Fr. Richard Hindel, OSB, dies on August 7
August 08, 2013
Fr. Richard Hindel, OSB, monk of Saint Meinrad
Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN, died on August 7, 2013, in the
monastery infirmary. He was 91. He was a jubilarian of both
profession and ordination.
Fr. Richard was born in Indianapolis, IN, on July 1, 1922, to
Carl and Grace (Lucas) Hindel. He received the name George William
at his baptism. In 1936, he entered the minor seminary at Saint
Meinrad, and entered the novitiate in 1942. He professed his simple
vows on August 6, 1943, and was ordained to the priesthood on May
Fr. Richard taught in the science department of the minor
seminary. He also did graduate studies at Loras College in Dubuque,
IA, and at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.,
where he earned a Master of Science degree in biology in 1961.
He held various leadership positions in both the monastery and
the seminary. He was director of St. Placid Hall, the school for
oblate brothers, for five years; subprior (third in leadership) for
eight years; kitchen master for nine; superintendent of buildings
and grounds for six years; theology dean of students for eight
years and vice rector for eight years.
Fr. Richard also served many years as national education
chairman and board member of the National Executive Housekeepers
Association Inc., during which time he published articles in the
Beginning in 1993, he served in various assignments as pastor or
administrator throughout the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. These
assignments included St. Isidore, Bristow; Holy Cross, St. Croix;
St. Augustine, Leopold; St. Mark, Perry County; St. Bartholomew,
Columbus; St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Aurora; Our Lady
of the Springs, French Lick; Christ the King, Paoli; St. John
Parish, Starlight; and St. Matthew, Our Lady of Lourdes, St.
Bernadette and St. John the Evangelist, Indianapolis. He also
served as dean of the Tell City Deanery (1993-95).
The Office of the Dead will be prayed at 7 p.m. on Friday,
August 9, in the Archabbey Church, followed by visitation until 9
p.m. Visitation on Saturday 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