Right Reverend Kurt Stasiak, OSB
Archabbot of Saint Meinrad Archabbey
The Right Reverend Kurt Stasiak, OSB, was
elected archabbot of Saint Meinrad Archabbey in by the Benedictine
monks of the community on June 2, 2016.
He is the 10th abbot and seventh archabbot in the community's
162-year history, succeeding Archabbot Justin DuVall, OSB, who had
served as abbot since December 31, 2004.
Archabbot Kurt, 63, had served as prior of Saint Meinrad
Archabbey since July 9, 2010. The prior is the second in leadership
in the monastery.
Born in Rüdesheim, Germany, on October 9, 1952, Archabbot Kurt
professed vows as a Benedictine monk on August 15, 1975, and was
ordained a priest on April 27, 1980.
He received a Bachelor of Science in biology from Saint Meinrad
College in 1974 and a Master of Divinity in 1980 from Saint Meinrad
School of Theology.
He then earned a licentiate (1986) and a doctorate (1993) in
sacramental theology from Pontifical Anthenaeum of Sant′ Anselmo,
From 1978-81, Archabbot Kurt served as administrative assistant
to the president-rector. In 1980 he was appointed associate
spiritual director for Saint Meinrad 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
Archabbot Kurt taught sacramental/liturgical theology in the
Seminary and School of Theology from 1986-2016. For 10 years, he
also served as the director of spiritual formation.
Other assignments have included provost-vice rector of the
School of Theology (2005-08) and chair of the Archabbey Church
Renovation Committee (1993-97).
He is the author of several books, including A Confessor's
Handbook (a revised and expanded edition was published in
2010); Sacramental Theology: Means of Grace, Ways of Life;
Return to Grace: A Theology for Infant Baptism and his
most recent, From Sinners to Saints: A Guide to Understanding
the Sacrament of Reconciliation. He has written numerous
articles and book reviews for a variety of publications.
He has also given days of retreat and recollection for clergy
and laity. He also served as the monastery's master of