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Silas Henderson - Candidate

Background: Silas grew up in Clinton, Tennessee. He attended the local high school, became active in band, choir, and various other clubs and activities with history topping the list as his favorite subject. It was during these high school years that he also began to think about the possibility of priesthood.

An undergraduate student at Conception Seminary College in Conception, MO, he went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from St Joseph’s Seminary College, St. Benedict, LA, in 2006 and a Masters in Theological Studies from Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in St. Meinrad, IN, four years later.

A Benedictine monk for nearly 11 years, Silas is also an author, retreat leader, and catechist, as well as the managing editor of Deacon Digest Magazine and Abbey Press Publications. Silas blogs at You can also follow him on Facebook: and on Twitter:

“The call to religious life is a call to a specific charism (a way of life and prayer) and to life in a community. Over the years I have come to understand that this kind of shared charism and common life are important to me. Being part of a community, having the opportunity to pray and minister together, is an amazing way to serve the Church!” he said.

Why the Salvatorians?
Silas says he was drawn to the Salvatorians because, “It is the Salvatorians’ diversity and openness to the gifts and talents of each member is a great gift to the Church. The dream of Fr. Francis Jordan, the founder of the Society, was that ‘all may know the Savior.’ This vision still guides this community today and challenges the Salvatorians—priests, deacons, brothers, sisters and lay members— to always seek new and dynamic ways to spread the Gospel.”

Hobbies: Reading, movies, exploring new restaurants, and listening to many different styles of music.

Favorite Author/Book: “The End of the Affair” by Graham Greene and “Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy” by Rumer Godden.

Favorite Movie: Dead Poet’s Society

Favorite Quote: “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.”—Oscar Wilde

Favorite Bible Passage: “The Lord is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear?”—Psalm 27:1 – John 3:30