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. Columba Kelly, OSB


Head shot of Fr. Columba Kelly, OSBTitle: Director and Composer, Gregorian Schola
Professed Date: July 31, 1953

Current Assignment: Commuting chaplain for the Sisters of St. Benedict at Ferdinand and the monastic infirmary; composer for new Roman Missal texts

Education History: STL from Pontifical Athenaeum Sant' Anselmo, Rome, 1959; Doctorate in Sacred Music from the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music, Rome, 1963

Prior Work/Life Experience: Farming on family farm; student at St. Ambrose College, Davenport, Iowa

Other Interests: Spirituality; current discoveries about the universe

What Attracted Me to Monastic Life: The Rule of St. Benedict and its way of seeking God in community