Three Make Solemn Vows

 Three men made solemn profession of monastic vows, or vows for life, on Monday, July 11, 2011 at Saint Vincent Archabbey. They are from Jeannette, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

Brother Michael A. Antonacci, O.S.B., of Jeannette, is the son of Jerome and Sheila Antonacci. Brother Michael, a 2003 graduate of Hempfield High School, is a 2007 graduate of Saint Vincent College, where he earned Bachelor of Science degrees in mathematics and physics with highest honors.

He entered the novitiate in July 2007 and made simple profession of vows the following year. In 2008, he was named assistant miller for the Saint Vincent Gristmill as well as teaching assistant for the Saint Vincent College Physics Department. He began studies at Saint Vincent Seminary in 2008.

Brother Jeremiah Lange, O.S.B., of Pittsburgh is the son of George L. Lange of Murrysville and the late Margaret Meixelsberger.

He is a 1974 graduate of Plum Senior High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Slippery Rock University in 1996, a Master of Arts/Ed.S. degree in counseling from the University of South Carolina in 2001, and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Florida in 2005.

He was employed as a district counselor of secondary education in the Osceola City School District; Park Place Behavioral Center, Kissimmee, as a drug and alcohol abuse counselor; a doctoral fellow at the University of Florida, and a psychometrist at the Counseling and Human Development Center of the University of South Carolina.

He began studies at Saint Vincent Seminary in 2008.

He entered the novitiate at Saint Vincent Archabbey in July, 2007 and professed simple vows the following year. From 2008-2009 he served as a student advisor in the Opportunity Program at Saint Vincent College, assistant archivist, assistant director of the Oblate program, and assistant baker of Saint Vincent bread. He continues to serve as assistant to the director of the Oblate Program, an appointment made in 2008. He has served as sacristan and assistant master of ceremonies (2009-present), assistant food service liaison (2009-2010), and a research and teaching assistant on the faculty of the Education Department of Saint Vincent College (2009-2010). In 2010 he was named a field supervisor for Catholic Schools in the college Education Department.

Brother Maximilian Maxwell, O.S.B., of Philadelphia is the son of the late Robert Luke and Susan Maxwell.

He 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. Prior to entering the monastery he worked as an account manager for Kevin Kelly in Philadelphia.

He entered the novitiate at Saint Vincent Archabbey in July, 2007 and professed simple vows the following year. From 2008-2009 he served as named assistant campus minister for athletics. In 2008 he was named assistant director of Archabbey guests and facilities. In 2009 he was named an assistant in the Archabbot’s Office.

He began studies at Saint Vincent Seminary in 2008.