Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology

Coordinates: 38°09′58″N 86°48′38″W / 38.166008°N 86.810636°W / 38.166008; -86.810636

Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology
Type Roman Catholic all-male seminary;
coed lay programs
Established 1857
Affiliation Catholic Church (St. Meinrad Archabbey)
Rector Vy. Rev. Denis Robinson, OSB
Students 170 (78 undergrad, 92 postgrad)
Location Saint Meinrad, IN, United States
Campus Rural; 250 acres (1.0 km2)

The Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology is located in Saint Meinrad in southern Indiana and is affiliated with the St. Meinrad Archabbey, which itself is affiliated with Einsiedeln Abbey in Switzerland. Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology is a Roman Catholic seminary which prepares priest-candidates for ordination— the receipt of and the participating in the sacrament of Holy orders. Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology is named in memoriam of Saint Meinrad.


Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology offers programs in Roman Catholic priesthood formation, theological formation for Roman Catholic permanent deacon candidates, lay degrees in theology, continuing adult education and youth leadership as part of its secondary education mission.

The priesthood formation program goes beyond academics; it provides in-depth training for a lifetime commitment as a priest in four areas: human formation, spiritual formation, academic formation and pastoral formation. In the human formation, the graduate must take responsibility for integrating the various aspects of their humanity and behavior into a well-woven fabric that is compatible with being a Christian minister in general and a Roman Catholic priest in particular, including the lifestyle that both of those require. In the spiritual formation, spiritual direction fosters, encourages and challenges the seminarian's growth as a Christian and strengthens their relationship with God. In the academic formation, the seminarian must be familiar with sources of each Roman Catholic tradition as well as the rich two-millennia intellectual heritage of the Roman Catholic Church. In the pastoral formation, a program similar to a university's institutional management program is taught to the seminarian as preparation for managing a parish and its relations with the larger community.


History at a glance
Saint Meinrad Abbey's school Established 1857
Type secondary school
Saint Meinrad College Opened 1861
Type liberal arts college
Closed 1887 due to fire
Transferred to Jasper Academy
Saint Meinrad Seminary Opened 1887
Type major seminary, minor seminary
Saint Meinrad High School, Seminary, and College Reorganized 1959
Type major seminary, minor seminary, liberal arts college, secondary school
Saint Meinrad College Closed 1998[1]

Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools. It has also been recognized by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools continuously since 1979.[2]


Saint Meinrad Abbey's school was founded in 1857 by Swiss monks from the Benedictine Abbey of Einsiedeln. Following the decrees of the Councils of Trent and Baltimore, the school was organized into major and minor seminary programs. In 1959, Saint Meinrad was reorganized into a high school, college and theologate. The school offers the following advanced degrees: Master of Divinity; Master of Theological Studies; Master of Arts in Catholic Philosophical Studies, Master of Arts (Theology) and Master of Arts (Pastoral Theology).[3] The school is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.

Notable people


Deceased Alumni Cardinals

Alumni Bishops living as of 2013

  • Paul J. Bradley, DD, O'1971; Diocese of Kalamazoo
  • J. Douglas Deshotel, DD, O`1978; Diocese of Dallas - Auxiliary
  • Robert W. Donnelly, DD, O'1957; Diocese of Toledo - Auxiliary (retired)
  • Gerald A. Gettelfinger, DD, O'1961; Diocese of Evansville (retired)
  • Joseph H. Hart, DD, O'1956; Diocese of Cheyenne (retired)
  • James Vann Johnston, DD, T'1990; Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau
  • Peter A. Libasci, DD, O'1977; Diocese of Manchester
  • William F. Medley, DD, O'1982; Diocese of Owensboro
  • Carl F. Mengeling, STD, O'1957; Diocese of Lansing (retired)
  • Thomas J. O'Brien, DD, O'1961; Diocese of Phoenix (resigned)
  • Patrick Pinder, DD, O'1979; Archdiocese of Nassau
  • David L. Ricken, DD, O'1980; Diocese of Green Bay
  • João Noé Rodrigues (Sabbaticant 1993); Diocese of Tzaneen, South Africa
  • James Peter Sartain, DD, O'1978; Archdiocese of Seattle
  • Joseph M. Siegel, STL, O'1988; Diocese of Joliet - Auxiliary
  • David P. Talley T`1989; Archdiocese of Atlanta - Auxiliary
  • Anthony B. Taylor, DD, O'1980; Diocese of Little Rock
  • Charles C. Thompson, DD, T'1987; Diocese of Evansville

Deceased Alumni Bishops

  • Herman J. Alerding, O'1868; Diocese of Fort Wayne
  • John G. Bennett, O'1914; Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana
  • William D. Borders, DD, O'1940; Archdiocese of Baltimore
  • Joseph Chartrand, O'1892; Diocese of Indianapolis
  • Francis R. Cotton, O'1920 Diocese of Owensboro
  • Joseph R. Crowley, O'1953; Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend (Auxiliary Emeritus)
  • Laurence J. FitzSimon, O'1921; Diocese of Amarillo
  • James R. Hoffman, O'1958; Diocese of Toledo
  • E. B. Ledvina, O'1893; Diocese of Corpus Christi
  • Thomas F. Lillis, O'1885; Diocese Kansas City, MO
  • Denis O'Donaghue, O'1874; Diocese of Louisville (Emeritus)
  • Theodore Revermann, O'1901; Diocese of Superior
  • John C. Ward, O'1884; Diocese of Leavenworth


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