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The Team

Who We Are

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Father Jerome Kodell OSB

Spiritual Director

Fr. Jerome Kodell, O.S.B. was born in Clarksville, Arkansas on the 19th of January, 1940. In 1959, he made profession as a Benedictine monk, at Subiaco Abbey in Subiaco, Arkansas. He was ordained a priest in 1965 and took advanced degrees in theology and scripture in Rome.

Fr. Jerome served as abbot of Subiaco Abbey from 1989 to 2015. He is presently editor of the Abbey’s newsletter and involved in retreat ministry. Prior to his election as abbot, he founded the popular Little Rock Scripture Study program. Fr. Jerome is the author of the bestselling Catholic Bible Study Handbook, as well as several other books on Scripture and the spiritual life, including Life Lessons from the Monastery.


From 1969 through 1987, he taught at Subiaco Academy, and was also the director of new monks through most of that time. He spent two years in Belize, at the Santa Familia monastery. He is currently active in the community as a carpenter, in the development office, and teaching formation classes.

Greg Foss


Greg Foss is an entrepreneur and Principal of The Compass Business Group (TCBG).


Prior to forming the Compass Business Group, Greg served as the Director of Strategic Product Growth for Navistar. His background also includes operating global and North American business units with Volvo Truck North America, RSM McGladrey and Genuine Parts Company.        


Greg and his wife Dana are the proud parents of two sons (Jerome is an author and teaches Politics at St. Vincent College, Mathew Foss is a film maker, teacher and owns a production company) and 8 grandchildren.


Greg’s decision to leave the corporate world has allowed him to focus on his passion of helping others and improving lives through entrepreneurship. In 2021, Greg launched two business ventures; Velocity by 99entrepreneurs, an advisory service that provides strategic planning and on-going guidance to new business owners during the critical start-up phase of their new enterprise, and Catholic Business 360, dedicated to making a positive impact on the world at the intersection of faith and business.    

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Dr. David Wright


Dr. David W. Wright, Ed.D. is the Headmaster of Subiaco Academy.


David came to Arkansas in 2018 from Gettysburg College, a Top 50 Liberal Arts College in Pennsylvania. David and his wife Cindy are the parents of three grown daughters (and a German Shepherd). They are especially excited about the monastic presence at Subiaco and have thoroughly enjoyed becoming Benedictine, in every sense of the term.


David has served as a teacher, coach, administrator, and athletic director and is strongly supportive of the role of co-curricular activities, whether academic, athletic, or social, in the development of young people into adults who can truly and confidently participate in a vast horizon and make a difference in the world. Under his leadership, Gettysburg College built award-winning facilities, won numerous conference titles in various sports, and three NCAA National Championships in women’s lacrosse.


In his acceptance letter, David expressed that this opportunity to serve as Subiaco’s Headmaster is a “calling”, and the opportunity of a lifetime to help young men rise to leadership in whatever field of endeavor they choose. Under his direction, Subiaco Academy has embarked on a first-of-a-kind parallel curriculum for character development of the students who attend the institution. 

St. Joesph

Patron Saint 

Saint Joseph is a key figure in Christianity and is known as the earthly father of Jesus Christ and the husband of the Virgin Mary.

The historical accounts of Joseph's life have mostly been blurred and one of the four gospels has no mention of his life at all. He was mentioned in the gospels of Matthew, John, and Luke, and these are the only sources of information about his life.


Joseph was said to be a descendent of King David. He and Mary were wed following the immaculate conception of our Lord. He came to know about her pregnancy and planned to divorce her quietly, however, an angel from heaven told him about her being the future mother of the son of God. 

Beginning his career as carpenter, Joseph gained considerable notoriety (and sainthood) fulfilling his vocation of father and husband.


Joseph currently is the patron saint of over 46 job categories, 16 countries and 86 cities. Always on the go, Joseph's hobbies include terrorizing demons and helping people sell real estate.      

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