ST. BENEDICT — Mount Angel Seminary named Benedictine monk, Father Paschal Cheline, recipient of its Lumen Gentium award Tuesday. The award, the seminary’s highest, honors individuals who have contributed significantly to the pastoral mission of the Church and to the good of the seminary.  

Latin for “Light of the Nations,” the award was established in 1989, the 100th anniversary of the seminary. This year is the seminary’s 125th anniversary.

The medal recognizes Father Cheline’s 50 years of service to the seminary and the Church as a monk, priest, educator, formator and spiritual director, his desire for God, his love for learning and his devotion to the liturgy. 

Father Cheline taught art history and liturgy at the seminary. Now 77, he came to the monastery at 14. In his years on the hill, he has taught at John F. Kennedy High School and Mount Angel Seminary High School, Seminary College and Theologate, and given numerous classes and presentations around the country. He has also served in a number of administrative roles, including formation dean of the Seminary College and theologate and rector of the high school. For the past 10 years, has been executive director of the Abbey Bach Festival.

He most recently served as vice rector for the Seminary College and director of spiritual formation for the seminary and he is currently a spiritual director in the seminary and junior master in the monastery.  

Father Cheline will celebrate his ordination jubilee in May.  

The Lumen Gentium, along with several other awards for students and faculty, was presented at the annual Annunciation dinner at the seminary Tuesday, March 25.