Br. Francis Wagner, OSB
Title: Secretary to the Archabbot
Born: September 5, 1965
Professed: January 20, 2008
Prior Work/Life Experience:
Prior to coming to the monastery in 2006, I worked 18 years as a
reporter, news editor, managing editor, copy editor, and wire
editor at Ohio newspapers in Galion, Bowling Green, Springfield,
and Toledo. Although I grew up Catholic, it took a profound
conversion borne through a series of events and personal loss
before I fully embraced a life centered on Christ. "Come to me,"
whispered my heart. Through an intense period of discernment over
the next few years, I realized I was being called to something
deeper, which eventually led me here.
Master of Theological Studies, Saint Meinrad Seminary and School
of Theology, 2012. Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Bowling Green
State University, 1988. Graduate Certificate in Spiritual
Direction, Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, 2016.
Work in the Monastery:
In addition to serving as secretary to the archabbot, I am a
spiritual director and a writer. For more than seven years, I
worked for Abbey Press Publications. I have written and/or edited
several books, articles, and other works on spirituality both for
Abbey Press and other publications. Also, I am a conference
presenter for our Benedictine oblate program.
Reading and writing are my primary interests. In addition, I love
the outdoors and enjoy hiking, bicycling and fishing. I am also a
big baseball fan and have a soft spot for animals.
What Attracted Me to Monastic Life:
Lectio divina and the Liturgy of the Hours emerged
as the principal means by which the Holy Spirit gradually drew me
toward monastic life. I marvel at the beauty, breadth, and depth of
the Psalms. Christ prayed them as a child, and when we enter into
salvation history through the Psalms, we pray with Him in union
with His Church on behalf of the entire world.
Visiting Saint Meinrad for the first time in August 2005 at the
suggestion of a spiritual director, I instantly fell in love with
the beauty and serenity of the place, was drawn into the liturgy,
and was attracted by the prayerful rhythm, structure, and balance
of the life I observed. During subsequent visits, encountering the
genuine devotion, joy and fraternal charity of the monks here made
me feel like I'd found my home. I am grateful to be here, and am
eager to learn more about the life, enter it more fully, prefer
nothing to Christ, and share the love He's so mercifully provided
me, all while serving His Church.