Subiaco Abbey and Academy

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Subiaco Abbey and Academy
405 North Subiaco Avenue
Subiaco, Arkansas, Logan County, 72865
United States
Coordinates 35°18′4″N 93°38′0″W / 35.30111°N 93.63333°W / 35.30111; -93.63333Coordinates: 35°18′4″N 93°38′0″W / 35.30111°N 93.63333°W / 35.30111; -93.63333
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established March 15, 1878
Headmaster Matt Stengel
Chaplain Deacon Roy Goetz
Grades 712
Gender male
Enrollment 185
Average class size 12
Student to teacher ratio 7:1
Classes offered 10 AP
Color(s) Blue and Orange         
Slogan A School for the Lord's Service
Sports Football, Basketball, Track, Baseball, Soccer, Tennis, Golf
Mascot Trojan
Team name Trojans
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools,[1] Independent School Association of Central States, Arkansas Nonpublic School Accrediting Association
Average SAT scores 1695 (average)
Average ACT scores (average) 25
Newspaper 'Periscope'
Yearbook 'Pax'
Graduates (average) 35-45
Academic Dean Cheryl Goetz
Dean of Men Greg Timmerman
Admissions Director Pat Franz
Athletic Director Tim Tencleve
New Subiaco Abbey
Location Logan, Arkansas
NRHP Reference # 78003484
Added to NRHP 02/28/1978

Subiaco Abbey is a Benedictine monastery located in Logan County, Arkansas, United States, in the Arkansas River valley. Subiaco Abbey and its associated academy are major features of the town of Subiaco, Arkansas. It is located within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Little Rock. It is named after the original Subiaco Abbey in Italy, one of the monasteries founded by St . Benedict himself.


In 1877, the Abbot of St. Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana, Martin Marty, negotiated with an agent of the LR&FS (Little Rock and Fort Smith) Railroad Company for 640 acres (2.6 km2) in Arkansas for the establishment of a Benedictine monastery for men and an additional 100 acres (0.40 km2) for the foundation of a monastery for Benedictine women. This agreement received the support of Bishop Edward Fitzgerald of Little Rock, Arkansas, who was in need of German-speaking priests for his diocese.

The original foundation of the abbey was made on March 15, 1878, upon the arrival of three monk-missionaries from St. Meinrad Archabbey. Due to financial and personnel difficulties, St. Meinrad Archabbey requested assistance. In the fall of 1887, the Einsiedeln Abbey, Switzerland sent eight novices and a priest-monk to Subiaco. Two of these were Brother Gall D'Aujourd'hui and Father Wolfgang Schlumpf.

In 1891, the name of the abbey was changed from St. Benedict's Priory to Subiaco. The third Abbot of Subiaco, Paul Nahlen, obtained Pope Pius XII's blessing for the construction of the present church on the campus. This act is depicted in one of the 182 stained-glass frescoes in St. Benedict Abbey Church on the campus.

Over the years, the Benedictine monks at Subiaco have pursued various spiritual, agricultural, and commercial endeavors. First were missionary works, then the establishment of Subiaco Academy, a university-preparatory school.

The abbey maintained a dairy operation, but that effort was abandoned in 1964 with an open auction of the dairy cattle.

Monastery commercial endeavors[edit]

The abbey pursues the commercial cultivation of grapes and other fruits, cattle feed crops (hay), and stands of timber.

The abbey maintains an electronic commerce website where products made at the abbey are sold. These products consist primarily of candy (Peanut Brittle) and food seasonings, a habanero sauce termed "Monk Sauce."

Beginning in 1999, the Abbey began raising a registered herd of black Angus cattle, starting with cattle donations from local ranchers. The quality of the herd is carefully controlled with a program of artificial insemination. In 2001, the cattle operation became one of the first to begin a program of ultrasound of pregnant cattle, which enables close monitoring of the breeding program and the quick sale of bulls. The program reached a milestone in January, 2005, with the first sale of registered Angus cattle, bringing an average price of more than $5500 per animal.[2]

Coury House Retreat Center[edit]

Subiaco provides accommodation for friends of the abbey, family members of academy students, and in accordance with the Rule of St Benedict, anyone who comes in peace. Visitor accommodations are made at the Coury House Retreat Center, an hotel-like establishment on the campus that provides room and board to visitors—including married couples—who wish to experience the spiritual renewal and solitude of the Subiaco Abbey and campus.

Subiaco Academy[edit]

Main article: Subiaco Academy

Subiaco Academy is a boarding/day school of Catholic tradition for any qualified young man in grades 7 through 12. It offers college preparatory classes, with co-curricular activities including sports, arts and music and outdoor activities including hiking, camping, fishing, swimming, boating, water skiing and kayaking.

The college placement rate for graduates is 100%.[citation needed] The academy's goal is to "challenge students to grow - mind, body and spirit".

Student Body[edit]

The Academy has a diverse student body attracting international students mainly from South Korea and China.In the 2013-2014 school year there were students from 10 countries and 17 States.[citation needed] There are also students from Mexico, Belarus, Spain, Thailand, Curaçao, and Japan. In addition, the Academy attracts students from across the United States.


The academy has a sports program consisting of football, basketball, baseball, tennis, golf, and track and field. The tennis team is one of the state's most successful with eleven state tennis championships, most recently in 2013.

Notable alumni[edit]

Media references[edit]

KNWA-TV, a Fort Smith, Arkansas television station, produced a half-hour report on the history of the Abbey and Academy in March 2009.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-06-23. [dead link]
  2. ^ Bennett, David (May 19, 2005). "Subiaco Abbey’s Angus herd". Delta Farm Press. Archived from the original on February 27, 2010. Retrieved February 27, 2010. 
  3. ^ [1] retrieved April 1, 2009[dead link]

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