February 16, 2024

Saint Meinrad Archabbey receives new novice

Benedictine Novice Joshua BrahmIn a recent ceremony at Saint Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad, a new novice was received by the monastic community.

Benedictine Novice Joshua Brahm was clothed in the Benedictine habit on Jan. 19. He now begins a year of monastic formation, including study of the Rule for Monks of St. Benedict and monastic history.

Novice Joshua, 36, is a native of Ferdinand, Ind., where he was a member of Christ the King Parish in the Evansville Diocese. He attended Forest Park High School in Ferdinand.

Before entering the monastery, he worked at Kimball Electronics in Jasper, Ind., for the last five years. He most recently served as utility, lower management/production support.

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. †

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