Father Nathanael Polinski, O.S.B.


Father Nathanael Polinski, O.S.B., studied metallurgical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, from which he earned a bachelor of science degree and then a master of business administration degree. Eighteen years after receiving his first degree from Pitt, he entered Saint Vincent Archabbey as a novice to begin to discern a vocation as a Benedictine monk.

He started studies at Saint Vincent Seminary in 2006, and professed solemn vows, or vows for life, in 2009. He was ordained a deacon in 2011, and a priest in 2012, the same year he received a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary and the bachelor of sacred theology degree, both with highest honors. Father Nathanael also received two awards during the commencement ceremony: the Sacred Scripture Award, given to the graduate who has most demonstrated excellence in the study of Sacred Scripture; and the Diakonia Award, honoring a graduate who exhibits praiseworthy academic performance and service to the Seminary community through building student morale and spirit, exercising leadership within the community, and demonstrating creative outreach to others. He began graduate studies at The Catholic University of America in 2012 and successfully defended his doctoral dissertation in December of 2017.
Following completion of his doctorate, he was named to the regular faculty of Saint Vincent Seminary in January of 2018, where he is teaching Sacred Scripture, including classes such as Johannine Literature. He was also named to the faculty of Saint Vincent College in the fall of 2018.