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Fr. Cassian Elkins, O.S.B.

Position: Teacher/Coach/Religious Studies Dept Chair

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Subjects/Activities/Responsibilities: Religious Studies Department Chair, Old Testament, New Testament, Oral Communications and Rhetoric, Drama, Music Appreciation, Freshman English, Varsity Tennis Coach, Forensic Speech and Debate Club

Education:  Dual B.A. in Philosophy and Theology: Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, TX

MDiv St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN


A Little About Me:

Howdy, Y'all! I’m a good ole boy from South Louisiana who grew up in a strong Catholic family who prided themselves in three things: their Catholic faith, their love of the Cajun people and culture, and most importantly, their prided gumbo recipes. I am told I have a vibrant personality. This I credit it to my joie de vivre. I love traveling and being outdoors and music and dead languages are two of my favorite hobbies. I constantly tell my students: Noli cedere cognoscere; non scholae sed vitae discimus (Do not cease to learn; we do not learn for school but for life).

I began my college studies at St. Joseph's Seminary College in Covington, LA, where I studied Philosophy. I then completed graduate studies in Philosophy and Theology at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington DC and St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in St. Meinrad, IN. I have a passion for Philosophy and Rhetoric and try to engage my students by using these classical models of education. I have the amazing job of opening young minds to the philosophical truth of the faith and then allowing them to reason through that truth to individual response. Teaching students how to critically think and persuasively argue is one of my greatest joys and it allows them to discover the role they were meant to play. As Shakespeare says:  


“All the world's a stage,

And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.” (As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII)