September 8, 2023

Benedictine novice professes vows at Saint Meinrad Archabbey

Benedictine Novice Angel Romero-Olivas professed temporary vows as a monk of Saint Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad in a ceremony on Aug. 6 in the monastery’s Archabbey Church of Our Lady of Einsiedeln.

He had completed 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 given a religious name. Novice Angel is now Brother Jude.

Brother Jude, 39, is a native of Chihuahua, Mexico, where he was a member of Santa Rosalia Parish. He attended the Autonomous University of Chihuahua Law School.

Before entering the monastery, he worked at a Mexican consulate and in law.

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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