February 5, 2021

Benedictine novice professes temporary vows at Saint Meinrad

Benedictine Novice Simon Holden of Saint Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad professed temporary vows as a monk in a liturgy on Jan. 20 in the Archabbey Church of Our Lady of Einsiedeln.

As is the custom of Saint Meinrad, he took on a religious name during the profession of vows. Novice Simon is now Brother Peter.

A native of Lexington, Ky., Brother Peter, 24, earned a bachelor’s degree in music in 2019 at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky. He worked as a music theory and music history tutor while a student.

His most recent home parish was St. Leo Parish in Versailles, Ky., where he was a volunteer in the faith community’s Alpha program.

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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