Rev. Julian Joseph Francis von Duerbeck, OSB, KCHS

Title: Priest-Monk, Educator
Company: St. Procopius Abbey
Location: Lisle, Illinois, United States

Julian von Duerbeck, Priest-Monk and Educator at St. Procopius Abbey, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in religious service and instruction.

When Rev. von Duerbeck was five years old, he was attending mass with his parents and remembers being inspired when the priest raised the host. He initially considered a career in ministerial service as a priest but was drawn to the monastic life because of his affinity for prayer. After becoming a professed Benedictine monk in 1970, Rev. von Duerbeck started his educational journey as a student at St. Procopius College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English literature in 1971, and continued his academic pursuits at St. John’s University, where he graduated in 1975 with a Master of Arts in theology in liturgy. In 1976, he became an ordained priest of the Roman Catholic Church.

Rev. von Duerbeck began teaching as an instructor of religious studies at Benedictine University (formerly Illinois Benedictine College) in 1975, and in 1976, he became a liturgist and instructor of monastic novices at St. Procopius Abbey, where he continues to work as an educator. Since 1986, he has worked as a teacher of world religion at Benet Academy, and since 1990, he has served as a coordinator of interreligious dialogue at St. Procopius Abbey. In recognition of his knowledge and experience, Rev. von Duerbeck was selected to serve as a councilor for the Parliament on the World’s Religions from 1990 to 1993, an honor for which he has great pride.

Since earning his degrees, Rev. von Duerbeck has studied as a postgraduate at the University of Toronto, the University of California Berkeley, and the Harvard Divinity School. In addition to his educational work, he served as an editor for three volumes of “Liturgy of the Hours” in 1979 and authored “Alternate Psalm Prayers” in 1989. He was appointed as a Knight by the Vatican, and in 2011 he was promoted to Knight Commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He is a member of the Augustan Society, and is also a fellow of the International Chivalric Institute. As a further testament to his service and stature, Rev. von Duerbeck was featured in the fourth edition of Who’s Who in Religion.

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