August 18, 2006

Saint Meinrad Archabbey welcomes
new novice

In an Aug. 5 ceremony at the monastery entrance, Todd Mattingly was clothed in the Benedictine habit at Saint Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad.

He begins a year of monastic formation, including study of the Rule of St. Benedict and monastic history.

Novice Todd, 31, was born in Evansville, Ind. He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing management from Indiana University in 1997. After college, he spent nearly 10 years working in the home improvement industry.

As a novice, he takes a year off from formal studies and/or 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. †


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