Novice professes first vows at Saint Meinrad Archabbey
August 07, 2012
Br. Peduru Fonseka, OSB, professed temporary vows as a Benedictine monk on August 6 in the Saint Meinrad Archabbey church.
Novice Anushka Fonseka, OSB, professed temporary vows as a
Benedictine monk in a ceremony on August 6, 2012, at Saint Meinrad
Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN.
He has completed his novitiate, a year of prayer and study of
the Benedictine way of life. As is the custom during the profession
of vows, he was assigned a religious name. Novice Anushka will now
be known as Br. Peduru. Temporary vows are typically for three
Br. Peduru, 29, was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He was a member
of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Battaramulla and attended St.
Joseph’s College in Colombo, both in Sri Lanka. In 2008, he earned
a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of
South Alabama in Mobile. He then worked as a structural engineer at
Barter & Associates Inc. in Mobile, until joining the
The period of temporary vows provides a continuing opportunity
for the monk and the monastic community to determine whether
monastic life is, indeed, the right vocation for this