Two Novices Make First Vows

Two Novices Make First Vows Monday, July 13, 1998

 The Rt. Rev. Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Archabbot of Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, accepted the first vows of two novices during ceremonies held at Saint Vincent Basilica on Friday, July 10.

The postulants making their simple profession of vows were Brother Brian D. Boosel, a native of Butler and Brother Mark L. Floreanini, a native of Alliance, Ohio. They recently completed the novitiate at the Archabbey. The novitiate is a year of prayer and study designed to aid postulants in determining their vocation as Benedictine monks.

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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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