Novice joins Benedictine community at Saint Meinrad
January 20, 2017
In a brief ceremony, Novice Joseph Wagner was
clothed in the Benedictine habit at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St.
Meinrad, IN, on January 19, 2017. He now begins a year of monastic
formation, including study of the Rule of St. Benedict and
Novice Joseph, 29, of Quincy, IL, attended high school at
Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary in Chicago.
He earned a bachelor's degree in history from Quincy University
and a master's degree in liturgical studies from University of St.
Mary of the Lake. He was a member of St. Aloysius Parish in
Before joining the monastery, he was a high school teacher at
St. Anthony High School in Effingham, IL, and an archivist for the
Illinois Secretary of State.
As a novice, he takes a year off from formal studies and 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 of Saint Meinrad.