Novice joins Saint Meinrad monastic community
August 06, 2015
In a brief ceremony in the Chapter
Room, Tony Wolniakowski was clothed in the Benedictine habit at
Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN, on August 5. He begins a
year of monastic formation, including study of the Rule of St.
Benedict and monastic history.
Novice Tony, 28, is a native of Lansing, MI. Most recently, he
worked for the State of Michigan as an insurance complaint analyst
in the Department of Insurance and Financial Services.
After graduating from Pewamo-Westphalia High School in
Westphalia, MI, he earned an associate degree from Lansing
Community College in 2009 and a bachelor's degree in business
administration from Northwood University in 2010.
He was a member of St. Joseph Parish in Pewamo, MI, where he
volunteered as a faith formation teacher.
As a novice, he will take a year off from formal studies and
trades. The novitiate is a time of prayer and learning intended to
help a novice discern his vocation as a monk. At the end of this
year, a novice may be permitted to profess temporary vows of
obedience, fidelity to the monastic way of life and stability in
the community of Saint Meinrad.