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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Pope Pius IX issued Inter ceteras, a papal bull raising Saint Vincent to the rank of an abbey fully exempt from control by any bishop, on this day in 1855. (Saint Vincent Seminary Origins to Present page 34). Also on this day, in 1905, the Saint Vincent Basilica was consecrated by Bishop J.F. Regis Canevin, fifth Bishop of Pittsburgh, who studied at Saint Vincent.

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