Novices join Benedictine community at Saint Meinrad
August 07, 2014
In a brief ceremony at the monastery
entrance, Charles Peñalosa and John Avery II were clothed in the
Benedictine habit at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN, on
August 5. They now begin a year of monastic formation, including
study of the Rule of St. Benedict and monastic
Novice Charles, 22, is a native of the Philippines. Most
recently, he has been studying for the priesthood for the
Archdiocese of Indianapolis, at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School
He is a graduate of Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis and
Marian University, Indianapolis, where he earned a bachelor's
degree in Catholic studies and history in 2012. He was a member of
St. Joseph Parish.
Novice John, 28, of Indianapolis, attended North Central High
School and was a member of St. Pius X Parish.
He graduated from Northwestern University in 2008
with a bachelor's degree in music, and then served five years in
the French Foreign Legion as a musician.
As novices, they will take 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.
Photos: Novice John Avery II, left, and
Novice Charles Peñalosa, above.