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Three monks profess solemn vows

August 16, 2016

160815_Solemn Profession _070Three men professed solemn vows as Benedictine monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey in a ceremony on August 15, 2016, in the Archabbey Church at St. Meinrad, IN.

Becoming full members of the Saint Meinrad community were Br. Peduru Fonseka, OSB, Br. James Jensen, OSB, and Br. William Sprauer, OSB.

Br. Peduru, 33, is a native of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Battaramulla and attended St. Joseph's College in Colombo, both in Sri Lanka.

In 2008, he earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of South Alabama in Mobile. He then worked as a structural engineer at Barter & Associates Inc. in Mobile, until joining the monastery in 2011.

He is in his third year of priesthood studies at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology and assists with the Benedictine Oblate program. He also gives retreats and guided tours at Saint Meinrad.

Br. James, 33, is a native of Iowa City, IA, where he was a member of St. Mary's Parish and attended Regina Catholic Education Center.

He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from theUniversityofIowaand a master's in accounting science fromNorthern Illinois University. He passed the Certified Public Accountant exam and worked in corporate finance before coming to Saint Meinrad.

In 2015, he earned a Master of Arts in Catholic philosophical studies at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. He works as an administrative assistant for Saint Meinrad's "One Bread, One Cup" program and works in the Development Office.

Br. William, 32, is from Piqua, OH, and attended Piqua High School. He became Catholic in 2008 and was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Centerville, OH.

He is a 2006 graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor's degree in computer science and has more than five years of professional software development experience. He earned a Master of Arts in Catholic philosophical studies from Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in May.

He works in the Office of Monastery Vocations, gives retreats and will begin studying theology at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology.

In professing solemn vows of obedience, fidelity to the monastic way of life and stability in the community at Saint Meinrad, they become full and permanent members of the Benedictine community.

Photo: Kneeling, from left, are Br. Peduru Fonseka, OSB, Br. James Jensen, OSB, and Br. William Sprauer, OSB.