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Five Saint Meinrad monks celebrate 60 years of monastic profession

August 01, 2016

Monastic -Jubilees -2016The Benedictine monks at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN, celebrated the 60-year jubilee of monastic profession for five of their confreres on July 31, 2016.

Honored were Fr. Lambert Reilly, Fr. Denis Quinkert, Br. Andrew Zimmermann, Fr. Timothy Sweeney and Fr. Meinrad Brune.

Fr. Lambert is a native of Pittsburgh, PA. He made his profession of vows on August 15, 1956, and was ordained a priest on September 20, 1959.

He earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA, in 1955. He also holds Master of Divinity and Master of Religious Education degrees from Saint Meinrad School of Theology, as well as a Master of Science in Education from Duquesne University. In addition, he did graduate studies at The Catholic University of America, Georgetown University, University of Evansville and Arkansas State University.

Fr. Lambert served as the archabbot of the monastic community from 1995 to 2004. He then returned to his work of preaching and giving retreats. For more than 40 years, Fr. Lambert has been a retreat director and speaker on issues of spirituality and prayer.

Fr. Lambert also taught Latin and education courses at Saint Meinrad College, Mount Sacred Heart College in Hamden, CT, and Penn State University. In addition, he served as principal of St. Elizabeth High School in Pittsburgh, PA; and as a consultant to the Diocese of Peoria's Office of Education.

He also has assisted in parishes, worked in public relations, and served as guest master, assistant oblate director, assistant to the novice master and pro-prior. He is the author of two books,Because There Is JesusandLatin Sayings for Spiritual Growth.

Fr. Denis is a native of New Albany, IN. In 1950, he came to Saint Meinrad to study at St. Placid Hall, a high school for those interested in becoming a brother. He joined the Benedictine monastery at Blue Cloud Abbey in Marvin, SD, in 1954. He professed his vows on February 10, 1956.

As a Benedictine brother, Fr. Denis worked on the abbey farm, helped with the construction of the monastery and farm buildings, and served as a prefect at the Indian schools staffed by Blue Cloud Abbey. 

He later studied theology at Pope John XXIII Seminary in Weston, MA, and was ordained a priest on May 25, 1976. He served as a pastor at Ft. Totten, North Dakota, and at Wagner and Milbank in South Dakota, as well as at St. Paul Parish in Marty, SD. He also served as a chaplain to the Benedictine sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery and the students of Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD.

Fr. Denis was elected abbot of Blue Cloud two times, serving from 1986 to 1991 and again from 2009 until the abbey closed in 2012. At that time, he joined the Saint Meinrad community.

He serves as a commuting chaplain for Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, IN, and assists with transportation at Saint Meinrad.

Br. Andrew was born in Richmond, VA. He made his profession of vows as a Benedictine monk on March 11, 1956.

He worked in the monastery tailor shop until he was sent to assist at Saint Meinrad's priory in Peru in November 1963. Seventeen years later, Br. Andrew returned to Saint Meinrad to work in the business office and mailroom/duplicating office.

From 1992-96, he worked in the monastery's vestry and transportation offices. Br. Andrew then served in Guatemala at Marmion Abbey's foundation from 1996-2004. He now works at the Guadalupe Center in Huntingburg, IN.

Fr. Timothy is a native of Indianapolis, IN, and he made his profession of vows on August 15, 1956. He was ordained a priest on May 7, 1961. He has a licentiate in sacred theology from Pontifical International Institute of Saint Anselm, Rome, and a licentiate in philosophy from Institute Catholique, Paris.

He taught in Saint Meinrad College for 10 years. From 1975-78, he was prior (second in leadership) of the Archabbey. On June 2, 1978, he was elected archabbot of Saint Meinrad and served in that role for 17 years.

Fr. Timothy served as administrator of two parishes following his tenure as archabbot. Then from 1996-2005, he was pastor of Parish of the Immaculate, Owensboro, KY. From 2006 to 2009, he served as pastor of St. Paul Parish, Tell City, IN.

Currently, he is administrator of St. Isidore and St. Martin parishes in nearby Perry County. He also serves as archivist for Saint Meinrad and for the Swiss-American Congregation.

Fr. Meinrad grew up in Indianapolis, IN. He made his profession of vows on August 15, 1956, and was ordained a priest on May 7, 1961. He has a Master of Arts degree from Butler University, a bachelor of sacred theology from The Catholic University of America and completed his theological training at Saint Meinrad School of Theology.

Following ordination, Fr. Meinrad taught in Saint Meinrad High School and College for 16 years. For the next seven years, he served as pastor at St. Meinrad Parish, St. Meinrad, IN, and St. Mary Parish, Huntingburg, IN.

In 1984, he began work in Saint Meinrad's Development Office as an associate director and then as alumni director for nine years. He has served in his current position as director of the Benedictine Oblate Program since 1995.

Photo: From left are Fr. Timothy Sweeney, Fr. Denis Quinkert, Fr. Lambert Reilly, Br. Andrew Zimmermann and Fr. Meinrad Brune.