Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

Monk Profiles

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Here are brief profiles of some members of the Saint Meinrad monastic community.

Fr. Harry Hagan, OSB


Head shot of Fr. Harry Hagan, OSBTitle: Director of Cultural Formation/Professor of Scripture
Born: January 10, 1947
Professed: August 24, 1972

Prior Work/Life Experience:
I joined the monastery in 1971, professed first vows in 1972 and solemn vows in 1975. I was ordained a deacon in 1976 and a priest in 1986.

Education History:

  • 1986, SSD, Pontifical Biblical Institute
  • 1979, SSL, Pontifical Biblical Institute
  • 1975, MA, Religious Studies, Indiana University
  • 1974, MDiv, Theology, Saint Meinrad School of Theology
  • 1969, BA, English Literature, Saint Meinrad College

Work in the Monastery:
In 1975 I began studying Scripture, mainly Old Testament, in Rome at the Pontifical Biblical Institute. Each year I teach a course in Psalms and another in Prophets & Poetry. I have also begun to teach a course in church architecture, which is an outgrowth of my interest in art.

When I returned from school in 1982, I began teaching Old Testament in the School of Theology. I also began working in formation as dean of students and vice rector. In 1996, I became novice and junior master in the monastery. In 2008, I became the director of cultural formation, while continuing to teach in the School and provide spiritual direction.

Other Interests:
I am interested in liturgical music. In 1993, I created a way for us to put Gregorian chant on the computer. More recently, I have produced two CDs of Gregorian chant with a third in process. I have also published a book of hymns with Oregon Catholic Press and I'm working on a second. Finally, I grow orchids and have a garden, mainly for tomatoes, with the novices each summer.

What Attracted Me to Monastic Life:
I was attracted to the monastery by its rich tradition. I grew up in a Kentucky town rich with history and tradition. Saint Meinrad has offered me a place where I can connect with a living tradition of prayer and work. Part of that work is study, and I have enjoyed the opportunity to read and study and to share that knowledge with students in the school and with young monks in the monastery. The regular round of prayer has proved to be a mainstay for me, as I have grown in the monastic life.