Monks profess first vows at Saint Meinrad
August 07, 2015
Two monks professed their temporary vows as
Benedictine monks in a ceremony on August 6, 2015, at Saint Meinrad
Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN.
They have completed their novitiate, a year of prayer and study
of the Benedictine way of life. As is the custom during the
profession of vows, they were assigned religious names. Novice John
Avery will be Br. Stephen and Novice Charles Peñalosa will now be
known as Br. Lorenzo.
Br. Stephen, 29, of Indianapolis, attended North Central High
School and was a member of St. Pius X Parish.
He graduated from Northwestern University in 2008 with a
bachelor's degree in music, and then served five years in the
French Foreign Legion as a musician.
Br. Lorenzo, 23, is a native of the Philippines. Most recently,
he has been studying for the priesthood for the Archdiocese of
Indianapolis, at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology.
He is a graduate of Ben Davis High
School in Indianapolis and Marian University, Indianapolis, where
he earned a bachelor's degree in Catholic studies and history in
2012. He was a member of St. Joseph Parish.
Temporary vows are typically for three years. This period offers
a continuing opportunity for the monk and the monastic community to
determine whether monastic life is, indeed, the right vocation for