Brother Anthony S. Kirsch, O.S.B., has been appointed subprior of Saint Vincent Archabbey by Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. The subprior is responsible for assisting the archabbot and the prior in the daily operations of the monastery, and is one of the major superiors.
Brother Anthony returns to the Archabbey after 33 years at its apostolate in Brazil, Mosteiro de São Bento, Vinhedo, São Paulo, where he most recently served as subprior.
A native of Nicktown, Pennsylvania, he is the son of Clarissa Holzer of Nicktown and the late Louis M. Kirsch. He is one of six children: Mrs. William (Gloria) Nealen of Nicktown; Paul L. Kirsch of Cleveland, Ohio; Mrs. Richard (Deanna) Hoppel of Streamwood, Illinois; Cyril A. Kirsch of Beltsville, Maryland; and Mrs. Richard (Andrea) Ponzetto of Indiana, Pennsylvania.
He received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Saint Vincent College in 1966 and attended Saint Vincent Seminary and Seminário dos Estigmatinos, Campinas, São Paulo. He made his simple profession of vows on July 2, 1964 at Saint Vincent Archabbey, and solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1967 at Mosteiro de São Bento.
He has served the Saint Vincent Monastic Community as socius of novices (1964-1966); and was assigned to St. Benedict Priory in Brazil in 1967. He has served as director of the retreat house (1974-1975), prior of St. Benedict Priory (1975-1978), head of maintenance (1978-2000), and subprior of St. Benedict Priory (1983-1987, 1990-2000).