Seven monks celebrate jubilees
July 30, 2012
From left are Benedictines Fr. Aelred Cody, Br. Philip Ripley, Br. Maurus Zoeller, Fr. Gavin Barnes and Fr. Sebastian Leonard. Fr. Richard Hindel and Fr. Aurelius Boberek were absent when the photo was taken.
The Benedictine monks at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad,
IN, celebrated the 60-year jubilees of monastic profession for Fr.
Sebastian Leonard, OSB, Fr. Aelred Cody, OSB, Fr. Aurelius Boberek,
OSB, Br. Philip Ripley, OSB, and Br. Maurus Zoeller, OSB; the
65-year monastic profession and 60-year ordination jubilees of Fr.
Gavin Barnes, OSB; and the 65-year ordination jubilee of Fr.
Richard Hindel, OSB, on July 29.
Fr. Sebastian was born September 4, 1931, in
Indianapolis, IN. He professed vows on August 1, 1952, and was
ordained May 3, 1957. He received a master’s degree from Georgetown
University and a doctorate from the University of Oxford.
Fr. Sebastian taught modern church history for 25 years in Saint
Meinrad School of Theology. During those years, he also taught
history in Saint Meinrad College and served as choirmaster for
Saint Meinrad Archabbey. In 1983, he was appointed associate pastor
at St. David Church in Davie, FL. Since 1995, Fr. Sebastian has
served as a chaplain and teacher at the Canterbury School in New
Fr. Aelred was born February 3, 1932, in
Oklahoma City, OK. He professed vows on August 1, 1952, and was
ordained May 3, 1957. Fr. Aelred has studied extensively and has
received a licentiate and doctorate of sacred theology from the
University of Ottawa, a licentiate and doctorate of sacred
scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, and two
degrees from the Royal College of Music and the Royal College of
Organists in London.
For 10 years, Fr. Aelred taught courses in the Old and New
Testament at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome. He was the
novice and junior master at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, an organist of
Sant’ Anselmo in Rome, editor of theCatholic Biblical Quarterly,
and procurator general of the American-Cassinese and Swiss-American
He has written numerous books and articles and has contributed
to encyclopedias and collective works. Currently, Fr. Aelred serves
as a canonical advisor for several religious communities. He serves
on the Legal Committee of the Abbot President of the Swiss-American
Congregation. He also assists in various household tasks and chores
in the monastery.
Fr. Aurelius was born February 12, 1930, in
Brooklyn, NY. He made his profession of vows on August 1, 1952, and
was ordained May 3, 1957. Fr. Aurelius received master’s degrees in
liturgical studies and classical languages from the University of
Notre Dame and master’s degrees in education and religious studies
from Indiana University.
Fr. Aurelius was a professor and dean of students in Saint
Meinrad College from 1963-66. Following graduate studies at Indiana
University, he was a professor, pre-theology dean and vice rector
of Saint Meinrad School of Theology. Fr. Aurelius was the master of
ceremonies and assistant director of the oblate program for the
Starting in 1997, he taught liturgy and homiletics at The
American College, Belgium, was vice rector there from 1997-99 and
was the first recipient of the Archbishop Fulton Sheen Medal for
his service to the college. Fr. Aurelius has returned home to the
Br. Philip was born on August 6, 1932, in
Paducah, KY. He made his profession of vows on August 10, 1952. Br.
Philip worked in the tailor shop from 1950-1955 and then as the
assistant to the Saint Meinrad High School librarian. Since 1974,
he has served as housekeeper and sacristan at St. Mary Church,
Br. Maurus was born on June 24, 1932, in
Tiffin, OH. He professed vows on August 10, 1952. Br. Maurus served
as an assistant in the bakery from 1951-1958. From 1958-1990, he
assumed various roles at the Abbey Press, including manager of the
printing division, product development director and manager of the
Saint Meinrad Archabbey Gift Shop.
Since 1990, Br. Maurus has worked in various hospitality roles;
as a tour director, manager of the Guest House, guest master and
retreat director. He has led numerous trips to Europe and the Holy
Land. Br. Maurus remains active as the guestmaster, director of the
retreat program and product advisor for Abbey Press.
Fr. Gavin was born on November 15, 1927, in
Bedford, IN. He professed vows on August 1, 1947, and was ordained
on May 3, 1952. Fr. Gavin earned a licentiate of sacred theology
from Sant’ Anselmo in Rome and a master’s degree in speech from
He taught speech and drama at Saint Meinrad College for 42 years
and, during some of that time he served as the assistant to the
novice and junior master in the monastery. Fr. Gavin has also
served as the dean of students for Saint Meinrad College, as the
chairman for the building committee and as a senior adjunct priest
for parishes in St. Meinrad, Fulda and Siberia. Each summer, he
conducts workshops for the “One Bread, One Cup” high school youth
conferences hosted by Saint Meinrad.
Fr. Gavin was the 2007 recipient of the Spencer County Arts
Award for his work as drama director at Saint Meinrad College for
38 years and for promoting the arts and supporting the effort to
create the Lincoln State Park Amphitheatre.
Most recently, Fr. Gavin wrote and co-directedBetween Friends, a
play about the relationships between President Abraham Lincoln and
his generals William T. Sherman and Ulysses S. Grant during the
Civil War. The play opened the 2012 season at the Lincoln State
Park Amphitheatre. Fr. Gavin currently serves as director of public
reading and as the head reader at evening meals in the
Fr. Richard was born July 1, 1922, in
Indianapolis, IN. He made his profession of vows on August 6, 1943,
and was ordained May 27, 1947. Fr. Richard received a master’s
degree in biology from The Catholic University of America in
Fr. Richard held a long career in Saint Meinrad’s high school
and college as a teacher and administrator. He served as subprior
in the monastery from 1955-63. During that time, he also served as
kitchen master, and from 1964-70 Fr. Richard was the superintendent
of buildings and maintenance. He received national prominence for
his involvement in the National Executive Housekeepers Association
Fr. Richard served as dean of students for two years in Saint
Meinrad School of Theology and four years as vice rector before
taking on several parish assignments around Indiana. Fr. Richard
has returned home to the monastery.