Fr. Steuernol was baptized Methodist, in West Virginia. At first he was ordained a minister in the United Church of Christ but later in the Presbyterian church. Fr. Steuernol visited a Trappist looking for a “supernatural thing in worship”. “As Protestants, we tend to be rational in our worship.” As a pastor, he got tired of feeling like the success of worship was based on how well he preached. Fr. Steuernol said he found what he was looking for in the Mass. He was ordained a Catholic priest, in 1996. Fr. Steuernol passed to his reward on June 8, 2010.