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Profiles of monks

Scroll down to meet the members of St. Procopius Abbey.


Abbot Austin G. Murphy, O.S.B.

X Abbot


Born in Huntington, New York on March 25, 1974.

Professed a monk on September 6, 1997.

Ordained a priest on July 3, 2004.

Elected Abbot on June 24, 2010.


Quote about monastic vocation:  "I thank God for the monastic vocation, especially for the opportunities it gives me -- opportunities to pray, to grow spiritually, to be challenged, to receive support, and to serve others in Christ."

Abbot Hugh Anderson, O.S.B.

VIII Abbot


Born in Ohio, Illinois, on January 30, 1938. 

Professed a monk on June 24, 1959.

Ordained a priest on May 22, 1965. 

Elected Abbot on April 9, 1985. 

Served as XV Abbot President of the American Cassinese Congregation 2010-2016.


Quote about monastic vocation:   "I have been a monk for 57 years and I would do it all over again."


Abbot Dismas Kalcic, O.S.B.

IX Abbot


Born in Joliet, Illinois on January 1, 1929. 

Professed a monk on June 26, 1955.

Ordained a priest May 27, 1961. 

Elected Abbot on December 30, 2002.


Quote about monastic vocation: "As one progresses in monastic life it becomes easier and easier to live by Christ’s teachings, to do what is right, regardless the cost. In the Prologue to his Rule for monks, I think that’s what St. Benedict is telling someone about to enter the monastery: “As our lives and faith progress, the heart expands and with the sweetness of love we move down the paths of God’s commandments.”


Brother Guy Jelinek, O.S.B.

Prior 

Business Manager


Born in Berwyn, Illinois, December 14, 1951. 

Professed a monk on June 24, 1972.


Quote about monastic vocation: "Well, I thought of and planned on medical school.  Then, I met the monks and my horizons of service expanded beyond me to you.  And, that's it!  Here I am."




Fr. Thomas Chisholm, O.S.B.

Subprior

Guestmaster


Born in Chicago, Illinois on April 11, 1939.

Professed a monk on June 19, 1970.

Ordained a priest on June 24, 1989.


Quote about monastic vocation:   "Community life of prayer and work has been my salvation.  I find strength in my confreres' talents, and, I hope I contribute something of my gifts to them as well."


Father Becket Franks, O.S.B.

Infirmarian



Born September 21, 1954 in Evergreen Park, Illinois.

Professed a monk on August 12, 1978.

Ordained a priest on June 28, 1986.


Quote about monastic vocation:  "I joined the community because of the liturgy and the architecture. But I stayed because of the support of many brothers; every day, I enter into the mystery of all three and more!"

Fr. James Flint, O.S.B.

Procurator

Business Manager

Vocation Director


Born June 21, 1952, in Athens, Ohio. 

Professed a monk on August 9, 1975.
Ordained a priest on August 13, 1983.


Quote about monastic vocation:  "God's mercy having brought me into contact with the Benedictine way of life, I saw that it was a good way to live, capable of producing holiness in a person.  In the decades since, I've often had questions about myself, but never about the Benedictine charism."


Fr. Edward Kucera, O.S.B.


Born in Chicago, Ilinois, on April 28, 1927.

Professed a monk on June 16, 1947.

Ordained a priest on May 30, 1953.


Quote about monastic vocation:  "When I thought I might want to be a priest, I chose the abbey with its many apostolates in which to function. I was attracted to the dedication of the monks to each other and their work."


Fr. Kenneth Zigmond, O.S.B.

Parochial Vicar at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Lisle.


Born, October 23, 1931 in Chicago.

Professed a monk on June 24, 1951

Ordained a priest on June 1, 1957.


Quote about monastic vocation:  "It was my good fortune to have the Benedictine sisters and priests as my educators in primary and secondary schools. The strongest motivation in becoming a Benedictine monk was the comfort of a religious family and the constant spiritual support it provides."


Fr. Jude Randall, O.S.B.


Born in Downers Grove, Illinois on October 4, 1933.

Professed a monk on June 24, 1954.

Ordained a priest on May 28, 1960.


Quote about monastic vocation:  "As a student, I wanted to get to know the monks and their different personalities. The fact that they lived and worked together inspired me to want to join and be a part of their community life."




Br. Raphael Kozel, O.S.B.


Born in LaGrange, Texas on June 26, 1925.

Professed a monk on December 8, 1955.


Fr. David Turner, O.S.B.


Born in Chicago, Illinois on April 13, 1934.

Professed a monk on June 24, 1957.

Ordained a priest on May 25, 1963.


Quote about monastic vocation:  "A Dominican Friar discerned that I belonged in a Benedictine monastery where I would be able to root myself and love a community without moving around the country in various assignments. He suggested St. Procopius, so I entered in 1954 and I am still here sixty-two years later."





Fr. Anthony Jacob, O.S.B.


Born in Chicago, Illinois on March 29, 1939.

Professed a monk on June 24, 1960.

Ordained a priest on December 18, 1965.


Quote about monastic vocation:  "I came to the college to be an engineer....but Our Lord had another idea!"




Fr. Philip Timko, O.S.B.


Born in Joliet, Illinois on November 3, 1941.

Professed a monk on January 24, 1962.

Ordained a priest on July 26, 1969.








Fr. Joseph Chang, O.S.B.


Born in Shanghai, China on November 23, 1926.

Professed a monk on February 28, 1970.

Ordained a priest on March 18, 1957.


Quote about monastic vocation:  "SEMPER ET UBIQUE.  I praise God's Mercy and Love to me!"


Fr. Julian von Duerbeck, O.S.B.


Born May 3, 1949, in Chicago.

Professed a monk on June 19, 1970.

Ordained a priest on May 15, 1976.


Quote about monastic vocation:  "The beauty and richness of the liturgy is important to my vocation.  Stability in the community and teaching students have sustained me over the years."



Br. Charles Hlava, O.S.B.


Born in Chicago, Illinois on August 10, 1951.

Professed a monk on August 11, 1973.


Quote about monastic vocation:  "Monastic life is a daily and life-long challenge, but I am encouraged by the words of St. Paul, "Never grow weary of doing what is right."




Br. Augustine Mallak, O.S.B.


Born in Rantoul, Illinois on December 31, 1957.

Professed  a monk on August 18, 1979.


Quote about monastic vocation:   "I was attracted to St. Procopius Abbey by the community life and the primacy of the liturgy. Those aspects are still important to me today as I continue my journey in the monastic life."






Fr. Gabriel Baltes, O.S.B.

Pastor of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Lisle.


Born in Sandusky, Ohio on April 19, 1958.

Professed a monk on September 14, 1983.

Ordained a priest on July 27, 1991.


Quote about monastic vocation:  "I find that monasticism nurtures the sacramental and liturgical life that is foundational for my own spirituality."



Brother Gregory Perron, O.S.B.

Working on doctoral studies at Rice University 


Born in Kankakee, Illinois, on March 5, 1971. 

Professed a monk on March 20, 1993.


Quote about monastic vocation: "I became a monk in order to seek God."



Brother Richard Poro, O.S.B.


Born in Cicero, Illinois on September 26, 1958.

Professed a monk on November 20, 1993.


Quote about monastic vocation:  "God planted my monastic vocation twenty-three years ago and watered me with the life of monastic vows, the Rule of St. Benedict, prayer, community life and His presence in the ordinary events of life. My work with the young and old has been grace-filled moments of God enhancing my life as a Benedictine Brother."




Br. Kevin Coffey, O.S.B.


Born in Long Branch, New Jersey on April 26, 1972.

Professed a monk on September 29, 2001.