Fr. Simeon Spitz O.S.B.

Father Simeon was born in Elk City, Oklahoma, and spent most of his youth in the western Oklahoma town of Canute. After high school he attended St. Gregory's University, where he completed bachelor's degrees in Philosophy and Political Science. While a student at St. Gregory's he participated in the OPUS (Observation Program for University Students) at St. Gregory's Abbey, which gave him an extended experience of life in the monastery. Following his studies at St. Gregory's University he was accepted as a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary near Philadelphia, PA, for two years. He returned to St. Gregory's Abbey as a postulant in the fall of 2008, entered the novitiate on January 5, 2009, and made his first profession of vows on the Solemnity of the Epiphany, January 6, 2010. 

Fr. Simeon completed his theological studies at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, PA, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 31, 2014.  After ordination Fr. Simeon frequently provided pastoral assistance at parishes around Oklahoma on the weekends, and as a popular speaker at the Archdiocesan Catholic Summer Youth Camp at Our Lady of Guadalupe Camp and at parish youth groups.  He served for two years as Vice President for Mission and Chaplain for St. Gregory’s University.  Fr. Simeon currently resides at the Benedictine Collegio Sant’Anselmo while pursuing advanced studies in sacred scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute.  When he is at the Abbey he pursues several hobbies and interests, including bee-keeping and the harvesting of honey, raising blackberries and the production of jam and jelly for sale to the public.