Fr. Basil Keenan O.S.B.

Fr. Basil was born in Oklahoma City and grew up in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathedral Parish, where as a boy he was a member of the Cathedral Choir and served Mass. He made profession of monastic vows on June 24, 1961, and ordained to the priesthood on May 27, 1967. He received his bachelor's degree in mathematics at St. Benedict's College and his masters in chemistry from the University of Oklahoma.

Fr. Basil served for many years as an instructor of chemistry and mathematics and Spanish at St. Gregory's. Before, during and after this experience, Fr. Basil served for over twenty-five years in pastoral ministry away from the monastery. His pastoral assignments have included Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, East Los Angeles, CA, St. Stephen Parish, Holdenville, OK, with mission at St. Joseph Church, Wewoka, OK, Coalgate, OK, and its missions at Leigh, OK, and St. Patrick's, Atoka, OK, Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Francis Xavier Parish, Tulsa, OK, St. Benedict Parish, Shawnee, OK, His last assignment away from the monastery was as pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Seminole, OK, and its missions at St. Cecilia Church, Maud, OK, and St. Joseph Church, Wewoka, OK. Fluent in Spanish, Fr. Basil has had a particular passion for providing comprehensive pastoral care to the Spanish-speaking immigrant populations of southern California and Oklahoma. He continues to provide pastoral care as chaplain at John Lilly Correctional Center, Boley, OK, and assists on weekends at parishes around the state of Oklahoma. This is especially appreciated in communities where Spanish is spoken.

Currently Fr. Basil is serving in a nine-month pastoral assignment at St. Joseph Parish, Muskogee, while the pastor is on a sabbatical.  Occasionally Fr. Basil serves as an instructor of Latin in the university, sharing with his students his love and extensive knowledge of this foundational language.