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Monks profess first vows at Saint Meinrad

August 07, 2015

Pic _hs _Br _Stephen _Avery _2015Two 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.

Pic _hs -Br _Lorenzo _Penalosa _2015He 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 this individual.