Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict


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Right Reverend Justin DuVall, OSB

Archabbot of Saint Meinrad Archabbey

Fr Archabbot Duvall BioOn December 31, 2004, the Right Reverend Justin DuVall, OSB, was elected archabbot of Saint Meinrad Archabbey by his Benedictine confreres. He is the ninth abbot and sixth archabbot in the monastic community's history.

A native of Toledo, OH, he professed vows as a Benedictine monk in 1974 and was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood in 1978. He did graduate studies at the University of Michigan, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in library science in 1979.

From 1979-93, he was the assistant librarian in the Saint Meinrad Archabbey Library. In 1984, he was appointed prior (second in leadership) of the monastery and served in that capacity until 1995. Other assignments have included master of ceremonies, assistant to the novice/junior master, and chairman of the monastery's Liturgical Advisory Committee.

Archabbot Justin also has served as a member of the Archabbey Council and the Archabbey Strategic Planning Committee, an advisor for Abbey Blessings catalog, and a commuting chaplain for Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, IN.

He served as associate dean of Saint Meinrad School of Theology from 1995 to 1996, when he was named the provost and vice rector of the Seminary and School of Theology. He served in that position until his election as archabbot.