- Mark Searle
Michel, Virgil (24 June 1890–26 November 1938), monk, was born George Francis Michel in St. Paul, Minnesota, the son of Fred Michel and Mary Griebler. His father owned a large general store and speculated in real estate and insurance. At the age of thirteen Michel was sent to St. John’s Preparatory School at Collegeville, Minnesota. He stayed there to complete college at St. John’s University; he then entered the Benedictine community, taking the name Virgil, in 1909. He made profession of monastic vows in 1913 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1918....