Novice joins Benedictine community at Saint Meinrad
January 20, 2016
In a brief ceremony, Novice Joshua W. Leeuw was
clothed in the Benedictine habit at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St.
Meinrad, IN, on January 19, 2016. He now begins a year of monastic
formation, including study of the Rule of St. Benedict and
Novice Joshua, 28, of Columbia City, IN, attended Columbia City
High School and graduated from Holy Cross College in 2010 with a
bachelor's degree in theology. He then spent five years in
formation with the Congregation of the Holy Cross at the University
of Notre Dame.
In 2013, he began a two-year stint as a theology teacher at
Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, CA. He has also done
ministry work as a counselor, hospital chaplain, teacher and
homeless shelter volunteer.
As a novice, he takes 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.