In 2004 at the age of 52, Brother Sixtus Roslevich finally responded to God’s persistent call by trading in several hats from his previous life for the distinctive black hood of a Benedictine monk. Born and reared near the Pocono Mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania, he studied set design at Penn State and in 1976 moved to St. Louis where he has enjoyed a 30-year-career of production design in theatre, opera, film and television, occasionally branching off into special event and exhibition design. He was an adjunct professor at Webster University for over 25 years and has guest-lectured at all of the major universities in the St. Louis area.
Other ‘hats’ which Brother Sixtus has worn include volunteering for many years both in college and in St. Louis as a Big Brother to a number of fatherless boys; serving on various civic, arts and charitable boards; serving the Cathedral Basilica as president of the Parish Council; and being appointed by the Mayor of St. Louis as a commissioner for the special security district in his historic neighborhood in the city’s Central West End. Other volunteer work benefited The Ronald McDonald House, Food Outreach, Operation Food Search, and the Quilt Project for St. Louis Effort for AIDS.
This monk took his religious name from his late great-uncle Brother Sixtus Demshock CFX who spent 64 years in religious life as a teaching Xaverian brother at various private Catholic boys’ schools on the East Coast. His family has included a large number of other brothers, priests and nuns spanning the past 100 years.
This background of serving others has prepared Br. Sixtus well for his current positions as Economus, Infirmarian, Assistant to the Abbot, and Set Builder for the school plays. In addition, his travels around the world have instilled in him a sensitivity to the special needs of the Abbey’s guests, many of whom travel here from outside the United States.