Fr. Aelred Cody, OSB, dies on May 11
May 12, 2015
Fr. Aelred Cody, OSB, monk and priest of Saint
Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN, died on May 11, 2015, in the
monastery infirmary. He was 83 and a jubilarian of both profession
Surviving is a brother, Robert Cody of Ames, IA.
Fr. Aelred was born in Oklahoma City, OK, on February 3, 1932,
and given the name Joseph Francis Jr. at his baptism. After
completing his elementary and high school education at the
Cathedral schools in Oklahoma City, he briefly attended the School
of Music at the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City.
Transferring to Saint Meinrad College, he was invested as a
novice in 1951 and professed his simple vows on August 1, 1952. In
1955, he professed his solemn vows and graduated from the college,
receiving the first of six degrees he would acquire over the next
15 years. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 3, 1957.
In addition to his college BA in philosophy, he received STL and
STD degrees from Ottawa University, an SSL from the Pontifical
Biblical Institute in Rome, an SSD from the Pontifical Biblical
Commission, and an Élève dīplômé from the Ecole biblique at
archéologique française de Jérusalem.
He authored an extensive list of publications, including books,
entries in encyclopedias and reference works, articles, and essays
in a half-dozen languages.
His involvement in the world of professional biblical
scholarship covers half a century. Examples include his service as
a trustee and a member of the Executive Board of the Catholic
Biblical Association of America, as an associate editor and then
general editor of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, as a
member of the Consultative Committee of Concilium, and as
a member of the Editorial Board of Biblica.
From 2003 to 2005, he served first as vice-president and then
president of the Catholic Biblical Society of America. He was also
a member of the International Organization for the Study of the Old
Testament and the Society of Biblical Literature.
In 1970, he was appointed as consultor to the Holy See for the
opening session of the Mixed Study Commission of the Roman Catholic
Church and the World Alliance of Reformed Churches. In 1981, he was
appointed by the United States Bishops' Committee as a member of
the Oriental Orthodox-Roman Catholic Consultation in the United
Fr. Aelred was a professor at the Pontifical Biblical Institute
in Rome from 1968-1978, serving for two of those years also as
procurator for the Swiss-American and American Cassinese
congregations. He returned to Saint Meinrad in 1978 where, in
addition to continuing his scholarship, he served as novice-junior
Master for 14 years.
He served many years as an elected member of the Swiss-American
Congregation Council of the Abbot-President, as Saint Meinrad's
elected delegate to the Swiss-American General Chapter, and as an
elected or appointed member of the Saint Meinrad Archabbot's
An accomplished organist, he was a member of London's Royal
College of Music and Royal College of Organists.
The Office of the Dead will be prayed at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May
12, in the Archabbey Church, followed by visitation until 9 p.m.
Visitation on Wednesday will be from 8 to 9:45 a.m. in the
Archabbey Church, followed by the funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Burial
will follow in the Archabbey Cemetery. All times are Central