Fr. Maximilian Maxwell, O.S.B., of Philadelphia, Pa., is the son of the late Robert Luke and Susan Maxwell. He is the youngest of four siblings, Susan, Catherine, Mary, and Robert.
Fr. Max is a 1992 graduate of West Philadelphia Catholic High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in communication and religious studies from Saint Vincent College in 2007. He began studies at Saint Vincent Seminary in 2008 and earned a master of divinity degree from the seminary in 2014.
Fr. Max entered the novitiate at Saint Vincent Archabbey in July, 2007 and professed simple vows the following year. On July 11, 2011, he made solemn profession of monastic vows. He was ordained to the diaconate on April 14, 2012 by Most Rev. Lawrence E. Brandt, Bishop of Greensburg, in the Archabbey Basilica. His deacon assignment was at Saint Richard Parish, Gibsonia, effective Aug. 19, 2012. He was ordained to the priesthood on Dec. 7, 2013 at Saint Vincent Archabbey by Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt of the Diocese of Greensburg.
Following his ordination, Fr. Max was assistant campus minister for athletics (2008-2009); assistant director of Archabbey guests and facilities (2008-2013); associate director of vocations (2013-2014); assistant director, campus ministry (2014-2017); director of vocations (2014-2020); master of ceremonies (2010-2020); associate director of sacristies (2017-2020); and assistant to the archabbot (2009-2020).
On July 13, 2020 he was assigned at Benedictine Priory, Savannah, Ga., and to the faculty of Benedictine Military School.
Prior to entering the monastery he worked for the Boy Scouts of America with the Cradle of Liberty Council, formerly the Philadelphia Council. During the school year, he worked in the BSA program Learning for Life, working in inner city schools, and during the summer, served as a Director of C.O.P.E. and High Adventure as well as program commissioner at Treasure Island Scout Reservation, the oldest Boy Scout camp in the United States.
Fr. Max then took his camping experience into the private sector, working as a senior camp director for ESF (Education Sports and Fun) Summer Camps. After working for the camp industry, he worked for corporate security for Mellon Bank at the Mellon Bank building in Center City, Philadelphia. Along with being director of Corporate Security Operations, he also worked for Kelly and Partners as an account manager for several law firms in Philadelphia.
Fr. Max was a parishioner of Saint Andrew The Apostle Parish, before moving to Saint Vincent. He enjoys running, and has participated in Pittsburgh's half marathon.