Francis Bethel, O.S.B. is a native of Wichita, Kansas. He attended the University of Kansas from 1971 to 1974, where he studied under John Senior and his colleagues, Dennis Quinn and Frank Nelick. In 1975, he entered the French Benedictine Abbey Notre Dame de Fontgombault, where he made his vows as a Benedictine monk in 1977 and was ordained a priest in 1983. In 1999 he returned to the United States and was among the founders of the Benedictine monastery of Our Lady of Clear Creek in Hulbert, Oklahoma. Fr. Bethel serves as Prior of that monastery (now an Abbey), as well as the Master of Novices and the Master of Oblates. Within the monastery he teaches Dogmatic Theology.