Father Prior Kurt Stasiak, OSB
Prior of Saint Meinrad Archabbey
Fr. Kurt Stasiak, OSB, was appointed prior on July 9, 2010. The prior is the second in leadership in the monastery.
Born in Germany on October 9, 1952, Fr. Prior Kurt professed vows on August 15, 1975, and was ordained on April 27, 1980. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Meinrad College, a Master of Divinity from Saint Meinrad School of Theology and advanced degrees in sacramental theology from Sant Anselmo, Rome.
From 1978-81, Fr. Prior Kurt served as administrative assistant to the president-rector. In 1980, he was appointed associate spiritual director in the Seminary and School of Theology for three years.
From 1986-90, he taught sacramental theology in the School and was assistant to the novice/junior master in the monastery. Also during that time, he served as secretary to the archabbot (1986-89) and as vocation director for the monastery (1986-90 and 1992-98).
After earning graduate degrees in 1993, Fr. Prior Kurt taught sacramental/liturgical theology in the School. In 2000, he was appointed director of spiritual formation in addition to his teaching.
Other assignments have included provost-vice rector of the School of Theology and chair of the Archabbey Church Renovation Committee.
Fr. Prior Kurt is the author of several books, including A Confessor's Handbook, Sacramental Theology: Means of Grace, Ways of Life and Return to Grace: A Theology for Infant Baptism. He has written numerous articles and book reviews for a variety of publications.