ST. MEINRAD – The Rev. Damian Schmelz OSB, a monk and priest of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, died June 12 in the monastery infirmary. He was 84.
Born in Georgetown, on May 7, 1932, to Aloysius William and Grace (Miller) Schmelz, Fr. Damian was given the name Vincent Eugene at his baptism. After completing his elementary education at St. Mary School in Lanesville, he entered the Minor Seminary at Saint Meinrad in 1950, and entered the novitiate two years later. He professed his simple vows on July 31, 1953, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 3, 1958.