Six Begin Novitiate

Thursday, January 22, 1998

 Six novices began their novitiate with investiture ceremonies at Saint Vincent Basilica on July 10. The novitiate is a year of prayer and study designed to aid them in determining their vocation as Benedictine monks.

The Rt. Rev. Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Archabbot of Saint Vincent, received the following postulants: Brother Cajetan (Paul) Homick of Brackenridge; Brother Ignatius (Joseph) Kury of Akron, Ohio; Brother Finnian (John) Gorg of Herndon, Virginia; Brother Boniface (Patrick) Hicks of Groton, Connecticut; Brother Patrick (Stephen) Doering of Denver, North Carolina and Brother Vinh Nguyen of Chester, Pennsylvania, a native of Vietnam.

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Saint Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop, Religious Founder
Beginning on October 24, 1846, the date usually placed as the foundation of Saint Vincent Archabbey, Seminary, and College, Wimmer and his young companions began to pray the Divine Office of the Church. Daily they began with, “Deus in adjutorium meum intende; Domine, ad adjuvandum me festina.” These time-honored words had begun the day for Christians for over eighteen centuries in the western Church. At this time, they began the day, everyday, at the first Benedictine monastery in the United States. (Rev. Brian Boosel, O.S.B., master's thesis, Slippery Rock University)

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