Br. Benet Steven Exton, O.S.B., can usually be found at St. Gregory's Abbey in Shawnee, Oklahoma. A 1984 graduate of St. Gregory's College, he entered the abbey on July 10, 1985; made his simple profession of vows on July 11, 1986; and made his solemn profession on July 11, 1989. He later earned a bachelor's degree in religious studies, with a minor in history, from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, and a master's degree in library and information studies from the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

He works or has worked at St. Gregory's University as a cataloging librarian and archivist, and at St. Gregory's Abbey as a librarian, archivist, guestmaster, sacristan, liturgy coordinator, master of ceremonies, gift shop manager and tour guide.

He enjoys reading fantasy, science fiction and American Civil War histories, and he likes Christian religious, classical and Celtic music. He is of English, Irish, Czech, German, Austrian, Swedish and Danish heritages.

Reviews by Benet include:

Thura Al-Windawi
Thura's Diary: My Life in Wartime Iraq

William Riley Brooksher
Bloody Hill: The Civil War Battle of Wilson's Creek

Salvatore T. Bruno
Templar Organization: The Management of Warrior Monasticism

Pat Carey
Growing up Irish Catholic & Surviving My Mom's 11 Sisters

Ron Chepesiuk
The Scotch-Irish: From the North of Ireland to the Making of America

Gawdat Gabra
Coptic Monasteries: Egypt's Monastic Art & Architecture

Mark Grimsley
And Keep Moving On: The Virginia Campaign, May-June 1864

Samuel W. Hankins
Simple Story of a Soldier: Life & Service in the 2d Mississippi Infantry

William McCarter
My Life in the Irish Brigade: The Civil War Memoirs of Private William McCarter, 116th Pennsylvania Infantry, edited by Kevin E. O'Brien

Geoffrey Perret
Lincoln's War: The Untold Story of America's Greatest President as Commander in Chief

Cyril A. Reilly & Renee Travis Reilly
An Irish Blessing

Brian James Shanley
Manhattan Massacre

William L. Smith
Irish Priests in the United States: A Vanishing Subculture

Steven E. Woodworth & Kenneth J. Winkle
Atlas of the Civil War