Fr. Nicholas Ast O.S.B.

Father Nicholas was born in Colwich, KS. He attended St. Gregory's College, where he was the co-valedictorian of the class of 1984. He went on to complete a bachelor's degree from Newman University, in Wichita, KS.

Having completed his bachelor's degree, Fr. Nicholas entered the novitiate at St. Gregory's Abbey and made his monastic profession of vows on July 11, 1990. After monastic profession, Fr. Nicholas returned as a student to Kansas to complete a master's in history from Wichita State University. He completed theological studies in preparation for ordination at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, PA, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained as a priest on June 22, 2001.

Fr. Nicholas served for a number of years as a full-time instructor at St. Gregory's College and University, teaching a variety of subjects in history, theology and as a faculty moderator of the Tradition and Conversation/Great Books seminar series. He has been chosen several times by the student body as "Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year." He was appointed as Vice President for Mission and Identity in 2008 and assumed duties as University Chaplain in 2010. He stepped down from role of Vice President in the summer of 2015 to begin a sabbatical year, after which he resumed full-time duties as University Chaplain.  In addition to these ministerial duties in the university, Father Nicholas provides weekend ministry in parishes throughout Oklahoma.  He also serves as the Chaplain for Knights of Columbus Council 5354 at St. Gregory's University. In the monastery, Fr. Nicholas serves on the Abbey Senior Council and on the Liturgy Committee. In his spare time he enjoys landscaping work.