Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Monastic Vows

Why are the monastic vows different than the traditional religious vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience? At solemn vows a monk professes the following vow formula:  “I promise stability in this community, conversion according to a monastic way of life, … Continue reading

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The Various Stages of the Monastic Life

With the reception of three young men into the monastery’s novitiate last Wednesday and the Solemn Profession of Bro. John Paul, OSB the following day, we have received several questions related to the various stages of becoming a monk, what … Continue reading

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Abbot Mark’s homily for Bro. John Paul’s Solemn Profession

This is the text of the homily given by Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B. on the occasion of the Mass at which Bro. John Paul James, O.S.B. professed his solemn vows to the monastic community at Saint Anselm Abbey, on July … Continue reading

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Solemn Profession

Earlier today, Bro. John Paul James, O.S.B. professed his solemn vows of obedience, stability, and conversatio morum (fidelity to a monastic manner of life) to Abbot Mark and the monks of Saint Anselm Abbey.

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The Day of Three Novices

Today in a brief private ceremony at noon, Abbot Mark and the monks of our community welcomed three young men into the monastery’s novitiate. All three novices are alumni of the Saint Anselm College:  Bro. André (Nathan) Boudreau, class of … Continue reading

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