Four Benedictines Make Solemn Profession of Vows

Four Benedictines Make Solemn Profession of Vows Monday, July 13, 1998

 The Rt. Rev. Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Archabbot of Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, accepted the solemn vows of four Benedictines on Saturday, July 11, during ceremonies at Saint Vincent Basilica.

After spending one year as a novice and three years as a junior monk, a period of reflection and monastic formation, the Benedictine brothers may petition for solemn vows, which are a commitment to monastic vows for life.

The four making their professions were Brother Anthony J. Grossi, O.S.B., a native of Butler; Brother Edward M. Mazich, O.S.B., originally from Danville; Brother Hugh D. Lester, O.S.B., formerly of Washington and Brother Matthew T. Laffey, O.S.B., a Pittsburgh native.


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"We have had mass in dugouts 90 feet below the level of the ground, where there was hardly room to turn around, in ruined churches, and in the open air," wrote Brother Vincent Thiede, O.S.B., in October of 1918, from France during World War I. "I have seen a great many German prisoners. We get them whenever we can to help us dig graves... I am helping to bury the dead... At first I thought that I could hardly do this kind of work, but I have gotten to like it; God has given me strength for it is a work of charity and very pleasing to him."

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