Two Benedictines Ordained To Diaconate April 14

Two monks were ordained to the diaconate on Saturday, April 14, by Most Rev. Lawrence E. Brandt, J.C.D., Ph.D., Bishop of Greensburg.

Brother Jeremiah Lange, O.S.B.

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. On July 11, 2011, he made solemn profession of monastic vows. 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 serves as assistant to the director of the Oblate Program. 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.

Brother Maximilian Maxwell, O.S.B., of Philadelphia is the son of the late Robert Luke and Susan Maxwell. He is the youngest of four siblings, Susan, Catherine, Mary, and Robert.

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 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.
Brother Maximilian 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, Brother Maximilian 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.
Brother Maximilian was a parishioner of Saint Andrew The Apostle Parish, before moving to Saint Vincent.

He entered the novitiate at Saint Vincent Archabbey in July, 2007 and professed simple vows the following year. He began studies at Saint Vincent Seminary in 2008. On July 11, 2011, he made solemn profession of monastic vows. From 2008-2009 he served as 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.

Brother Maximilian enjoys running, and has participated in Pittsburgh’s half marathon in 2010 and 2011.