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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The periodic repainting and restoration of the Basilica's interior was begun in late summer of 1933, and included new lighting in the choir stalls. Instead of the constructed scaffolding used when the Basilica was built, workmen used a movable scaffolding. The Journal (November, 1933) reported: "This scaffold was (apparently) so easily movable that one never knew quite where to expect it in the morning on going down to Conventual Mass."

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