Leader Of Subiaco Abbey Planning To Resign After 25 Years

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FORT SMITH (KFSM) - On a "5NEWS This Morning" segment that ran on Sunday (Feb. 15th), anchor Daren Bobb spoke to Abbot Jerome Kodell, 75, who's stepping down as the leader of Subiaco Abbey and Academy. He has led the community of Benedictine monks living at the monastery for the last 25 years.


  • pluto

    My son went to this place and all he learned was how to do drugs, drink, cheat and lie. Good riddance to bad rubbish !

    • FedUp

      Maybe the problem was your child. I can name dozens of fine men that came out of that place and they received a very good education. Any school will have drugs in it and unfortunately even a private school has thugs in it from time to time. One bad apple does not ruin the entire bushel.

    • Subiaco Alumni

      Pluto, I am a graduate and proud Alumni of Subi. Subiaco Academy is one tough school. We had no time for drugs or alcohol. Sports and study were paramount; the schedule left no time for anything but extra study. The goal was to make the deans list, so you could study on your own time, but most attended study hall every night. I am very disheartened that you are bitter towards your son, maybe if you raised him right and did not blame a school for his upbringing you and your son might have a better relationship. In this day and age it’s easy to balm the other side, but it’s harder to do the job right the first time; this separates the weak from the strong. I wish you the best and God bless you and your son Pluto.

  • Eric

    I loved my time on the hill and have awesome memories, I learned the value of hard work, earned a top education, but most of all made great friends I keep till today. Abbot Jerome, you are one excellent leader for what you taught us and for your compassion; thank you Abbot Jerome for everything.

  • Eliza

    I remember wanting to go there so bad but God had other ideas since he made me a girl. Lol had a friend way back that did attend and I have heard he is now a wonderful Man and proud Marine.

  • Matthias Hagge

    As a monk of that monastery, this was a nice video, but it is NOT Subiaco Academy. The collective community of monks is Subiaco Abbey. Subiaco Academy is one of our ministries.

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