Eric Kral and Joseph Fussner entered the novitiate today in a ceremony this afternoon in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Members of the community gathered for this joyful occasion, chanting verses of Psalm 84 as Br. Bernard, the Novicemaster, led the two novices-to-be to the altar, where they made their petition.
Abbot Gregory instructs Novice Eric and Novice Joseph about the monastic life and what they are undertaking.
Br. Bernard (Novicemaster) and Fr. Victor (Socius) clothe the two new novices with the tunic, belt, and short scapular.
Novice Eric receives the Rule of our Holy Father St. Benedict from the Abbot. The Abbot says, “And now, so that you may know what you are entering, I confide to you the Holy Rule which sanctified our forebears. By God’s grace, may it become your way of life.”
Novice Joseph receives the Rule of St. Benedict.
The Abbot and professed members of the community welcome the new novices with the Sign of Peace.
Novice Eric, Abbot Gregory, and Novice Joseph