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"Meghan Perks enters our community as a Postulant on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, January 1, 2020 ."

From the Carmelite monastery in Covington, LA. They now have three women in formation, and recently made her solemn profession. https://www.covingtoncarmel.org/about1




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Saint Martin's Abbey in Oregon - January 1 at 5:17 PM · 

Abbot Neal and the monks of Saint Martin's Abbey give thanks and praise for the simple profession of Br. Michael Ferman on January 1, 2020, the Feast of Mary Mother of God. Simple profession is the profession of temporary vows at the conclusion of the one-year novitiate. Br. Michael now enters the juniorate phase of monastic life, typically a three-year period preceding solemn vows. We ask that you continue to pray for his discernment, formation, and perseverance.

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Belmont Abbey in North Carolina  - 14 Jan 2020

Brother Samuel (Connor) Jones, O.S.B. and Brother Bernard (Justin) Meyers, O.S.B. were clothed in the monastic habit and received into the novitiate at Mary Help of Christian Abbey in Belmont, N.C.

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"Holy Cross Abbey - Berryville, VA

January 10 at 10:53 AM · 

On Saturday we were grateful to welcome our newest postulant, Br. Tom Morris. Following a simple post-Vespers ceremony Br. Tom officially began his time of initial formation and now joins Br. John and Br. Gregory in the novitiate. We ask you to unite with us in praying for his ongoing discernment in the months ahead and, God willing, his perseverance in the monastic life here at Holy Cross Abbey."

Holy Cross has only 9 monks in final vows. It's wonderful to see three men in formation now. Let us pray for more.

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Novice joins Benedictine community at Saint Meinrad

Monday, January 20, 2020

In a brief ceremony, Novice Simon Holden was clothed in the Benedictine habit at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN, on January 19, 2020.

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Br. Michael's First Profession — at Saint Meinrad (Indiana)

January 24 at 4:51 PM · 

On Monday, January 20, 2020, Nov. Dennis Reyes made his first profession as a Benedictine monk of Saint Meinrad Archabbey. He is now called Br. Michael. Vow chart calligraphy and artwork by Br. Martin Erspamer, OSB.

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From Mepkin Trappist abbey in South Carolina: 

"Two New Postulants

On Saturday, January 11, at Vespers, Father Joe welcomed two new brothers into the community as Postulants. For a number of months, they have been with us as observers, and now they have the next important step in their monastic journey. Brother Jophan Porter and Brother Jesus Acosta were are welcomed warmly by the brothers at Chapter."

I'm sure the postulants and the monks would appreciate prayers. 

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"St. Andrew Abbey Vocations - Cleveland, Ohio

January 24 at 9:28 PM · 

St. Andrew Abbey welcomes new novice, Br. John Paul Gnatowski. Prayers for his perseverance in his monastic journey." 

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From Saint Anselm Benedictine Abbey in Manchester, New Hampshire, posted 3 Feb, 2020: 

Saint Anselm Abbey 

Congratulations to Brother Francis who professed solemn vows yesterday!

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From Holy Cross Trappist Abbey in Virginia: 

"February 4 at 7:46 AM · 

On Sunday morning we had the happy occasion of witnessing Brother Gregory Wilson receive the Cistercian Habit and formally begin his two-year novitiate. In keeping with a long monastic tradition, Brother Gregory felt led to take a new name—that of the great Prophet Elijah. We thank God for bringing Brother Elijah to this important juncture in his monastic life, and we call on his powerful patron to intercede for, and accompany, our brother in his ongoing preparation for monastic vows."

Br. Gregory (now Br. Elijah) was mentioned above as one of three men in formation at Holy Cross. So they now have two postulants and a novice.

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From the Dominican Friars, Province of Saint Joseph (Eastern US): 

"February 2 at 8:51 AM · 

Thanks be to God for yesterday's solemn profession of six of our brothers!

Br. Damian Day, Br. Philip Nolan, Br. Reginald Hoefer, ... Br. Frassati Davis, Br. James Ritch, and Br. Simon Teller!"

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From Subiaco Abbey, in Arkansas: 

"February 7 at 3:10 PM · 

SIMPLE PROFESSION OF BR. GABRIEL: Novice Sam Jannise made profession as a Benedictine monk in the Subiaco Abbey Church February 2, 2020. During Vespers, Novice Sam presented his written and signed petition to Abbot Leonard who then welcomed his public profession of monastic vows for three years. Reflecting this change in his state of life, the Abbot assigned him a new name (Gabriel of the Annunciation). ... Please say a prayer for Br. Gabriel Jannise, O.S.B.!!! UIOGD!"

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"Passionist Nuns' Monastery in Ellisville, MO

February 4 at 11:52 AM ·

Another little job for the new kid...picking up dirty silverware and other used dinnerware after each meal! Postulant Caitlin, in a new look, prepares to get a cart and go to work at a recent noon meal. Hand in hand with the Blessed Virgin Mary, she is doing very well, all around!

She wishes to give everyone this message, which is our motto, "May the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ be always in our hearts! "

Caitlin entered on February 2, 2020.

From the Carmelite Monastery of the Holy Cross in Iron Mountain, Michigan:


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"Newark Abbey - Benedictine Monks

15 mins [2-26-2020]

Today (Ash Wednesday) our newest brother became a Postulant. Please join us in thanksgiving for the gift of new vocations for our monastery. May the Lord grant José Pablo the spiritual strength to persevere as we seek God in this holy place together."

There's a picture on their Facebook page. This abbey is in the heart of Newark, NJ serving a highly diverse parish community and high school community. Six or eight men have entered the monastery in the last ten years or so.

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