Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict


Fr. Columba Kelly, OSB, receives Spiritus Liturgiae Award

July 17, 2015

Pic _news _Fr .-Columba -Spiritus -Liturgiae -AwardThe Liturgical Institute has awarded its Spiritus Liturgiae Award to Fr. Columba Kelly, OSB, of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN. The award recognizes distinguished service to the Catholic Church in promotion of the sacred liturgy.

Fr. Columba, a Benedictine monk and priest, studied sacred music in Rome, earning a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) degree from Sant' Anselmo in 1959. He then studied at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music, earning a doctorate in 1963.

He is renowned for his work with Gregorian chant. He has been a teacher, composer and scholar of chant for 50 years. When he returned to Saint Meinrad after his studies, he was appointed the monastery choirmaster. He then began his work of composing English-language chants based on the principles used to create the original Gregorian chant repertory.

He has led numerous courses and workshops on chant throughout the United States, at the Abbey of Solesmes in France and for Benedictine communities in Australia.

This is only the second time the award has been given. The Institute, a program of the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL, first gave the award in 2010 to Msgr. James Moroney.

The announcement was made July 15 at the 15th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Liturgical Institute. 

Photo: From left: Fr. Douglas Martis, director of The Liturgical Institute, presents the award to Fr. Columba Kelly, OSB. Looking on is Adam Bartlett.