St. Meinrad Benedictine Monks Celebrate Anniversaries

The Benedictine monks at St. Meinrad celebrated anniversaries for two monks earlier this week.

Fr. Julian Peters, OSB celebrated the 25-year jubilee of priesthood ordination and resigned Archabbot Bonaventure Knaebel, OSB, celebrated the 70-year jubilee of preisthood ordination as well as the 75-year jubilee of monastic profession.

Fr. Julian is a native of Toledo, OH, where he attended St. Francis de Sales High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Saint Meinrad College in 1982 and entered the monastery that year.

He made his first profession on August 6, 1983, and professed solemn vows on August 15, 1986. After earning a Master of Divinity from Saint Meinrad School of Theology, he was ordained a priest on May 7, 1988.

Fr. Julian did graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame, earning a Master of Science in administration. Currently, he serves as director of the Permanent Deacon Formation Program and as a formation dean in Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology.

Archabbot Bonaventure professed his monastic vows on August 6, 1938, and was ordained to the priesthood on June 5, 1943.

He attended minor and major seminary at Saint Meinrad, and then earned a Master of Science degree in 1946 from The Catholic University of America. He served as archabbot of the Saint Meinrad community from 1955 to 1966. He was the first Hoosier native to lead the monastery and, at 36, one of the youngest Benedictine abbots.