Fr. Adrian Vorderlandwehr O.S.B.
Father Adrian served as the seventh abbot of St. Gregory's Abbey. He was born in Kingfisher, OK. He made monastic profession of vows at St. Gregory's on June 24, 1961, and was ordained to the priesthood on Aug. 19, 1967. He was elected abbot on March 14, 1979, and blessed on April 25, 1979, by Archbishop Charles Salatka of Oklahoma City. He resigned as abbot on October 15, 1988.
Fr. Adrian received his bachelor's degree from St. Benedict's College in Atchison, KS, and earned a master's degree in accounting from Oklahoma State University. He successfully passed the Oklahoma CPA qualifying exam, achieving a record-high score on the exam. Fr. Adrian has used his mastery of accounting in the service of St. Gregory's Abbey, College and University. He served for many years as the business manager of the college and as an instructor of accounting and other business courses. A great expansion of campus facilities took place during his tenure as abbot with the construction of the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, the Mabee Aerobic Center, the Noble Aquatic Recreation Center, the W.P. Wood Field House, and the Charham Therapeutic Riding Arena.
Since his retirement as Abbot, Fr. Adrian has served in residential parish ministry, including as pastor at St. Wenceslaus Parish and as Rector of the National Shrine of the Infant Jesus in Prague, OK, and as pastor at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in McLoud, OK. Fr. Adrian is currently the pastor of Sacred Heart Parish near Konawa, OK, and of St. Mary Parish in Wanette, OK. He also serves as a chaplain at two state prisons near Lexington, OK. Many of his former parishioners still request electronic copies of his carefully prepared and engaging homilies. In addition to his parish ministry, Fr. Adrian is a member of the Abbey Senior Council and serves as the Abbey business manager. He is a member of the St. Gregory's University Board of Directors. In his spare time he enjoys fishing.