August 29, 2014

Novice professes temporary vows at Saint Meinrad Archabbey

Benedictine Novice Dane DeDeckerBenedictine Novice Dane DeDecker professed temporary vows as a Benedictine monk on Aug. 6 in a liturgy at the Archabbey Church of Our Lady of Einsiedeln at Saint Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad.

His profession of temporary vows came at the end of his novitiate, a year of prayer and study of the Benedictine way of life. As is the custom during the profession of vows, he was assigned a religious name. Novice Dane will now be known as Brother André.

Brother André, 37, is from Geneseo, Ill. He attended Geneseo High School and studied for a year at St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minn. He was previously a member of St. Anthony Parish in Atkinson, Ill.

Prior to entering the monastery, he had worked for 12 years as an over-the-road truck driver.

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.

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