Br. Damian Whalen O.S.B.
Br. Damian was born in Yreka, CA, and spent much of his childhood in Arizona. He made monastic profession of vows at St. Gregory's Abbey on August 20, 1976. Br. Damian completed a bachelor's degree at St. Vincent's College, Latrobe, PA, and a master's of music degree in choral conducting at the University of Oklahoma. In addition to this, he pursued advanced studies in church music at Northwestern University in Chicago and graduate studies in Theology and Liturgical Studies at the University of Notre Dame. An accomplished organist, Br. Damian received training in organ performance and accompaniment at St. Vincent College, Northwestern University and Oklahoma Baptist University. In May 2010, he completed a Doctorate in Business with Capella University, with an emphasis in organization and management.
Br. Damian serves in a number of roles in the monastic community, including as choir master, organist, and as a member of the Abbey Liturgy Committee. He currently devotes much of his time to preparing a revision of the prayer books that the monastic community and its guests use in the celebration of the Work of God or the Liturgy of the Hours at St. Gregory's Abbey, a project that will continue through 2016. Br. Damian has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in both the College of Arts and Sciences and the College for Working Adults/College of Continuing Studies at St. Gregory's University. He currently directs the University Schola Cantorum and serves as a special assistant to the president and on the university executive council.
In his spare time, Br. Damian enjoys handicrafts, bird watching and cooking. He often puts his cooking skills to use in service to the monastic community, friends and for fund-raising dinners to benefit the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, St. Gregory's University and the Abbey.