Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict


Members join Saint Meinrad Board of Overseers

October 26, 2015

One new, one emeritus and two returning members have joined the Board of Overseers, the advisory board for Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN.

The board advises President-Rector Fr. Denis Robinson, OSB, on matters related to the school's programs and performance and addresses strategic questions related to the future of the school. Each member serves a three-year term.

The new member is Fr. Brent Lingle; the returning members are Linda Budney and Deacon Frank Olmsted; and the emeritus member is Barbara Mitchel.

Fr Lingle - 2015.jpgFr. Brent Lingle was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Sioux City, IA, in 2007. He serves as director of worship, vice chancellor, episcopal master of ceremonies, assistant to the diocesan bishop and director of the propagation of faith for the Diocese of Sioux City.

Fr. Lingle received a bachelor's degree from the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary and Saint Mary's University in 2003 and graduated from Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology with a Master of Divinity degree in 2007.

He was the past administrator of Sacred Heart Parish in Spencer, IA. He is on the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Linda_Budney.jpgLinda McDonald Budney, JCL serves as an advocate on the Washington, D.C. Archdiocesan Tribunal. She has been an adjunct instructor for Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, teaching canon law in the Graduate Theology and Permanent Deacon Formation programs.

She also has served as an advisor to the Bishops' Committee on the Laity and a consultant to the Sub-Committee on Lay Ministry during the drafting of the document,Co-workers in the Vineyard of the Lord.

From 2005-2014, she was pastoral associate for adult faith formation at Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Potomac, MD. Budney is an oblate of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, and is a dame in the Order of Malta.

She has a degree in canon law from The Catholic University of America. Budney and her husband David LaRoche live in Bethesda, MD.

Olmsted_Frank_553.jpgDeacon Frank Olmsted teaches theology and is assistant service project director at De Smet Jesuit High School in St. Louis, MO. He also served 24 years as pastoral director and is in his 42nd year of teaching.

Deacon Olmsted holds a bachelor's degree in theology and Latin from Benedictine College, Atchison, KS; a master's degree in dogmatic and systematic theology from St. Louis University; and a master's degree in religious education from Saint Meinrad School of Theology. He was ordained a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of St. Louis in 1999.

Deacon Olmsted was assistant professor of theology at Benedictine College from 1975-1984 and served on the faculty of Pope Paul VI Pastoral Institute in St. Louis for 15 years.

He and his wife, Mary, have presented workshops for deacon candidates in the Belleville, IL, diocese through Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. He was dean of students in the Saint Meinrad School of Theology Summer Program from 1980-1982, and served three terms as president of the School of Theology Summer Program Alumni Association and nine years on the summer program's Alumni Board.

Deacon Olmsted served two terms on the Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology Board of Trustees and served one term as executive secretary. He is currently on theDeacon DigestAdvisory Board.

He and Mary are members of St. Cletus Parish in St. Charles, MO, where Mary is director of religious education and Frank serves as a deacon.

Barbara_Mitchell_new.jpgBarbara Mitchel is a former secondary school teacher and owner/operator of Williams Creek Ceramics. She is now retired.

Mitchel is a graduate of Purdue University. She is active in her home parish, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, where she is an adult Bible study discussion leader. She also serves at the welcome table after Mass.

This past June, she was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Hoosier Art Salon as the representative for Psi Iota Xi. Mitchel is a member of the St. Vincent Hospital Guild and is an active volunteer on behalf of the hospital for 30 years.

She is a current member and past national president of Psi Iota Xi National Philanthropic Organization and a member of the Carmel Clay Historical Society.

She served on the Board of Overseers for 12 years, before completing her service in 2014.