Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict


Archabbey honors co-workers for service

April 17, 2015

Service -Recognition -2015-for -webSaint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN, honored 78 active co-workers and 62 retirees who have 25 years or more of service during the annual Service Recognition Banquet on April 15, 2015.

"Our coworkers are a treasured resource of Saint Meinrad," said Archabbot Justin DuVall, OSB. "Some families have been associated with the work of the abbey across several generations, and as Benedictines we certainly value that kind of stability. 

"On this occasion it is a particular joy to note those milestone anniversaries of service that we are proud to name as a hallmark of the workforce here at Saint Meinrad."

Six co-workers received special recognition during the banquet. Donna Hagedorn of Dale, IN, and Donna Ernst of Jasper, IN, were honored for reaching 40 years of service.

Donna Hagedorn has managed the Scholar Shop since 1988. She began work for the Archabbey in 1968 as billing secretary for the printing office. She left in 1971 and returned seven years later as a paste-up artist for Abbey Press catalog and printing customers. From 1979 until 1986, she again worked as billing secretary in printing.

In 1986, she was selected as bookstore assistant manager, and was promoted to manager two years later. Donna and her husband, Albert, have three sons and seven grandchildren.

Donna Ernst has been the estimator in the Abbey Press Printing Office since 2006. Prior to that, she was the printing costing clerk. She began working for the Press in the Bindery Department on the mailing line in 1975.

In 1982, she transferred to the administrative area of the Printing Division, where she has worked in all aspects of job cost collection and postal regulations and calculations. She and her husband, David, live near Jasper. They have two sons and three grandsons.

Each received a double set of specially minted solid silver coins depicting St. Meinrad, the martyr of hospitality, on the front and the Archabbey's coat of arms on the back.

Cathy Altman, Teresa Dilger, Denise Gehlhausen and Sue Kloeck were honored for 25 years of service.

Altman, of Ferdinand, IN, is a key accounts manager in Abbey Press' Trade Marketing Department. Dilger, of Fulda, IN, works at Abbey Caskets. Gehlhausen, of Bristow, IN, works in the shipping department of Abbey Press. Kloeck, of St. Meinrad, IN, is the director of trade marketing at Abbey Press. 

Each of the 25-year honorees was presented with the Saint Meinrad silver coin. 

Photo: From left are Donna Hagedorn, Abbey Press General Manager Greg Tate, Donna Ernst, Sue Ann Kloeck, Cathy Altman, Archabbot Justin DuVall, OSB, Denise Gehlhausen, Treasurer/Business Manager Lisa Castlebury and Teresa Dilger.