady of Hope Parish,
where Bonnie serves as a lay reader and Eucharistic minister.
She earned a bachelor's degree from Newton College in Newton,
MA, and dedicates her time to volunteer work. Her charitable
activities include past chair of the Saint Meinrad Campaign
Cabinet, chair of the Development Committee for the Catholic
Education Endowment Board (Washington, IN), member of the Diocese
of Evansville Review Board, and member of a special fund raising
committee for the Washington (IN) Catholic Schools.
She has four children and seven grandchildren. She previously
served on the Board of Overseers for 18 years.
J. Robert Shine is a Certified Public
Accountant and chairman of Monroe Shine and Co. Inc. in New Albany,
IN. He is a member and past president of the Indiana CPA Society
and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public
He is a senior counselor of the Dean's Advisory Council of the
Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He serves on the
Abbey Press Board of Advisors and the Endowment Committee and Audit
Committee of Saint Meinrad Archabbey. He is on the Board of
Advisors of Providence Retirement Home and involved with the New
Albany Rotary Club.
He earned a bachelor's degree from Indiana University. In 1985,
he received the Distinguished Entrepreneur Award from the Indiana
University School of Business. Indiana University has honored him
as a Distinguished Alumnus and with an honorary Doctor of Law
degree. He received the Chancellor's Medallion from Indiana
University Southeast in 1995.
He joined the Board of Overseers in 1995 and served 18