Father Omer U. Kline, O.S.B., a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, was the author of The Sportsman’s Hall Parish Later Named Saint Vincent, 1790–1846, published in 1990 by the Archabbey Press, and of The Saint Vincent Archabbey Gristmill and Brewery, 1854-2000, published in 2000 by Archabbey Publications. He was a member of the Society of American Archivists, the American Catholic Historical Society, the Catholic Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania and the Westmoreland County Historical Society. Born in Hastings, Pennsylvania, he died in 2011.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Saint Vincent College in 1946, and completed his ordination studies at Saint Vincent Seminary. His graduate studies were at the Catholic University of America, where he received a Master of Arts degree in American History in 1955; and, at the Teachers College of Columbia University, where in 1963 he was awarded a Doctoral Degree of Education specializing in the teaching of speech.
Father Omer served the monastic community as subprior for 28 years from 1966 to 1994. From 1966 to 2007, he served as administrative assistant to five archabbots. For the same length of time he was archivist for both the Archabbey and the American-Cassinese Congregation of Benedictines, and was awarded the title of Archabbey Archivist Emeritus in 2007. His previous assignments were in the educational apostolates of the Archabbey.
At Saint Vincent Seminary he taught homiletics and since 1991, a seminarian has received the “Omer U. Kline, O.S.B., Excellence in Preaching” Award.